Welcome to South West Scotland

 South West Scotland – Galloway & South Ayrshire


South West Scotland welcomes you – an awesome area of Scotland !

Check out holiday information about our Towns & Villages on our interactive map of South West Scotland.

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The Road to South West Scotland -A77

From the Mull of Galloway – rugged and magnificent – it is  truly Scotland`s Lands End! Northwards up the West Coast through South Ayrshire to Culzean Castle and Ayr. Eastwards along the Solway Coastline of Dumfries & Galloway to Kirkcudbright. And inland to New Galloway and the forests and hills of Galloway Forest Park.

Our main focus is on the Rhins of Galloway and the Machars of Galloway – two lovely peninsulas in the far South West of Scotland. Discover places to visit, things to do and where to stay when on holiday here –  All within a traveling distance of little more than an hour or so.

Have a look at this Video – Making the most of the Coast from of the Solway Firth Partnership for a sample of our coastal scenery in Dumfries & Galloway

caliness near drummore south west scotland

Caliness by Drummore South West Scotland

The Rhins of Galloway is a narrow 25 mile long peninsula from Corsewall Lighthouse at the top to the Mull of Galloway at the southern tip.  There are many attractive villages on the Rhins of Galloway. Best known is Portpatrick – a picturesque harbour-side village on the Irish Sea Coast. Port Logan is another harbour village also on the Irish Sea coast. Sandhead has a beach many miles long and is on the more sheltered Luce Bay to the east of the Rhins. The Rhins of Galloway area is often likened to a miniature Cornwall without the crowds!

The Machars of Galloway is another picturesque peninsula in South West Scotland immediately east of the Rhins. Like the Rhins there are several charming coastal villages and much history to discover. Being a wider peninsula than the Rhins, the Machars Peninsula also has much to discover inland and is home to Scotland`s National Book Town – Wigtown.

Killantringan Lighthouse South West Scotland

Killantringan Lighhouse from Southern Upland Way South West Scotland

There are probably more gardens to visit on and around the Rhins and Machars of Galloway than in any other area of Scotland. The Gardens of Galloway Passport offers visitors a discount at participating gardens.

South West Scotland is ideal for walking due to its long and spectacular coastline. The Mull of Galloway Trail from Stranraer to the Mull of Galloway opened in August 2012. Scotland`s longest trail, the Southern Upland Way starts in Portpatrick. It follows the clifftops southwards from Portpatrick to the delightful Killantringan Beach before heading inland to the east coast.

South West Scotland Dunskey Castle

Dunskey Castle Portpatrick

A visit to the Mull of Galloway, Scotland`s most southerly point or, as some say Scotland`s Lands End is the high point of their holiday for most of our visitors. The Mull of Galloway offers spectacular views of four countries, an awesome visitor centre and cafe right on the cliff edge, seabirds galore and a lighthouse you can climb115 steps but well worth the view.

We are also famed for our numerous golf courses Here we have some of Scotland`s Top 100 Golf Courses.

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In the wider area we have wild mountains,opportunities for adventure, forests, historic castles and so much more.

There are also a number of special things that make South West Scotland unique!

One final bonus – parking is free almost everywhere in South West Scotland!

These reasons and many more make South West Scotland the ideal area to discover for a holiday and to return again and again and again……………..

Accommodation in South West Scotland




There is a large number of quality B&Bs, Guest Houses, Hotels, Self Catering etc in the SouthWestern Corner of Scotland. There is a selection of ideas for places to stay on our accommodation page.

Accommodation on the Mull and Rhins of Galloway

Page sponsored by Rickwood House – Award Winning Guest House in Portpatrick South West Scotland – 01776 810270    You can check availability and book at Rickwood House below.








Slide of Glentrool edited from image by Phil McMenemy/ Destination Dumfries & Galloway          Slide of Corsewall Lighthouse at night by Iain Mathieson. Image of Caliness by Cameron Anderson

Slide of Cairnsmore of Carsphairn Dumfries & Galloway – Image by Leeming & Paterson /Destination Dumfries & Galloway