News and events around Dumfries and Galloway

Galloways Osprey are due back soon for 2016- PDF Leaflet link here We just need to wait to see if the "Ospreys are Wigtown Osprey and Chickback in Galloway" male will return too. Yes H/D the "Ospreys are back in Galloway" female has returned to the nest where she has successfully entertained us all bringing up 8 chicks in front of the CCTV camera watched by all our osprey watchers in the County Buildings. Male reported back on April 8th 2011. May 5th 3 eggs. Expecting eggs to hatch any day - 1st June first chick hatched but sadly died. 20th June - now 1 healthy chick and third egg not hatching.

Wild Goose Chase , Throughout March 2016 Enjoy the spectacle of winter resident geese as they prepare for the summer months in far-away places! Wild Goose Chase 2010 will feature a wealth of goose themed events across the Dumfries and Galloway coastline. You can enjoy a dawn flight from The Wigtown Bay Nature Reserve.

Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival 29th March - 21st April: The Festival offers a great opportunity to see some of Dumfries and Galloway's wildlife up close and personal with over 60 organised events- call 01387 260 129.

World Oceans Week to Sunday, June 5th - 10th 2016 - Port William and other locations.for more information contact: A week of exciting marine-themed events for all the family, Including competitions, boat trips, displays, crafts, talks and walks. Link to solway partnership website

Glenluce Vintage Tractor Rally Sunday, June 5th, 2016 at 10:00 at Glenluce, Newton Stewart, Lady Stair Park Contact: Mr Ken McKie Tel: 01581 300360 Email: Description: Tractor Display & Short run with Engines and Agricultural Machinery

Nightjar Night Saturday, June 25th, 2016 at 22:00 at New Galloway , Meet at Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre Tickets: £4.00 per adult, £2.00 concession. Tel: 01671 402 420 A twilight walk to listen out for and perhaps even see this elusive bird. A chance to learn about nightjar ecology and hear about the important work being done to conserve the Dumfries & Galloway Population, the last in Scotland.

Medieval Fayre at Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities on Saturday, June 25th, 2016 from 11am Description: In the Soaperie Gardens next to the Parish Church. This is a great family day with entertainment for the young, and not so young, all day long. Music, story-telling, bouncy castle and fair rides. Bric-a-brack, crafts etc.

Butterflies at High Camer Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016 at 14:00 at Newton Stewart, Meet at picnic site. Contact: Forestry Commission Tel: 01671 402 420 A hunt for woodland butterflies and a rare day-flying moth, The Argent and Sable.

Wigtown Country Market 2016, Every Saturday in Wigtown Square starts after Easter Weekend until October,Quality local food produce: Bread; meat; eggs; smoked produce; cheese; cakes etc.

10@ Kirroughtree, Saturday, July 9th, 2016 at 10:00 Ends: Saturday, July 12, 2010 at 17:00 Location: Newton Stewart, Kirroughtree Visitor Centre - charges apply - booking essential. Contact Tel: 01671 402 420 Description: 10 tortuous miles and 10 gruelling hours of exquisite mountain biking. Log onto for more information. WEBSITE:

The Wickerman Festival 2016, @ East Kirkcarswell, Dundrennan, Kirkcudbright DG6 4QW The Wickerman Festival has developed a national reputation for offering something more than simply a 'gig in a field'. Awarded Best Grass Roots Festival 2007, Wickerman has a reputation for being 'laidback and family friendly'. Join us in Homecoming year for some top Scottish musical entertainment. Tel: 01382 836816

Stranraer Show, Wednesday, July 23rd, 2016 at 09:00 London Road Playing Fields Email: The Stranraer Show is one of Dumfries and Galloways most popular annual events. The show is organised and hosted by Stranraer & Rhins of Galloway Agricultural Society in order to showcase the best of local livestock, agricultural products and rural crafts.

Wigtown Show, ,Wednesday, August 2013

Agricultural Show, fun for all the family

Holidays in Wigtown - So much to see and do- [Fly Fishing] [Mountain biking and Cycling] [Walking and Climbing] [Golf] [Shooting] [Sailing and Watersports] [Horse Riding] [Off Road Driving] and all country pursuits available in the Machars area.




Forest Park

In the Forest Park Galloway

Bluebells at Glentrool by Bruces Stone in the Galloway Forest Park. Ample car parking and visitor centre at the entrance to the Park

Bladnoch Distillery

Bladnoch Distillery Wigtown

View of Bladnoch Distillery and Visitor Centre close by Wigtown. Gift Shop, Visitor Centre and Whisky Tours around the distillery. Pretty riverside walk by the river Bladnoch.