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, and plan your route with Transport Direct.
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.
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.
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.
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.