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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.


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Crown and Anchor Bed & Breakfast and Tea Room

Crown and Anchor Bed & Breakfast and Tearooms was the local pub in the small village of Dundrennan. The building has been completely renovated, whilst retaining as many of its Find out more

Barholm Accommodation

Whether you are a walker, hiker, biker, cyclist, fisherman/woman, clay pigeon shooter, star gazer, golfer or horse rider you can enjoy all these activities in and around Creetown. Find out more

The Hopetoun Arms

A truly Scottish experience in the heart of Southern Scotland's' Lowther Hills. The perfect escape to the countryside for couples, families, walkers, adventurers and others. Find out more

Sea View Snugs at Laggan

Gatehouse of Fleet
Escape and connect with nature, connect with yourself and connect with life's simple pleasures in our Sea View Snugs. Find out more

Gatehouses of Fleet

Gatehouse of Fleet
Boutique 5 star cottages with log burners, free WiFi and Smart TVs Find out more

HeatheryHaugh Lodges

Set in parkland,quiet and peaceful great for observing wildlife, walking, ideal for families and pet friendly. Find out more

Knockniemoak B and B

We provide a warm and friendly welcome to all of our guests, and ensure that your stay is both comfortable and relaxing Find out more

Dell Mar Bed and Breakfast

This grand Victorian guest house is the perfect place to relax, unwind and to experience all that this ancient Spa town has to offer. Find out more

Yellow Door Holiday Cottage

The Yellow Door is a lovingly restored holiday cottage.  Located in the oldest part of Kirkcudbright, in the Greengate Close which runs off the High Street. Alon Find out more

Knockinaam House

Knockinaam House  has everything you need for a lovely, relaxing family holiday or a romantic break Find out more

Harbourside Holiday House

Situated overlooking the beautiful harbour of Portpatrick with stunning views and a wealth of things to see and do. Harbourside is the perfect self-catering holiday destination Find out more

Solway View Holidays

We offer an ideal destination for individuals, couples, well behaved groups & families to enjoy a wonderful Wigwam, Camping and Caravan holiday. Find out more

Cally Palace Hotel

Gatehouse of Fleet
You can step back to a time of period style and elegance while enjoying all the modern comforts of a four-star golf hotel. Find out more

Selkirk Arms Hotel

Welcome to the Selkirk Arms Hotel, where comfortable accommodation, good food, friendly service and a warm welcome await. Find out more

The Nether Barr

Newton Stewart
Set in 15 acres of farmland elevated above the River Cree, the Nether Barr enjoys magnificent views towards the Galloway Hills. Find out more

Buccleuch Arms Hotel and Restaurant

The fireside lounge offers a warm and cosy prospect, even on the coldest of Scottish winters Find out more

East Brae Cottage

Relax and unwind enjoy our hospitality. Find out more

Holly Tree Cottage and Crawfordston Cottage

Situated in Straiton and Kirkmichael are Holly Tree Cottage and Crawfordston Cottage. Both are beautiful cottages offering peace and tranquility. Find out more

The Walled Garden Caravan Park

Perfectly placed for tourng the The SWC300. Find out more
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