Out and about - in Dumfries and Galloway

Galloway forest park

Galloway Forest Park300 square miles of forest, hills and lochs. Visitor centres at Glentrool, Kirroughtree, Clatteringshaws. Visit the red deer range and see the wild goats and walk, cycle or ride the forest trails, childrens play area, fishing, tea room. There are now available internationally acclaimed ' 7Stanes' mountain bike trails established in Kirroughtree and Glentrool more information here. 16/11/2009 - Galloway Forest Park has been officially unveiled as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK. The award, announced by the International Dark Sky Association, confirmed Galloway as one of the best places for stargazing in the world.

For children

Cream of Galloway Visitor CentreVisit the Gem Rock Museum in Creetown or The Cream o' Galloway, a must for the children - super adventure playground and ice cream dairy, cafe, splendid views and country trails. On the way look out for the turning to Mossyard Beach just past the caravan park, sandy beach & loads of sea-shells to see!

Gardens to visit

Glenwhan Gardens  ScotlandThreave Gardens> by Castle Douglas Over 200 types of daffodil to see in Spring!. Castle Kennedy Gardens - splendid gardens, over 75 acres. Logan Botanic Gardens, Scotland's most exotic, warmed by the Gulf Stream these wonderful, gardens are on the Rhins of Galloway, open in the winter months. closer to us Glenwhan Gardens at Dunragit are well worth a visit.

The Rhins of Galloway

The Mull of Galloway RhinsClose to Logan Botanical gardens is Logan Bay, a fine beach, and an unusual Victorian sea fish pond. Portpatrick (Rhin's) a pretty harbour, good pubs and restaurants. Visit The Mull of Galloway, Scotland's most southerly point has splendid views in all directions, with visitor centre, lighthouse and cafe. The striking cliffs of the Mull famously may provide views to Scotland, England, Ireland and the Isle of Man. The RSPB's visitor centre has video cameras with live links to the cliffs, so you can see the resident seabirds.

Castle on an island

Threave CastleTheave the former residence of Archibald the Grim! Threave Castle off the A75 by Castle Douglas. It is a pleasant 10-15 minute walk by pathway across the fields down to the river and thence by small boat to the castle on the island. Ring the bell for the boat! Threave Gardens and Castle Douglas 'Food Town' are also close by.

Galloway Kite Trail

Red Kites have been successfully reintroduced into Galloway. At the Bellymack Farm feeding station, at 2pm every day, you can see over 20 at once!

Golfing in South-West Scotland

Golfing in Galloway ScotlandScotland's South-West offers some of the best golf in some of the most spectacular surroundings in Scotland locally for example are Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire County and Portpatrick. Dumfries and Galloway has 30 courses. A 6 or 10-round 'Gateway to Golf' pass is available in the area for a bargain price. Find out more at any Tourist Information Centre or call 01387 245566. Wigtown itself has a pretty 9 hole parkland course close by the cottages.

A day trip in Galloway

Forest Park, ancient cairn, old watermill, scenic drive and a fabulous beach click here for more details of the trip.

Fishing in Galloway

Fishing in Galloway ScotlandMany opportunities for fishing here; coarse, salmon, trout or sea fishing more information here on fishing. There also brochures in the cottages.

In our Image Gallery there are some views of the places mentioned above (also the cottages). There are also external links to visitor attraction websites in our area Here

Forest Park

Glentrool Forest Park Galloway

Glentrool - Galloway Forest Park view from Bruces Stone There are many bike and walking trails in the Forest Park

Castle Kennedy

Castle Kennedy Gardens Galloway

Castle Kennedy gardens are landscaped with terraces, mounds and avenues, and extend to more than 30 hectares.