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Sandhead Beach (Luce Sands)

Sandhead is a beautiful stretch of sandy beach near Stranraer. It is quite a sheltered beach and with its handy car parking, picnic tables and dog friendly status, it’s the perfect place for a picnic, a seaside stroll and a paddle.

Luce bay is designated a Special Area for Conservation for its dune, seashore and seabed habitats and the fantastic marine wildlife it supports.

Sandhead has both  a tearoom and a hotel within the village to cater for your needs from a snack to a full meal.

Ardwell Gardens is only a few miles away from the village.

For those with an interest in history, the Kirkmadrine Stones which are thought to date back to the 5th or 6th century are also nearby.

The Mull of Galloway Trail passes through Sandhead on its way from Stranraer to the Mull itself and makes a delightful walk in either direction.

Powillimount beach is located to the east of Southerness beach near Kirkbean on the Solway Coast and is part of the Arbigland Estate. It offers some spectacular views over the Solway Firth and on a clear day you can see the Lake District. It is a great beach to visit with curious kids as it is full of shells, rock pools and huge rock formations.

There is one large stone in particular that looks like it does not belong. It is a huge granite boulder and legend has is that the devil took a bite out of Criffel, the large hill that overlooks Powillimount and spat it out on the beach. The less fantastical version is that it was carried down to the beach by glaciers during the last ice age.

There is a car park right beside the beach which offers easy access.

Greenan Beach is a sandy stretch of beach a few miles south of the town of Ayr on Scotland’s western coast.

It is overlooked at its southern end by the 16th century Greenan Castle which is perched on a cliff above the strand. The stunning views make it a popular spot for walkers, dog walkers and horse riders alike.

There is a car park on Greenan road which offers easy access to the beach.

Southerness beach is a vast expanse offering breathtaking views across the Solway Firth towards the Lake District. It is a combination of sand and rocks and at low tide  reveals mud flats and rock pools. A dog friendly beach, Southerness is very popular with families and walkers alike.

Parking and public toilets are available at Southerness Point.

At the western end of the beach stands Southerness lighthouse which was built in 1749. Unusually it is square in shape. Although no longer a working lighthouse it is sometimes open to visit.

At the eastern end of the beach is Powillimount Beach, with its outstanding rock formations, it is worth the half and hour stroll from the lighthouse.

Sandyhills is a large sandy beach near Dalbeattie on the Dumfries and Galloway coastline. The beach lives up to its name and at low tide has a vast expanse of sand, backed by gentle sand dunes. The beach is the perfect spot for a walk, a paddle or a picnic.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year around. There is a car park and public toilets beside the beach for easy access.

 

 

Threave Garden and Estate

 

 

Threave Garden and  Estate is the perfect place for a family day out – or two: there’s so much to see and do here, you may not fit it all in to one visit.

A garden for all seasons and a haven for wildlife, with an osprey platform and bat reserve

Open daily 29 March 2019 to 22 December 2019. Please check our website or phone for details 01556 502575 or email threave@nts.org.uk.
Threave’s wonderful garden has been created over the years by students of the Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening – and is a fine example of landscaped beauty. The garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens to showcase different styles, including glasshouses, formal gardens, rockery, RHS trial beds, rose garden and walled garden, and new for 2019, a new garden of contemplation.
At the centre stands Threave House, designed in the Scottish Baronial style in 1871 for the Gordon family. Many of its rooms are displayed as they were in the 1930s.
The wider estate caters for more adventurous tastes, and includes our flagship bat reserve. The nature reserve is a Special Protection Area for breeding waders and wintering wildfowl – pink-footed geese and Greenland white-fronted geese are regular visitors.

Culzean Castle and Country Park

With a dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history & beautiful surrounds, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland’s best days out.

This glorious 260ha estate was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis – a man who was keen to impress with his wealth and status. Opulent to the extreme, the park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.

The castle itself is perched on the Ayrshire cliffs, incorporating everything the earl could wish for in his country home. It was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here.

Port Logan Fishpond

The pretty, whitewashed cottage with the quaint turret, perched on the rocks near Port Logan on the beautiful Galloway coast in S W Scotland, is hiding a secret.

If you would like to learn more about the history of The Fish Pond and its inhabitants, past and present, please come and visit. You will be very welcome.

We have a gift shop, fishing tackle and bait for sale, cold drinks, and free parking. Dogs are welcome!

 

We are open from 10am to 5pm, 7 days a week.
Our season runs from 1st March to 31st October. Occasional adverse weather conditions may affect advertised opening hours.

Please call to check if you are travelling far.

Easterbrook Hall and The Crichton Memorial Church sit proudly within the grounds of The Crichton in Dumfries in the South West of Scotland.

Easterbrook Hall is one of the largest auditoriums in the South of Scotland making it the perfect venue for everything from weddings, concerts and exhibitions to corporate events, family celebrations and performing arts and music events and festivals.

The Crichton Memorial Church is regularly used for weddings, funerals and weekly services as well as graduations, concerts, plays and ‘Wine & Dine’ events.

The Crichton has over 85 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and parkland to explore and is easily accessible on foot, bicycle, car or bus from Dumfries town centre.

It is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and an intriguing history.

On site you’ll find The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses and an Academic Campus.

For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

As well as being a stunning location to explore, The Crichton is a very popular wedding venue, conference centre and tourist destination.

It is an ideal training ground for those who like to run, cycle, walk, swim and keep fit and is the home to Crichton parkrun, which starts from outdside the Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning at 9.15am. The Crichton Golf Club welcomes visitors and is a 9-hole course located adjacent to The Crichton. For children and families there are plenty of green spaces and playing fields too.

Car parking is free and there are electric charging points and bicycle racks too.

Keep up to date with What’s On at The Crichton online at www.crichton.co.uk 

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Wild Eskdale / Wildlife Experiences

Take a Guided Tour

with Wild Eskdale

Offering a range of wonderful wildlife experiences and tours in Scotland. We are based in the beautiful southern uplands of Dumfries and Galloway with dramatic scenery all around.

 

The hills, rivers and valleys around the town of Langholm are the gateway to nature based tourism in Scotland. It is the first place after crossing the border into Scotland heading north that you have a chance of seeing the iconic Golden Eagle.

Cally Gardens and Specialist Plant Centre is a treasure trove of exotic and rare hardy plants gathered from around the Globe. The towering 18th century walls of what was once the kitchen and pleasure garden for Cally Palace now provide shelter to 1000’s of rare and exotic plants. This Garden is a must for any plant collector and the Specialist Plant Centre is bursting with rare and unique plants cultivated by the acclaimed nurseryman Kevin Hughes.

The Gardens are open Thursday through to Sunday, 10am – 5pm from 1st March – 31st October.

Garden Admission £5.00:  Children free.

Nursery is free to visit.

 

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WELCOME TO
BARSTOBRICK

 

Just 2 miles from the A75 at Ringford  nestled in the heart of Red Kite country you’ll find Barstobrick boasting an equestrian centre, coffee shop and several way marked walking trails. We invite you to explore our beautiful Galloway countryside by foot, bike or on horseback.

  

Our coffee shop is open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-4pm, serving breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee and delicious home baking. Maps and clue sheets for our walking trails can also be purchased here.

 

 

         Galloway Faerie Trail, Hot Blast Trail and Ridge Trail

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barstobrick Riding Centre

 

At Barstobrick riding centre we offer 30mins to 2hr off road treks around our 650 acre estate as well as lessons in our indoor and outdoor arena’s. We have horses and ponies suitable for all ages and abilities.

Fully licensed and insured.

A fun day out for all the family!

 

 

 

 

Moat Brae is the Birthplace of Peter Pan.

New Family Attraction set in the ‘enchanted land’ that inspired the story of Peter Pan.

Discover a world of children’s stories in the enchanted land that inspired the story of Peter Pan. Author JM Barrie played pirate games as a child in the 1870s. Featuring: Neverland Discovery Garden, Exhibitions, Darling Children’s Nursery, Home Under the Ground, Nana’s Kennel, Pirate Ship, Mermaids Lagoon, Play Features, Centre For Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Restored Georgian House, Heritage Tours, Riverside Views, Events, Activities, Café, Shop.

Opening to the public June 2019

 

 when shades of night began to fall, certain young mathematicians shed their triangles, crept up walls and down trees, and became pirates in a sort of Odyssey that was long afterwards to become the play of Peter Pan. For our escapades in a certain Dumfries Garden, which is enchanted land to me, were certainly the genesis of that nefarious work, Peter Pan.”

