Six major festivals and sporting events will give visitors the chance to enjoy the food, drink, culture and countryside of Dumfries and Galloway in all its rich variety – starting with the OVO Energy Tour of Britain’s visit there on Saturday 7 September.

The six attractions, which are all supported by Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Major Festivals and Events Strategy 2018-21, are:

More than 9,000 spectators are forecast to gather and enjoy the cycling festivities in anticipation of an expected sprint finish in Kirkcudbright town centre.

While nearby Castle Douglas has welcomed finishes of Britain’s most prestigious cycle race before, most notably in 2016 when German sprinter André Greipel claimed the victory, September will mark the finish time the riverside town of Kirkcudbright will be the centre of the cycling world.

What they said…

VisitScotland Regional Leadership Director, Paula Ward, said: “Dumfries and Galloway’s rich and diverse portfolio of events, including Wigtown Book Festival, OVO Energy Tour of Britain and the Stranraer Oyster Festival, continue to play a crucial role in the country’s visitor economy.

“Not only do they generate both economic and social benefits for local communities, but further help to stimulate domestic tourism, as well as build on Scotland’s strong reputation as the perfect stage for events.”

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