A road trip taking in Scotland's finest sights

A west coast wonder

Scotland is simply bursting with awe-inspiring roads that wind through some of the most incredible scenery in the world. So come and soak up some of the spectacular sights that unfold as you drive along one of Scotland’s newest routes – the South West Coastal 300.

Hugging the southwest coast of Dumfries and Galloway and South Ayrshire, expect 300 miles of beauty, including sandy beaches, rolling hills, charming villages, and a few hidden gems. This route takes you to Scotland’s most southerly point, The Mull of Galloway, and to Scotland’s highest village Wanlockhead. It also takes in the wonderful Galloway Forest Park, with its beautiful forest trails and incredible wildlife.

Below we’ve listed a few unmissable sights as well as suggested a few Luxury Scotland hotels to stay in along the way.

Southerness Lighthouse

Southerness Lighthouse
Scotland’s second oldest lighthouse is both dramatic and atmospheric and located on the Solway Firth, near the charming holiday village of Southerness.


Sandyhills Bay
Expect miles of sweeping sands and breathing tides that leave the sea shimmering like a distant mirage.


Known as Scotland’s Artists’ Town due to both its rich history of attracting painters, and a resurgence of art galleries and exhibitions today, this bustling town also offers magnificent medieval architecture and a vibrant, working harbour.


Castle Kennedy Gardens
These bountiful gardens, near Stranraer, are alive with colourful displays of native and exotic flowers and plant life.


Ailsa Craig
One of Scotland’s most iconic islands, this majestic granite mass, located at the mouth of the Firth of Clyde, is sometimes referred to as "Paddy's Milestone", as it is approximately the halfway point of the sea journey from Belfast to Glasgow.

There are several Luxury Scotland hotels along the South West Coastal 300, or just a short drive from the route; these include:

Knockinaam Lodge
A five-star former shooting lodge in Dumfries and Galloway with spectacular views over the Irish Sea.

Glenapp Castle
A magnificent five-red-star hotel in Ayrshire, surrounded by seascapes at every turn

Take a small detour and arrive at Cringletie, a historic 28-acre estate dating back to the 1660's.

Explore this spectacular route on two wheels, or four. Drive yourself or why not enjoy the luxury of taking in the dramatic scenery from the comfort of a chauffeur-driven car? For more information, contact our Luxury Scotland Partner, Little’s Chauffeur Drive.