Getting around Dumfries & Galloway

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  • The Dumfries bike scheme Bike2 Go - an on street automated cycle hire system, Dumfries
    The Dumfries bike scheme Bike2 Go - an on street automated cycle hire system, Dumfries
  • A local bus service stopping in Dumfries with the town's statue of Robert Burns in the background
    The local bus service to Kirkconnel, leaving Dumfries
  • Looking along the main street of Dumfries and Galloway's Food Town, Castle Douglas.
    The Food Town of Castle Douglas
  • Two mountain bikers on McMoab, a black graded granite rock trail at Kirroughtree 7stanes centre
    McMoab, a black graded granite rock trail at Kirroughtree 7stanes centre

Getting around Dumfries & Galloway is simple. Whether you want to get straight to your next destination or stop off on the way, there are great travel options across the region. Take scenic touring routes by car, use excellent public transport or journey by foot, horseback or on bike.

By road

To explore Dumfries & Galloway, and to learn more about the region while appreciating the beautiful scenery, why not try one of the three signposted touring routes in the area?

The Galloway Tourist Route follows the scenic Solway Coast and runs alongside the Galloway Forest Park, as well as passing through historic towns and villages.

The Burns Heritage Trail takes you across the landscape which inspired Robert Burns, and also encompasses museums and visitor centres.

The third route, the Solway Coast Heritage Trail, is a great way to discover the stunning coastline of Dumfries & Galloway. The local road network makes driving between different areas both easy and convenient.

You can find out up-to-date traffic information from Traffic Scotland.

By public transport

For information about all public transport in Scotland, the best place to check for information and timetables is with Traveline; you can download their handy mobile app or call them on 0871 200 22 33. Dumfries and Galloway Council also provides useful timetable information regarding local buses, trains and ferries.

By train

Rail services are run by Scotrail to Dumfries, Annan, Sanquhar, Gretna Green and Lockerbie either directly or by changing to local trains at Carlisle, which is served by the main west coast line. By train, Stranraer can be reached from Glasgow or via Ayr

By bus

The main towns and many of the villages are connected by local bus services, which is handy for visiting attractions, restaurants and shops. Dumfries and Galloway Council provides online timetable information, as well as details of available ticket offers such as the Day Discovery Ticket, which allows a day's worth of unlimited travel on most of the local buses.

By bike

Cycle in Dumfries & Galloway to explore stunning landscapes and coastline up close. Why not take a day trip by bike, or consider a tour of the whole region on two wheels? There are hundreds of miles of cycle routes to choose from in the area including accessible forest trails, long distance routes on quiet roads and extreme mountain biking adventures.

By foot

Dumfries & Galloway offers an amazing range of landscapes to walk through, from the rugged coastline to the rolling hills, and whether you want to have an amble by the beach, go to a walking festival or tackle a hiking expedition, the region is a walkers' paradise.

Accept the challenge and walk the Southern Upland Way which begins in Dumfries & Galloway and stretches from coast to coast, or take a day trip to the enchanting Moffat Hills which have both gentle and challenging walks. You will be rewarded with great views and a sense of achievement which comes with getting outdoors and discovering the beauty of the world around you.

Find more walking routes in Dumfries & Galloway.

By horse

Admire Dumfries & Galloway's unspoilt landscape as you gallop over deserted beaches, open moors or through dramatic forests. Enjoy a number of riding routes through the extensive Galloway Forest Park or head to the Solway Coast for sea views. With schools and trekking centres catering for the novice and experienced rider alike, you'll be sure to find a course or trip to suit you.


Discover the fantastic range of tour operators available in Dumfries & Galloway. Take a walking holiday, experience a ghost walk or discover wildlife with the help of a knowledgeable guide.