Castle Douglas businesses are gearing up for the arrival of the Tour of Britain on Sunday 4 September.
Most retailers on King Street will be open on the day to celebrate cycling’s blue riband event and welcome an influx of up to 10,000 visitors.
The Council is leading locally on the preparations for the Tour’s Scottish Stage Finish, and are providing subsidised buses for people across the region to get to Castle Douglas.
Paul Bush OBE, Director of Events at VisitScotland said: “The Tour of Britain, which is supported through EventScotland’s International Funding Programme, will bring some of the world’s finest cyclists to Glasgow, East Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway, and it’s great to see the whole region getting behind the event.
“Castle Douglas is going to be a hive of activity on race day following careful planning to ensure the perfect stage is set for the end of Stage 1. I’m sure thousands of locals and those travelling to view the event from further afield will turn out to welcome the riders home in style.”
Councillor Colin Smyth, Dumfries and Galloway Council’s Events Champion said, “The final plans are falling into place to make sure everyone has the opportunity to visit the Tour of Britain in Castle Douglas on Sunday 4 September and have a memorable day out.
"The Tour is also a great showcase of course, for cycling and Dumfries and Galloway, and I am confident that our Local Authority investment in the event will be returned ten-fold to the regional economy from visitors spending and the media profile we will attract. There has never been a comparable event in our area for the broadcast coverage we will attract – more than 115 countries worldwide are taking syndicated pictures of the race.”
The Council has organised buses from most towns in the region to go to Castle Douglas on Sunday 4 September. These are not regular bus services and have to be pre-booked by calling the Council switchboard on 030 3333 3000. The cost of a return ticket is set at £3 and £2 for concessions. Tickets need to be booked by Wednesday 31 August.