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  • Galloway Forest Drive


    A spectacular drive through the Galloway Forest

    From New Galloway, take the A713 towards Dalmellington and Ayr. This is a good road and passes through some lovely scenery. You may stop after a few miles to look at the medieval village of Polmaddy, and then the Heritage Centre at Carsphairn. (more…)

     
     
  • Loch Doon Visitor Centre and Round House Cafe and


    round house loch doon

    Enjoy coffee and cake while watching osprey chicks (subject to availability) using a telescope within the Round House Cafe on the shores of Loch Doon.

    A nest is situated across the loch from the cafe for a pair of Osprey that have been frequenting Loch Doon for a few years, they had their first chicks here in 2014. The first of the birds arrived back at Loch Doon on the 8th April 2015. Two chicks were raised, both male in 2015.  You can use a large scope at the cafe to watch the birds, or to view the Rhinns of Kells mountain range down the southeast side of the loch.

     
     
  • Nocturnal Wildlife Experience


    See wildlife in a totally different light throughout the year!
    A truly unique and unforgettable experience could be yours. Prepare to be astounded as we open your eyes to the lives of nocturnal wildlife in Dumfries & Galloway with the aid of the very latest cutting edge thermal imaging and night vision equipment.
    With a maximum of 2 persons you will have your very own thermal camera for the duration of a tour which will enable you to observe animals as small as rabbits at up to 400 metres away or perhaps allow you to get up close and personal with a badger. You may even catch a glimpse of a night hunting barn owl or witness thousands of geese taking off right in front of you. But that’s not all: everything YOU see, can be recorded by your device.
    Our enthusiastic tour guide has over 40 years experience and will be able to guide you safely through the countryside at night in the dark.

    Nocturnal Wildlife Experience is a tourism business based in Castle Douglas. NWE offer the public the chance to see wildlife in a totally different light, literally, when participants are guided through the night in complete darkness using start of the art thermal and night vision equipment to view wildlife.

    The technology NWE use is very high tech and for many years was only available to the likes of the military and more recently TV programmes such as BBC Autumnwatch and Springwatch. Now NWT are offering the public the chance enjoy this experience for themselves. Because of its uniqueness they have already attracted the attention of various media outlets from local TV and radio to the BBC ‘The One show’ and Countryfile and have even leased some of their equipment to Autumnwatch.  This was when it was called Nocturnal Wildlife Tours.

     

     
     
  • Galloway Forest Park


    Anytime is a great time to visit

    The Galloway Forest Park has everything you need for a great day out, whatever the time of year. Meet red deer and wild goats, choose from two scenic Forest Drives, follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce or picnic beside a peaceful loch. This is also Scotland’s first Dark Sky Park – one of the best places to stargaze in Europe!

    Start exploring from one of our three visitor centres. Kirroughtree is the gateway centre for the Galloway Forest Park and perfect for active adventures. Discover wonderful woods, water, hills and history at Glentrool and enjoy tranquil views over lochs and hills at Clatteringshaws.

    Kirroughtree and Glentrool are also home to two of the world-famous 7stanes mountain bike trail centres.

     

     
     
  • NTS Rockcliffe Coastline


    Rockcliffe is one of Scotland’s most beautiful coastlines, stretching along the Solway Firth on the southern edge of Dumfries and Galloway.

    Part of a National Scenic Area, the National Trust for Scotland nature reserve is fringed with wildflowers and dotted with sailing villages. Further inland the shells and shingle give way to patches of ancient broadleaved woodland and meadows, rich with flowers, butterflies and birds.

    The important Dark Age trading post of Mote of Mark stands on a rocky outcrop. The 6th-century ramparts are still visible, and the summit has lovely views

     
     
  • Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate


    Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

    If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside – or adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking – you’ll love a day at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate. From activities for kids to salmon fishing, you’ll find a raft of activity awaiting you. The Castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers and from your very first glance you’ll know you’re entering a special place. Special enough, in fact, that the producers of Outlander recently used the Castle for filming their second series!

    You will discover Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, landscapes by Paul Sandby and the Dutch masters, and cartoons by Rowlandson amid the finest furnishing and antiques.

    The 90,000 acre Estate boasts miles of beautiful walks and acres of gardens. Launch yourself down one of our championship mountain biking trails, or hook yourself a salmon, fishing on the river. Activities for kids include everything from the adventure playground to ranger-led wildlife walks and a host of events.

    The Castle is the stunning Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and they hope you find it as inspiring as they do.

     
     
  • Criffel Coaches


     

    Welcome to Criffel Coaches. 

    At Criffel Coaches our aim is to provide high quality mini coach travel at affordable prices without compromising on safety.

    We are a small, family run, concern, operating quality 16 seat Mercedes mini coaches from our base near Dumfries.

    We take pride in providing a friendly, caring and professional service to all our customers, being committed to serving you to the highest standards possible. Whatever your travel requirements, please feel free to contact us and we will try our best to assist you.

