The Tour of Britain 2013

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The thrills and excitement of the country’s biggest professional cycle race, The Tour of Britain 2013, returns to Scotland on 15 September as the Scottish Borders and Dumfries & Galloway host the opening stage of the tenth anniversary Tour of Britain.

Stage 3 of The Tour of Britain 2012 The Grand Depart on Sunday 15 September will see 114 of the world’s top riders racing the 209.9 gruelling kilometres from Peebles to Drumlanrig Castle, taking in Selkirk, Hawick, Newcastleton, Gretna and Dumfries on the way. The route is both spectacular and challenging, providing riders and spectators with the ideal setting for the action as those in the peloton jostle for position on the first day.

The Tour is Britain’s largest free-to-spectate sporting event, often attracting over a million spectators to the roadside, and nothing beats joining the fanatical, flag waving – and often amusingly clad – road-side support and getting close to all the action.

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate 3Why not make a day out of it and watch all the action at Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate? Dumfries & Galloway Council will provide free transport on the day to The Tour of Britain at Drumlanrig Castle where there will be entertainment from 1pm onwards and a big screen to watch the race live. Remember the entrance and surrounding area to the castle grounds will be locked down from 2pm as the race nears its climax.

Cycling enthusiast can also be a part of The Tour of Britain’s Grand Depart weekend and take part in The Tour Ride Scotland on Saturday 14 September. Here you can follow in the wheels of the Pro’s and challenge yourself on either a 50 mile circuit or a 100 mile route. Both routes finish at the stunning Drumlanrig Castle where a whole host of celebratory activities will be taking place.

Peebles on the River Tweed, Scottish BordersIf you’re coming to the area for the The Grand Depart, why not make the most of your weekend and explore the many picturesque towns and villages along the route, such as Selkirk, Hawick, Newcastleton, Gretna and Dumfries?

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Douglas Keith

Media Executive at VisitScotland