The Scenic South West of Scotland
2 day tour

  • Caerlaverock Castle
  • Passengers
  • Mull of Galloway Lighthouse
  • Portpatrick Harbour
  • Mull of Galloway

Escape to Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland’s best kept secret on this two-day tour from Glasgow.

Tour map

Highlights

Beaches
Castles
Forests
Literature
UNESCO Heritage Sites

Places you explore

 

Caerlaverock Castle - Admire the extraordinary shape of the fortress, caught up in frequent border conflicts.

Portpatrick - Feel the tranquillity as you stroll around the quaint streets of this wee harbour village.

The Rhins of Galloway – Get off the beaten track to the unspoiled peninsula full of rugged cliffs, beautiful beaches, and abundant wildlife. 

Mull of Galloway – Visit Scotland’s most Southerly Point adorned with craggy cliffs and a lovely lighthouse. 

Galloway Forest Park – Home to Britain’s biggest forest, sparkling lochs, and stunning dark skies. 

Your journey
 

Just when you thought there were no more secrets to uncover in Scotland, we invite you to explore Dumfries and Galloway. 

This scenic land has stayed away from the spotlight, so it’s a perfect destination for curious travellers. 

Say yes to this adventure and you’re going to find yourself rambling along the stunning wild coast, feel the tranquillity of the star-studded night sky, and breathe in the scent of the ancient woodland. 

Then, when you return home, decide if you want to keep this slice of paradise your secret or not. 

 

Tour Details

Starts
Check-in closes at 08:15 (tour departs at 08:30) - Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station Pick Up, Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station (Stance between 23 to 32), Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NW
Finishes (approx.)
19:00 - Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station Drop Off, Glasgow Buchanan Bus Station, Killermont Street, Glasgow, G2 3NW
Luggage
You're restricted to 14kg (31lbs) of luggage per person. This should be one piece of luggage similar to an airline carry-on bag (approximately 55cm x 45cm x 25cm / 22in x 17in x 10in) and a small bag for onboard personal items.
Discounts

Students, seniors over 60, and children between 5 and 15 (unfortunately, we don't carry children under 5 years old).

Important information
  • Pack your waterproof clothing and walking shoes
  • Attraction tickets may need to be purchased in advance. More information is provided in your booking confirmation e-mail
Tour inclusions
  • Transportation by a 16 seat Mercedes mini-coach
  • Air conditioning as standard
  • The stories and services of an English-speaking driver-guide
Tour exclusions
  • Entry fees to visitor attractions
  • Tour accommodation

Itinerary

Day 1

  • Imagine battles raging outside the medieval Caerlaverock Castle
  • Spend the night in Gatehouse of Fleet, a village under the canopy of stars in the Dark Sky area

You leave Glasgow behind and head south past the gorgeous rolling expanses of the Southern Uplands to our first stop of the day, the market town of Moffat. Grab a coffee and buy some of the famous Moffat toffee before you continue your journey.

Next, it’s the highlight of the day; Caerlaverock Castle. With its triangular shape, wide moat, and imposing battlements; this medieval fortress is as unique as its turbulent history.

For lunch, we stop in the market town of Dumfries. You’ll have free time here, so you can decide if you want to grab something to eat and explore. You can visit Moat Brae, the house that’s the birthplace of Peter Pan, or Robert Burns’ Mausoleum.

Then, ramble through the stunning countryside and coast to visit the village of Kirkcudbright. With quaint pastel houses, this is one of the most picturesque villages in Scotland, so discover your inner photographer as you explore the colourful streets.

In the early evening, you arrive in Gatehouse of Fleet, where you’re dropped off at your accommodation and are free to explore. This charming village lies in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies area, so make sure to stay up a bit to enjoy some stargazing.

 

Day 2

  • Stand at the most southerly point of Scotland at the unspoiled Mull of Galloway
  • Reconnect with untouched nature at the Galloway Forest Park

Your driver-guide picks you up in the morning and you head to the Rhins of Galloway. This wild peninsula offers splendid sea views, wonderful wildlife and boasts Scotland’s southernmost point, Mull of Galloway. Enjoy a walk along dramatic cliffs, admire the beautiful lighthouse and keep your eyes peeled for porpoises and sea birds.

Then, you ramble up the unspoiled coast to the Port Logan Fishpond. This quirky place started as a fish larder for the local laird and today acts as a natural ‘aquarium’ full of diverse sea fish.

All this sea air must have whetted your appetite, so you head to the pretty village of Portpatrick for lunch.

Next, you travel to the Galloway Forest Park; a region full of ancient woodlands and mountain vistas, which is also part of the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. Soak up the tranquil loch views and breathe in the crisp air as you explore this untouched wilderness.

From here, you start your return journey to Glasgow and arrive back to the city in the evening.

 

 

Accommodation

Where does this tour stay overnight?

You stay one night in Gatehouse of Fleet, in the Galloway Forest Dark Skies area.

 

How does the accommodation work?

Your tour excludes accommodation; but when you book, you can ask us to reserve local accommodation for you, or you can choose to reserve your own accommodation in the overnight locations.

 

I want Rabbie’s to book my accommodation, what happens now?

Once you've booked your tour, we'll reserve all your accommodation, and your driver will drop you off with your hosts. 

We'll reserve your room(s) with one of our preferred accommodation suppliers and you'll pay them directly when you check-in. Most accommodation hosts don’t accept credit cards, so be prepared to pay cash.

