The area is rich in history: it was here, in 1307, that Robert the Bruce launched his campaign to free Scotland.

The area is a mecca for golfers, cyclists, walkers, and sea and game anglers. You'll also find some real hidden gems here: a colourful Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the east of the region and Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town in the west, a feast for the eye in Kirkcudbright Artists' Town and a real treat for the tastebuds in nearby Castle Douglas, a Food Town.

Heading north you enter the rich green pastures of Ayrshire, a county which is as rich in literary heritage as it is in beautiful scenery. Robert Burns is the most famous of its historical residents, and his Heritage Park is a must-see for visitors. Ayrshire is also one of Scotland's best golfing destinations, with three Open Championship courses and dozens of other fine links courses dotted along its coastline.

The spectacular granite mountains, ancient stone circles and the sheltered waters of the Firth of Clyde act as a magnet for walkers, cyclists, fishermen and sailing enthusiasts alike. The Isle of Arran is known as 'Scotland in miniature', offers a delightful spectrum of Scottish scenery and wildlife.

Visit Scotland: Plan your trip to the south west of Scotland and beyond

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