Miles

146

Kms

235

Days

3

We know that you adventure seekers are always on the move and looking to squeeze in a short break here and there. But there are just too many great adventure options on the South West Coastal 300 to fit the full route into 3 days, so we’ve put together two 3-day bite size itineraries, one covering the northern half of the route and one covering the southern half.

This one takes in the southern half of the route. So you have the option of doing the SWC300 in two short visits, or should you wish to come for longer, you can simply do one after the other!

Opening dates and times vary across attractions. Please ensure to check opening times and availability directly with each attraction before you visit.

Day 1

Dumfries to New Abbey

Kick off your visit to the SWC300 with a visit to Caerlaverock Castle, the only triangular castle in the UK, this moated medieval stronghold is sure to capture your imagination. Then head over to Mabie Forest, just outside Dumfries. Mabie is home to one of the five 7stanes mountain biking centres in South West Scotland. If you still have some energy left after tackling the trails at Mabie, why not head to Criffel Hill and take in some spectacular views of the region.

Miles

20

Kms

32

Stops

3

Travel Time

48min

Stop 1 - Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle is the UK's only triangular castle. With its wide moat, twin towered gatehouse and loft battlements, it is an awe-inspiring medieval stronghold.

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Stop 2 - Mabie Forest Park

Mabie Forest Park is a beautiful forest park just to the south of Dumfries offering spectacular views across the Dumfries and Galloway countryside and over to the Solway Firth. It is home to one of the 7Stanes Biking centres and offers walking and biking trails for all abilities.

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Stop 3 - Climb Criffel Hill

Criffel may be less than 2000 feet high, but as this is the highest hill for some distance it is prominent in views of the Solway Coast, from the Lake District. Due to its relatively low height, most people used to hill walking would be able to get to the summit and back within about 3 hours so that it makes Criffel an ideal half day walk. On a clear day, there are great views from the summit of the Solway Coast and the Lake District fells beyond including Skiddaw and Blencathra.

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Abbey Cottage Tearoom
location_on Dumfries

Enjoy coffees, homemade soups, local produce and afternoon teas in this cottage tearoom right next to the beautiful ruins of Sweetheart Abbey.

The Globe Inn
location_on Dumfries

The Globe Inn - Burns' Favourite Howff

Kirkbean is the perfect base for exploring all that this beautiful and tranquil area of South-West Scotland has to offer.

Marthrown of Mabie
location_on Dumfries

"Simply Something Different"

Day 2

Loch Ken to Newton Stewart

For fans of adventure, Galloway Activity Centre is an absolute must. With a wide range of water and adventure sports to try, one day may not be enough! For keen cyclists, get in touch with Galloway Cycling Holidays, they know every inch of trail and road across the region and will devise the perfect cycle route for you. For horse riding enthusiasts, Barstobrick riding school offers treks around their gorgeous 650 acre estate. All that activity will no doubt have given you a thirst, why not head over to Crafty Distillery for a taste of their superb and award winning gin!

Miles

46

Kms

73

Stops

4

Travel Time

1h

Stop 1 - Galloway Activity Centre

Outdoor Activity Centre offering a range of exciting activities including sailing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), windsurfing, kayaking, combat laser tag games, archery, mountain biking, climbing and much, much more...Fun for all the family! We also have some great accommodation and glamping options. From Mongolian Yurts and cabins to luxury Eco Retreats, situated in a stunning location on the banks of Loch Ken in South West Scotland.

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Stop 2 - Galloway Cycling Holidays

Discover and explore the South West of Scotland by bike - enjoy nature, culture and its people with our unique cycling holiday tours. We take the nitty-gritty out of the planning of a tour and route finding. We will put your in touch with the authentic world of Scotland and make sure you will relax and feel safe. We want to make this a wonderful memorable experience.

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Stop 3 - Barstobrick Visitor Centre and Cafe

Just 2 miles from the A75 at Ringford nestled in the heart of Red Kite country you'll find Barstobrick boasting an equestrian centre, coffee shop and several way marked walking trails. We invite you to explore our beautiful Galloway countryside by foot, bike or on horseback.

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Stop 4 - Crafty Distillery Tours & Shop

Using new technology, our own grain spirit and locally sourced ingredients, we want to create tasty, wallet-pleasing spirits for everyone who likes a tipple.

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The Riverbank Cafe
location_on Newton Stewart

Welcome to The Riverbank Cafe, a popular venue for visitors and locals alike who just love the fresh baking and excellent coffee

The Ship Inn
location_on Gatehouse of Fleet

Boutigue Hotel & Restaurant set in a beautiful riverside location within a small conservation village.

Barrhill Farm Holiday Cottages
location_on Newton Stewart

A high standard of self-catering accommodation in the heart of Galloway, Self Catering with stunning views to the Galloway Hills

Loch Ken Holiday Park
location_on Castle Douglas

A Beautiful 5 star family park on the shores of Loch ken. Caravan Holiday Homes for lett, Touring/MH pitches and Tent pitches.

Day 3

Newton Stewart to Mull of Galloway

The Galloway Forest Park is an absolute must visit for any adventure seekers visiting the South West Coastal 300. Kirroughtree is a great place to start. Home to one of the 7stanes mountain biking centres, it also boasts a vast array of hiking trails to enjoy. You could easily spend an entire day or more here. The next stop is Galloway Alpacas, where you can expect a hands on experience with these wonderful creatures. Or if you're a lover of horses, why not head to Three Lochs Riding Stables for a trek through the forest. Last stop of the day is Scotland’s most southerly point, the Mull of Galloway. There you will find the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, which featured in 2018 movie, ‘The Vanishing’ starring Gerard Butler.

Miles

81

Kms

130

Stops

4

Travel Time

2h 30min

Stop 1 - Galloway Forest Park

The Galloway Forest Park has everything you need for a great day out, whatever the time of year. Meet red deer and wild goats, choose from two scenic Forest Drives, follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce or picnic beside a peaceful loch. This is also Scotland’s first Dark Sky Park – one of the best places to stargaze in Europe!

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Stop 2 - Galloway Alpacas

Nestled in the beautiful surroundings of South West Scotland, Galloway Alpacas is an alpaca farm providing alpaca experiences, trekking, therapy and private hire for corporate events, weddings and other special occasions.

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Stop 3 - Three Lochs Riding Stables

Welcome to the Three Lochs Riding Stables. Whether you are a beginner or advanced rider you will enjoy the treks through the stunning Galloway Forest. What better way to enjoy the beautiful Galloway Forest than on a pony trek? Due to our fabulous location at the edge of the Galloway Forest there are boundless opportunities to explore the stunning woods and forests along the tracks.

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Stop 4 - Mull of Galloway Experience

The Mull of Galloway is Scotland's most Southerly Point. At the end of a narrow peninsula with stunning views in every direction, the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, the Lighthouse Exhibition, the RSPB Visitor Centre and Reserve and the stunning Gallie Craig Coffee House comprise the Mull of Galloway Experience

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Café at Clatteringshaws
location_on New Galloway

Offering freshly prepared café fayre and daily specials. Come and try the  homemade soup, cakes, tray bakes and freshly prepared scones. Dog friendly.

Henrys Bay House offers locally sourced dishes, prepared and cooked freshly to order by local Chef John Henry and his team.

Barrhill Farm Holiday Cottages
location_on Newton Stewart

A high standard of self-catering accommodation in the heart of Galloway, Self Catering with stunning views to the Galloway Hills

No 4 Portpatrick B and B
location_on Portpatrick

Situated in the beautiful Scottish coastal village of Portpatick. No4 offers a warm welcome, a comfy bed and a delicious breakfast.