Miles

247

Kms

398

Days

7

South West Scotland has been and is home to some world renowned creative talents. From Robert Burns, to J.M. Barrie, Charles Jencks to Thomas Carlyle, the region offers a feast for fans of art and culture! This seven day itinerary follows the South West Coastal 300 route and showcases the best of what our wonderful region has to offer.

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

Perhaps the most famous writer ever to live in Dumfries is Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, also known as Rabbie Burns. Burns wrote the famous poem/song ‘Auld Lang Syne’ that is traditionally sung on Hogmanay (New Year’s Eve) as well as many famous poems, including ‘Tam o’Shanter’ and ‘A Red, Red Rose’. Visit the house where Burns spent his final years in the heart of Dumfries. Then learn more about his life and work at the Robert Burns Centre which houses a museum dedicated to the bard. Just to the north of Dumfries, you can visit Ellisland Farm, where Burns also lived with Jean Armour and his family. To round off your day, if you are a fan of live entertainment, make sure to check what is on at the Theatre Royal Dumfries, this charming theatre first opened in 1792 and they even offer backstage tours!

Miles

14

Kms

22

Stops

4

Travel Time

41min

Stop 1 - Robert Burns House

It was in this simple sandstone house in a quiet Dumfries street that Robert Burns, Scotland’s national poet, spent the last years of his life. He died here in 1796 at the age of just thirty seven. The house shows us how the poet and his family lived in the late eighteenth century and is now a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world.

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Stop 2 - Robert Burns Centre and Film Theatre

The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre (RBCFT) is a 69-seat cinema in a converted 18th century mill on the banks of the River Nith. The RBCFT screens a mixture of contemporary independent cinema as well as foreign language and arthouse films, documentaries, Live Events and classic films. The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre shares the Robert Burns Centre with a museum which tells the story of Robert Burns’ last years spent in the bustling streets and lively atmosphere of Dumfries in the late eighteenth century.

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Stop 3 - Robert Burns' Ellisland Museum and Farm

From 1788-1791, Ellisland Farm was the rural home of National Bard Robert Burns. He built the house for his family. Its fabulous location by the river Nith inspired him to write some of his most famous poems. Today visitors can explore Burns’ farmhouse; the kitchen where meals were shared, his spence where genius was ignited. Then discover more about his life, work, and the setting that brought us Tam o’ Shanter, Banks O’ Doon and Auld Lang Syne.

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Stop 4 - Theatre Royal Dumfries

The oldest theatre in Scotland, the Theatre Royal is in the heart of Dumfries and first opened its doors in 1792. It has strong associations with the renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote several pieces specifically for its stage.

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Kilnford Farm Shop
location_on Dumfries

Farm shop, butchery, bothy and farmhouse kitchen cafe showcasing our own home reared meats with only the best customer service.

The Globe Inn
location_on Dumfries

The Globe Inn - Burns' Favourite Howff

Friars Carse Hotel
location_on Auldgirth

The hotel is set in a 45 acre Dumfriesshire estate including woodland extending down to the banks of the River Nith

Privately owned 3 star Hotel in Dumfries Town centre

Day 2

Dumfries to Castle Douglas

Did you know that J.M. Barrie, author of Peter Pan, lived in Dumfries from 1873 to 1878? The gardens at Moat Brae, which he often visited, were his inspiration for Peter Pan’s fictional world. Today Moat Brae is the perfect place to rediscover the wonder of childhood stories. Also in the heart of Dumfries, is Gracefield Arts Centre, home to a collection of over 600 paintings and drawings by Scottish artists. It has a packed programme of collection and contemporary exhibitions featuring regional, national and international artists and craft makers. If you’d like to discover some of our talented local artists, visit Angela Lawrence’s Clience Studio in Castle Douglas. Angela is a gifted painter and specialises in land and seascapes from Galloway and the south west of Scotland. Or The Gallery at Laurieston, home to award-winning landscape and fine art photographer Phil McMenemy, the Gallery offers both fine art and crafts from local artists.

