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  • Rik’s Bike Shed


     

    Rik’s Bike Shed

     

     

    A Top Wee Shop at the Head of the Trails

    Based at Drumlanrig Castle. We have hire bikes for all the family, great trails and a fantastic wee shop to help with whatever cycling need you might have.

    Rik has been cycling for way too long and offroad for most of that. He has designed and built many of the trails on Drumlanrig Estate, including the technical red and black routes and has also worked on some of the best-loved bike trails around Scotland.

    Here at Rik’s Bike Shed we are happy to offer advice to new and experienced riders about the the awesome trails here at Drumlanrig, bikes to buy or service or just to get you going again.

    With many years off-road riding (and racing) under his helmet Rik can help you have a great days riding or some helpful and fun coaching sessions to help you ride with more fun, control and speed. We’re happy to get you tot onto pedals and have plenty of patience for older folks who’d like to learn.

    Rik’s Bike Shed has a great selection of parts and accessories, along with cycling equipment and clothing for men, women and children. We stock Shimano and Sram drivetrain and brake spares along with a huge range of good quality and budget parts to upgrade or repair your trusty steed.

    If you’re looking for a new bike, we are happy to help and advise. We stock Merida and Diamond Back and framsets from Stanton and Sanderson.

    We always have second-hand bikes from the hire fleet or we can order a new bike to suit your needs.

    We run a well-equipped workshop at Rik’s Bike Shed, staffed by Cytec qualified bike mechanics who can get you back on (or off!) the road.
    In addition to repairs, if your bike is in need of a little TLC, then Rik’s Bike Shed offers bronze, silver or gold service packages to get your trusty or rusty steed pedalling like new again.
    We’ll fix any bike; road, MTB, BMX, or utility; from fixing a puncture to building you a custom wheel, we’re happy to help.
    We can often get your bike fixed while you get a brew at the Castle Tea Room.
    From £5 for kids and £10 for an adult.

    Bikes are available to hire on-site, working on a first come, first serve basis.  (We do have LOTS of bikes!)

    If bikes required outside of opening hours contact Rik on 01848 330080, mobile 07722 828139 or email on mtbrik@aol.com.

     
     
  • Segway Tours


    Segway Tours

    Segway Adventures right here in beautiful Port Logan! visit our website to get your Adventure booked!

     

    Adventure Tours run by a trained Adventure Guide around the beautiful area of Port Logan, on Segways!

     

     
     
  • The Lairds Inn


    The Lairds Inn

     
     
  • Scotland In A Snapshot


     
     
  • Barholm Arts and Crafts


    Barholm Arts and Crafts

     

    We are a group of people (artists/craft makers/photographers) who work together to run and manage the Barholm Arts and Crafts Shop in Creetown, Dumfries & Galloway.
    ABOUT US – MEET THE TEAM
    • VAL HORTON – Photographer / Knitwear Designer & Producer / Artist
    • VICKI DEMPSTER – Jewellery Designer & Creator – WEBSITE: www.vickidempster.com
    • LIZ & ROGER CUTLER – Wood Art – WEBSITE: www.gallowaywoodturners.co.uk
    • BERNADETTE DEMPSTER – Designs Knitting Patterns / Textiles & Knitwear Designs / Gifts & Art – WEBSITE: www.knitwitzuk.com
    • SUE NICHOLSON – Felt Crafts with Local Wool / Ink Cards & Gift Cards – FACEBOOK PAGE: 4 Ewe Crafts
    • EVELYN MACKINTOSH – Scottish Art Scapes Landscape Artist / Painting In Oils, Watercolour & Acrylic / Originals, Prints & Cards.
    • ADELE SAGE – Jewellery Maker / Wedding Crafts.
    • HEATHER DICKINSON – Pencil Drawing – FACEBOOK PAGE: Galloway In Pencil
    • LORAINE BAXTER – Scarves / Wrist Warmers / Ski Hair Bands & Hats – BRAND: Elinora
     
     
  • Cycling, South West Scotland


    Cycling, South West Scotland

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Crafty Distillery & Visitor Centre


    Here at Crafty Distillery, in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway, we have a plan. To create tasty spirits from scratch using new technology and locally sourced ingredients

     
     
  • Theatre Royal Dumfries


    Theatre Royal Dumfries

    Scotland’s Oldest Theatre, established 1792.

    Historically modern.

    The oldest theatre in Scotland, the Theatre Royal is in the heart of Dumfries and first opened its doors in 1792. It has strong associations with the renowned Scottish poet Robert Burns, who wrote several pieces specifically for its stage.

    The Theatre saw multiple changes of ownership during the first half the of 20th Century, before being bought by the Guild of Players in 1959.

    The Guild managed to secure support from new sources and instead of planning on building new facilities upwards, they looked towards expanding outwards.  Adjacent buildings were purchased, and renovation work began in 2014, completed by the end of 2015.  The newly refurbished building includes several new spaces while maintaining many of the historic features, ushering Scotland’s oldest theatre into the 21st Century.

    Attend one of the touring productions presented throughout the year, which includes live music, stand-up comedy and theatrical dramas. The Guild of Players presents a regular season of four shows, as well as a family-friendly Christmas pantomime.

    Grab a drink at the bar before the show or enjoy a meal from the customised theatre menus at nearby restaurants. Want to get hands-on at the theatre? You can participate in one of the workshops or join our group of fantastic volunteers and help build sets and design costumes.

    Getting there:

    The Theatre Royal is located on the edge of Dumfries’ main shopping district, a short walk from the Dumfries railway station. It’s a 1.5-hour train journey to Dumfries from Glasgow or just under one hour’s drive from Carlisle Airport.

