You may have heard of the North Coast 500 but have you
heard of the South West Coastal 300????
The South West Coastal 300 is a stunningly scenic 300 mile road trip around the South West of Scotland. If you are looking for breathtaking scenery, enchanting coastlines and new things to see and do, this is the road trip for you.
From rolling hills and forests to magical coasts and lochs, the beauty of South West Scotland will captivate you from the moment you arrive. Whether you’re a nature lover, an adventure seeker or a history buff, there is much for you to discover along the South West Coastal 300 and some beautiful places to stay along the way…………
The roads of the SWC300 are suitable for both cars and campervans, with many sections also suitable for cyclists. It is a 300 mile loop so you can join at any point and stop off for a short break to explore the area at any point. For the purposes of this Blog I’ve begun in Dumfries which is just a short drive from Gretna Green and Carlisle along the A76 and below are some of the towns you might want to consider visiting or staying at:
Dumfries – the historic market town and former royal burgh of Dumfries – located in the southern region of Dumfries and Galloway (just off the A76 from Gretna/Carlisle) and connected by lovely russet-hued sandstone bridges which straddle the banks of the River Nith, this former royal burgh has an interesting history and special connection to Scotland’s National Bard Robert (Rabbie) Burns.
Portpatrick – The beautiful seaside town of Portpatrick – full of pastel-coloured houses, set around a small bay and fishing harbour with cliffs forming the backdrop with plenty lovely places to stay and eat.
Stranraer – which is the gateway to the Rhinns of Galloway and lies on the shores of Loch Ryan was for more than a century a busy ferry port for services between south-west Scotland and Northern Ireland. The town’s main attraction is the Castle of St. John, a ruined four-story tower house built around 1500, which sits on a green in the main street. There are several eye-catching artworks in the area surrounding the castle and Stranraer Museum can be found in the old town hall.
The county town of Ayr which has a fantastic esplanade with a long sandy beach with the beautiful Island of Arrran as a backdrop. It has many lovely bars and restaurants and an abundance of high quality accomodation to stay in including the stunning Loft @ The Granary. It also has the Robert Burns Museum, Robert Burns Cottage and many other local areas of interest.
So whether you are a Nature Lover, an Adventure Seeker, if you’re into History and Heritage or Arts and Culture, if you’re looking for family fun or would like a Taste of the South West I’m going to explore in more detail each of these in the next several Blogs – I hope you can join me……….