The pedal cycle was invented in 1839 by Kirkpatrick Macmillan in a smithy at Keir Mill near Dumfries. Visit the old Smithy, Macmillan’s nearby resting place and Drumlanrig Castle where you can see a replica of the first bicycle.
Before this mid tour point, where you have an extra day for a Castle tour and explore other features in the Nith Valley, you visit The Scottish Riviera, a National Scenic Area on the Solway Coast and Dumfries, where Robert Burns, Scotland’s national bard lived.
After the Castle, you join the National Byways Cycle Route, visiting atmospheric Moniaive village, mentioned in the Times as being ‘one of the coolest villages in the UK’ before reaching The Glenkens at the head of Loch Ken and back to the start in Castle Douglas.
Any day April to October Minimum two persons
By air to Edinburgh/Glasgow Airports. By train with Scotrail to Lockerbie. Transfer from/to Lockerbie & Castle Douglas £35per trip for 2 persons. Car parking available