JM Barrie – creator of Peter Pan

 

The Crichton, Dumfries

The Crichton has over 85 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and parkland to explore and is easily accessible on foot, bicycle, car or bus from Dumfries town centre.

It is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and an intriguing history.

On site you’ll find The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses, as well as an Academic Campus.

For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

As well as being a stunning location to explore, it is also a very popular wedding venue, conference centre and tourist destination. It is an ideal training ground for those who like to run, cycle, walk, swim and keep fit and is the home to Crichton parkrun, which starts from outdside the Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning at 9.15am. The Crichton Golf Club welcomes visitors and is a 9-hole course located adjacent to The Crichton. For children and families there are plenty of green spaces and playing fields too.

Easterbrook Hall is one of the largest auditoriums in the South of Scotland and has a regular programme of events, concerts and festivals and is regularly used for family celebrations and parties as well as charity events and corporate functions.

Car parking is free and there are electric charging points and bicycle racks too.

Keep up to date with What’s On at The Crichton online at www.crichton.co.uk 

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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.

 

 

Corton Plants

is a unique, family run, traditional plant nursery with an inspiring collection of old fashioned and new varieties of plants, all home grown in Ayrshire.

Established in 2004 by owner Alison Kerr, Corton Plants has grown from a single poly-tunnel to a successful traditional plant nursery, with seven poly-tunnels housing over 200 plant varieties.

Located at South Corton Farm, Alloway, a working dairy farm, we are easily found just off the A77. We have ample parking and our beautiful country location offers a quiet gardener’s haven to browse and select our quality plants.

Our staff are dedicated plant lovers who can offer expert advice and a personal service from helping you to choose the best plants for your garden to advice on how to care for your plants.

With an inspiring collection of both old fashioned and new varieties of plants, our aim is to provide a friendly and professional service to all our customers with all levels of interest. We are open seven days a week and stock a large selection of shrubs, trees, perennials, climbers, heathers and herbs. As well as a superb variety of bedding and basket plants!

While you are here, why not pop into our fabulous new coffee shop – ‘The Coo Shed’? This is a very popular addition to our family business and is an ideal meeting point for friends and family. With all things in its décor cow related, you will be served with a smile and can choose from a wonderful selection of food – not to mention our mouth-watering homemade cakes and traybakes!

Laggan Outdoor

Laggan Outdoor  offer adventure and recreational experiences for all the family.

Set in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway, on the hills above the Solway coast, you really will struggle to find a more stunning location.

The Zip Wire

The adventure starts from the second you arrive when you get harnessed up and then take the 10 minute off road journey to the top. It’s high, the road is bumpy, but the views are just breath taking.

Members of our team will then talk you through the procedure and then it’s launch time – get clipped in, safety checks will be carried out and then you’re off, hurling down hill at up to 30 metres above the ground at speeds of up to 45 mph. You’ll have the best view of the whole centre from up here, flying over the Mountain Balling track, Mountain Boarding track and thankfully missing the Clay Pigeon shooting ground!

Once at the bottom, you’ll be greeted by another friendly member of the team who will help you back down to solid ground. And if you’re mad enough, you can do it all again!

Archery

Once you have had an initial indoor lesson with us, you can move on and tackle the Archery Range with real life 3D targets in the forest. Live like your ancestors and try and catch your food, taking on a bear, a wolf, a boar and a deer, but only heart shots will count in this exciting new archery range.

Given the unpredictable weather in Dumfries and Galloway, offers a great wet weather activity for the family.

Segway

Lead by one of our experienced instructors, groups of up to 6 people will be taught all the techniques of how to ‘glide’ on the Segway over differing terrain.

The tour will have you navigating your Segway across hills and fields that sit high above the Solway coast. Try your nerve over various terrains and put your new found skills to the test. The views that you will experience will be some of the best in the region.

Clay Pigeon Shooting

Never shot before? Not a problem.  With our in-house instructors, we’ll guide you through everything you need to know, including gun safety, master eye, holding the gun, aiming and hitting your first clay.  We’ll be right next to you all the time to give tips where required.

Shot before and hold your own certificate?  Great!  We can run sporting clay sessions for you or even a simulated game drive.