     
     
  • 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

     
     
  • The Riverbank Cafe


    The Riverbank Cafe

     

     

    The Riverbank Cafe is a popular venue for visitors and locals alike who just love the fresh baking, excellent coffee, paninis, toasties, salads, burgers, breakfast, soup, desserts, sandwiches and children’s menu.

                                                                

    Much of the produce used in The Riverbank Cafe is sourced from the Dumfries and Galloway region such as their cheese, pork and smoked produce.

     

    The Riverbank Cafe is located next to the main car park in Newton Stewart and there is plenty of public parking as well as some private, more secure spaces provided behind the cafe.

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Doon Crafted


    Welcome to Doon Crafted

    Doon Crafted specialises in all things wool. From spinning to weaving to needle felting, the fleece or fur gets used in many different ways.
    I have been weaving and spinning for 5 years now and have 3 Registered Tartans at the moment.
    Needle felting is a relatively new craft and gaining in popularity.
    Exclusive Wolf Wool is used to make high end luxury items.
    Also available soon Northern Innuit Dog Wool.

    Weaving and spinning and all things crafty happen here.
    We design and weave our own tartan and have designed tartans for other organisations

         This is the new Dark Sky Tartan. It was commissioned by the SDSO Scottish Dark Sky Observatory to celebrate the opening of the new Planetarium

     

     

     

     
     
  • 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…)

     
     
  • Stranraer and District Angling Association


    Founded in 1947 Stranraer and District Angling Association offers visiting anglers a diverse choice, from remote wild brown trout fishing, to a well stocked user friendly loch especially suited to the younger and disadvantaged anglers as well as those wishing to explore the fishing whilst visiting the area.

    The Association welcomes visitors who will find members always happy and willing to offer advice, however dont necessarily expect them to share all their secrets!!!

    2017 ( 2 Fish Limit )

    Ticket Prices        Per Day              Per 7 Days

    Seniors                  £18                        £75

    O.A.P`s                  £16                        £50

    Ladies                    £16                        £50

    Youths                   £18                        £75

    Juniors                  £10                        £45

    Disabled                £14                        £40

    Evening Ticket    £12 (1 Fish)

    Permits available from The Sports Shop, Stranraer 

     
     
  • Burnside Tearoom and Fuel Station


    Burnside Tearoom and Fuel Station

     

    Hot and cold meals and snacks to eat in or take away

    Serving unleaded petrol, super unleaded and diesel fuels

    We have a range of items crafted by local artisans ranging from wood turning to jewellery
     
     
  • Barholm Cycle Hire


     

    Barholm Cycle Hire

     

    Electric or manual bike hire for everyone in the family to enjoy!

     
     
  • 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 2018 Season

    10:00am-5:00pm

    Good Friday 31st March to  30th September.  (Tearoom closes on 1st October)

    From 1st October- 31 March, Admission by Honesty Box at Entrance

     

    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.

    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.

      

     

     
     
  • Mossyard Farm Pottery


    Mossyard Farm Pottery

    is a new paint it yourself studio based on Mossyard Farm, a working beef and sheep farm running 110 cows and 650 sheep. With beautiful views of Fleet bay and within two minutes walk of one of Scotland’s most picturesque beaches the studio itself can seat up to 16 people and is an ideal idea for children’s parties, groups, get together or to simply drop by and paint something unique as a keepsake or a gift to give to someone else.

    Ceramic Painting

    Choose a piece of blank pottery from our large selection, paint and decorate your piece using stamps, sponges, shape tools and much much more! Take a look at our ideas book before choosing your brushes, tools and colours. It takes up to two hours to paint your pottery, and for groups we provide free tea, coffee and home baking. When you have completed your piece of pottery leave it with us to be glazed, and fired in the kiln ready for collection in 4 days time. If you’re not able to collect, we may be able to deliver locally, or we can arrange to post your pottery direct to your chosen address.

    If you are in a rush or would just prefer to take something away on the day there are certain pieces of pottery such as figurines and money boxes that can be painted using acrylic paint allowing you to take it away as soon as it is dry. Please note that anything painted in acrylic paint is NOT food and dishwasher safe.

    While you’re at Mossyard Farm Pottery, enjoy a picnic on our beautiful beach. Or the closest place for lunch is Laggan Outdoor Base Camp cafe, just a mile away.

    Clay Hand and Foot Prints (and Paw Prints too…)

    Imprints provide a wonderful keepsake to be treasured for years to come. We take an original impression of your baby or child’s hand and/or foot print in soft clay. After the imprint has been taken it needs to be left to dry out naturally taking up to two weeks before being fired in the kiln for the first time. It is then painted, glazed and re-fired in the kiln ready for collection. We can also take imprints of your dog’s paws. The total time from taking the imprint to collection is around 4 weeks. Prices start from £15, with options to have your imprint framed.

    Parties

    Mossyard Farm Pottery is the perfect venue for children’s birthday parties. Come along to do some painting, we will decorate the studio for you to enjoy a painting party! Different party packages are available depending on your requirements.

     
     
  • Jake Irving Ceramics and Coffee Shop


     Jake Irving Ceramics,

    stylish, unique & exclusive ceramics & coffee shop.

    Opened in Kirkcudbright in March 2018.

     

     

    Jake Irving Ceramics & Coffee Shop.

    Unique hand built ceramics sold only in Kirkcudbright and home baked cakes and drinks.

    All welcome, feel free to come in and browse.

