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Solway Heritage Trail

Solway Heritage Trail

This 190 mile route winds through the beautiful rugged shores of the Solway Firth, taking you from Gretna right along to Scotland's most southerly point, the Mull of Galloway. 

Touring on quiet roads, you'll take in breathtaking views of peninsulas across shimmering seas and peaceful bays.
Solway Coast
Solway Trail
Along the route you'll find historic monuments, dramatic abbeys and ancient castles.  Why not stop off at Caerlaverock for lunch, visit Sweetheart Abbey, a love story written in towering gothic architecture, or Dundrennan Abbey, where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night on Scottish soil.  Travelling west and going further back in time you can visit the cradle of Christianity in Scotland at Whithorn, or the 4,000 year old stones of Cairnholy.
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Visit the small towns and villages along the way like Kirkcudbright Artists Town and Wigtown Book Town and sample some of the local hospitality as well as the locally caught seafood, fresh from the Solway Firth.

This stretch of coastline is a haven for wildlife, so get close to nature by seeing the wild geese take off at dawn from Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre, take the binoculars to Wigtown Bay for a glimpse of thousands of wintering water birds, get a cliff top view at the RSPB reserve at the Mull of Galloway or visit the tidal Logan Fish Pond Marine Life Centre at Port Logan.

But most importantly, enjoy the drive and the views across the water as the light changes throughout the day, and capture some special memories and special moments to take home.
For further information on sights along The Solway Coast Heritage Trail; Visit:
Caerlaverock Castle:       http://www.aboutscotland.com/caer/caer.html

Sweetheart Abbey:         http://www.rampantscotland.com/visit/blvisitsweet.htm

Cairnholy:                    http://www.stonepages.com/ancient_scotland/sites/cairnho1.htm