Thursday, 1 September 2016

CASTLE DOUGLAS; TOUR OF BRITAIN; DOUGLAS DAY; STEWARTRY SHOW



The Tour of Britain arrived in Castle Douglas on 4 September 2016.

The tour of Britain began with the Glasgow to Castle Douglas stage.


Douglas Day, Castle Douglas, August 2016.

Castle Douglas is built next to the beautiful Carlingwark Loch.


Carlingwark Loch and Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway.

Richard Hannay travelled up to this area from London.

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If you live in London, take the train from London Euston to Dumfries (change at Carlisle) and then bus or taxi to Castle Douglas

Bus timetable: dumgal


Douglas Day, Castle Douglas, August 2016.

Castle Douglas is famous as a centre of cycling.


Douglas Day, Castle Douglas, August 2016.

Take a walk from Castle Douglas to 14th century Threave Castle, seat of the "Black" Earls of Douglas.

Castle Douglas is close to both Threave Garden  and Threave Castle

THREAVE CASTLE is on a small island in a river, and is reached by a small boat.


Douglas Day, Castle Douglas, August 2016.

It's worth a visit to Mossyard Beach, Rockcliffe beach, Brighouse Bay, Balcary Bay and all the other bits of coast.


Douglas Day, Castle Douglas, August 2016.

Golf courses in the area include: Castle Douglas Golf Club, Brighouse Bay Golf ClubCally Palace Hotel Golf ClubColvend Golf ClubCraigieknowes Golf Club, and the Crichton Golf Club


Douglas Day, Castle Douglas, August 2016.

Castle Douglas is famous for its large number of cafes.

All of them are good; Street Lights Coffee House is among those packed at lunch time.

The local Earl is said to visit the The Scottish Pantry and the Mad Hatter cafes.


Douglas Day, Castle Douglas, August 2016.

Castle Douglas has The Fullarton theatre.


Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway.

The cycling TOUR OF BRITAIN, 2016, features Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway.

CASTLE DOUGLAS TO WELCOME 'TOUR OF BRITAIN' / Tour of Britain 2016 to start with Glasgow to Castle Douglas route


Dumfries and Galloway. Douglas day 2015 Non copyrighted photo by K Clark, Monaco. All the photos were found on the web.

Dumfries and Galloway is cycling country.

Studio VELO | Bike Shop | Bike Repair / CD Cycles / Next Level Bikes | Repair

Galloway Cycling Holidays.

7STANES DALBEATTIE - 7stanes Dalbeattie Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area plus local bike hire.


Dumfries and Galloway. Stewartry Show 2016. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark, Monaco. All the photos were found on the web.

Dumfries and Galloway has 31 golf courses and is 'mountain biking heaven.'

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For children of all ages try: the Cream O' Galloway adventure playground

And the Laggan Outdoor centre 

And the Galloway Activity Centre.

Cream o' Galloway, Rainton, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, is open Easter until October.

This place has an adventure playground and nature trail as well as a restaurant selling the best ice cream in the UK.


You may like:

THE CASTLE DOUGLAS TREASURE TRAIL - solve the clues on this self-guided treasure hunt.

And the GALLOWAY WILDLIFE CONSERVATION PARKKickcudbright - nearly 150 animals from all over the world can be seen within natural settings.


Castle Douglas.

There are all year round Entertainments and Events in Dumfries and Galloway.

Castle Douglas attractions / Things to do in Castle Douglas | Day Out With The Kids

Dumfries and Galloway. Stewartry Show 2016. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark, Monaco.

There are horses everywhere in Dumfries and Galloway.

LOCHHILL EQUESTRIAN CENTRE - Lochhill Equestrian Centre - BHS approved facility offering lessons, scenic hacks, trekking and cross country, plus Pony Club, Loan-A-Pony, floodlit outdoor arena and indoor school too.


Dumfries and Galloway. Threave Garden, Castle Douglas. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark, Monaco.

The mild climate in Dumfries and Galloway means exotic plants.

Dumfries and Galloway. Stewartry Show, 2016. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark, Monaco.

"Dumfries and Galloway's gentle coast offers sandy estuaries and quaint, picturesque towns such as Kirkudbright, Rockcliffe and Portpatrick." - The Daily Telegraph

Dumfries and Galloway. Douglas Day 2015. Non copyrighted photo.

Castle Douglas is famous for its beer, its bread, its biscuits and its food in general.

Try the Earth's Crust Bakery in Castle Douglas.

There are world-class beers from the Sulwath Brewers in Castle Douglas.

Sulwath brewery produces the world's tastiest real ales (Knockendoch is a dark copper coloured brew tasting of deeply roasted malts) and provides tours.

