South West Scotland has many beautiful villages and small towns just waiting for you to discover.
We have Scotland`s Highest Village, Scotland`s Most Southerly Village, Scotland`s Book Town, a Food Town, an Artist`s town, scores of Coastal Villages and many more……….
All with friendly accommodation owners waiting to welcome you and help you make the most of your valuable holiday time in and around South West Scotland.
……always something to see & do!
The historic royal burgh of Annan comes alive in the summer, with the historic Riding of the Marches and the skirl of pipes at the annual bagpipe festival. There is award-winning food all year round!
Auchencairn is an attractive village of whitewashed stone cottages, mainly dating from the early 17th century. It is located on the heritage coastline of the Solway Estuary, a National Scenic Area of unspoiled hills, cliffs, islands, bays and beaches known locally as the Scottish Riviera.
The village is on the A711 coast road from Dalbeattie to Kirkcudbright and provides a quiet and pretty base for exploring all that the area has to offer walkers, cyclists, wildlife enthusiasts or those who just want to relax on a beach.
New Abbey is a village in Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland. It is around 8 miles (13 km) south-west of Dumfries. The summit of the prominent hill Criffel is 2.5 miles (4.0 km) to the south.
The picturesque Village of Carsphairn sits within a predominantly rural parish of approximately 100 square miles.
The village itself is situated on the A713 – Galloway Tourist Route, mid-way between the market town of Castle Douglas in Dumfries and Galloway and the seaside town of Ayr in neighbouring Ayrshire. The Parish of Carsphairn has a current population of around 200 residents.
Enjoy retail therapy in the hustle and bustle of this market town’s great independent shops, purchase locally-produced food and relax at Threave Gardens where the National Trust’s gardeners are trained.
Dalbeattie has much to offer by way of interesting and diverse opportunities……the beautiful rural and coastal scenery…… activities such as the now famous Seven Stanes mountain bike trail in Dalbeattie Forest (one of the most challenging courses of its kind)…forest walks or riding along the many miles of track within Dalbeattie Forest itself or in Barrhill Woods or Rounall Woods.
Explore Dumfries our county town, along the banks of the winding Nith; steeped in the history of Scotland, Robert Burns and a delight for historians, shoppers and golfers. Read on for details of places to stay and things to do in Dumfries.
Gatehouse caters for a wide range of interests. The area is steeped in history and supports many interesting species of wildlife. There are opportunities for a variety of sporting activities, including golf, sailing, mountain biking and fishing. Above all, this is a peaceful beauty spot in which to relax and unwind.
Glenluce means Valley of Light. The village is set in a beautiful valley through which flows the Water of Luce on its way to Luce Bay.
A short distance up the valley from Glenluce are the remains of a 12th Century Cistercian Abbey. Over the years, visitors to Glenluce Abbey included King James IV, Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots. The Abbey is managed by Historic Scotland and is open to the public from May to September.
Cross the border from England into Scotland and you will be warmly welcomed by the communities of the Gretna area. Whether visiting Gretna specifically, perhaps with a wedding party in Gretna or Gretna Green, or venturing further afield to explore the natural beauty of Dumfries & Galloway and the rest of Scotland, the Gretna area is an excellent gateway to both region and country.
Kippford, with it’s original white washed shipwrights cottages lining the shore, is a popular holiday and sailing village that stretches along the banks of the Urr Water.
Originally know as Scaur, it is home to the Solway Yacht Club who hold a sailing regatta and cadet week here annually. The yacht club pontoon and vessels moored in the estuary are a modern reminder of Kippford’s boatbuilding heritage.
Kirkcudbright – Artists` Town. The light and colours of this historic harbour town make it a haven for artists and tourists alike. A vibrant summer programme of entertainment culminates in the Floodlit Tattoo, complete with massed pipe bands.
Nestling in the Moffat hills, a jewel in the crown of southern Scotland, the town is easy to find. Situated a mile from the main A74M from Carlisle to Glasgow, Moffat is a great stopping off point as well as a perfect place to stay. Visitors can enjoy the scenic trail to Edinburgh and the Borders and sample the other attractions in Dumfriesshire
The Mull of Galloway is Scotland`s most southerly point. We often refer to “The Mull” as Scotland`s Lands End. The Rhins Peninsula is a bit like a miniature Cornwall with its many villages, cliff top walks and stunning coastal scenery. The Mull of Galloway is much, much quieter than Cornwall and the parking is free!
New Galloway is a picturesque village in Galloway Forest Park and is the smallest Royal Burgh in Scotland. From New Galloway, roads head out in five directions so the village makes an excellent base for exploring Galloway Forest Park and beyond.
Newton Stewart is known as the ” Gateway to the Galloway Hills” The town is a great base for walkers and mountain bikers to explore the nearby Galloway Forest; the UK’s first Dark Sky Park and one of the world’s best spots for star-gazing.
Port Logan – is a delightful village in a sheltered and sandy bay on the west coast of the Rhins of Galloway. It is south of Portpatrick and just to the north of the Mull of Galloway – Scotland`s Lands End. Port Logan was the main location for the BBC series 2000 Acres of Sky.
Relax in the peaceful harbour village of Port William on the coast of Luce Bay in the Machars of Galloway. Port William is a haven for leisure craft as you gaze across the sea to the Isle of Man and Ireland.
Portpatrick is one of the most popular holiday villages on the coast of South West Scotland Scotland. Portpatrick has a picturesque harbour, a wealth of things to do and most likely, more places to eat than any other village in South West Scotland.
Rockcliffe, a picturesque seaside resort since Victorian times, is situated around a small sandy bay and is perhaps one of the prettiest coastal locations in SW Scotland.
Sandhead is on the Luce Bay coast of the Rhins of Galloway and has a sandy beach several miles long. The beach at Sandhead is very popular with boat owners and is ideal for walking with or without a dog.
St. Johns Town of Dalry Called variously the Clachan of Dalry and St John’s Town of Dalry, Dalry features a picturesque collection of houses and cottages some dating back to the late 1700’s. The name Dalry comes from Gaelic meaning ‘meadow of the King’ and is said to have been given its full title by […]
Stranraer is the largest coastal town in Scotland to the south of Ayr. The town has recently become focused on Marine Leisure and Music. Stranraer has a beautiful town centre dominated by the Castle of St John. Many cafes with tables on the pavement line the street.
Thornhill is a very interesting small town with a long history. The third Earl of Queensbury founded Thornhill as a Burgh as long ago as 1664. Thornhill is close to Drumlanrig Castle whose influence can be seen in the Mercat Cross in the centre of the town on top of which is a lead figure […]
Whithorn in the Machars Peninsula of Dumfries & Galloway was and still is best known for its connections with St Ninian and as Scotland`s Cradle of Chrisitanity. In recent years, the creative side of Whithorn has emerged. New for 2017, check out the Iron Age Roundhouse!
Find a great read in Scotland’s Book Town, investigate gruesome witch-drowning and Neolithic stone circles or visit the nearby RSPB centres.