All you need to have a go is a minimum of 2 people some warm and padded clothing depending on the time of year and some sturdy footwear.

Grass Sledging

Thanks to special tracks on the bottom of the sledges, these can travel just as fast as snow sledges and with steering & brakes you’ll be as safe as houses. Race against your friends or mum and dad.

We have 10 sledges available. You can just turn up and hire or call and book to avoid disappointment.

 

We offer a range of great packages if you wish to do more than one activity with us:

Basecamp Cafe sits atop Laggan with incredible panoramic views over the Solway coast. We serve the freshest, locally sourced food, all made on site from scratch by our fantastic team.

 

Crawick Multiverse

 

Crawick Multiverse is a spectacular artland, visitor attraction and events venue utilising landscape art to transform a former open cast coal mine into an outdoor space that can be enjoyed by future generations.

Globally-renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks transformed the site which opened in summer 2015. It links the themes of space, astronomy and cosmology, creating a truly inspiring landmark that will appeal to everyone from art enthusiasts and scientists to walkers and the wider community.

The site is cared for by The Crawick Multiverse Trust, a charity registered in Scotland (SCO39940). By visiting this extraordinary artland, you are helping maintain the Multiverse for current and future generations to enjoy. Thank you for your support.

5 * Logan Botanic Garden is Scotland’s Most Exotic Garden and hosts plant treasures from the southern hemisphere – rarely seen in the UK. Situated at the south-western tip of Scotland, Logan Botanic Garden is an exotic paradise tucked away amidst some of the most majestic scenery the country has to offer.

Visitors can walk through groves of eucalyptus and palm trees or stand in the shade of awesome giant rhubarb-like gunnera and from the highest point, there are superb views across the Rhins to the Galloway Hills.

Famed for its tender collections, Logan’s Walled Garden is a showcase for brilliant blooms and is ablaze with colour throughout the season. The fishpond, adorned with water lilies, creates a focal point and embellishes the air of tranquillity within the Garden.

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the climate provides the ideal growing conditions for an amazing collection of southern hemisphere plants.

The Woodland Garden is also a delight. It is a haven for a host of weird and wonderful plants and trees such as eucalyptus to the gunnera bog.

The Discovery Centre, situated near to the main entrance, gives visitors the chance to learn more about the Garden and its history. The studio hosts various exhibitions throughout the year.

Scotland’s most exotic garden never fails to impress whatever the time of year.

Refreshments

The wonderful Potting Shed Bistro was Dumfries & Galloway Life’s “Cafe of the Year” 2015 and is open daily to Garden visitors* between 1 March and 15 November from 10am – 4.30pm (3.30pm in November). It serves tasty lunches, light snacks and delicious home baking using the finest local ingredients and has ample outside and inside seating.

Please call the Potting Shed Bistro on +44 (0) 1776 860296 for group catering options.

*The Potting Shed Bistro is open to non-Garden visitors in March, September, October & November, as well as Sundays in February (11am – 3pm Sundays in February).

The garden is part of the Gardens of Galloway – Scotland`s Garden Trail

Family Activities

We have a selection of family activities on during the summer and autumn holidays. Activities take place on Thursday afternoons and are free with normal garden entry. We also have other activities in conjunction with the RSPB at selected times throughout the summer holidays. Contact the Garden on 01776-860231, see our ‘What’s On’ leaflet, our Facebook page or email aramsay@rbge.org.uk for more information.

Guided Walks

The Guided Walks in 2020 will take place on the following Tuesdays at 10.30am: 10th March, 14th April, 12th May, 9th June, 23rd June, 14th July, 28th July, 11th August, 25th August, 8th September, 22nd September, 13th October & 10th Nov. Free with normal garden entry. There is also a Wildflower Walk at the Mull of Galloway Reserve on Tuesday 16th June 2020 at 2pm with Richard Baines.

Shopping

The Botanics Shop has a fantastic selection of local crafts, gifts and plants, some of which can be seen growing in the Garden and indeed have been grown at Logan. Logan collected seeds are available for sale.

How to get here

Logan is 14 miles south of Stranraer in the Rhins of Galloway, off the B7065. For travel details and a location map, go to How to reach us

Opening times

The Garden is open daily, 1 March – 14 November, 10am – 5pm(4pm in November).
(Open every Sunday in February 10am – 4pm during the Scottish Snowdrop Festival. Potting Shed Bistro Opening Hours 11am-3pm on Snowdrop Sundays in February).