     
     
  • The Green Frog


    THE GREEN FROG  

    Fishing • Relaxing • Organic Gardening

    Welcome to The Green Frog at Moffat – GREEN because we strive to be and FROG standing for Fishing, Relaxing and Organic Gardening! (and because we like frogs) – we know it sounds corny, but even the name makes you smile!

    There is plenty to see and do here at The Green Frog

    Garden Centre

    Stocked from April – October with plants that flourish in the Scottish Climate.

    Organic Gardening – a particular passion of owner Kris Allan – with years of gardening experience behind her in the form of landscape gardening in her previous life before deciding to create and nurture “The Green Frog” Kris will always be on hand to share her experience and offer advice to potential or “budding” organic gardeners!

    Cafe

    Open 9.00 am – 5.00 pm seven days a week, serving meals, snacks, hot & cold drinks.

    Gift Shop

    Our small gift shop is stocked mainly with locally made gifts & curios.

    Soft Play & Family Dining

    Relax and enjoy a great Caffia Coffee or take lunch whilst the kids play safely.

    Pets & Pet Foods

    Come see our pets, we also stock a range of pet foods for cats & dogs.

    Caravan Site & Storage

    Our small CL site is open all year round for caravans and motorhomes.

    Bait & Fly Fishing

    Fishing – for all the family – whether it be on our 4.5 acre spring fed lochan, with crystal clear waters (where the discerning fly-angler can see the fully-finned fish as well as trying to catch them) or in our smaller lochan, ideal for beginners, (or indeed experienced fishermen or women) who simply want to catch a trout for their supper! All equipment is available for hire if you haven’t packed your own and there are friendly staff on hand to give a helping hand to those trying fishing for the first time.

     

    Party Bookings

    We welcome group bookings, you can book the Green Frog for private parties, weddings etc.

     
     
  • Ae Cafe and Bike Shop


     

    Ae Cafe and Bike Shop

     

     

     

    Ae has a brilliant trail center as part of the famous 7Stanes with routes for all levels. The forest also offers some lovely walks.

    There will  always be  a warm welcome at Ae and it’s a great place to go walking, horse riding or to simply hang out and relax. Come and have a look for yourself!

     
     
  • Armstrong Border Tours


    Darren and Eleanor’s trip to floors Castle.

    The grand Castle of Drumlanrig.

    Experience the Scottish Borders like never before with

    Foray unto reiver trail.

    A murdered laird and his followers Grave.

    Armstrong Border Tours

     

    Tours of the borders for the enthusiastic traveller who wishes, to learn more about the history of borders. From stone age man right through to modern day.

     

    Adam is a knowledgeable, experienced and passionate owner of the business. Go on tour with Armstrong Border Tours for memories that will last a lifetime

    Half Day Tours

    Half day tours, again will begin at 9am outside Langholm town hall, we do collect people from designated areas upon plenty of prior notice.Half day tours last until 2pm and then from 2pm until 6pm, half day tours take in a maximum of three sites. And refreshment breaks will be taken, during your tour. However, Armstrong Border Tours are not responsible for refreshments. Again, there are four regions to explore all of which are full of history and beautiful scenery.

    Full Day Tours

    Our full day tours will begin at 9am outside Langholm town hall, we do collect people from designated areas up plenty of prior notice.Full day tours last, until 5pm-6pm of which you will be transported back to the location at which we collected you. Once we have begun the tour we will explore one of four regions, Dumfries and Galloway, Scottish, Cumbria or Northumberland, a minimum of four sites per day on the full day tours. Refreshments breaks, and lunches will be at 11am, 1pm and then at 3:30pm, Armstrong Border Tours are not responsible for any refreshments. I aim to finish the tour at precisely 6pm but there maybe odd occasions of unforeseen circumstances. So therefore, ask for patience.

    Bespoke Tours

    Our bespoke tours are for the more, eager traveler, wanting to find or discover an old ancestral home or a place that’s not on the regular tours. We can take you off the beaten track and show you the wilds of the borders. Maybe you want to visit old kirkyards or see the colours of Edinburgh, maybe just see misty mountains all of which can be accessed with a little planning.Bespoke tours are from 9am to 6pm breaks and lunches will be given, you will be collected outside Langholm town hall or a designated place and returned there after the tour.Please note all tours must be paid for by the time the tour takes place, or your tour will have to cancelled. Deposits or/and cash on the day.

    Contact us today to book your Border Experience

    Call 07713 856101

    e mail us on adam.armstrongcrisp@hotmail.com

    See us on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/armstrongbordertours/

    Some recent reviews

    Henry Jeffrey

    As a front of house member at the Eskdale Hotel I’d heard many positive reviews about Armstrong Border Tours from residents, so myself and the duty manager went on a tour with Adam. We were impressed, firstly, by the immaculately clean vehicle and comfortable seats.

    Our tour took us North of Langholm through the Ewes Valley before cutting across to Hermitage Castle. The tour continued through Newcastleton, Kershopefoot, Rowanburn, Hollows and returning to Langholm at 5pm.

    Throughout the tour Adam shared his knowledge of not only the Armstrong family, but of the Elliot’s, Scott’s and Turnbull’s – to name a few. His tour was delivered at a good pace and easy to understand.

    If you plan to pass through the border area then I’d highly recommend a visit to Langholm and experience a tour yourself. A very informative tour with a very knowledgeable guide.

    Becca Jill

    I made arrangements with Adam online. I had a special request to visit Rosslyn Chapel, and he was happy to oblige. Adam is very knowledgeable about the history of not only the Armstrongs but the entire Border area. Having Adam for a guide made for a very enjoyable day!

