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South West Scotland

South West Scotland includes Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire- Dumfries & Galloway – Country File Holiday Destination of the Year.

Every good web site needs a blog. This is more a random collection of South West Scotland information, facts and photos. Please keep coming back as more is added. We hope you will enjoy your holiday in South West Scotland!

Dumfries & Galloway has been voted Holiday Destination of the Year 2015/16!

dumfries &Galloway Loch trool

Glen Trool – Galloway Forest Park. Image by Colin Tennant

Dumfries & Galloway is one of the largest regions in Scotland. It forms the core area featured by Visit South West Scotland. It is also one of the least densely populated which means that the roads are quiet and there is plenty of wide open space for visitors to enjoy our great scenery and explore our small towns and quaint villages.

Many visitors to South West Scotland come from around Manchester . By area, South West Scotland is about 5 times the size of Greater Manchester but has only about one eigtheenth of the population. In other words each person in South West Scotland has about 90 times as much open space!

Galloway Forest Park – the largest forest park in the UK also includes a large part of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Reserve. Galloway Forest Park is famed for its dark skies and is home to the UK`s first Dark Sky Park.

South West Scotland includes the world famous Gretna Green which is on the border between England and Scotland so that our area is easy to reach from the North of England and also from Central Scotland.

Coastline РSouth West Scotland has over 230 miles of coastline with many splendid beaches, pretty villages, harbours, lighthouses  and cliff- top walks. Two of the best known lighthouses are Southerness which is one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland and the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse which is Scotland`s most southerly lighthouse.

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse South West Scoltand

Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

South West Scotland may be considered the “Lowlands” but is home to Scotland`s Highest village!
That`s correct. Wanlockhead, famed for lead and gold mining is 467 metres / 1531 feet above sea level. Wanlockhead is in the Lowther Hills and is at the head of the spectacular Mennock Pass. Tomintoul is the highest village in the Highlands but is much lower at 345 metres than Wanlockhead.

Wanlockhead has a very popular and interesting Museum of Lead Mining.

Lola Rose 1531Scottish Red Ale is brewed in Wanlockhead and takes its name from the height of the village!

South West Scotland has the village with the shortest name!

Yes, Ae in Mid Annadale is, like its name, very small. It is on the edge of Ae Forest and was built by the Forestry Commission in 1947 when some 25,000 acres of conifers were planted – that`s a lot of trees! There is a 7 Stanes mountain biking centre at Ae with trails at all skill levels plus numerous walking tracks.



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