Last entry 30 minutes before the Garden closes.

In the event of severe weather the Garden may be closed at short notice. Please phone ahead for further details.

To avoid confusion, it should be noted that Logan Botanic Garden is located past Logan House garden, and is in no way affiliated. 

Admission: Adults* £7.00, Concession* £6.00, Children Free**, Essential Carers Free.

Group Rate (minimum of 11 people or more) – £5.00 (providing payment is by a single transaction). Call 01776 860231 to prebook. It is recommended that group bookings are made at least 2 weeks in advance.

Easterbrook Hall and The Crichton Memorial Church sit proudly within the grounds of The Crichton in Dumfries in the South West of Scotland.

Easterbrook Hall is one of the largest auditoriums in the South of Scotland making it the perfect venue for everything from weddings, concerts and exhibitions to corporate events, family celebrations and performing arts and music events and festivals.

The Crichton Memorial Church is regularly used for weddings, funerals and weekly services as well as graduations, concerts, plays and ‘Wine & Dine’ events.

The Crichton has over 85 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and parkland to explore and is easily accessible on foot, bicycle, car or bus from Dumfries town centre.

It is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and an intriguing history.

On site you’ll find The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses and an Academic Campus.

For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

As well as being a stunning location to explore, The Crichton is a very popular wedding venue, conference centre and tourist destination.

It is an ideal training ground for those who like to run, cycle, walk, swim and keep fit and is the home to Crichton parkrun, which starts from outdside the Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning at 9.15am. The Crichton Golf Club welcomes visitors and is a 9-hole course located adjacent to The Crichton. For children and families there are plenty of green spaces and playing fields too.

Car parking is free and there are electric charging points and bicycle racks too.

Keep up to date with What’s On at The Crichton online at www.crichton.co.uk 

#TheCrichton

 

Broom Fisheries

Welcome to Broom Fisheries, home to Scotland’s leading coarse fishing lakes and waters, nestled away in a quiet, picturesque corner of South West Scotland.

You’ll find us at Newbie, two miles from the nearby market town of Annan in beautiful Dumfries & Galloway, and less than 25 miles from Carlisle.

Fishing at Broom

Coarse fishing is a growing sporting activity in Scotland, and we have 9 fully stocked lakes here at Broom Fisheries, including a purpose built canal, that make us famous for the quality and variety of course fishing that we offer, attracting keen anglers for leisure and competition fishingalike.

We are hoping that by providing a range of excellent facilities to visitors and tourists, Broom Fisheries will continue to build on the hard work of Scotland’s coarse fishing community and increase interest in coarse angling across Scotland and the rest of the UK.

Situated within easy access of the M6 and M74, Broom Fisheries’ peaceful and natural environment attracts regular anglers from all over the country.

Fishing Tackle Shop

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a complete novice, we’ve got something for everyone at The Tackle Box, our fully stocked, on-site tackle shop. From new fishing rods to bait, our experienced staff are always on hand to give professional advice and guidance.

Broom Caravan and Campsite

Facilities

Dogs are welcome on the campsite, which is situated within a fantastic 200-acre private estate. We also have beach access and plenty of opportunities for bird watching in a peaceful environment.

For those interested specifically in coarse fishing, the caravan and campsite is situated just 100 metres from the bank side.

 

Glenwhan Gardens, Arboretum and Tea Room

Glenwhan Gardens has been described as one of the most beautiful newly made gardens in Scotland. with unique & stunning sea views across to the Isle of Man, Luce Bay, and the Mull of Galloway.

The Gardens are a labour of love, hewn from rough moorland 35 years ago. With the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, Glenwhan grows many tender plants from around the Southern Hemisphere, together with large collections of rare trees and shrubs. A numbered tree trail for the dendrologist has been collated, along with a 17 acre moorland walk with 120 species of wildflowers, grasses, and ferns. Two small lakes (Lochans) are the focal point of these family-run gardens, with seats and  meandering paths running along enchanting walks with interesting scupltures, which the visitor will discover.

