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Love the idea of a break in the South of Scotland but in need of some inspiration? Relax, we have you covered with a fantastic array of short-break itineraries that are just perfect for exploring. Whether you choose to explore the South West Coastal 300, stargaze in our beautiful dark skies, explore our rich heritage or just get a wonderful taster of what we have to offer, we have the ideal itinerary for you.

Breath-taking views are guaranteed as you explore the glens, forests and coastal routes of the South West Coastal 300. There are activities galore from hillwalking, windsurfing, cycling, kayaking, fishing or playing golf to fill your days and on a clear night you can turn your eyes skyward for another visual delight as more than 7,000 stars are visible to the naked eye at the Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s first International Dark Sky Park.

Follow in the footsteps of our literary giants like Sir Walter Scott and Robert Burns, John Buchan and James Hogg; explore the landscapes that saw battles won and lost; territory captured and liberated throughout our rich history. So much is rooted in these villages and towns, in the forested hills, moors, lochs and coastlines, here where Scotland Starts.

Itineraries suggest activities, places to stay and where to eat, so the only decision you have to make is which one you will try first because we know you’ll be back for more, once you have discovered the South of Scotland.


Robert Burns in the South of Scotland
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6 Days
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187mi / 301km
Caerlaverock Castle / image courtesy of VisitScotland / Damian Shields
7 Days exploring History & Heritage on the SWC300
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7 Days
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243mi / 391km
7 Days of Family Fun on the SWC300
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7 Days
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232mi / 374km
Sunrise over Glen Trool / image courtesy of VisitScotland/Damian Shields
4 Days exploring Nature & the Outdoors on the SWC300
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4 Days
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240mi / 386km
robbie Burns dumfries
7 Days exploring Arts & Culture on the SWC300
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7 Days
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245mi / 395km
Moat Brae Peter Pan
3 Day Family Break on the SWC300
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3 Days
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203mi / 327km
On the Tapestry Trail through the South of Scotland
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7 Days
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283mi / 455km
Crawick Multiverse
3 Days Sightseeing and Stargazing in the South of Scotland
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3 Days
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98mi / 158km
Stargazing Adventure
2 Days Dark Skies Adventure
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2 Days
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66mi / 106km
Galloway Activity Centre image Courtesy of VisitScotland / David N Anderson
3 Days of Adventure on the SWC300 (South)
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3 Days
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146mi / 234km
Drumlanrig Castle
4 Days exploring History & Heritage on the SWC300
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4 Days
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166mi / 267km
Blackstone Clydesdales image Damian Shields
3 Days of Adventure on the SWC300 (North)
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3 Days
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147mi / 237km
4 Days Stargazing in the South of Scotland
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4 Days
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178mi / 286km
7 Days exploring Nature & the Outdoors on the SWC300
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7 Days
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342mi / 551km