    Darren Kiddell

    I had my girlfriend visiting from Germany and wanted to do something for her where she could get to know the region and see some of the unknown sights that ordinary tour guides would miss. I’ve known Adam for a good number of years now and when I found out about his border tours I booked one up straight away.
    I had a few things I wanted to fit into the day, but asked Adam to surprise us with things he thought we would enjoy. The places we visited were amazing, Floors Castle, Traquair House, Gilnockie Tower, and while they were great to see and snoop around, it was Adam’s knowledge and his enthusiasm that made the day most enjoyable for us. I had worried my girlfriend and Adam might have communication issues but there was none at all and she understood nearly all of his informative talks only asking once or twice for him to repeat himself, considering the amount of knowledge he shared with us on our tour I was seriously impressed!
    Adam is a great guy with loads of passion and pride for what he does and he made sure we had a great day. If anyone wants to see some of the most beautiful countryside I’ve ever seen, points of interest off the beaten track and pick up a bit of history along the way, I’d definitely recommend going on one of his tours!

     

     

     

     
     
  • NTS Broughton House & Garden


    Cross the threshold of Broughton House and enter the world of wellknown Scottish artist E A Hornel, one of the ‘Glasgow Boys’. (more…)

     
     
  • Corsewall Lighthouse Restaurant


    Corsewall Lighthouse Restaurant in the North Rhinns of Galloway is an ideal location from which to to explore Dumfries and Galloway and Ayrshire.

    Some of Scotland’s most spectacular coastline is found within and nearby the 20 acre grounds of Corsewall Light House Hotel. The lighthouse galleries and public areas afford fine views of the Kintyre Peninsula, Arran, the Firth of Clyde, Ailsa Craig and even the coast of Ireland. The Iron Age fort of Dunskirkloch is found here. A wide variety of flora, abundant sea life, seals, birds and even deer can be viewed from here. On a clear night, the beams of several Scottish and Irish lighthouses can be seen.

    This very unique  hotel and the restaurant delights everyone who has the good fortune to stay or dine here. It has the charm and romance of an 1815 functioning lighthouse with the comforts of a small very unique  hotel and restaurant.

    The Restaurant is open to both residents and non-residents

     

    A sample menu can be viewed and downloaded for easy printing and saving to your tablet or computer here and a dessert menu here.
    All prices were correct at the time of printing and may be subject to change.

    • Lunch is served from 12 o’clock with last orders taken at 1.45 pm
    • Dinner is served from 7 pm with last orders taken at 8.45 pm
    • Tea & Coffee, Sandwiches and home-made Scones or Shortbread are served throughout the day.
     
     
  • Clience Studio – Angela Lawrence


    Clience Studio – Angela Lawrence

     

     

    Clience Studio – Angela Lawrence is a friendly artist’s gallery and working studio owned by Angela Lawrence, Artist

    showing mainly her Scottish landscape and seascape paintings.

    Clience Studio is a most welcoming gallery, as well as the artist’s studio, and displays her original oils and watercolours, signed giclee prints and other items from her work.

    Angela frequently paints to commission and is also a very active exhibiting artist at prestigious galleries throughout the UK.

     
     
  • The Pub


    THE PUB

     

    Cold Beer, Hot Food, Live Music

     

    Food Service

    Mondays :                      2pm   – 7.30pm              

    Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri :  12.00pm   –   2.30pm  and  4.30pm  –  7.30pm

    Saturday  :                   12.00pm  –  7.00pm

     
     
  • GG’s Yard Venue


    GG’s Yard Venue

    We offer a simply stunning setting, hidden in the glorious Galloway hills which overlook breathtaking views of Scotland’s most beautiful southern coastline. Our location is nothing less than perfect and if you are looking for excellence, GG’s yard is the venue for you.

    Outstanding service and attention to detail are two highly regarded values at GG’s Yard. There are no requests too big or too small, our friendly staff are always here to meet the your needs with exemplary standards.

    Enjoy your day without a worry and leave it to the experts at GG’s Yard.

    Our Unique Development

    Stunning stonework, rolling heather hills, pristine gardens, sensational sea views, heavenly interiors, superior service, first class finishings and divine decorative accessories. This is a venue that speaks class and here at GG’s Yard we have it all.

    At present GG’s Yard stands as an empty unit with beautiful character and charm awaiting its magical renovation and infusion of new life.

    Our 200 year old building is assembled with stunning stonework which has recently been sandblasted to reveal a beautiful and unique combination of warm colour tones. The natural walls will feature inside the new venue extension forming an ambience of class and beauty. The steading is framed with fabulous exposed wooden beams that create a wonderful rustic country aura. The neutral colour palate will continue throughout the internal finishings giving you the opportunity to style GG’s neutral elegance to your individual taste.

    Launching in late 2017, GG’s Yard will be totally unique by making the most of original features and adding modern elements. The combination of its natural beauty with the addition of glass walls, contemporary lighting and opulent interior will complement each other and create an atmosphere perfect for many an occasion.

    This exceptional venue will soon capture the hearts of brides and make dream weddings come true.

    Conference

    GG’s Yard is the perfect venue to host a conference. Away from the distractions of life this remote location is inspirational and refreshing. Our quiet setting allows clients the opportunity to concentrate in a light and calming atmosphere miles from the office! If you need to stimulate staff or share concepts with colleagues, GG’s Yard is the place to do so. We can cater for numbers up to 300 and provide you with refreshments and lunch if requested. Should our Grand Gallery be too large for your meeting we are happy to rent out a wing of the building for smaller numbers at a reduced fee.

