Miles

239

Kms

384

Days

7

The South West Coastal 300 is a great idea for a family holiday. There is so much to choose from around the route, you can be sure there’ll be something to suit everyone. Whether you love adventure and the great outdoors, exploring castles, meeting animals or tasting great food!

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

Sanquhar to New Cumnock

What better way to start your visit to the South West Coastal 300 than by a visit to Crawick Multiverse. This spectacular land art installation is just breathtaking. Animal lovers won’t want to miss the chance to meet and to ride the beautiful Blackstone Clydesdales. And finally, why not take a dip in the outdoor heated Tamar Manoukian Pool in New Cumnock?

Miles

35

Kms

56

Stops

3

Travel Time

55min

Blackstone Clydesdales | Greenan Beach | South Ayrshire | SWC300

Stop 1 - 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 2 - Blackstone Clydesdales and DIG-a-Day Experience

The Blackstone Clydesdale Centre was established to secure a way to care for our growing Scottish rare breed family, to give you a chance to experience the Clydesdale horse magic, learn about their lives on the farm and witness first hand these magnificent animals, so the Clydesdale Experience was born.

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Stop 3 - The Tamar Manoukian New Cumnock Pool

Having been fully refurbished by the Dumfries House Trust in June 2017, this outdoor heated swimming pool, opposite the New Cumnock Town Hall, is for the community to enjoy. Having been fully refurbished by the Dumfries House Trust in June 2017, this outdoor swimming pool, opposite the New Cumnock Town Hall, is for the community to enjoy.

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Community Hub and Cafe

Roundhouse at Loch Doon
location_on Dalmellington

Loch Doon is the largest inland loch in Southern Scotland with spectacular scene

Craigengillan Estate
location_on Dalmellington

We're sure that you will find the perfect accommodation that meets your needs. Nestled deep within the grounds of the Estate sit two restored cottages.

Nithsdale Hotel
location_on Sanquhar

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

Day 2

Dalmellington to Girvan

Step back in time on day two with a trip on the Doon Valley Railway, where you can see working steam and diesel locomotives from days gone by. Next stop, the spectacular Culzean Castle. Perched on a clifftop in South Ayrshire, both the castle and its grounds are well worth a visit, with the Adventure Cove playground a particular highlight for younger visitors. For the adventurers among you, Adventure Carrick based in Girvan offers a wide range of activities from watersports to forest activities, mountain activities and cycling.

Miles

32

Kms

52

Stops

3

Travel Time

1h

Culzean Castle | Maybole | South Ayrshire | SWC300

Stop 1 - Doon Valley Railway

The Doon Valley Railway is a ‘living museum’. Here unique and historically significant industrial steam and diesel locomotives are restored and can be seen working in an authentic setting.

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Stop 2 - 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 3 - Adventure Carrick

Adventure Carrick is open all year round and has 15 years experience in providing high quality outdoor adventure experiences throughout the South West of Scotland including Watersports, Mountain Sports, and Forest Activities. Let the fun begin!

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The Coo Shed
location_on Ayr

Unique family run coffee shop. All food prepared and baked in-house, locally sourced if possible. Set in the rural Ayrshire countryside on South Corton Farm.

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

Barrhill Holiday Park and Hot Tub Glamping is set in the rural countryside in South Ayrshire outside Barrhill.

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 3

Girvan to Creetown

Start your day with a splash at Quay Zone with its swimming pool, gym and soft play area, it has something for everyone. What is a visit to Scotland without meeting a Highland Coo?! Kitchen Coos and Ewes offer farm tours and experiences where you can see Highland cows and Beltex sheep in their natural, farm environment. Next stop, Creetown Gem Rock Museum, where, among many other things you can see a fossilised dinosaur egg! To round off your day, stop by The Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition. It comprises twelve large granite sculptures and is located on the outskirts of Creetown.

Miles

66

Kms

107

Stops

4

Travel Time

1h 30min

Stop 1 - The Quay Zone

The Quay Zone is a modern, bright community leisure centre offering a swimming pool, gym, studio, cafe & soft play area.

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Stop 2 - Kitchen Coos and Ewes

Learn about the interesting variety of different breeds that were carefully selected to utilise the different habitats on the farm before enjoying a traditional farmhouse spread of food and drink. Grab your camera or your sketchbook and charcoals, because there are so many highlights on one of these tours, you’ll want to capture them all.

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Stop 3 - Creetown Gem Rock Museum

Would you like to see a 4.5 billion year old, three kilogram meteorite; or the fossilised egg and dung of a dinosaur; or one of the largest natural gold specimens on display in the UK? Then the Creetown Gem Rock Museum is for you!

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Stop 4 - Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition

The Ronald Rae Sculpture Exhibition comprises twelve large granite sculptures and is located on the outskirts of Creetown. 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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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.

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

Cairnsmore Cottages
location_on Newton Stewart

Two self-catering cottages set within a cobblestone courtyard

Up Yonder Holiday Cottage.
location_on Newton Stewart

Come Awa’ Up Yonder

Day 4

Gatehouse of Fleet to Kirkcudbright

Have you ever met an Alpaca? Well now you can, at Galloway Alpacas you can meet these delightful and sweet-natured creatures. If you’ve got a sweet tooth, you won’t want to miss Cream o’Galloway, taste their delicious ice-cream and even learn to make your own. Or if you’d like to try your hand at something else creative, why not visit The Wee Pottery in Kirkcudbright, where you can paint your very own pottery!

Miles

18

Kms

28

Stops

3

Travel Time

32min

Stop 1 - 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 2 - Cream o’ Galloway

Delicious luxury ice cream made with the milk from our own organic, cow with calf dairy farm. Visit us for more than 20 flavours of ice cream, award winning artisan ice cream, ice cream making workshops and farm tours.

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Stop 3 - The Wee Pottery - Kirkcudbright

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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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

Surrounded by beautiful gardens these two attractive cottages provide an idyllic haven.

The Ship Inn
location_on Gatehouse of Fleet

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

Day 5

Kirkcudbright to Loch Ken

No visit to South West Scotland is complete without learning more about our spectacular dark skies. And there is no better place to do that than at the Dark Space Planetarium in Kirkcudbright. Getting you back out into the outdoors a stop at Barstobrick Visitor Centre gives you the option of exploring our beautiful Galloway countryside by foot, bike or on horseback. Lastly, for the more adventurous visitors, Galloway Activity Centre is the place to go. With a huge range of activities, from watersports to laser tag to mountain biking, you’re sure to find something fun for the whole family.

Miles

21

Kms

34

Stops

3

Travel Time

35min

Stop 1 - Dark Space Planetarium

Are you fascinated by outer space? Do you love gazing at the stars in the night sky? Have you always wondered what it’s like to be in space? Do you dream of being an astronaut, or visiting the ISS, even just for a day? Now is your chance! Then the Dark Space Planetarium in Kirkcudbright is the place for you!

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Stop 2 - 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 3 - 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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Laurie Arms
location_on Castle Douglas

Family Run Traditional Village Restaurant and Bar

The Old School House
location_on Castle Douglas

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

Blairinnie (Barwhillanty Estate)
location_on Castle Douglas

An escape to rural bliss - the perfect gataway for outdoor enthusiasts

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 6

Dumfries to Thornhill

Did you know that South West Scotland was the birthplace of Peter Pan? Learn all about it at the magical Moat Brae in Dumfries. Staying on a literary theme, Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns was from the south west of Scotland. For a time he lived with his on a farm outside of Dumfries. Pay a visit to Robert Burn’s Ellisland Museum and Farm to learn more about this famous son of Scotland. Round off your day at the spectacular Drumlanrig Castle. You can visit the castle and its grounds. And the huge estate offers miles of beautiful walks.

Miles

19

Kms

31

Stops

3

Travel Time

36min

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 - 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 3 - 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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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.

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

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.

Privately owned 3 star Hotel in Dumfries Town centre

Day 7

Thornhill to Moffat

If you’d like to try some biking, Rik’s Bike Shed at Drumlanrig Castle is the perfect place for you. With a wide variety of trails for every level, there’s something for everyone. Next stop, the Museum of Lead Mining at Wanlockhead, where you get to experience the thrill of Scotland’s only underground mine tour. You can even try your hand at panning for gold! The Green Frog in Moffat is the perfect pitstop, with play areas, cafe and garden centre. And for the final stop of your trip, strap on your boots. You’re heading to Grey Mare’s Tail Waterfall. You can of course just enjoy the view from the bottom, but if you head to the top, you’ll get to see the stunning views over Loch Skeen and beyond.

Miles

47

Kms

76

Stops

3

Travel Time

1h 30min

Stop 1 - Rik's Bike Shed

Rik’s Bike Shed, a family business and we’ve been based at the stunning Drumlanrig Castle for more than 12 years. We do bikes – we fix ’em; sell ’em; build tracks for them; build ’em; race ’em; hire ’em; and, talk ’em;

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Stop 2 - Museum of Lead Mining, Wanlockhead

Discover Wanlockhead’s 18th century lead mine where you will experience the thrill of going on the only underground mine tour in Scotland. Take a glimpse into the past by visiting the miners’ cottages and see how the miners and their families lived during the periods of 1750, 1850 & 1910. The Miners’ Library is one of three subscription libraries in Scotland set up by the Miners themselves. You can even try your hand at panning for gold!

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Stop 3 - Grey Mare's Tail Waterfall and Loch Skeen

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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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.

Nithsdale Hotel
location_on Sanquhar

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

Heatheryhaugh lodges
location_on Moffat

Four well-appointed self-catering bungalows, sleeping 6, in a parkland setting just under a mile from the center of the picturesque town of Moffat

Hopetoun Arms
location_on Leadhills

The Hopetoun Arms hotel is a grade two listed building and is the highest residential hotel in Scotland