The Tearoom prides itself on its delicious home baking and warming  homemade soups. Home-grown vegetables and use of fresh locally-sourced produce are used wherever possible. We have a small but well stocked plant nursery situated by the tearoom, incorporating many of the plants which may be seen growing in the gardens. We aim to produce our own plants and we are happy to propagate any plants for our customers.

 

Glenwhan Gardens are open all year round so that our visitors can experience the full range of the seasons and changes in our flora and fauna.  During the Spring and Summer months, when our tearoom is open, please obtain your tickets from the tearoom. During the Autumn and Winter months we operate an Honesty Box at the entrance.

Garden Opening Daily for 2019 Season

10:00am-5:00pm

Monday 1st April to Monday 30th September.

From 1st October- 31 March, Admission by Honesty Box at Entrance. (Tearoom closes on 1st October)

 

Adults £6.00, Concessions & Groups & Students  £4.50  Season ticket £18.00

Family Ticket £13.00 (up to three children)

Dogs on leads are welcome

Contact Details

Telephone: (+44) 01581 400222

(+44) 07787990702
Email: tess@glenwhan.co.uk
Address: Glenwhan Gardens, Dunragit, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8PH

The gardens participate in Gardens of Galloway, Scotland`s Garden Route
Open: Mid March  – 31 October, daily 10am- 5pm.

 

Make time for tea at Glenwhan Gardens

The Tearoom serves home cooked meals using locally sourced ingredients and fresh vegetables and eggs produced on the premises, where possible and when in season. Every effort is made to source the ingredients grown as close to the premises, and emphasis is on Scottish suppliers.

With level access from the car park our tea rooms are fully accessible.

Dietary Options: Vegetarian and Vegan meals available.

Shepherd’s Hut

Our Bespoke Shepherd’s Hut in the garden overlooks the loch, to the Mull of Galloway with splendid sea views, & may be hired for Couples and Singles and comprises: 5ft double bed, with well equipped kitchen area with two hobs, microwave and Belfast sink, with small wood burning fire, full size shower, WC & Basin. A separate sitting out area adjoins the Hut with seating and BBQ. Single dogs are allowed but please not on the bed.

To Book please go to AirBnB under Glenwhan Gardens or use this link https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/16567766, where you will find full details.

  

 

Events at Glenwhan Gardens

 

Come and enjoy OPEN AIR CINEMA: TOP GUN on Sunday 21st April

 

The film starts at 8’clock ‘Top Gun’

100 seats in covered Marquee and refreshments and light snacks are available in the Tearoom. Gates open at 7.30.  all welcome

 

Easter Daffodils – One Day Watercolour Painting Workshop

 

Watercolour Painting Course at Glenwhan Gardens

Cost £60 inclusive of tuition, materials & equipment supplied, refreshments (teas&coffees) and a soup& sandwich lunch provided by the Glenwhan Café

From 10am to 4.30pm on Tuesday 23 April 2019  2019
For further details and to book a place contact Allan
mail@allanmcnallyart.co.uk
Tel. 01465 881175

Easter Daffodils Workshop April 2019 Glenwhan Gardens

 

Waterlilies painting workshop from 10am to 4.30pm on  12th June 2019.

mail@allanmcnallyart.co.uk

 

Course: Grow Your Own Vegetables

 

 

 

Welcome to Ellisland Museum and Farm. From 1788-1791, Ellisland Farm was the rural home of National Bard Robert Burns. He built the house for his family. Its fabulous location by the river Nith inspired him to write some of his most famous poems.

Today visitors can explore Burns’ farmhouse; the kitchen where meals were shared, his spence where genius was ignited. Then discover more about his life, work, and the setting that brought us Tam o’ Shanter, Banks O’ Doon and Auld Lang Syne.

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Welcome to Cream o’ Galloway!

Set in the beautiful Galloway countryside, Cream o’ Galloway is a family visitor attraction on an organic dairy farm, and the home of the luxury ice cream enjoyed throughout the country.
With its Adventure Playground built for children and adults, nature trails, tearoom, garden, bicycle trails and special events, Cream o’ Galloway really does have something for the whole family.

There are 25 flavours of luxury dairy ice cream and dairy free sorbet to choose from in the visitor centre, open daily between Easter and the end of October. The family friendly centre is also open for the February school holidays and at weekends in March. Check out our on-line calendar for opening times and ticket prices.

