Sumary of South West Coastal 300: the idyllic Scottish road trip without the crowds:
- In the far south west corner of Scotland there’s a coastal road that ripples through a lush green landscape of rolling hills and working farms – you can drive for hours and the only traffic you might see is a tractor or a solitary motorhome parked up beside a pebble beach.
- The 300-mile circular South West Coastal 300 driving route takes in the birthplace (in Alloway) and place of death (in Dumfries) of Scotland’s National Bard Robert Burns – as well as sites connected to St Ninian, Robert the Bruce and J.
- In fact, it’s an ideal route if you’re happy to forgo Scotland’s most crowded attractions in favour of solitude and the great outdoors.
- Lockdown restrictions in Scotland have eased, but some visitor sights along the route remain closed and others ask that you book entry tickets in advance, so it’s worth checking ahead online.
- The path to St Ninian’s Cave (Rachel Mills)It’s perfectly possible to tear around the 300-mile route in four days, but you’d be missing out on the rest and relaxation that the region does best.
- Don’t underestimate how winding and narrow some roads are – it takes longer to drive than the Sat-Nav will have you believe.