A 550 mile loop around the entire South of Scotland
The breathtaking borderlands of Southern and Central Scotland make for a spectacular coastal adventure. This route, designed by tour specialist, Raffaello Gonnella, offers over 550 miles of the very best of Scotland.
- The Erskine Bridge Spanning the River Clyde with a dual carriageway and cycle path this impressive suspension bridge was the longest of its kind when constructed, and links the town of Erskine on the South Side with Old Kilpatrick on the North side.
- The Ayrshire Riviera Follow the coast of the River Clyde through picturesque villages and sea-side towns or hop onto a ferry and visit one of the many little islands in the Clyde Estuary.
- Burns’ Alloway Scotland’s much loved poet, Robert “Rabbie” Burns wrote some of his most famous works in the village of Alloway where he lived in a cottage that still stands today. If you know his works you’ll recognise some of the landmarks in the village.
- South West Coast From Alloway South, the route hugs the rugged coastline on the wonderfully engaging roads leading to the South West corner of Scotland.
- Mull of Galloway The most Southerly point of Mainland Scotland is found at the end of a long, single track road on the Galloway Peninsula. Here you’ll find an impressive Lighthouse overlooking an RSPB Nature Reserve.
- Solway Firth The endless sands of the Solway Firth encompass a series of peninsulas which each have their own unique history and character.
- Gretna Green The Village right on the border crossing from England into Scotland has long been a destination for eloping couples heading north to take advantage of Scotland’s more relaxed wedding laws. Even today, couples head to the Old Smithy to be married at the Wedding Anvil!
- Borderlands A captivating drive through glens and moors, as the route heads across the country following the line of the England-Scotland Border to the East Coast.
- Abbeys of Jedburgh and Kelso The importance of this region in Mediaeval times can be seen from the impressive Abbey ruins found in these small towns.
- The Village of Duns A quaint and often-disputed market town which was more recently home to one of the world’s most celebrated racing drivers, Jim Clark.
- The Golf Coast Following the route along the East Coast there is an extraordinary selection of historic and world class golf courses including the Open Championship course, Muirfield, and the world’s oldest Links course, found right in the middle of Musselburgh Racecourse!
- The Forth Bridges Three unique bridges which span the River Forth and over a 100 years of history. The Rail Bridge has become an icon of Scotland while the all new Queensferry Crossing has broken records during its recent construction and completion.
- Forth & Clyde Canal Returning to regular use as a leisure route, the canal network in Scotland has found new life, with some extraordinary engineering and artwork along the way. Look out for The Kelpies at Helix Park, Falkirk and the mind-blowing Falkirk Wheel canal lock at the most northerly section of this route.
- Antonine Wall The Northern section of this route follows the route of the Antonine Wall which marks the most Northerly advance of the Roman Army into Britain. Some Roman artefacts, and even evidence of the wall itself remain visible today.
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