Built for adults and children to play together, the indoor and outdoor play areas include ‘Go Boing!’, a series of suspended nets a bit like a giant trampoline. Children aged 6+ and adults can enjoy the Flying Fox zip wire, the Drop Slide and Pedal Karts, plus a viewing tower, 3D maze, assault course and the fabulous ‘Smugglers’ Warren’ indoor play area.

Daily Events

A daily Ice Cream Tasting Event allows the opportunity to try a selection of different flavours. Choose Finlay’s Farm Tour or the Food Tour to meet the cows on the farm. Special Events such as seasonal wildlife events and ice cream making activities are offered during the year. To find out what’s on when and to pre-book discounted event tickets, take a look at the Cream o’ Galloway website

Cream o’ Galloway started making ice cream in 1994, and in 2013 diversified again into cheese making. Taking the ‘Food Tour’ or the ‘Finlay’s Farm Tour’ is the best way for your family to hear all the stories and see behind the scenes at this award winning business.

The buggy-friendly nature trails take in two wildlife lochans, a wildlife hide, acres of young woodland and some stately ancient woodland too.

After all that fun and adventure you’ll want to tuck into a treat from the menu, much of it made with produce from the farm.

Elmlea  is a small, family run nursery located in Old Minnigaff, specialising in herbaceous perennials and grasses. (more…)

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

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.

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.

Six beautiful Gardens of Galloway have collaborated to offer visitors a passport. The Gardens of Galloway on Scotland`s Garden Route offer reduced entry fees as detailed below. All the gardens are within a compact area making our corner of Galloway unique. Nowhere else in Scotland can you visit so many gardens with so little travel. (more…)

Aldouran Wetland Garden is a community run venture in the North Rhins of Galloway. There is a small community garden beside the entrance. Beyond this is the wetland where there is a bird hide. beyond the bird hide is a woodland walk. (more…)

From Portpatrick there are excellent cliff paths in both directions, north and south. These offer a range of options for stunning walks with awesome scenery. (more…)

Castle Kennedy Gardens

is one of Scotland`s finest gardens.

The gardens are a hidden treasure in South West Scotland – a perfect haven for relaxing and exploring.

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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.

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

A  hidden gem in a tranquil rural setting only 2 miles from the motorway network

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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…)

Craigieburn is a new garden reborn on an ancient site. A remarkable collection of plants, laid out in classic style over five acres. (more…)

Logan House Garden – an enchanting garden, dating from the 1870s and set in 20 acres. Logan House Garden houses a superb collection of plants from around the world. (more…)

These historic gardens were created in 1740 by Lord Garlies  and are still maintained according to his original plans as informal pleasure grounds where wild flowers and plants have their place beside more exotic cultivated species. (more…)

Classic cottage garden plants grown at Ellenbank are sent to keen gardeners and public gardens all over the UK and abroad.

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Mill Plant Nursery near Moniaive is a small, but expanding perennial nursery based in a delightful rural setting, which also serves as a location for an artist’s teaching studio and gallery. (more…)

A traditional plant nursery offering an interesting range of quality plants including alpines, perennials, shrubs, conifers, rhododendrons and basket and patio plants. (more…)

Mossburn is an animal welfare centre where a wide variety of farm, domestic and exotic animals find refuge. The large family of rabbits have their own village of Edinburrow. (more…)

The Cree Valley Community Woodlands Trust (CVCWT) has a vision of establishing a Forest Habitat Network from “source to sea” which incorporates a mosaic of native broadleaf woodland and other habitats. (more…)

Welcome to Mabie Farm Park!

A wonderful day of adventure and play!Nestled beneath the magnificent Mabie Forest with views over the Solway Firth, Mabie Farm Park is original farm fun that’s delightful for all ages in all types of weather!
Just outside Dumfries in Southern Scotland, Mabie Farm Park captures the essence and feel of an original working farm, yet has a variety of both indoor and out door entertainment, for children and adults of all ages!
Regardless of the weather, there is fun to be had together!

On a day out at Mabie Farm Park you will see

Our friendly and experienced staff members are passionate about playing their part in helping children and adults alike experience a real farm nestled in the great Scottish countryside, as well as encouraging more people to enjoy the great outdoors through adventure and play!
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