You won't be able to choose which Hotel/B&B you stay in, but we will confirm the named property and exact prices on your first day of tour. If it's important for you to know where you're going to be staying in advance, or if you want to stay in a specific Hotel/B&B, we recommend that you select the option to book your own accommodation.

 

What if I want to change my accommodation booking with Rabbie’s?

Plans can change, so we let you alter your accommodation choices for free within the first 48 hours of booking. After this time, amendments aren't guaranteed and carry a surcharge. Please contact rooms@rabbies.com if you have any questions.

 

I booked my own accommodation is there anything I need to do?

You’ll need to contact us with your accommodation details. Please only reserve accommodation within the overnight towns that your tour stops in. Your driver will drop you off at your chosen accommodation as long as it’s relatively central.

 

What if I cancel my tour at short notice?

You may be liable for the cost of your first nights’ accommodation for each separate accommodation booked. If you cancel less than three days before departure, you may be liable for all your accommodation costs.

 

What are the accommodation types?

We try to reserve accommodation that’s no more than a 20-minute walk from the town centre. We regularly check our accommodation suppliers to ensure they reach a certain standard. 

The prices below are for guidance only and are based on 2022 rates. We’re working with suppliers to bring you the most up to date pricing for tours departing in 2023.

 

B&B (Bed and Breakfast) Standard

The toilet and showering facilities are shared with at least one other room in the house, and the price includes breakfast. The cost is £35 - £50 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single standard room is £40 - £70 per night.

B&B En suite

The showering and toilet facilities are private, and breakfast is included in the price. The cost is around £55 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single en suite is £102 per night.

Hotels

Hotels have a bar or restaurant and provide evening meals. Breakfast is included in the price. The cost is £75 per person per night based on shared accommodation. A single is £90 - £150 per night.

Hostels

Please note, we're unable to book hostels for this tour at the moment. You may still be able to book hostel accommodation yourself if you choose to the option to book your own accommodation for your tour.

A hostel consists of dormitory rooms with 4 to 16 bunk beds. The bathroom facilities are a short distance from the dorm room. Kitchen facilities are equipped so you can make your own meals. The cost based on dorm beds is £19 - £30 per person per night.

Please note that SYHA hostels only offer same gender dorms. Some independent hostels will offer mixed rooms (males and females together).

 

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, you can read our FAQs, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, or email rooms@rabbies.com.

FAQs

Do you offer hotel pickups in the departure cities?

The UK and Ireland's historic city centres are full of narrow streets and winding roads. So, to speed up your departure, we only pick up from our central meeting points. What's more is leaving the city using the most direct route also reduces the carbon footprint of our tours.

Is there parking close to the departure point?

We don't recommend bringing your car into the centre of our departure cities. It can be hard to find parking, and there are excellent public transportation services.

When should I get to the departure point?

Arrive 15 minutes before your departure time. Due to waiting restrictions, we can't wait for you if you're late.

What happens if I'm late or miss the tour?

If you're late for your tour, our cancellation policy applies.

What are your cancellation policies?

We have a cancellation period of 48 hours for our one day tours, 15 days for two to nine day tours, and 21 days for 10+ day tours. If cancelled outside this period, we'll give you a full refund minus a 10% admin charge. If you cancel inside this period, refunds are at our discretion. Click here to view full terms and conditions.

Can Itineraries change?

Your tour will always follow the itinerary as closely as possible. While there are ongoing coronavirus restrictions throughout the UK and Ireland, itineraries are more likely to change than usual as opening hours and capacities at many visitor attractions are reduced and subject to change. Your driver-guide will keep you up to up to date on the road, and we'll try to get in touch about any large changes prior to your departure.

Can I pre-book a specific seat?

Due to logistical reasons, we're unable to let you pre-book a seat on the bus. But our comfortable 16-seat mini-coaches have huge windows. So, you'll always get a good view.

Are there toilets on the bus?

Unfortunately, we have no on-board toilet facilities, but you'll have regular comfort breaks.

How do you cater for people with accessibility needs?

We aim to accommodate everyone. To read more information on how we do this, click here to go to our accessibility guide.

Do you take children on your tours?

We regret we don't carry children under the age of five on our scheduled tours.

You can ask us about the tours we recommend for younger children. And if your child is less than 1.35m tall, you should let us know, so we can provide them with a suitable booster seat.

How much time do I get off the bus?

We want you to enjoy Britain and Ireland. And we believe the best way to do this is to get you off the mini-coach and out exploring. So, we give you plenty of time to take photos, go walking, and explore ancient ruins.

Why do you exclude visitor attractions?

We exclude visitor attractions in your tour price because it lets you travel your way. It means you can pamper yourself with a luxury lunch or skip an attraction whenever you feel like it.

Do we need to bring our own lunch?

You don't need to. We stop in small towns, villages, and rural eateries where you can choose whatever meal pleases both your taste buds and your budget.

Should I tip the driver-guide?

Let's be honest, our driver-guides would never refuse a cheeky bonus. But it's up to you, and the amount is entirely at your discretion.

What about travel insurance?

We advise you take out travel insurance.

What is ABTOT?

You're protected by ABTOT when you chose to let us reserve your accommodation on a multi-day tour. This means you can claim back anything you've paid us if we become bankrupt. Read our terms and conditions for more information.

I have more questions, who can help me?

If you have any more questions, call us on +44(0)131 226 3133, email tours@rabbies.com , or check out our full FAQs .

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