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Start:  Carlisle, Cumbria

Finish: Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

Distance: 175 miles

Route Overview -  Solway

Commencing in the region hub of Carlisle, with mainline railway links to the Scottish central belt in the north and England to the south. This leg of the route finds you heading west, skirting along the flats of the Solway Estuary, passing through Dumfries the home of Rabbie Burns, before tackling the more rugged coastline past Criffel and the victorian Scottish Riveria villages of Rockcliffe and Kippford.  Passing by the granite town of Dalbeattie, a stunning coastal section drops you into the Scottish artists town of Kirkcudbright.

Skirt along the Solway coast around to the market town of Newton Stewart and the nearby book town - Wigtown with its annual book festival You are nearly at your destination of Portpatrick overlooking the Irish Sea, as you drop onto the Mull of Galloway,

Route highlights
Caerlaverock Castle - Dumfries & Galloway
Annandale Distillery - Annan