Itinerary For Driving The South West Coastal 300 #SWC300

Scotland simply has the most stunning scenery and landscapes and it is no surprise that road tripping is very popular.

While many of the routes are ancient military roads and routes for normal people, it hasn’t stopped tourists flocking to these new ‘tourist routes’.

The NC500 may be the most well-known and the Aberdeen Castle Trail of the NE250 hugely popular. It is the ‘new’ South West Coastal route known as SWC300 we recently took a long weekend road trip around. (And when I say recently, I mean, it was the weekend before the UK went into Lockdown due to Covid-19, and we unfortunately had to cut our trip short to make sure we got home in time.)

The SWC300 is a breathtakingly scenic 300-mile circular road trip which is hugs the South West Coast of Scotland taking in its beauty and charm whether you want to explore history, enjoy nature of are an adventure seeker there is so much to discover down in this corner of Scotland.

The South West of Scotland is conveniently accessible from many parts of the UK and the circular route can be completed in either a clockwise or anti- clockwise direction.

For the purpose of explanation, we will guide you anti-clockwise, we headed south from Glasgow.


Ayr is a popular seaside resort with charming sea front as well as a town with shops and bars

Dumfries House

18th century Dumfries House, designed by renowned architect Robert Adam was saved by Prince Charles on behalf of his Princes Foundation in 2007 for the sum of £45million. It is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and grounds, built for William Dalrymple, 5th Earl of Dumfries, the house is rather special and contains much of its original furniture

Price | Tours of the house start from £8.50. The gardens are free entry

Sat Nav | KA18 2NJ


Visit Robert Burns, Scotland’s most famous poet’s birthplace ‘Burn’s Cottage’ and also the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum which houses over 5,000 Burns artifacts. Alloway is also a very pretty village and well worth a wander around

Price | Robert Burns Birthplace Museum £10.50 for adults (free for National Trust of Scotland members)*

Sat Nav | KA7 4PQ

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A small fishing village which dates back to early 19th century, visit the ruined Dunure Castle and wander down to the small harbour. If you are a fan of Outlander then you may recognise Dunure from several scenes in season 3. To the south of the village you will see signs for ‘Electric Brae’ which is an optical illusion, where a freewheeling vehicle will appear to be going uphill when in fact it is rolling down hill

Price | Dunure Castle is free entry


Continuing around the coast and perched on a clifftop is the beautiful Culzean Castle, an 18th refurbished castle designed by Robert Adam is the former home of the Marquess of Ailsa, the chief of the Clan Kennedy. In 1945 the family gifted the castle to the National Trust for Scotland, with a condition of the gift stipulated that the top floor apartment was made available to General Dwight D Eisenhower, in recognition of his role during World War Two. The castle was built to impress and opulent to the extreme with planted trees, caves, pond and ice house, and a fruit-filled glasshouse. The castle is surrounded by a 260-hectare country park where you can spot deer, it has its own beaches, parkland and play areas. Culzean Castle and its gardens are wonderful, go on a tour of the castle and then stay for some lunch or afternoon tea

Price | £17 for adults (free for National Trust of Scotland members)*

Sat Nav | KA19 8LE

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Stay the night at the stunning Trump Turnberry Hotel, enjoying its spa, or stop off for afternoon tea. Or enjoy a walk to through the famous golf course to reach Turnberry Lighthouse which sits splendid on the coast, providing yet more beautiful vistas

Price | Afternoon tea from £35 per person. Hotel stay from £300 per night (look for discounts on

Sat Nav | KA26 9LT


With the road hugging the coast and stunning views across to the volcanic Ailsa Craig its worth taking a slow drive through Girvan, and stopping at the harbour

Glenapp Castle

Glenapp Castle is a 5* hotel set in manicured gardens. Visit for a delightful afternoon tea in luxury surroundings

Price| Afternoon Tea is £35 per person

Sat Nav | KA26 0NZ

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