A small town in Lot, astonishing for its rich heritage: its belfry, listed historic abbey, narrow streets (remains of the medieval town), seven viaducts and the Dordogne flowing around the town. Located on the edge of the Causses du Quercy regional park and in the Dordogne valley, the beauty of the scenery can be appreciated during a canoe trip. It is also worth visiting the Clockwork Museum (http://musee-automate.fr) and the Louis Roque distillery (speciality of Souillac, entrance free http://www.lavieilleprune.com/?langue=en).
For hikers and cyclists, a cycle path/green path links Souillac to Sarlat. You can also take the GR6 hiking trail (30km). Take the Sarlat road when you leave Souillac. You enter the woods beneath the railway viaduct. You leave the woods 10km before Sarlat. Be careful, because road signs are lacking near Verrières. At a fork in the road you might be tempted to go straight on, and not turn right. The difference is that you enter Sarlat along a pathway from the east, whereas if you take the wrong turning, you must walk along the road and enter Sarlat on the National 704 road.
A tip: visit the market on Friday morning. It’s typical of the department, and you will find all the flavours of Lot in a friendly atmosphere.
Souillac is located 10 minutes from Payrac, and you just need to follow the D820 road.
For more information: http://www.visit-dordogne-valley.co.uk/