For Homestyle Baking buy Irvings biscuits, tray bakes, loaves and sponges.

THE COCOA BEAN COMPANY - Under supervision kids from 2+ can forge their own chocolate creations and then enjoy the play areas.



For world-class fish go to Dingwalls in Castle Douglas.

King Scallops from Orkney, Cod and Salmon skewers with mixed pepper and onions in a tropical mango, lime and chilli sauce, Langoustines, Oysters, homemade Monkfish Curry...

Dingwall's Fish Market.

Dumfries and Galloway. Douglas Day 2015.  Non copyrighted photo by K Clark, Monaco.

Castle Douglas is a Food Town.

Try Carlo's restaurant in the evening for dinner. Or try Moores fish and chips.


Castle Douglas. Douglas Day 2016. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark, Monaco.

Dumfries and Galloway is home to the original Scots.


Stewartry Show. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

Famous names associated with Dumfries and Galloway include Robert the Bruce, Merlin the Wizard, Robert Burns, Gavin Maxwell, J M Barrie, James Clerk Maxwell, David Coulthard, John Buchan, the Douglases, the Maxwells, the Jardines, the Keswicks...

And the Putins


Stewartry Show. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

WHERE TO STAY?

The King's Arms Hotel in Castle Douglas welcomes cyclists and golfers.

CASTLE DOUGLAS has a number of Bed and Breakfast places, such as Douglas House and Summerhill B & B.



The Lochside Caravan & Camping Site (above) is within walking distance of Castle Douglas's shops, cafes, etc.


Stewartry Show. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

Dumfries and Galloway has a population of approximately 148,000.

 
Stewartry Show. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

Dumfries and Galloway (above) has been named as the best holiday destination in Britain.

The region earned the award from fans of the flagship BBC programme Countryfile .


Dumfries and Galloway. Threave Garden. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

In September 2015 we headed up North to Dumfries and Galloway for some cycling.


www.queensberrybay.co.uk.

The TV star Neil Oliver says that "there is no more beautiful part of the world than the Galloway Coast."

Rockcliffe, near Castle Douglas. Photo by Castle Point Caravan Site, Rockcliffe

Sandyhills, near castle Douglas. Photo by Sandyhills Bay Caravan Park, Dalbeattie


Castle Douglas. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

In Castle Douglas, you might find some 'nightlife' at the Market Inn Hotel .

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Or try the The Fullarton in Castle Douglas (formerly Lochside Theatre).

Threave Gardens. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

Threave Garden is a world class garden.

Castle Douglas. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

The King's Arms Hotel in Castle Douglas welcomes cyclists and golfers.


Stewartry Show. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

Cycling was invented in Dumfries and Galloway.


Cairnsmore in the distance. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

Loch Ken, near Castle Douglas, is for windsurfers.

The Galloway Sailing Centre at Loch Ken can tell you about Dinghy Courses, powerboating courses, canoeing courses, gorge scrambling and quad bikes.


Carlingwark Loch. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

Castle Douglas has the best shopping in the area, a boating loch, a little art gallery, one of the best second hand book shops in Scotland.


Stewartry Show, Castle Douglas. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

Drumlanrig Castle is worth a visit, but it is a one hour drive by car.


Castle Douglas. Non copyrighted photo by K Clark.

Cyclists might enjoy the route from Castle Douglas to Rhonehouse to Kirkcudbright (7 miles, deserted road, flowers, sheep, rabbits, little hills like babies' buttocks, country cottages)....

Or Castle Douglas to Palnackie taking the route over the hills.

The Dalbeattie area is famous for having off-road trails and miles and miles of quiet country roads.


www.7stanes.gov.uk/forestry/achs-5rnffw

Carlingwark Loch, seen from Castle Douglas


Kids sailing on Carlinwark Loch.


Kids sailing on Carlinwark Loch.

Kids sailing on Carlinwark Loch.


Kids, Carlinwark Loch.


Kids, Carlinwark Loch.


Castle Douglas.

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1 comment:

  1. Yes, beautiful, because countryside is always more natural and beutiful than crowded towns...
    But bloody cold and rainy as well haha !

    The TV star Neil Oliver...this bloke do not know
    what he's talking bout, east europe and France are MUCH more beautiful,
    depends what one likes.
    Do no recommend beer neither meat, being vegetarian
    for twenty five years and grace to amazing Hare Krishna cuisine.
    Beer also, most of it, contains animal fats, and fish are poisoned with so many chemical stuff these days...

    Yes for cycling, as i am keen cyclist here in Southern France.
    Greetings from Med coast.

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