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SWC300 Adventure (South)

 

MILES178
KM287
DAYS3
 
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We know that you adventure seekers are always on the move and looking to squeeze in a short break here and there. But there are just too many great adventure options on the South West Coastal 300 to fit the full route into 3 days, so we’ve put together two 3-day bite size itineraries, one covering the northern half of the route and one covering the southern half.

This one takes in the southern half of the route and we have another one which covers the northern part. That way you have the option of doing the SWC300 in two short visits, or should you wish to come for longer, you can simply do one after the other!

Day 1
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Day 1 - Dumfries to New Abbey

Kick off your visit to the SWC300 with a visit to Caerlaverock Castle, the only triangular castle in the UK, this moated medieval stronghold is sure to capture your imagination.

Then head over to Mabie Forest, just outside Dumfries. Mabie is home to one of the five 7stanes mountain biking centres in South West Scotland. If you still have some energy left after tackling the trails at Mabie, why not head to Criffel Hill and take in some spectacular views of the region. 

 
MILES 17.6
KM 29
STOPS 3
 
Mabie Forest 7stanes
 
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Stop 1 - Historic Scotland- Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle is the UK's only triangular castle. With its wide moat, twin towered gatehouse and loft battlements, it is an awe-inspiring medieval stronghold.
 
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Stop 2 - Mabie Forest Park

Mabie Forest Park is a beautiful forest park just to the south of Dumfries offering spectacular views across the Dumfries and Galloway countryside and over to the Solway Firth. It is home to one of the 7Stanes Biking centres and offers walking and biking trails for all abilities.
 
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Stop 3 - Climb Criffel Hill

Criffel may be less than 2000 feet high, but as this is the highest hill for some distance it is prominent in views of the Solway Coast, from the Lake District. Due to its relatively low height, most people used to hill walking would be able to get to the summit and back within about 3 hours so that it makes Criffel an ideal half day walk. On a clear day, there are great views from the summit of the Solway Coast and the Lake District fells beyond including Skiddaw and Blencathra.
 
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Afternoon Tea in the garden at Abbey Cottage Tearoom with a view of Sweetheart Abbey on the South West Coast 300
Abbey Cottage Tearoom
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Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa
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The Steamboat Inn
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Accommodation in this area

Arbigland Estate
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Grovewood House Bed and Breakfast
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Mabie House Hotel
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Marthrown of Mabie
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Rockhall
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The Old Church Hall, Kirkbean
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Day 2
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Day 2 - Loch Ken to Newton Stewart

For fans of adventure, Galloway Activity Centre is an absolute must. With a wide range of water and adventure sports to try, one day may not be enough! For keen cyclists, get in touch with Galloway Cycling Holidays, they know every inch of trail and road across the region and will devise the perfect cycle route for you.

For horse riding enthusiasts, Barstobrick riding school offers treks around their gorgeous 650 acre estate. All that activity will no doubt have given you a thirst, why not head over to Crafty Distillery for a taste of their superb and award winning gin!

 
MILES 71.9
KM 116
STOPS 4
 
Galloway Cycling Holidays Scotland
 
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Stop 1 - Galloway Activity Centre

Outdoor Activity Centre offering a range of exciting activities including sailing, stand up paddle boarding (SUP), windsurfing, kayaking, combat laser tag games, archery, mountain biking, climbing and much, much more...Fun for all the family! We also have some great accommodation and glamping options. From Mongolian Yurts and cabins to luxury Eco Retreats, situated in a stunning location on the banks of Loch Ken in South West Scotland.
 
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Stop 2 - Galloway Cycling Holidays

Discover and explore the South West of Scotland by bike - enjoy nature, culture and its people with our unique cycling holiday tours. We take the nitty-gritty out of the planning of a tour and route finding. We will put your in touch with the authentic world of Scotland and make sure you will relax and feel safe. We want to make this a wonderful memorable experience.
 
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Stop 3 - Barstobrick

Just 2 miles from the A75 at Ringford  nestled in the heart of Red Kite country you'll find Barstobrick boasting an equestrian centre, coffee shop and several way marked walking trails. We invite you to explore our beautiful Galloway countryside by foot, bike or on horseback.
 
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Stop 4 - Crafty Distillery Tours & Shop

Using new technology, our own grain spirit and locally sourced ingredients, we want to create tasty, wallet-pleasing spirits for everyone who likes a tipple.
 
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The Black Horse Hotel
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The Crafty Crow
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The Old School House
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Accommodation in this area

Barrhill Farm Holiday Cottages
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Conifer Lodges
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Ernespie House Hotel
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Loch Ken Holiday Park
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Slogarie Estate
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Day 3
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Day 3 - Newton Stewart to Mull of Galloway

The Galloway Forest Park is an absolute must visit for any adventure seekers coming to South West Scotland. Kirroughtree is a great place to start. Home to one of the 7stanes mountain biking centres, it also boasts a vast array of hiking trails to enjoy. You could easily spend an entire day or more here.

Next stop, Scotland’s most southerly point. There you will find the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, which featured in 2018 movie, ‘The Vanishing’ starring Gerard Butler. If you’d like to have a warmer dip before you leave, but still with amazing views, head to The Quay Zone in Girvan, this modern pool has a full glass fronted end offering great views out towards Girvan beach and Ailsa Craig!

 
MILES 88.4
KM 143
STOPS 3
 
Mull of Galloway Lighthouse
 
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Stop 1 - Galloway Forest Park

The Galloway Forest Park has everything you need for a great day out, whatever the time of year. Meet red deer and wild goats, choose from two scenic Forest Drives, follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce or picnic beside a peaceful loch. This is also Scotland’s first Dark Sky Park – one of the best places to stargaze in Europe!
 
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Stop 2 - Mull of Galloway Experience

The Lighthouse at the Mull of Galloway is perched on the end of a 260 foot cliff. It was built by Robert Stevenson and first lit on 26th March 1830. The Lighthouse remains operational and is managed and monitored by Northern Lighthouse Board.
 
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Stop 3 - The Quay Zone

The Quay Zone is a modern, bright community leisure centre offering a swimming pool, gym, studio, cafe & soft play area.
 
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Henrys Bay House Restaurant Stranraer
Henrys Bay House Restaurant, Stranraer
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The Crown Hotel – Bar & Restaurant
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Tigh Na Mara Hotel
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Accommodation in this area

Auld Dairy Cottage
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Barrhill Holiday Park
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Little Laight Cottage
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No 4 Portpatrick B and B
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Pirleyhill Pods
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Tigh Na Mara Hotel
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