Whether you enjoy walking, hill climbing, cycling, golfing or bird watching there is always plenty to keep you busy during your stay and with Galloway Forest Park at our doorstep there is always plenty to do.
You will be amazed by the huge variety of walks this area offers from gentle strolls to more strenuous walks exploring the stunning coastlines, extensive forests, open moors and the rugged beauty of the Galloway hills. Whether it's walking up hills or along the coastline, there is a walk to suit all abilities. There is even a walking festival Newton Stewart Walking Festival which is held every year in May.
Cycling / Mountain Biking
Dumfries and Galloway is the perfect destination for a memorable mountain biking holiday. With five of the world class 7 Stanes (www.7stanesmountainbiking.com) trail centres (Ae, Dalbeattie, Mabie, Glentrool and Kirroughtree) nearby, they offer wonderful trails some of which are the said to be the best in the world with breathtaking views and stunning surroundings to challenge all levels of a rider. Kirroughtree is most definitely a family favourite and has some of the best tracks in the world with a wonderful cafe and children's play area.
- Dark Skies in Galloway Forest Park
- Creetown Gem Rock Museum
- The Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory
- Cream O' Galloway
- Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre
- Mossyard Farm Pottery - paint it yourself studio
- Galloway Activity Centre
- Wild Goat Park
- Red Deer Park
Dumfries & Galloway is well known for the birdwatching opportunities provided inland and along the shores of the inner Solway Firth which is one of the most important estuaries in Britain holding up to 40,000 wildfowl and 83,000 waders during the winter period. Some of the best places to observe birdlife are:
- Kirkcudbright - The Artists' Town. This is a pretty fishing town with colourful houses, marina and magnificent ruins of the MacLellan Castle overlooking the harbour.
- Castle Douglas - The Food Town which boasts a variety of lovely shops, restaurants and cafes. The town hosts regular food themed events through out the year.
- Wigtown - Scotland's National Book Town famous for its Wigtown Book Festival. Wigtown is a lovely town with 18 fascinating bookshops - well worth a visit at any time of year!
- Gatehouse of Fleet a pretty "wee toon" with much to offer.
Ferry Day Trips
- Isle of Arran
- Mossyard Beach - a small, sandy beach with many rock pools to explore. This beach is located next to Mossyard Caravan Park.
- Carrick Beach - the "hideaway" picturesque sandy beach 3 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet.
- Luce Sands Beach - this beautiful sandy beach in Sandhead village near Stranraer stretches for more than a mile and boasts unlimited sand when the tide is out.
- Balloch Woods - Creetown
- Wood of Cree Reserve - Newton Stewart
- Crook of Baldoon Reserve - Wigtown
- Galloway Kite Trail - Castle Douglas
- Ken Dee Marshes - Castle Douglas
- Mull of Galloway Reserve - Stranraer