    Dumfries and Galloway is ideally situated within a reasonable travelling distance of places of interest across the north of England, the Central Belt of Scotland and the Borders, returning again on the same day.

    The local area has much to offer those following active pursuits in the countryside, as well as quiet roads, attractive towns to visit, historic locations, and high quality accommodation

     
     
  • Caerlaverock Wetland Centre


    Lying on the Solway Firth, Caerlaverock embraces a vast stretch of sea, mudflats and “merse” (the local name for saltmarsh). It’s a remarkable location, with dramatic coastal scenery and a rich range of wildlife. (more…)

     
     
  • NTS Threave Garden


    Threave’s spectacular gardens have been created over the years by students of the National Trust’s School of Practical Gardening. It was recently voted second in The Independent’s ’10 Best Gardens to Visit in the UK’. (more…)

     
     
  • Mull of Galloway Experience


    Mull of Galloway

    Mull of Galloway Experience

    Visit ScotlandThe Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most Southerly Point. At the end of a narrow peninsula with stunning views in every direction, the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, the Lighthouse Exhibition, the RSPB Visitor Centre and Reserve and the stunning Gallie Craig Coffee House comprise the Mull of Galloway Experience, a Four Star Visit Scotland Visitor Attraction. The Mull of Galloway Trust purchased the land and buildings at the Mull of Galloway, with the exception of the tower, in a community buyout in 2013. The Mull of Galloway Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) Charity Number: SC043557.

    The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse at the Mull of Galloway is perched on the end of a 260 foot cliff. It was built by Robert Stevenson and first lit on 26th March 1830. The Lighthouse remains operational and is managed and monitored by Northern Lighthouse Board.

    The Lighthouse Tower is open to the public during the main season by kind permission of the Northern Lighthouse Board. A climb up the narrow, spiral staircase with its 115 steps to the viewing platform is rewarded by stunning views over Luce Bay to the Galloway Hills, the Fells of the Lake District, over the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland – four countries from one viewpoint! Friendly and knowledgeable staff from South Rhins Community Development Trust are at the top of the tower to answer any questions you may have and you will be awarded with a certificate of achievement for climbing the 115 steps. For members of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers’ the Mull of Galloway participates in the Lighthouse Passport Scheme.

    The Lighthouse and Exhibition open for the 2018 season on Good Friday. Please check the calendar on the website for the days of opening.

    Opening times are 11am until 5pm with last entry to the top of the Lighthouse Tower at 4.30pm.

    Lighthouse Exhibition at the Mull of Galloway

    The Exhibition is based in the former fuel store workshop and engine room next to the Stevenson Lighthouse. The original diesel engines that powered the fog horn can still be seen in the engine room.

    There are many interesting artefacts on view along with a wealth of fascinating information about the life and work of the Lighthouse Keepers’ in such a remote place and their families that lived there with them.

    Please check the website for the days of opening.

    Entry Charges for the Lighthouse & Exhibition for 2018

    Admission charges: Lighthouse Exhibition – £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for children under 14.
    Lighthouse Tower – £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for children under 14. Access to the Lighthouse Tower is by guided tour only.
    Combined visit to both the Lighthouse and Exhibition– £5.00 for adults and £1.50 for children under 14.

    Please note the tower tour is not suitable for anyone suffering from heart, breathing or balance difficulties and that any person under 1m in height will not be allowed access, this includes carried children. Visitors must wear sensible footwear to climb the tower.

    RSPB Nature Reserve at the Mull of Galloway

    The nature reserve at the Mull of Galloway is a 30 acre site and contains a huge variety of wildlife. There is a visitor centre where you can view the colonies of sea birds on the cliffs from cliff mounted cameras including guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes. You may even see a puffin or two. On the nearby Scare or Scaur Rocks are enormous colonies of gannets

    On the clifftop heathland, there is much to be seen as well. Rare butterflies, birds such as the linnet and the stonechat and maybe some hares or a deer. Peregrines are also regular visitors.

    Guided walks are held every  Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm throughout the open season (April to the end of October).

    Opening Times –   The nature reserve and walks are open all year round. The RSPB Visitor Centre is open from Easter to the end of October.

    Gallie Craig Coffee House

    Gallie Craig is Scotland`s most southerly coffee house and gift shop and is named after the Gallie Craig Rock protruding from the sea south of the Mull of Galloway.

    The coffee house and gift shop have been designed in a most environmentally manner with a grass roof and predominantly glass walls enabling it to blend into the cliff side into which it is set.

    There is also a viewing platform right on the cliff edge from which you can enjoy a coffee whilst admiring the views and watch the seabirds and tides swirling below you.

    Visit the Mull of Galloway Experience at Scotland’s most Southerly Point in the far west of the region of Dumfries and Galloway. Dumfries and Galloway has been voted BBC Countryfile Magazine Holiday Destination of the Year for 2015/16.

     
     
  • Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve


    Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest LNR in Britain. (more…)

     
     
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