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Galloway Tourist Route

Galloway Tourist Route

A journey through the landscape of Dumfries & Galloway and South Ayrshire is a journey through the all the landscapes of which Scotland is proud to boast.  Rugged mountains, heathland, hills and moorland, forests, lochs, rich farmland, a long coastline and breathtaking skies - offering a spectacular and relaxing drive off the beaten track along quiet roads.

The Galloway Tourist Route rescues you from the bustle of the motorway at Gretna and takes you along the scenic Solway Coast, through villages and market towns, up along the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, with its craggy mountains and lochs and past ancient castles towards Ayr.
Threave Castle
Galloway Tourist Route (GTR)
Along the way there are visitor centres, museums, castles, gardens, nature reserves, art galleries and craft workshops.  Not to mention the huge range of pubs, cafes and restaurants for you to enjoy en-route.

It would be impossible to visit everything along the way but the Galloway Tourist Route has so many sites of interest that you can tailor your journey to suit your interests.  Make the Galloway Tourist Route a journey back in time by visiting the castles and historic sites en-route, with stops to see the Ruthwell, Cross, Old Buittle Tower, Threave Castle, Polmaddie Settlement and Loch Doon Castle.
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The mild influence of the Gulf Stream sweeping across south west Scotland mean the gardens and nurseries along the route are often unexpectedly lush and bountiful.  Stop off at Bridge End and Deanston nurseries to collect some specimens for your own garden, pick up some ideas at the Crichton and stop off for lunch at Threave Gardens and admire the view across this National Trust property.

The story of south west Scotland is told at a wide selection of visitor centres and museums along the route.  See the story of runaway weddings in Gretna Green or of war time life at the Devil's Porridge.  Trace the footsteps of the National Bard, Robert Burns, in Dumfries and raise a toast in his favourite Inn.  Discover the history of aviation or visit the first savings bank in the world.  Take in the stories of the towns and villages along the route at the local museums, or immerse yourself in how life used to be at Cathcartston and Dunaskin visitor centres, for a trip into the past.

The landscape of this part of Scotland has been an inspiration to artists for generations, and there are plenty of opportunities to view the results of their work and meet the craftspeople of today during your journey.  Take in Gracefield Arts Centre, Designs Gallery or Castle Douglas Art Gallery, and visit the Clog and Shoe Workshop or Anne Hughes Pottery to pick up a souvenir of your trip.

Or if you're of a more energetic disposition, take time our for a round of golf, some fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, sailing or just a gentle stroll to really make the most of the landscape of this very special corner of Scotland.
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