Travel Information

By Car:

Driving Directions from your place of departure

By Road

From the South – follow M6 onto the M74, leave the M74 at Gretna (junction 22) and follow the signs for A75 Stranraer (drive time approx. 1.5 hours). At Newton Stewart roundabout, pick up the signs for Wigtown, 1st exit on the left.

From the North
From Glasgow – follow the A77 to Ayr. From Ayr take the signs for A713 Castle Douglas. At New Galloway pick up the A712 ‘Queens Way’ to Newton Stewart then onto Wigtown. Alternatively, from Ayr, you can follow the A77 to Girvan, then A714 to Newton Stewart via Barhill.

From Edinburgh – follow the M8 to Glasgow and then pick up the A77 (as per directions from Glasgow). Alternatively, head south on the A702 to Abington and onto the M74, exit at Moffat (junction 15) at follow the A701 to Dumfries. Follow the signs A75 Stranraer, at Newton Stewart roundabout, pick up the signs for Wigtown, 1st exit on the left.

By Bus / Coach

From the South – the National Express coach service travels across the region on a daily basis with a pick up and drop off at Newton Stewart (6 miles from Wigtown). To find out more about timetable information, prices or to book the Ulsterbus service 920 click on www.gobycoach.com or call 08705 80 80 80

From the North – For further information click on www.stagecoachbus.com or call the TravelLine 0870 608 2 608

In the Region
Local stage services operate on a daily basis, with regular bus services across the region from Dumfries. For further timetable info, see the D&G Council website or call TravelLine 0870 6082608.

By Rail

From the South – Scotrail services operate on a daily basis from Carlisle to Dumfries. Click on www.scotrail.co.uk or call 0870 606 2031 for further information.

From the North – Scotrail services operate on a daily basis from Glasgow to Stranraer via Ayr stopping at Barrhill to connect by bus to Wigtown.
Click on www.scotrail.co.uk or call 0870 606 2031 for further information.

By Ferry

From Ireland – a number of services operate from Larne and Belfast to Cairnryan. For the most up to date information, click on the links below:

AFerry is home to the latest special offers, upcoming timetables and reviews from previous ferry travellers.

Belfast to Cairnryan:
The festival recommends Stena Line (up to 9 crossings daily, Stena HSS fast ferry 2 hours and Superferry 3 hours) www.stenaline.ie or call 08447 70 70 70

Larne to Cairnryan:
P&O (up to 8 crossings daily) www.poirishsea.com or call 0870 24 24 777

By Air

Prestwick, our nearest airport, operates regular Ryanair flights from London Stansted, Dublin, Belfast and Bournemouth, as well as most major European cities. The airport has its own bus and train stations with connections via Ayr. For all information please see www.gpia.co.uk or www.ryanair.com.

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