|Location Map ( geo)|
|Distance:||19.8 miles (31.9 km)|
|Meets:||A75, B7005, B7085, A746|
|Route outline (key)|
In my opinion, the A747 is one of the best coastal roads in southwest Scotland, for both driveability and scenery. Along with the A746 it is the main route onto the Machars peninsula.
Glenluce - Glasserton
The road now starts at a junction with the A75 Glenluce Bypass; the short stub of its original route into the village of Glenluce can be seen to the north of the bypass.
South of the junction, the road crosses some bleak moorland before hitting the coast at Auchenmalg. Here starts a superb coastal run. There are no dramatic mountain backdrops or sheer cliffs, but the wide expanse of sea and the undulating coastal escarpment make for a really enjoyable drive. Between Auchenmalg and Monreith the A746 runs on a low coastal shelf between wide pebble beaches and the gradually rising land. The B7005 from Wigtown joins the road at Glenheugh Point. The only settlement of any size along the way is Port William, a quiet fishing village with a brilliant lifelike statue of a fisherman looking out to sea that has fooled many tourists into speaking to it!
At a mini roundabout in the village, the B7085 (former A714), also to Wigtown, heads inland. The A746 continues around Barsalloch Point, then heads inland at Monreith (where one of the few sandy beaches can be accessed on an unclassified road to Point of Lag). The last section to Glasserton echoes the first from Glenluce, with bleak moors and pastoral farmland. The road terminates abruptly - a T-junction to the left marks the start of the A746 to Whithorn and Bladnoch; straight ahead is an unclassified road which used to be part of the A747, leading to a junction with the former A750 (now B7004) and the Isle of Whithorn.
All of the above was numbered B735 in 1922. The A747 came into existence later in the 1920s running from the A75 in Glenluce to the A746 in Glasserton - in other words the same route as now apart from in Glenluce. In 1935 the road was extended along what had remained of the B735 to reach the A750 at Doon of Arbrack. With the downgrading of the A750 to become the B7004 the A747 was cut back as well, to its original eastern end, with the extension becoming unclassified. The only other change in the route is the slight truncation in Glenluce with the construction of the A75 bypass.
Original Author(s): Nick_B6245