South Scotland

You will be spoilt for choice when trying to pick a location for your holiday in this wonderful area stretching from Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire in the West through the Scottish Borders to the East Coast. History and culture is well represented both Scotland’s itself, with strongholds of Robert the Bruce in and around Dumfries together with Scottish English history of the Border wars and Border Reivers. The countryside throughout the area is highly regarded for its natural beauty with rolling upland hills, extensive woodlands and forests and superb beaches and coastal walks along both the Solway and Clyde Coast. The South West side of the country is of particular note with numerous Botanic Gardens growing exotic species which are only able to survive due to the warming influence of the oceanic gulf stream. The bright lights of Edinburgh and Glasgow are within easy reach allowing you to explore more of all that Scotland has to offer.

Ayrshire is one of the birth places of golf in Scotland as it started the Open Championship and now hosts more than fifty golf courses across the region. In 2016 the spotlight will again be on it, with Royal Troon hosting the Open Championship once again and while golf is a major part of life in Ayrshire, with superb championship courses at Rowallan or the heathland course at Millport on the Isle of Cumbrae which is well worth visiting for the island experience in itself. There is much more to see and do and with the coastline stretching over eighty miles there are superb sandy beaches and quiet smugglers coves to explore.

Southwest Scotland is a gem in its own right within the landscape and culture of Scotland with miles of quiet sandy beaches, challenging craggy coastal cliffs and hundreds of acres of forests teeming with wildlife and bird life all influenced by culture and heritage of Scotland which dates from the early times of recorded history. You will discover there is a surprisingly mild climate due to the effect of the Gulf Stream and also beautifully clear nights which, with little light pollution give superb star gazing opportunities. Within the area there is the country’s first Dark Skies Park in the Galloway Forest Park which extends to three hundred square miles of forest, heather clad hill and peaceful glens.

The Scottish Borders with their rolling hills, woodlands, river valleys and characterful towns are a holiday setting with plenty of appeal. In olden times, this Border country was a place of warfare and skirmishing. Its legacy today is a wealth of historic sites, notably abbeys, castles and stately homes. This area is also strongly associated with horses - it is said that the annual Selkirk Common Riding is the largest mounted gathering anywhere in Europe. As a result, the area has an excellent choice of riding and trekking centres.

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