Miles

26

Kms

41

Stops

4

Travel Time

46min

Stop 1 - Moat Brae Birthplace of Peter Pan

Peter Pan’s Enchanted Land. The inspirational childhood playground of JM Barrie. National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Neverland Discovery Garden, Café & Shop.

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Stop 2 - Gracefield Arts Centre

Gracefield Arts Centre is home to a collection of over 600 paintings and drawings by Scottish artists, most with links to Dumfries and Galloway. We have a packed programme of collection and contemporary exhibitions featuring regional, national and international artists and craft makers.

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Stop 3 - Clience Studio - Angela Lawrence

Clience Studio – , is a friendly artist’s gallery and working studio owned by Angela Lawrence, Artist, showing Original Oil paintings (mainly of Galloway and some Scottish Highlands and Isles as well as mountains of Lake District), signed giclee prints, commissions, water colours, art gifts from Galloway paintings (calendars, mugs, coasters, placemats, notebooks).

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Stop 4 - The Gallery at Laurieston

The Gallery at Laurieston is the home of award-winning landscape and fine art photographer Phil McMenemy. Open every Sunday 10.00am – 17.00pm and at all other other times for a private viewing and a cuppa by phoning 01644 450235

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Mr Pook's Kitchen
location_on Castle Douglas

Dumfries & Galloway on a plate

The Old School House
location_on Castle Douglas

Snug and warm and A fantastic place to stop for a meal, or coffee and cake,

Craigadam Country House Hotel B&B
location_on Castle Douglas

Craigadam enjoys an invigorating country estate setting, with bracing walks through the hills and by lochs and streams.

West Barmoffity is a modern farmhouse , ideally located for exploring Dumfries & Galloway

Day 3

Kirkcudbright, the Artist's Town

A must see for art lovers is the Kirkcudbright Galleries. Housed in the redeveloped 19th century Town Hall, this art gallery retains the Kirkcudbright Artists’ Collection, of recognised national significance, on permanent display. The collection includes works by artists such as John Faed, Robert Sivell, Edward Atkinson Hornel, Jessie Marion King and Samuel John Peploe. Broughton House, home of Scottish painter E.A. Hornel and one of the famed Glasgow Boys, is also in Kirkcudbright and with its wonderful art collection and charming garden, it is well worth a visit. Fans of ceramics should pop into Jake Irving Ceramics and Coffee Shop, Jake’s beautiful handmade ceramics are inspired by natural forms. And for pint sized art lovers, why not stop by The Wee Pottery where you can paint your own pottery masterpiece!

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Kms

1

Stops

4

Travel Time

5min

Colourful beach huts at Kirkcudbright harbour

Stop 1 - Kirkcudbright Galleries

Visit our nationally important art collection and learn the story of the Kirkcudbright ‘Art Colony’ through an audio-visual show “The Artists’ Town” and a permanent display of some of the best Kirkcudbright paintings in our collection.

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Stop 2 - Broughton House and Garden

Right in the heart of Kirkcudbright, a pretty artists’ colony on the Solway Firth, Broughton House is an 18th-century Georgian house and the former home of Scottish painter E A Hornel, one of the Glasgow Boys. The house holds Hornel’s pictures, vast collection of artefacts and furniture and has an beautiful garden.

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Stop 3 - Jake Irving Ceramics and Coffee Shop

Natural forms either found or imagined are the foundation of Jake’s work and these are expressed through various hand building techniques to produce sculptural, functional and decorative ceramics.

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Stop 4 - The Wee Pottery

The Wee Pottery is a new paint it yourself studio based at the Johnston Centre in Kirkcudbright, at the former Johnston School. The studio itself can seat up to 16 people and is an ideal idea for children’s parties, groups, get together or to simply drop by and paint something unique as a keepsake or a gift to give to someone else.

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Jake Irving Ceramics and Coffee Shop
location_on Kirkcudbright

Unique ceramics all handmade by Jake Irving at his studio based in Kirkcudbright, South West Scotland

The Selkirk Arms Hotel
location_on Kirkcudbright

Quality 4* Hotel & Restaurant in the heart of Kirkcudbright

The Ship Inn
location_on Gatehouse of Fleet

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

Yellow Door Holidays
location_on Kirkcudbright

Lovingly restored 300 year-old two bedroom cottage, sleeps four. With patio garden in the picturesque harbour town of Kirkcudbright.

