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Getting Here & Around


Information on all our bus and walking tours, suggested cycle routes and useful information on getting here and around.

Getting Here

There are lots of ways to get to Dumfries & Galloway, with car, bus or train being the best options.

By Train:

National Rail:
The Trainline

By Bus:
Stagecoach Bus Services




Getting Around

Our event spans multiple venues across Dumfries and Galloway in the south west of Scotland.
We hope to encourage sustainable travel, so we have suggested some ways to get around the region here below. You can find out what we are doing to make Spring Fling a greener event HERE.

Spring Fling Bus Tours

Cairn VAlley bus

Presented by Thornhill Community Transport and Cairn Valley Community Transport these tours aim to make visiting our studios more accessible.

The exact route and timing of all trips are left to the discretion of the driver.

Unfortunately, some tours have now been cancelled due to lack of bookings. But these are still available:

// Sat 27 May   The Green Route

Travelling to Auldgirth, Moniaive, Penpont, Thornhill, Sanquhar, Durisdeer and  Cample Mill. Returning to Dumfries 5pm (very approximately).

There will be time to visit one of the many options for lunch in Thornhill – but you may wish to bring your own.

// Sun 28 May   The East Tour

Travelling to Hightae, pick-up at Lockerbie Station c. 10.50 a.m., then on to Eskdalemuir (snack opportunity), Arkleton Walled Garden, Langholm (lunch options). Returning to Dumfries c. 4.30 p.m. (very approximately).

You can find out more information on each tour via this link.

Kirkcudbright Walking Tours

Kirkcudbright Walk tour cropped

Join Kirkcudbright Art Tours for an exclusive guided walk through the historic High Street as an introduction to the art history of Scotland’s Artists’ Town.

Spring Fling artists en route will also welcome you into their studios.

Tours will take place daily during the event lasting 90 minutes.
Available tours include:

Saturday 27 – 10.30am
Sunday 28 – 2pm
Monday 29 – 10.30am

Tickets: £15 (£12 for Friends/Concessions)

  • Meet at 10.30 a.m. outside the Visitor Information Centre in Harbour Square, where there is free parking
  • Dress suitably for weather conditions with comfortable walking shoes and bring bottled water if warm weather
  • Most of the walking will be at street level, but we will enter private gardens and studios en route
  • No dogs, please! You will be visiting some premises where they are not allowed

Bike Routes

Galloway Cycling Holidays

Why not take to two wheels and really explore the magnificent Dumfries &
Galloway countryside?

Lots of our studios are accessible by bike and make for a great day’s cycle outing. The routes below have been prepared by Galloway Cycling Holidays.

CTC Dumfries & Galloway have also mapped out two routes.  There’ll be a guided tour from Castle Douglas on the Saturday & one from Dumfries on the Sunday of Spring Fling – or you can use the directions to ride out whenever you please over the weekend. Full details here.

If you are looking for bike hire in the area you can explore the following: Westby’s, Laws of Kirkcudbright, KPT Trust. 

Spring Fling by Bike  

Blue Route

Starting Point:
Newton Stewart > Wigtown & back
Route listing:
Route Description: 
Great route, very easy along route 73. Well signed. Obviously you can get on to Bladnoch (near studio 7) just down from Wigtown.


Purple Route

Starting Point: Kircudbright/Castle Douglas
Route listing: 
Route Description: 20 mi, very established route > Route 7 via Gelston/ Threave, and also passing Tongland (near studio 22).

Starting Point: 
Kirkcudbright > Borgue > Kirkandrews >Twynholm > Tongland > Kirkcudbright
Route listing:
Route Description: 
This route allows for 3 options:

1. KBT – Kirkandrews and back: 16 miles, route 7, with studios 18+19
 2. KBT > Kirkandrews and a loop back to KBT via A755: studio 17
3. Big loop to take in Twynholm and Tongland (edge of) for studios 20 and 22: 21 miles.

Pink Route

Starting Point: 
Castle Douglas > Kirkpatrick Durham
Route listing:
Route Description: 

13 miles through the countryside from CD to KPD – undulating, but not too bad. CD > Haugh of Urr is on bike route 7

Green Route

Starting Point: Thornhill > Moniaive
Route listing:
Route Description: 17 mi, or an out/back

Starting Point: Thornhill > Penpont, Moniaive, Dunscore > Glenhead > Keir > Thornhill
Route listing:
Route Description: 26 mi, taking in near studios 78, 81


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