GALLOWAY HIGHLANDS TOUR
The area inland from the coast
Beyond the coast the land rises to higher ground and the population thins to almost nothing. These are wild glens with a raven dark night sky. This is the place for battles, the Outlaw King - Robert the Bruce and history to be written.
It feels like another world as you gain height from the coast, time slows. There are views across to Ireland, the Lake District and the Isle of Man and a quiet filled with the sound of Skylarks and the call of Red Kites.
You begin and end in Dumfries, and we offer a 4 or 6 day version or you can combine it with the Stewartry tour for a wonderful long ride.
Galloway Highlands - Tour
Ride of the birthplace of the pedal bicycle
Time: Any Time
Note: This routes starts and finishes in Dumfries with a regular bus and train service. No transfer from us is included.
Day 1 -
We will welcome you and tell you about the route, setup the bikes, if necessary. Have a look around; J.M. Barrie (writer of Peter Pan) and Robert Burns (Scotland’s National poet) lived here in the 18th century.
Day 2 -
Dumfries - Thornhill
The pedal cycle was invented in 1839 by Kirkpatrick Macmillan in a blacksmiths at Keir Mill near Dumfries. You visit the old smithy and the grave of Macmillan on your ride out along the River Nith valley from your start point in Dumfries. There is also the 12 Apostles Stone on your route and Ellisland Farm, the home of Robert Burns our national poet.
Day 3 -
Thornhill - St John's Town of Dalry, or New Galloway
After a comfortable night in Thornhill, you visit our favourite castle in the area, the stunning Morton Castle. You pick up the old Edinburgh road through the hills before descending to ride through the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle. Known as ‘ The Pink Palace ‘, it is one of Britain’s grandest castles.
Moniaive, “This buzzing little musically gifted community is probably home to more festivals per capita than any other place in Britain” - said The Guardian. Then you climb up over the hills to New Galloway. For a small village it has two of the finest cafes in the area and you stay here for your second night. You can book an extra day here which gives you time to explore Clatteringshaws Loch and the beautiful off-road route, the Raiders Road.
Day 4 -
St John's Town of Dalry, or New Galloway - Castle Douglas
Moving on, you ride along the banks of Loch Ken to Laurieston, where if you are on the 4 day tour, you turn left and begin to close the loop. You ride to Castle Douglas where there are fine cafes and those wanting something stronger, a microbrewery and you spend your final night here in Castle Douglas.
Day 5 -
Castle Douglas - Dumfries
The following day is as little as 19 miles to ride back to Dumfries. There are longer routes for your final day that can take in the coast and romantic Sweetheart Abbey on the way. You have not biked so very far but seen amazing things in just four days of cycling. You can add another 2 days and see even more if you wish. The route is as little as 88 miles in total or well over 100 if you wish.