Planning a Visit

Nowhere in Scotland can you visit such a varied set of garden treasures in such a compact area. Each has its own character and charm, and with a wealth of events, activities, exhibitions and seasonal displays to discover, there’s always a good reason to visit Scotland’s Garden Route.

Getting here

By road:

From England – take the M6/A74(M) north, then turn left at Gretna onto the A75.
From Edinburgh – the A702 takes you all the way to St John’s Town of Dalry, then follow the A713/A712 to join the A75 at Newton Stewart.
From Glasgow – the M77/A77 will take you down the coastal route; or take the M74/A702 (then as from Edinburgh).

By air:

Flights to Edinburgh, Glasgow or Prestwick, then connections by road or rail.

By rail:

Stranraer is the nearest train station. There are direct trains from Glasgow, plus connections from Dumfries and Carlisle via Kilmarnock or Ayr

By ferry:

Belfast to Stranraer with Stenaline
Larne to Cairnryan with P&O

Travelling around

Car Hire:

Hertz Phone: 01776 706022 or visit the Hertz website
Stranraer Avis Phone: 01776 706 899

Public Transport:

Bus services operate throughout Galloway, timetable information can be found here. Please note that rural areas may be served by a very limited service.


Galloway has some of the best roads for cycling in the UK.

Where to stay


Createscape Dumfries & Galloway
Visit Dumfries & Galloway