     
     
  • ReadingLasses


    ReadingLasses

    ReadingLasses is a women’s bookshop where you can browse at your leisure and enjoy coffee, cake and comfy seats in our front rooms surrounded by books or lunch in our refurbished rear cafe.
     
     
  • South West Coastal 300 #SWC300


    on the SW300 Mull of Galloway

    The South West Coastal 300 route in South West Scotland is a stunning drive of just over 300 Miles. There is so much to explore, including a multitude of interesting towns and villages. You could easily spend a week or two on the South West Coastal 300 and only scratch the surface!

    Much of your route follows our many miles of awesome coastline while you will also have the opportunity to marvel at our hills, glens, forests and lochs and soak up some of the abundant history of our area. The roads are quiet too!

    As the South West Coastal 300 is roughly circular, you can start wherever you please. Spend as long as you like exploring the huge diversity of scenery and natural beauty on display along our quiet roads.

    Drive through the magnificent Mennock Pass in the Lowther Hills to reach the coast of the Solway Firth. On the way, you may will visit Scotland’s Highest Village – Wanlockhead.

    Swc300

    Discover delightful towns and villages along the Solway Coast such as Kippford and Kirkcudbright as you head for the remote Mull of Galloway – Scotland`s most southerly point and delight in views of the Galloway Hills, Lakeland Fells, the Isle of Man and even the Mountains of Mourne!

    Explore the Machars Peninsula along the way where you can discover the history of St Ninian and find out about the rich history we have to offer.

    Driving north from the Mull of Galloway, pop into Portpatrick with its harbourside pubs and restaurants as you head towards Stranraer. Look out for seals at Lendalfoot as you head up the Ayrshire coast to Culzean and Alloway before turning inland towards Sanquhar……….. .and did we mention the quiet roads!

    Done the NC500? Try the SWC300 – we look forward to welcoming you, we’re a friendly bunch!!

    Basically, you can start exploring our SWC300 route at any point along the way. However, the main access points are likely to be Stranraer where there is a railway service from Glasgow. Stranraer is also close to the terminal for the Belfast Ferry. Alloway,  is near Ayr with road and rail links from Glasgow. Sanquhar which has a rail service to Carlisle, Newcastle and Glasgow. Dumfries which is close to the A74 and M6

    We will start in Stranraer, for no particular reason other than that you’ve got to start the South West Coastal 300 somewhere!

    Head north on the A77 along the coast of Loch Ryan to Cairnryan where you are likely to see one or more of the ferries which sail from terminals at each end of the village to Northern Ireland.

    The road soon climbs through Glenapp and as you descend towards Ballantrae, you will catch glimpses of Ailsa Craig, a volcanic (extinct) island famed for granite used for curling stones. It’s worth turning left once you enter Ballantrae to pause on the sea front, take in the views of Ailsa Craig and Arran and have a look at the small harbour. Maybe even have a game of putting!

    Rejoin the A77 at the other end of Ballantrae and soon the road climbs over Benane Hill then descends to Lendalfoot. Just before Lendalfoot you can pull in to a parking area and view a memorial to the Russian Cruiser Varyag which ran aground off Lendalfoot in 1920. Seals can often be spotted lazing on the nearby rocks.

    Ailsa Craigg for Lendalfoot on SWC300

    Ailsa Craig from Lendalfoot

    From Lendalfoot, the road hugs the coastline and takes you through Girvan where you may wish to spend some time checking out its shops and cafes. Girvan has an interesting harbour where a RNLI Lifeboat is based and where fishing boats can often be seen.

    Stay on the A77 and follow the coast as far as Turnberry, passing several cafes. Here we leave the A77 and take the A719. Pass the manicured lawns of Trump Turnberry Golf Resort to Maidens, another pretty coastal village. The road continues past the entrance to Culzean Castle and down the “Electric Brae” where your car appears to be rolling uphill! Onwards the road approaches Dunure with jawdropping views of Arran. Holy Isle and Culzean Castle. It`s well worth a detour of a mile or so to enter Dunure Village to explore its pretty harbour and the extensive ruins of its 13th Century Castle and Dove Cote.

    Return to the A719 from where its a short distance to Alloway, a suburb of Ayr and famed for being the birthplace of Robert Burns and the setting for his epic poem, Tam o’ Shanter. You may want to stop and check out Burns Cottage and Burns Birthplace Museum or perhaps spend some time exploring Ayr itself.

    Dunure on the SWC300

    Dunure Harbour beside the SWC300

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    Cottages line the streets of Kirkmichael

    Once you’re ready to continue the SWC300, rejoin the A77 via Doonholm Road and head south (right) to pass through Minishant, (if you have satnav, you may with to key in Kirkmichael to keep you right). A short distance from Minishant, turn left and follow the B7045 to Kirkmichael and onwards to Straiton. You are now in Galloway Forest Park – the largest Forest Park in the whole of Britain!

    Kirkmichael is a conservation village with streets lined with cottages, many of which are more than 200 years old. Further on, Straiton is also a conservation village which dates back to the 18th Century. Views on the approach to Straiton are dominated by the hilltop obelisk memorial to Lt Col James Hunter Blair. Both Kirkmichael and Straiton have community run village stores. Straiton makes an ideal base for a walking holiday with 5 short walking trails (1.25 to 4.25 miles) all starting and finishing in the village.

