Discover the rich history and heritage of Dumfries & Galloway on this 96 mile long driving route that traces the footsteps of Robert Burns and stops by the romantic Gretna Green
This scenic and relaxing drive takes you off the beaten track which takes in rugged mountains and moorland, gently undulating farmland and a spectacular coastline. Stretching from Gretna to Ayr, it leads through the Galloway Forest Park and the historically important Doon Valley. Take the time to stop en route fascinating attractions along the way such as the Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna Green where forbidden marriages took place, before continuing onwards to Dumfries, home of the award-winning Robert Burns Centre and Bridge House Museum.
At Dalbeattie you can join the Solway Coast Heritage Trail to visit the abundance of castles, abbeys, gardens and harbours further west. Next you’ll come to Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway’s Food Town, which has around 50 local businesses involved in either producing or selling food and drink, and is the ideal place to stop for a delicious meal.
Travel during the summer months and the warming influence of the Gulf Stream will ensure that the gardens and nurseries found along the route will be especially lush. One of the most impressive of these is Threave Gardens near Castle Douglas which is renowned for its dazzling springtime displays of daffodils. Stop by Bridge End and Deanston nurseries, and you can pick up seed of plants and flowers native to the region to grow in your garden at home. From here you can venture through the expansive countryside of the Galloway Forest Park and visit Carsphain Heritage Centre before entering, Ayrshire’s Doon Valley, a major industrial hub in its day.