Dumfries & Galloway
Yes, yes, I know. You all want to see the Highlands and you really should. But.....don't forget Scotland's south. Dumfries & Galloway, a largely rural area is so incredibly rich in it's bounty. It is bursting with great scenery. It is home to three national scenic areas, designated as areas of scenic beauty.
The Southern Upland Way, a 338 km long coast-to-coast walking trail along southern Scotland takes off from Portpatrick. Castles, beaches, digs etc.
Don't stay on the motorway. Turn inland. This is a rich region where the past is still very much alive.
Although the featured attractions, sites and landmarks are always chosen by me, I have made a serious effort to differentiate 4 levels:
- (***) This is, for whatever reason, a very personal favourite! Will definitely be on my itinerary! Could possibly be disappointing for someone else though.
- (**) A major must-see tourist attraction that you can find in many a brochure.
- (*) Worth seeing and possibly interesting if you happen to be in the vicinity.
- (-) A hefty dollop of imagination is a must, but it might be interesting if you know the background.