    SWC300 between Straiton and Dalmellington

    Continue your South West Coastal 300 adventure by turning left on to the B741 for Dalmellington, a former weaving centre and mining village.  Dalmellington is now better known for the nearby Scottish Dark Sky Observatory as the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.  A short section of the road – about 2 miles is single track but there are plenty passing places and good visibility as the road goes through delightful open hilly countryside.  Although, not on the SWC300, beautiful Loch Doon is close to Dalmellington and offers the opportunity to spot an osprey and to visit the ruins of Loch Doon Castle which was built by Robert the Bruce or his father around 1200 ADThe South West Coastal 300 continues on the B741 through open and forested countryside to New Cumnock where you turn right onto the A76 to Sanquhar, first passing through Kirkconnel. Both town.s are on the banks of the River Nith which is renowned for its excellent trout and salmon fishing. Sanquar is home to the Oldest Post Office in the World – it dates back to 1712 and pre-dates adhesive postage stamps  by over a century! The Southern Upland Way passes through providing walking opportunities.  Crawick Multiverse, a renowned Land Art project is nearby.

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    On the Mennock Pass heading for Scotland’s Highest Village

    Just out of Sanquhar, turn left onto the B797 signposted for Wanlockhead. Drive through the magnificent Mennock Pass, following a stream with hills on both sides of the road. Soon you are at Wanlockhead which is Scotland’s Highest Village!

    SWC 300 Wanlockhead

    Driving past Wanlockhead on the South West Coastal 300

    Wanlockhead and nearby Leadhills are famed for their mining heritage – including gold,  and the villages have a fascinating history. Find out more at the Museum of Lead Mining.In Leadhills, take a right hand turn onto the B7040 towards Elvanfoot where the road follows a recently born River Clyde. Slightly north of Elvanfoot, your route passes below the A74 and join the B7076, a quiet road which follows the main road and pop into Moffat, just off the route. Moffat, a bustling town with plenty shops has a newly refurbished museum. Moffat is also on the Southern Upland Way and has many walks for you to enjoy.

    Continue on the B7076 and visit Lockerbie where you join the A709 to Dumfries passing through Lochmaben as you go. You will probably want to stop and spend some time in Dumfries with its many attractions including Robert Burns’ House and Centre and Moat Brae House and others too numerous to list.

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    From the SWC300 near Sandyhills

    From Dumfries, follow the A710 for New Abbey. New Abbey is famed for Sweetheart Abbey which is right in the centre of the village. The history of Sweetheart Abbey dates back to 1273 when the abbey was built by the widow of John Balliol, a prominent figure on Scottish history. The village also has an 18th century corn mill which has been fully restored and is another popular attraction.Continue on the A710 and soon you reach the Solway Coast with views of the Lake District. When you reach Kirkbean, you might want to divert a few miles to  Southerness., one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland, to the delightful coastal village of Carsethorn or to Arbigland to visit the birthplace of John Paul Jones, often referred to as the “Father of the U.S. Navy).

    Back to our route and continue along the A710 where the road soon hugs the coast and passes through Sandyhills with its beautiful beach. When you reach Colvend, we recommend that you divert to Rockcliffe, another delightful coastal village from which there is a beautiful and very popular coastal walk to Kippford ( tea room in the former and pubs in the latter). This is called the Jubilee Walk and is about 2.5 miles return.

    After this further detour, return to the A710 until just before Dalbeattie where you turn left on to the A711 down the other side of the Urr Estuary through Auchencairn with its smuggling heritage to Dundrennan. Like New Abbey, Dundrennan is famed for its Abbey which was built in the 12th Century and was where Mary Queen of Scots sheltered during her last hours in Scotland.

    Our route continues to Scotlands Artist’s Town – Kirkcudbright with its many galleries including the new Kirkcudbright Gallery, a gallery of national significance opened on the summer of 2018. Kirkcudbright also has an interesting harbour and many independent shops and cafes. Cross the bridge over the River Dee and drive on the B727 alongside the shore past the beautiful Dhoon beach with its views of Little Ross Island and its lighthouse.

    Continue along the B727 via Borgue to join the A75 near Gatehouse of Fleet. You may wish to divert into Gatehouse of Fleet before continuing along the A75 passing Creetown to reach the roundabout outside Newton Stewart where you will find plenty of shops and cafes for supplies and refreshments. The drive from Gatehouse of Fleet to Newton Stewart provides great views of the Galloway Hills and Wigtown Bay.

    South West Coastal 300

    Isle of Whithorn on the Machars Peninsula

    From the Newton Stewart roundabout, our route heads south on the A714 to Scotland’s Book Town – Wigtown which has bookshops galore and several cafes. A few miles south of Wigtown, just past the village of Kirkinner, take the B7004 for Garlieston on the shores of Wigtown Bay. You can detour a very short distance into Garlieston itself – another beautiful coastal village famed for the Mulberry Harbours which helped bring an end to WW2. Rejoin the South West Coastal 300 southwards to the Isle of Whithorn with its pretty harbour.

    From Isle of Whithorn, we strongly advise you visit nearby Whithorn to find out about the history of St Ninian and to visit the recently opened Iron Age Roundhouse. Return to the SWC300 where you head close to the shoreline via Monreith and Port William to rejoin the A75 near Glenluce. After a short distance, turn left and follow the B7084 to Sandhead

    Join the A716 and head south for the Mull of Galloway. Although the road passes behind Sandhead, its easy to turn left into the village and rejoin the main road at the far end. Sandhead has an easily accessed beach several miles long and windsurfers and sand yachts can often be seen.

    Continue on the A716 which hugs the coastline through Ardwell to Drummore where you will find Scotland`s most southerly shop and a community run information centre.

