Miles

240

Kms

386

Days

4

If you are looking for a trip that will help you escape back to nature, then the South West Coastal 300 is the one for you. Home to the UNESCO Galloway and South Ayrshire Biosphere, the area has been internationally recognised as a world class environment for people and culture.

Engage with wildlife, enjoy our hills, forests and beaches, take in spectacular vistas from our coastline and our hillsides. And if you enjoy visiting botanical gardens, you are in for a treat with a wide variety to choose from!

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

Day 1

Moffat to Dalmellington

The Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall near Moffat is the perfect way to kick off your trip, immediately immersing yourself in the beauty of South West Scotland. Follow the drama of the hills, with the grandeur of Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate. This magnificent castle, with its formal gardens, parkland trails and adventure playground offers something for everyone.

From Drumlanrig, it’s short drive north to Sanquhar, where you will find Crawick Multiverse. This amazing land art installation, where art meets nature, was created by Charles Jencks.

Miles

59

Kms

96

Stops

3

Travel Time

1h 30min

Stop 1 - Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall Nature Reserve

The Grey Mare’s Tail is a spectacular 60 metre waterfall plunging into the Moffat Valley from the breathtaking Loch Skeen at the top of the falls. You can follow the path alongside the waterfall up to the top of the hill, where you will find spectacular views of Loch Skeen and the peaks of Lochcraig Head, Mid Craig and the summit of White Coomb beyond.

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Stop 2 - Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside – or adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking – you’ll love a day at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate. From activities for kids to salmon fishing, you’ll find a raft of activity awaiting you. The Castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers and from your very first glance you’ll know you’re entering a special place. Special enough, in fact, that the producers of Outlander recently used the Castle for filming their second series! Please check opening times ahead of your visit, for much of the year, castle visits must be booked in advance.

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Stop 3 - Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse, a spectacular Artland. Transformed by globally-renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks. The site which opened in summer 2015 links the themes of space, astronomy and cosmology, creating a truly inspiring landmark that will appeal to everyone from art enthusiasts and scientists to walkers and the wider community.

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Community Hub and Cafe

The Buccleuch Arms Hotel is a 14 bedroom hotel providing a comfortable base to enjoy the quaint town of Moffat and explore the stunning local area.

Here at Newark Farmhouse B & B and CL in Dumfries and Galloway, we offer three different types of accommodation.

Queensberry house B&B
location_on Moffat

A characterful, relaxed three-room B&B – exclusively for adults – in Moffat, Dumfries and Galloway. You'll wish you'd stayed longer.

Day 2

Ayr to Mull of Galloway

Begin day two at Culzean Castle Estate, with its spectacular clifftop castle, its gardens, beaches, woods, trails and playgrounds, it is an absolute must see! Then travel down the Ayrshire coast to the breathtaking Castle Kennedy Gardens, one of Scotland’s most important historical landscaped gardens with its collection of Rhododendrons, Championship Trees and rare species.

Continue southwards to Scotland’s most southerly point, the Mull of Galloway. On a clear day you can see Galloway in Scotland, Cumbria in England, Northern Ireland and the Isle of Man! Finish your day at the beautiful Logan Botanic Gardens, this garden may surprise you with its collection of exotic plants that you may not expect to see in Scotland!

Miles

79

Kms

127

Stops

4

Travel Time

2h 30min

Stop 1 - Culzean Castle and Country Park

With a dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history & beautiful surrounds, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland’s best days out. This glorious 260 ha estate was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis. The park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.

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Stop 2 - Castle Kennedy Gardens

Castle Kennedy Gardens, one of Scotland’s finest gardens, set in 75 acres and offering something for everyone to enjoy. From stunning fauna, to beautiful scenery, sculptured landforms, magnificent walks and popular bird hides, the Gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland and a perfect haven for relaxing and exploring.

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Stop 3 - Mull of Galloway Trail

This is probably the most scenic trail in South West Scotland. After the initial section from Stranraer to Luce Bay,the trail follows the coastline of the Southern Rhins of Galloway to end at the Mull of Galloway where there is a visitor centre with an excellent cafe with stunning views.

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Stop 4 - Logan Botanic Garden

Take a walk in paradise at five star Logan Botanic Garden, Scotland’s most exotic Garden, and discover plant treasures rarely seen in the United Kingdom.