Day 4

Gatehouse of Fleet to Whithorn

First stop of the day is The Mill on the Fleet. This exhibition centre is housed in a restored 18th century cotton mill. It is spread over three floors and includes exhibitions about the history and heritage of Gatehouse, a programme of temporary exhibitions, an inspiring pop-up shop run by twenty regional artists and a charming bookshop. Be sure to visit the Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition which comprises twelve large granite sculptures and is located on the outskirts of Creetown. Next stop Wigtown, Scotland’s national booktown and home to the famous Wigtown Book Festival. Visit Beltie Books, one of the charming second hand bookshops for which the town made its name. And if you are a fan of the performing arts, make sure to check out what is on at Scotland’s smallest theatre, the Swallow Theatre near Whithorn.

Miles

35

Kms

57

Stops

4

Travel Time

56min

Stop 1 - The Mill on the Fleet

Set in the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area in Galloway in south-west Scotland The Mill on the Fleet Visitor and Exhibition Centre offers a varied programme of exhibitions and events throughout the season,particularly on the natural environment of South West Scotland, its history and heritage, renewables and green living themes

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Stop 2 - Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition

The Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition comprises twelve large granite sculptures and is located on the outskirts of Creetown. This is an outdoor exhibition on a derelict industrial site.

The sculptor felt that art can be enjoyed anywhere, by everyone including children. One of the sculptures “Boy with Calf”; is hewn from Creetown granite and dates to almost 500 million years ago.

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Stop 3 - Beltie Books and Cafe

Second hand books. Coffee, tea & chocolate. Cake. Snacks. Art. What more could you want? In Scotland’s National Book Town – Wigtown

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Stop 4 - The Swallow Theatre

This ‘little gem’ of a venue offers an intimate setting for professional theatre, live music, and other events. The rural 48-seat auditorium is situated in the beautiful Galloway countryside 3 from miles from Whithorn, 9 miles from Wigtown and just 15 miles from Newton Stewart.

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Gather at Laggan
location_on Gatehouse of Fleet

Where good food and good views nourish the soul

The Crafty Crow
location_on Gatehouse of Fleet

This delightful cafe, craft and gift shop, The Cafty Crow is set in a beautifully converted church in the heart of the High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet

Southfield, Wigtown
location_on Wigtown

Georgian Townhouse sleeps 7 in heart of historic Wigtown, Scotland's Book Town. Family friendly, great for the generations. Private walled garden. Fireplace.

Craigmount Bed and Breakfast
location_on Wigtown

Craigmount Bed & Breakfast. Beautiful Georgian former manse in Scotlands National Book Town.

Day 5

Mull of Galloway and the Ayrshire Coast

First stop of the day is the Mull of Galloway, inspiration for so many artists and photographers, both the lighthouse itself and the surrounding views are breathtaking. Heading north along the Ayrshire Coast, stop off at Allan McNally Fine Art. Allan’s Scottish landscapes and coastal paintings are beautiful, he even offers art tutorials, if you would like to try your hand yourself. Last stop of the day is to the spectacular Culzean Castle, where there is so much to see. But don’t miss Robert Adam’s Oval Staircase, the dramatic centre piece of the castle and a true work of art.

Miles

64

Kms

104

Stops

3

Travel Time

2h

Culzean Castle | Maybole | South Ayrshire | SWC300

Stop 1 - Mull of Galloway

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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Stop 2 - Allan McNally Fine Art

Here in this amazing space, resident artist and studio-gallery owner Allan McNally creates bold, vibrant contemporary paintings of Scottish landscapes, coastal and seascapes including Galloway, Carrick and Burns Country scenes along and near the South West Scotland Coastal 300 Route.

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Stop 3 - 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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Few Hotels in Ayrshire offer the same combination of coastal setting, superb restaurant and modern accommodation.

The Ship Inn at Drummore
location_on Stranraer

A family run traditional pub by the sea.