    Leaving Drummore, follow the signs for the Mull of Galloway along the B7041. The road offers spectacular views which change rapidly as you head south. Although the last few miles of the road are single track there are plenty of passing places.

    The Mull of Galloway is,for many, one of the highlights of our route and somewhere you can spend several hours soaking up the atmosphere and views, checking out the bird life at the RSPB reserve and visiting the lighthouse. The Café at Mull of Galloway is built right at the most Southerly Point of Scotland!

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    Scotland`s most Southerly Point , the end of the road- The Mull of Galloway

    Retrace your route and, just before Drummore, follow the signs for Port Logan where you turn right and, after a couple of miles, rejoin the A716 northwards. Port Logan has a another beautiful beach and nearby is “Scotland`s most Exotic Garden” – Logan Botanic Garden.
    Continue northwards and when the road reaches Sandhead, turn left onto the B7042 ( signposted Portpatrick) and follow the signs until a few miles before Portpatrick. The B7042 is fairly narrow and some may prefer to remain on the A716 through Stoneykirk before turning left towards Portpatrick. The “scenic” route leaves the B7042 an turns left a few miles before Portpatrick at a sign for Knockinaam. Turn right just before the hotel and the road continues with spectacular views of the Irish Sea, the ruins of Dunskey Castle and Portpatrick itself. Turning right at the end of this road, you rejoin the A77 which takes you back to Stranraer. However you will probably want to spend some time in Portpatrick first where you will find several bars and restaurants on the harbourside.

    From Portpatrick, follow the A77 and turn left at Lochans to return to Stranraer where your adventure started.

     

    Outside Scotland’s Highest Hotel

    Please return to South West Scotland soon to enjoy the other routes we have for you such as the Scottish Castles Route or the Burns Country Run.

    Visit South West Scotland thank Dave Smith and Motor Cycle Scotland, Buccleuch Arms, Moffat for use of the South West Coastal 300 Route idea which has been adapted from their original version.

    Photo Credits:-

    Ailsa Craig copyright Roderick Leitch Photography

    Dalveen Pass – copyright Visit Scotland

     
     
  • Blackaddie House Restaurant


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  • Logan Botanic Garden


    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.

    • Seating capacity of 48 plus an additional 48 outdoors including disabled picnic benches

    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 2019 will take place on the following Tuesdays at 10.30am: 12th March, 9th April, 14th May, 11th June, 25th June, 9th July, 23rd July, 13th August, 27th August, 10th September, 24th September, 8th October & 12th Nov. Free with normal garden entry.

    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) – £4.00 (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.

     
     
  • The Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club


    The Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club

    The Barracuda Leisure Club in Dumfries is the Cairndale Hotel’s privately owned leisure club. Situated on the ground floor of the hotel,

    The leisure club offers excellent leisure facilities, including swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa pool and fully equipped gym.

    Enjoy the facilities of The Barracuda Leisure Club:

    • Fully heated swimming pool
    • Spa pool
    • Sauna
    • Steam room
    • Fully air conditioned gymnasium

     

    We look forward to seeing you here…

    The Barracuda Leisure Club is split into two distinct areas:

    Wet Area

    Within the wet area you will find a 14m fully heated leisure swimming pool, perfect for a relaxing swim or equally as functional for those wishing to use the pool for workout purposes. Next to the pool is the spa pool; if ever there was a place to realx, this is it. Also located within the wet area is the sauna; a wood clad hot room using dry heat to sweat out any body toxins. Side by side with the sauna is the steam room; a hot room creating wet heat using steam vapours, perfect for cleansing skins and aiding with breathing problems.

    Gym Area

    With the gym area of The Barracuda Leisure Club there are a number of state-of-the-art cardio touch screen equipment from Life Fitness. Included in the range are bikes, cross trainers, treadmills and steppers aas well as two Concept 2 rowing machines.

    There are a number of resistance stations which include a Pec-Dec, chest press, lateral pull-down, bicep curl, hip conditioner and leg/leg extensions. In addition to the static weight machines is a well equipped weights area which includes two dumb bell racks, benches and a Jones Smith Machine; this machine allows individuals to add on a level to their Smith workout as its functionality allows for movement in all directions, not just simply up and down.

    The Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club is proud to announce the introduction of the new Spa facility, based within The Barracuda Leisure Club. It offers a wide range of beauty treatments, holistic therapies for you to indulge in and enjoy.

    A range of Spa BreaksSpa Days and Pamper Packages are available, offering excellent value, relaxing and enjoyable breaks and days out.

    Treatments include:

    Please note, you do not need to be a Barracuda Leisure Club member to use the Spa facilities.

    GOLF BREAKS IN DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY 

    The Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries offers excellent value golf breaks in Scotland.

    With a range of golfing packages available to suit all abilities, you can choose the perfect break for you.

    With numerous superb golf courses in Dumfries & Galloway, golf co-ordinator Kevin Potts can help you choose the perfect combination of courses that will ensure a challenging and enjoyable golf break in Scotland. View Golf Break Offers.

    ENQUIRE ONLINE ABOUT A GOLF BREAK
    OR CALL 01387 240286 FOR DETAILS

    Your accommodation in a Classic room,

    Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (Dinner is 4 course Table d’hôte),

    Free access to The Barracuda Leisure Club,

    Free on site parking,

    Free WiFi,

    A dedicated golf co-ordinator who will guide you to the best locations and arrange tee-off times for your party.

    For one of the top wedding venues in Dumfries, the centrally situated Cairndale Hotel makes the perfect choice for weddings in Dumfries, catering for wedding receptions of up to 300 guests.

