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Euro Rural Tourism

This activity-packed participatory holiday offered as part of a Eurorural project, gives you the unique chance to discover the outstanding natural and cultural qualities of rural Galloway. You’ll ramble, cycle and be guided through picturesque rural countryside, along spectacular coastlines, taste and make fine local produce and help local community volunteers. The holiday, has been designed in collaboration with the National Trust for Scotland's Threave Estate beside Castle Douglas and fits an exciting collaborative venture between eight rural areas across Europe and designed to have 'immersive and inspiring adventures that stir your senses'.

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Highlights - 8 days / 7 nights

Highlights - 8 days / 7 nights

Cost - £1120 p.p.

Varied daily excursions from your farmhouse accommodation, on foot, bike and by minibus.
Enjoy culinary delights from Galloway beef, scallops, local cheeses, fine whiskies and craft beers
Special night time wildlife tour
Creative art workshop with a renowned Scottish artist
Conservation workshop on a former Scottish country estate with the National Trust for Scotland (NTS)
Discover Scotland’s own “Riviera” and National Scenic Area.
This touir is also shown on the Eurorural website.

Day 1 - Saturday 10th June

Day 1 - Saturday 10th June

If from abroad, arrival at Edinburgh, Glasgow or other airport and train to Lockerbie station where you will be collected and transported by minibus (1 hour) to farmhouse accommodation at Barncrosh Leisure, Castle Douglas.
A short tour of Castle Douglas 'food town' and Carlingwark loch by minibus explaining the town's history with the Sir William Douglas and other local features.
Presentation of the holiday itinerary at Bancrosh after the evening meal with sampling local beer or Scottish whisky.

Day 2 - Threave then Hazel Campbell painting workshop

Day 2 - Threave then Hazel Campbell painting workshop

Morning : Visit NTS Threave Estate to discover Ospreys, an iconic bird of prey. Visit Threave Castle.
Lunch at Threave Garden visitor centre.
Afternoon : Introductory painting workshop and an artist’s eye of the Galloway landscape with
renowned local artist, Hazel Campbell (2hrs). Afternoon tea included.
Evening : Return to Barncrosh for evening meal.

Day 3 - Discover flora and fauna, their habitats and conservation

Day 3 - Discover flora and fauna, their habitats and conservation

Morning : Presentation of the NTS’ landscape and nature conservation work. Discover local flora
and fauna, their habitats and conservation.
Lunch on-site at Threave Garden visitor centre.
Afternoon : Visit Threave Garden with wildlife hide and a tour of Scottish baronial-style Threave House.
Evening : Return to Barncrosh for evening meal.

Day 4 - Cycle to Kirkcudbright with 'local produce' dinner.

Day 4 - Cycle to Kirkcudbright with 'local produce' dinner.

Morning : Threave Estate and introductory workshop on traditional stone dyking techniques (wall
building) and culture and history. Lunch at Threave Garden.
Afternoon : Bike ride to scenic Kirkcudbright artists’ town (16km) with choice of visits to Tollbooth
art gallery, the harbour where fish and shellfish are landed and processed from local boats.
Evening : Gourmet Galloway foods dinner in Kirkcudbright, with Galloway beef, local scallops and
pate, Loch Arthur bread and cheese, chocolates and whisky tasting.

Day 5 - Loch Arthur visit, Castle Douglas 'food town' and Noctural Wildlife Tour

Day 5 - Loch Arthur visit, Castle Douglas 'food town' and Noctural Wildlife Tour

Morning : Guided visit to Loch Arthur, a community charity helping people with learning disabilities. Taste award-winning cheese and breads. Lunch and gift pack provided.
Afternoon : Visit to Castle Douglas “Food town”, then free time to relax at Barncrosh or optional visits to other local historic sites.
Evening : Dinner at Barncrosh, then a special Noctural Wildlife Tour from 10 pm, thermal imaging and night vision binoculars to get close to wildlife without detection.

Day 6 - Guided coastal walk in National Scenic Area

Day 6 - Guided coastal walk in National Scenic Area

Morning and Afternoon : Due to the late Nocturnal Wildlife Tour to the early hours, today there is a late start. Transport to the coast for an 8km guided walk of the area known by the Victorians as ‘ The Scottish Riviera’ which uis also a designated National Scenic Area.
After a picnic lunch at a beauty spot en route, at the walk end at Kippford village, enjoy an outdoors beer at a typical Scottish pub beside the river estuary.
Evening : Option to return to Barncrosh for evening meal.

Day 7 - Drystane dyking, red kites walk and bewery visit and last night barbeque.

Day 7 - Drystane dyking, red kites walk and bewery visit and last night barbeque.

Morning : A final practical dyking workshop with NTS staff to build your own wall and leave your mark for posterity.
Afternoon : Packed lunch and visit Bellymack Hill red kite feeding station (RSPB) then hike to Livingston Hill with panoramic views over Galloway coast and countryside.
Return to Castle Douglas and visit Sulwath brewery for an ‘end of tour’ local craft beer.
Evening : Last night barbeque at Barncrosh.

Day 8 - Depart day

Day 8 - Depart day

Depart. Minibus transport back to Lockerbie station and train to Edinburgh, Glasgow or elsewhere.
Options available to extend your stay in Edinburgh.

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Total payable now: 990.00