Two delightfully restored old cottages situated close to the SWC300

Pirleyhill Pods
location_on Girvan

Pirleyhill Pods – a luxury glamping pod experience. Pirleyhill Pods sit just off the west coast of Scotland, near Turnberry in South Ayrshire.

Day 6

Cumnock to Sanquhar

Day six begins at Dumfries House, this stunning Estate and 18th-century house with its unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture has something for everyone. Next stop is something completely different, Crawick Multiverse near Sanquhar is an amazing land art installation and the creation of the renowned landscape architect Charles Jencks. While you are in Sanquhar, pop into A’ The Airts, they stock work from local artists and crafters, many of which feature the Sanquhar pattern.

Miles

43

Kms

69

Stops

3

Travel Time

1h

Stop 1 - Dumfries House

Dumfries House has a fascinating history with the artefacts inside a testament to its long and chequered past. Re Opened in 2008 following a painstaking restoration the crowning glory is the magnificent collection of some 50 pieces of Chippendale’s work, preserved examples of Britain’s finest ever craftsmanship saved for the nation and visitors to Scotland to enjoy for centuries to come.

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Stop 2 - 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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Stop 3 - A’ The Airts

A’ The Airts in the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar is a Community Arts and Crafts centre nestled in the heart of Upper Nithsdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland. Our fully accessible building is a hub where individuals can meet and express their creativity. Our varied groups who use the centre also love the warm and welcoming atmosphere here. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy great refreshments and free wi-fi in our café.

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A small family run tearoom and petrol station in the beautiful Royal Burgh of Sanquhar.

Blackaddie House Hotel
location_on Sanquhar

Blackaddie House Hotel is a luxury 4 Star Hotel and Gourmet Restaurant set on the banks of the river Nith in the idyllic countryside of Dumfries and Galloway .

Nithsdale Hotel
location_on Sanquhar

Situated in the picturesque Upper Nithsdale valley, the Hotel is only an hour from both Edinburgh and Glasgow

Nithbank Country Estate
location_on Thornhill

Award Winning 5* Country House, secluded in 5 acres. Warm scones on arrival. Elegant Suites with breathtaking views

Day 7

Thornhill to Dumfries

The last day of your itinerary begins at Drumlanrig Castle, leave yourself time to enjoy this wonderful place. The house itself has a magnificent art collection, including Rembrandt’s An Old Woman Reading which of course takes pride of place. If your appetite for land art was inspired by your visit to Crawick Multiverse, you might want to visit some of The Striding Arches a series of massive stone sandstone arches built on the hilltops around Cairnhead, near Moniaive by renowned sculptor Andy Goldsworthy. Next a stop at Cample Line an independent arts organisation based in a building which was once part of a row of millworkers cottages. They have developed a public programme that includes exhibitions, screenings, readings, workshops, events and outreach projects. For the last stop of your trip, visit the home one of most prolific writers and social commentators of the 19th century. Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace is a wee house in Ecclefechan near Lockerbie. Carlyle lived there until the age of 13, when he left Ecclefechan and walked 84 miles to Edinburgh, to attend the university!

Miles

65

Kms

104

Stops

4

Travel Time

2h

Drumlanrig Castle and Estate

Stop 1 - 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 2 - The Striding Arches - Land Art

The Striding Arches are a series of iconic red sandstone arches in an area of Dumfries & Galloway known as Cairnhead. The Striding Arches have been created by local artist Andy Goldsworthy.

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Stop 3 - Cample Line

CAMPLE LINE is an independent arts organisation based rurally in south west Scotland. They have developed a public programme that includes exhibitions, screenings, readings, workshops, events and outreach projects.

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Stop 4 - Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace

Childhood home of one of Britain’s most influential thinkers, Thomas Carlyle. Little did anyone know that the boy born here in 1795 would go on to become one of the most prolific writers and social commentators of the 19th century. The unassuming exterior of this wee house in Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, belies its significance in Scottish history.

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

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The Auldgirth Inn
location_on Dumfries

Sit by the lounge bar inglenook and share a space once occupied by Rabbie Burns as he sheltered against winter’s icy blast.

Scaurbridge House
location_on Thornhill

Elizabeth Ann Hughes invites you to come and relax in stylish luxury at the delightful Scaurbridge House