Getting to Dumfries & Galloway

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  • A car drives along the A702 Road as it passes through the Dalveen Pass in the Lowther Hills, near Thornhill
    The A702 Road as it passes through the Dalveen Pass in the Lowther Hills, near Thornhill
  • A Stena Line ferry at the Loch Ryan Ferry Port at Cairnryan, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway
    Loch Ryan Ferry Port, Cairnryan

Dumfries & Galloway stretches from the border with England, along the Solway Coast to the Irish Sea, making it easy to reach by car, plane, train or ferry. The region is reachable within a matter of hours from many parts of the UK - perfect for a last minute visit or a longer escape to the countryside.

By land and sea

By car

When driving into Dumfries & Galloway from the south, the M6 will take you into the east of the region. If you are setting off from the north, drive towards Glasgow and then head to the M74, which also takes you into the east. Alternatively, you can take the A77 down the coast to head to western Dumfries & Galloway.

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

By bike

Dumfries & Galloway is an ideal destination for a long distance cycle tour as national routes link the region to Cumbria as well as the rest of Scotland. There are hundreds of miles of routes in the area, including accessible off-road forest trails, long distance routes on quiet roads and mountain biking adventures.

By train

There are ScotRail services which travel direct to destinations including Dumfries, Gretna Green, Stranraer, Lockerbie and Annan. In addition, there are ScotRail trains to Carlisle and Lockerbie, where you can change to a local train or bus to continue your journey. For timetable information, check with National Rail.

By bus

If you wish to arrive to the region by bus, National Express runs services from various locations across the UK to towns in Dumfries & Galloway, such as Dumfries and Stranraer. There are also Stagecoach buses from Glasgow, Edinburgh and London, in addition to a Manchester service that goes to Carlisle.

By ferry

Travelling by ferry is another great option. From Northern Ireland, there are Stena Line ferries between Belfast and Cairnryan, and P&O Ferries run a service between Larne and Cairnryan or Troon.

If you are coming by sea from the continent, there are regular ferries from the Netherlands to Newcastle with DFDS Seaways. It is then around a two-hour drive from Newcastle to Dumfries.

By air

Glasgow Prestwick Airport is less than an hour’s drive from Dumfries & Galloway and flights arrive here from across the UK and further afield. The best way to find the most competitive fares for flying around Scotland is to search on comparison sites such as SkyScanner, Travel Supermarket and Cheapflights.

There are trains from Prestwick Airport train station which travel to destinations in the region such as Dumfries and Stranraer. For up-to-date information, check with National Rail for timetables.

Frequent flights also fly into Glasgow and Edinburgh airports which are both around an hour and a half from Dumfries & Galloway.

Where to find out more

Staff are on hand in all our VisitScotland Information Centres to offer help on transport and much more. Further travel information can be obtained in advance from Traveline or by calling 0871 200 2233.