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Things to do
Walking & Hiking
Home to stunning coastline, deep forests, rolling hills and chocolate-box villages, Dumfries and Galloway is a paradise for walkers. Keen hikers shouldn’t miss Southern Upland Way, a 212-mile walking route that runs from the east coast of Scotland to the west. Of course, you can explore as much or as little as you like of the trail, and Dumfries and Galloway offers superb scenery along the way.
Take to the saddle for some fresh air and unmissable views of the Dumfries and Galloway countryside. In a region that has over 450 miles of cycle routes, you will be spoilt for choice on where to cycle to next. Need inspiration? Follow the National Cycle Network which provides traffic-free paths through the countryside, towns and cities, making it a great choice to explore the regions hidden gems.
With a landscape of rolling hills, deep valleys and dense forests, Dumfries and Galloway is the ultimate playground for mountain bikers. Home to world-class mountain bike trails, the region is also known to being home to five of the world-renowned 7Stanes Centres.
Home to some of the UK’s most breath-taking coastline, Dumfries and Galloway has miles of beautiful sweeping beaches, hidden coves and golden sand, making it an ideal choice for those wanting to escape to the coast. From the golden shoreline of Larbax Beach to the iconic lighthouse on Killantringan Beach, each has its own features. In fact, there are 18 beaches in Dumfries and Galloway, so you are sure to find your own slice of beach paradise.
Towns & Cities
Offering everything from traditional seaside villages to bustling market towns, you can enjoy the best of both worlds with a stay in Dumfries and Galloway. Foodies will be heaven visiting the towns of Moffat and Castle Douglas, both known for their extensive range of delicious eateries, cosy pubs and independent stores.
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Places you must see
The gateway to miles of beautiful coastline, Dumfries is the largest town in South West Scotland, dating back to the Roman empire. Steeped in history, the town was also once home to Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns and his work can be seen throughout Dumfries. Also, superstar DJ Calvin Harris was born and brought up in the town. Today, Dumfries is home to a bustling farmers market, independent shops, museums, art galleries, golf courses and is just a stones throw away from beautiful hills and forest parks.
The birthplace of Peter Pan, Moat Brae House and Garden is regarded as the ‘enchanted land’ where Peter Pan began and author JM Barrie found inspiration for the novel. Today, Moet Brae is the National Centre for Children’s Literature and storytelling, visitors can explore the re-designed house, Enchanted Land gardens and relax at the on-site café.
A selection of world-class mountain biking centres that are located throughout the south of Scotland, 7Stanes is home to award-winning trails which are known to attract visitors from across the world. There are currently five centres in Dumfries and Galloway, all of which offer a wide range of routes to suit beginners, families and experts.
An 18th Century market town nestled between the Galloway hills and the beaches of the Solway Firth, Castle Douglas is a must for anyone in the region. A foodie heaven, the town is the food capital of Dumfries and Galloway, thriving with independent food suppliers, a weekly market and speciality shopping. Nearby, you can discover Carlingwark Loch, a popular freshwater boating and sailing loch just south of the town.
Explore one of Scotland’s finest medieval fortresses at Caerlaverock Castle. Dating back to the 13th century, Caerlaverock Castle is today regarded as one of the greatest castles in Scotland. Visitors can step back in time and discover the historic moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements.
Regarded as one of the finest examples of 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland and noted as one of Britain’s finest castles, Drumlanrig Castle provides a great day out for all the family. Boasting 120 rooms, 90,000 acres and fine art from the likes of Rembrandt, Thomas Gainsborough and Dutch masters, plenty is waiting to be discovered. Looking for some fresh air? Head to the gardens where mountain biking, salmon fishing, an adventure playground and miles of beautiful walking trails await!
Rockcliffe Beach & Rough Island
Set against the pretty village of Rockcliffe, Rockcliffe Beach attracts many visitors each year due to its picturesque setting and popular walks that lead from the beach. Time your visit right, and discover Rough Island, a National Trust for Scotland bird sanctuary, and is accessible via a tidal causeway from the beach.
Galloway Forest Park
Britain's largest forest park and Scotland's first Dark Sky Park, Galloway Forest Park offers a great day out for all the family. Whether you fancy a spot of stargazing, trying your hand at a range of outdoor adventures or want to simply enjoy a picnic over one of the park’s magnificent lochs, plenty is waiting to be discovered.
A picture-perfect harbour town, Kidcudbright sits on the Solway coast and is today the only town on the coastline with a working harbour. Kirkcudbright is also referred to as ‘The Artists' town, due to its association with a large number of artists living and working in the town since the 19th Century. Due to this association, it has become popular with art lovers, being home to many art galleries, independent shops, fish and chip shops and pretty pastel-coloured buildings. Don’t miss MacLellan’s Castle, a 16th-century townhouse which still stands in the town centre today.
A pretty pastel-coloured town on the western shore of the Rhins of Galloway, Portpatrick is home to a variety of shops and restaurants, as well as being a popular spot for anglers. Keen walkers can find the start of the Southern Upland Way here too, a 212-mile walking trail that runs from the west coast to the east coast of Scotland.
Logan Botanic Garden
Located on the Rhins of Galloway, Logan Botanic Garden is Scotlands most exotic garden, thanks to its almost subtropical climate. Due to this microclimate, rare and beautiful plants from Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America and Southern Africa can thrive here. Visitors can marvel at the exotic beauty as they walk through groves of eucalyptus and palm trees, or walk to the highest point in the garden for an unbeatable view across the Rhins of Galloway. Don't miss the on-site award-winning 'Potting Shed Bistro' for a delicious range of locally sourced food and drink.
Mull of Galloway
Discover the beauty of Scotland’s most Southerly Point at the Mull of Galloway. Located on the Rhins of the Galloway peninsular, The Mull of Galloway is particularly popular with wildlife enthusiasts. Regarded as one of the best places in the UK to spot dolphins, porpoises and sea birds, the Mull of Galloway is also home to the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve.