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Scottish Castles Route

Our Scottish Castles Route lets you explore over 250 miles of delightful and varied countryside. Steep yourself in history as there are well over a dozen castles and abbeys to visit on your journey.

Take several days to savour the wide diversity of this part of Scotland.

You might want to extend your route northwards from Portpatrick up the west coast towards Ayr and check out even more treasures such as Dunure Castle and Culzean Castle.

Our route includes some of our areas best scenery taking in such gems as  magnificent Dalveen Pass in the Lowther Hills and the additional western section between Ballantrae and Girvan heading towards Culzean where the road hugs the coastline with great views of Ailsa Craig.

Visit South West Scotland thank Dave Smith and Motor Cycle Scotland, Buccleuch Arms, Moffat for use of this map and route.

The Burns Country Run is a route of 162 miles and celebrates the life of Robert Burns the National Bard of Scotland.

Robert Burns, more commonly referred to as Robbie or Rabbie Burns was born in Alloway near Ayr and died in Dumfries. Our route includes both towns and much more besides.

Alloway is home to Burns Cottage where the great man was born in 1759. Burns cottage now forms part of the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum which is a National Trust Property. The exhibition is set in 10 acres and also houses a modern museum containing the Worlds greatest collection of Burns life and works. There are a monument and gardens created in his honour – well worth spending a few hours.

In Dumfries, you can visit Robert Burns House, DG1 2PS and the Robert Burns Centre in a watermill on the banks of the River Nith. Robert Burns House is where the poet spent his last years and provides a great insight to life for Burns and his family. The Robert Burns Centre  provides an exhibition with many of his belongings and manuscripts. There is also a haunting audio-visual alongsides a scale model of Dumfries as it was in Burn`s times.

Other highlights of our Burns Country Run include:-

Culzean Castle, a splendid castle dating back to 1777 situated south of Ayr on the coast of the Firth of Clyde and managed by the National Trust of Scotland.

Drumlanrig Castle – another majestic castle near Thornhill which opened in 1691! Things to do here include castle tours, cycling and mountain biking, walks, fishing, land rover tours, gardens……

Loch Doon Castle – a ruined castle beside Loch Doon set amongst the spectacular scenery of Galloway Forest Park. Loch Doon Castle has links with King Robert the Bruce.

Moniaive, a quaint and delightful village well known for its music scene.

Ellisland Farm – a farm where Robert Burns lived and worked which is now a visitor attraction and museum.

Crawick Pass – a mountain pass, well known for its spectacular views.

Visit South West Scotland thank Dave Smith and Motor Cycle Scotland, Buccleuch Arms, Moffat for use of this map and route.

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Six beautiful Gardens of Galloway have collaborated to offer visitors a passport. The Gardens of Galloway on Scotland`s Garden Route offer reduced entry fees as detailed below. All the gardens are within a compact area making our corner of Galloway unique. Nowhere else in Scotland can you visit so many gardens with so little travel. (more…)


Langholm  on the banks of the River Esk is surrounded by rolling hills and offers many opportunities for walking. (more…)

From Portpatrick there are excellent cliff paths in both directions, north and south. These offer a range of options for stunning walks with awesome scenery. (more…)

The Mull of Galloway Trail is 24 miles long. This spectacular trail runs from Stranraer to the Mull of Galloway, Scotland`s most southerly point. (more…)

A spectacular drive through the Galloway Forest

From New Galloway, take the A713 towards Dalmellington and Ayr. This is a good road and passes through some lovely scenery. You may stop after a few miles to look at the medieval village of Polmaddy, and then the Heritage Centre at Carsphairn. (more…)

A seaside walk in the Machars of Galloway
Rigg Bay near Garlieston to Cruggleton Castle (about 2 hours there and back). (more…)

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