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Connors Restaurant
location_on Portpatrick

Connors Restaurant situated right on the seafront in the stunning coastal town of Portpatrick.

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

Rosebank Holiday Cottage
location_on Stranraer

Rosebank Holiday Cottage is situated in the pretty unspoilt village of Port Logan in Dumfries and Galloway, S W Scotland and is ideal for families and couples.

Tigh Na Mara Hotel
location_on Stranraer

Picturesque traditional Inn, central location with amazing views of Luce Bay. New outdoor heated pods , free wifi and the best local produce available.

Day 3

Wigtown to Rockcliffe

Day three kicks off with a visit to Britain’s largest Local Nature Reserve at Wigtown Bay. From coastline to forest, head to the Galloway Forest Park, the largest forest park and the first designated Dark Sky Park in the UK. There are lots of wonderful trails to choose from for walkers and for bikers of all levels!

For fans of gardening, Threave Estate, home to the School of Heritage Gardening is a must-see. It offers landscaped beauty at its finest and a feast of ideas for any keen gardener. Then why not round off your day with a stroll along the beautiful Rockcliffe coastline, part of a National Trust Scenic Area?

Miles

61

Kms

98

Stops

4

Travel Time

2h 30min

Stop 1 - Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve

Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest LNR in Britain. The estuary, with large areas of salt marsh and mudflats is vitally important for many of the species that live there, especially for salt tolerant plants and wintering wildfowl. The reserve is a popular venue for a range of recreational activities including angling and bird watching.

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Stop 2 - 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 3 - Threave Garden and Estate

Threave Estate is a garden for all seasons and a haven for wildlife, with an osprey platform and bat reserve. It has been home to the School of Heritage Gardening since 1960 and its beautiful ‘garden rooms’ offer inspiration to any keen gardeners.

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Stop 4 - Rockcliffe Beach

Rockcliffe is a small sandy beach, beside the picturesque village of Rockcliffe near Dalbeattie. Popular with walkers, one of the main attractions being Rough Island, a nature sanctuary which can only be reached by a tidal causeway.

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Beltie Books and Cafe
location_on Wigtown

Browse our selection of Books, then partake in some refreshments.

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.

Ernespie House Hotel
location_on Castle Douglas

The Ernespie house house hotel is a family run hotel with comfortable rooms in lovely surroundings.

Fordbank House
location_on Wigtown

Fordbank House is a stylish, countryside residence providing exceptional bed and breakfast just five minutes from Wigtown.

Day 4

Southerness to Annan

Start your day with a relaxing walk at Southerness, one of our lovely beaches.

For lovers of woodland, head to Mabie Forest outside of Dumfries, whether you prefer to do the trails on foot or by bike, you’ll be rewarded with some gorgeous views of the surrounding countryside Then take a visit to the WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre where you can find out about saving threatened wetland wildlife. This can then all be topped off by some coarse fishing at Broom Fisheries near Annan.

Miles

40

Kms

64

Stops

4

Travel Time

2h

RSPB Mereshead, Dumfries and Galloway, South West 300

Stop 1 - Southerness Lighthouse and Beach

Southerness beach is a vast expanse of sand and rocks offering breathtaking views across the Solway Firth towards the Lake District. At low tide mud flats and rock pools are revealed and at the western end of the beach stands Southerness lighthouse which was built in 1749. Unusually it is square in shape.

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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 - WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Almost all life depends on wetlands for water, food, or habitat. Yet a third of all wetlands have been destroyed. We are pioneers in saving threatened wetland wildlife, a centre for excellence in conservation science and experts in wetland management and creation.

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Stop 4 - Broom Fisheries

Broom Fisheries, home to Scotland’s leading coarse fishing lakes and waters, nestled away in a quiet, picturesque corner of South West Scotland. You’ll find us at Newbie, two miles from the nearby market town of Annan in beautiful Dumfries & Galloway, and less than 25 miles from Carlisle.

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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.

Easterbrook Bistro, Bar and Spa is located within the 85 acre parkland estate at The Crichton in Dumfries.

Privately owned 3 star Hotel in Dumfries Town centre

Lindean Guest House
location_on Dumfries

Town centre location in Dumfries, Lindean offers a quiet, comfortable stay with good customer service and ample parking.