Catch a coach to the Tour of Britain

Gareth Montgomerie of Studio Velo Cycling Shop Castle Douglas, Jaime Nicholson of Annan Cycling Club and Cllr Colin Smyth Credit: Dumfries & Galloway Council

Buses will be on hand for transporting people to watch the Tour of Britain when the UK's top road cycle race visits Dumfries and Galloway.

The buses, which are available to book immediately, will leave from more than ten towns and villages across Dumfries and Galloway on the morning of 4 September when stage one of the race finishes in Castle Douglas. Prices have been subsidised by Dumfries and Galloway Council in a bid to make the tour accessible to as many people as possible.

More than a hundred cyclists from 20 professional cycling teams will compete in the 2016 Tour.

The subsidised buses can be booked by telephone via the council’s main switchboard number – 0303 333 3000. The price is £3 return for adults and £2 return for all concessions. Children five years of age and under can travel free.

More than 10,000 spectators are expected in and around Castle Douglas on race day and local businesses hope to cash in.

The buses will be available for people travelling from Lockerbie, Annan, Dumfries, Dalbeattie, The Glenkens, Kirkconnel, Sanquhar and Thornhill, Stranraer and Newton Stewart. The council says it will assess demand and put on more buses if required.