Touring The South West 300 Scotland

Scotland has lots of little nooks and crannies to explore. Have you heard about the scenic route – The South West 300 Scotland? This route takes in the beautiful coastal areas of Dumfries and Galloway, including sites of historical importance and natural beauty. Here is why you should visit and explore the South West 300.

South West 300 Scotland
Rockcliffe ©MDHarding

Touring The South West 300 Scotland

Towns of Dumfries and Galloway

There are several quaint towns not to be missed while visiting the area including Wigtown. Did you know Wigtown is Scotland’s national book town? With 14 bookshops to choose from, selling pre-loved, fiction, children’s books and crime fiction. It is also home to the Wigtown Book Festival, which takes places each autumn with more than 200 events. Castle Douglas is the food town with delis, artisan chocolate, traditional butchers, bakers and more! Enjoy a stroll around the artist town of Kirkcudbright with its six galleries and artistic history dating back to the ‘Glasgow Boys’. Discover more at the Tolbooth Art Centre, the Hornel Art Gallery at Broughton House and at the Stewartry Museum.

The Book Shop, Wigtown, South West 300 Scotland
The Book Shop, Wigtown ©MDHarding

Mull of Galloway

While exploring the South West 300 Scotland, why not climb the 115 steps of one of the Stevenson lighthouses – Mull of Galloway at Scotland’s most southerly point. Enjoy the 360-degree views, RSPB centre and a delicious snack or two at Gallie Craig Coffee House. Currently closed as out of season, due to reopen Easter 2018.

South West 300 Scotland, Mull of Galloway Experience
Mull of Galloway Experience ©MDHarding

The Gem of Scotland

There are many gems to discover including the Gem Rock Museum with its rare and unusual gems from around Scotland and further afield.  For the young geologist or gemologist, try your hand at finding the precious stone and gem rabbits.  There is also a large gift shop (ideal at this time of year for Christmas inspiration) and cafe.

South West 300 Scotland, Gem Rock Museum Cave
Gem Rock Museum Cave ©MDHarding


Scotland is renowned for its castles and none more than on the South West 300 route with Culzean Castle. Its dramatic coastlines, woodland walks and more to explore. If you also have a larger budget, did you know you can stay in the castle apartments? Live like a King or Queen in one of Scotland’s historic castles.

South West 300 Scotland, Culzean Castle
Culzean Castle ©MDHarding

Folklore and Tradition

Gretna Green has been famous for its weddings since 1754. Today you can visit the Blacksmith’s shop, museum and enjoy a spot of shopping or the delights of the restaurant.  Are you a buddy romantic? Seal your love with a padlock or perhaps a wedding at this nostalgic destination.

South West 300 Scotland, Famous Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna Green
The Famous Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna Green ©MDHarding

I hope you have enjoyed reading and inspired to visit one of Scotland’s beautiful counties – Dumfries and Galloway on the South West 300. The best way to get around is by car or maybe you would like to hire a motorhome? There is nothing like getting off the beaten track to explore the gems of Scotland. As always, I would love to hear from you.  Please leave any comments/questions below. Happy Travels:) x

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