See & Do in Dumfries and Galloway

View of Glentrool - Galloway Forest Park


ften referred to as 'Scotland's Hidden Secret' Dumfries and Galloway offers splendid scenery, quiet roads, friendly people and plenty to see and do. Below are just some of the attractions of this southwestern corner of Scotland.

  • some of the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland.
  • over 200 miles of coastline
  • rolling hills, moorland, forest, mountain and rivers and lochs
  • the largest forest park in Britain covering 300 square miles
  • many magnificent gardens to visit in our area, some warmed by the Gulf Stream.
  • beaches some reasonably close to the cottages
  • a wide variety of arts and crafts centres, shops, galleries
  • golfing - 30 golf courses to visit - one in Wigtown close by
  • wildlife reserves and animal sanctuaries throughout. Wigtown Local Nature Reserve opposite the cottages is the largest in Britain with wetland area and bird hide.
  • Fishing is now becoming very popular in Galloway for the discerning angler - salmon, coarse and sea fishing available
  • Walking - The Machars or Forest Park. The Southern Upland Way crosses Galloway.
  • Cycling - from the quiet roads of the Machars to new 'world class' mountain biking trails in the Galloway Forest Park.

Mochrum Loch

Mochrum Loch

Take a pleasent drive or cycle through the Machars to this pretty spot.

Further on the road past the Old Place of Mochrum lies another smaller loch and open moorland.


Wigtown near the cottages

15 minutes walk from the cottages. Book shops gift shops the Co-op, Inns, cafes and Restaurants. The County Buildings wildlife room has views over Wigtown Bay.