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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!

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  • 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 on the SWC300

    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.

  • Ayr

    ayr bridge and town

    Ayr enjoys a delightful setting on the Clyde Coast. Ayr is the largest town and also the most northerly town in our area. Best known as the birthplace of Robert Burns – our National Bard, Ayr has many other attractions to offer and makes a great base for a tour of the northern parts of […]

  • ballantrae on SWC300

    Ballantrae is a delightful village on the South Ayrshire Coast in the area known as Carrick. The village is on our South West Coastal 300 Route and makes an ideal place to explore and perhaps stay along the way. Ballantrae is renowned for its annual food festival. For those interested in angling, Ballantrae is at […]

  • New Abbey Street Scene

    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.

  • Carsphairn in Dumfries and Galaloway

    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.

  • castle douglas south west scotland

    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.

  • Creetown, originally known as Ferrytown of Cree is a small seaside town positioned near the head of Wigtown Bay about 6 miles from Newton Stewart. As its former name suggests it used to be a small fishing village and one end of the ferry to the town of Wigtown on the other side of the […]

  • 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.

  • loch doon Castle

    As you enter Dalmellington, the sign says “A Village in the Stars”. Dalmellington is at the edge of Galloway Forest Park, famed for its dark skies. Just a few miles from the village you will find the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory – a great way find out about the stars (booking strongly advised). The view […]

  • Drummore is Scotland’s most Southerly Village and makes an ideal base to explore the delights of the peninsula known as the South Rhins of Galloway. Surprisingly, Drummore is further south than Newcastle or Carlisle and as a result, Drummore probably has the mildest climate of any coastal village in Scotland. It also means that there […]

  • Dumfries Old Bridge River Nith

    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.

  • garlieston on the SWC300

    Garlieston is a popular village on the Solway Coast of the Machars Peninsula. It lies between Wigtown and The Isle of Whithorn. On 30 May 1942, Sir Winston Churchill sent a memo headed “PIERS FOR USE ON BEACHES” saying “They must float up and down with the tide. The anchor problem must be mastered. Let […]

  • gatehouse of fleet mill

    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.

  • Girvan Harbour South West Coastal scotland

    Girvan is a popular seaside resort on the Clyde Coast about half an hour south of Ayr. Girvan also makes a great base for touring as Culzean Castle, Dunure, Turnberry and Ayr are all within a relatively short distance to the North. Stranraer and the Rhins of Galloway are less than an hour to the south […]

  • glenluce viaduct south west scotland

    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 South West Coastal 300

    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 boat building heritage.

    The village has two pubs serving meals and locally brewed craft beers, and a delightful cafe where you can enjoy homemade cakes and cappuccino.

  • Kirkcudbright Galleries courtesy of VisitScotland | Damian Shields

    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.

  • Eskdale is easily reached yet seems fairly remote!  It is a very scenic area of Dumfries & Galloway where the region meets the Borders. Langholm is the largest town in Eskdale and makes a great base for walkers exploring the many trails this area has to offer. Langholm is also a growing centre for arts […]

  • bruce at lochmaben

    Lockerbie and Lochmaben are two small towns a few miles apart and separated by the River Annan. Both towns are steeped in history but for very different reasons. When people think of Lockerbie, the tragic events of 1988 spring to mind while Lochmaben has strong connections with Robert the Bruce and his family are said […]

  • 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 golf club

    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

    Newton Stewart is known as the Gateway to the Galloway Hills. Newton Stewart is a great base for walkers and mountain bikers to explore 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.

  • port william

    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 holiday information

    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.

  • on sandhead beach by mull of galloway trail

    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.

  • Not only was Sanquhar one of the first Royal Burghs in Scotland, the town also has the world’s oldest Post Office, opened in 1712 and still operational. Sanquhar is on the River Nith – one of Scotland’s top salmon rivers and makes a great base for exploring Upper Nithsdale and beyond. When you think about […]

  • St John’s Town 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 the Knights Templar in recognition of its importance on the pilgrim’s route between Edinburgh and Whithorn

  • Straiton and Kirkmichael, both  conservation villages on the South West Coastal 300 and only 5 miles apart. Straiton with its wide village street and attractive stone built cottages is neatly placed 100 yards above a sweeping bend of the winding Water of Girvan. The village is on the edge of Galloway Forest Park – the […]

  • stranraer west pier

    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 south west 300

    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!

  • wigtown town hall

    Find a great read in Scotland’s Book Town, investigate gruesome martyr-drowning and Neolithic stone circles or visit the nearby RSPB centres.

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