    The Cairndale Hotel offers a superb wedding venue in Dumfries for your special day. With a wide range of facilities, wedding meal packages and the ability to cater for up to 300 wedding guests, the Cairndale makes an ideal choice for your wedding.

    A choice of function suites and smaller function rooms at The Cairndale Hotel provide a prefect wedding venue in Dumfries for intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions with wedding breakfast, dinner and buffet menus to suit all budgets and preferences.

    The Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries is licensed as a civil marriage venue for civil ceremonies and civil partnership, facilities are suited to party sizes of up to 150 guests.

    ENQUIRE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING ONLINE
    Alternatively, you contact the hotel directly by calling 01387 254111.

    VIEW ALL INCLUSIVE WEDDING OFFER

     
     
  • Allan McNally Fine Art


    Allan’s Studio-Gallery is set in a delightful former church that has been tastefully renovated to provide a light and airy art space. Here in this amazing space, resident artist and studio-gallery owner Allan McNally creates bold, vibrant contemporary paintings of Scottish landscapes, coastal and seascapes including Galloway, Carrick and Burns Country scenes along and near the SW Scotland Coastal 300 Route.  As well as, travel scenes in the Himalaya and Tibetan Plateau are exhibited in regularly changing exhibitions in the gallery.

    A prolific artist, Allan enjoy sharing his skills with others and regularly gives ongoing demonstrations in his Studio Open Days, giving visitors an insight to his methods of work, tips, techniques and insight into the life of an artist.

    Allan, a professional mid-career artist, has exhibited with art galleries around Scotland, London and Dallas in Texas and regularly at art fairs in Glasgow, Aberdeen and London. His work can be found in private and corporate collections in the UK, USA, Australia, New Zealand and Japan.

    Also,inspirational painting workshops are run for individuals, couples or small groups with all equipment and materials supplied, so that all you need to bring is your enthusiasm.

    Allan enjoys creating one of a kind paintings for clients for that special occasion with a wide range of experience of painting various subjects including wilderness landscape, seascapes, wildlife and nature, portraits, yachts, buildings and lots more, so he is confident to undertake painting commissions that will delight!

    Allan McNally Fine Art Studio-Gallery  is located in the delightful conservation village of Colmonell in the Stinchar Valley just off the A77 on the Ballantrae to Girvan section of the SW Scotland Coastal 300 Route.

     

    ~ Open times ~

    from 11am to 5pm on Studio Open Days or by appointment.

    Please do not hesitate to email or call or checkout website to find out more details.

    mail@allanmcnallyfineart.co.uk

    Studio-Gallery Telephone ++44 (0) 1465 881175

    www.allanmcnallyfineart.co.uk

     

     

     
     
  • A. D. Rattray’s Whisky Experience & Whisky Shop


    Whisky Experience

    Your perfect introduction to Scotch Whisky… Discover Scotch whisky as you explore our unique Whisky Experience & Shop.

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  • Linda Irving Felt Artist


    Linda Irving Felt Artist

     

    Linda Irving Felt Artist is an artist who ‘paints with felt’, art & wearables inspired by the sea & landscapes,

    natural world – Mull of Galloway, Scotland.

    Community teaching & Gallery space

     
     
  • Basecamp Cafe at Laggan


    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.

     
     
  • Creetown Gem Rock Museum


    The Gem Rock Museum is very easy to find. Located in Creetown we are 7 miles from Newton Stewart and 11 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet on the A75 Carlisle to Stranraer trunk road directly off the M6 Motorway. Just follow the signs on entering Creetown village.

     

     
     
  • Galloway Activity Centre


     

    Galloway Activity Centre

    Galloway Activity Centre occupies a stunning location on the banks of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland.

    With our team of expert adventure instructors and our beautiful surroundings we specialise in providing exciting and memorable holidays in a safe and friendly family atmosphere.

    Catering for families, groups and individuals, you can choose from popular short taster sessions, full day activities, certified courses and instructor training under the professional guidance of our skilled tea

     

    Looking for some fun outdoor activities to do? Look no further! Situated in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway Forest Park and with a range of fun land and water based activities to do there’s no better place to enjoy the great outdoors than Galloway Activity Centre

    Some of the Outdoor Activities available include

    Laser Tag; Archery; Sailing; SUP; Wobbly Waterpark; Kayaking; Mountain Biking; Climbing and Zip Wire; Giant Water Slide and Giant Swing

     

    Family Activities in Scotland just got better! With a range of exciting outdoor activities to choose from there’s no better place to take the family than Galloway Activity Centre – come and join the adventure!

     

    The Activities on offer for families include Family Activity Days; Youth Club; Adventure Holidays

    Courses also available and these include Sailing; Windsurfing; Powerboating and Sail Foiling

    Don’t forget to pop into the cafe to satisfy those hunger pangs.

    Waterfront Café

    The Waterfront Café has been serving hungry activity customers for years and there’s no better place to fill up after a hard day on the water! With delicious breakfasts, refreshments during the day, evening meals and our ever popular specials you’d be mad to miss out!

    Situated on the East Bank of Loch Ken, just off the A713

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  • 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.

     

     
     
  • Dundonald Castle


    DUNDONALD CASTLE

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    VISITOR CENTRE

     

    War and romance, smuggling and heroism, tales of the supernatural and more – Royal Dundonald Castle is one of Scotland’s most unexplored and fascinating treasures.
    Home to Scots King Robert II, grandson of Robert the Bruce; it’s where the formidable Stewart dynasty was born. The 14th century Castle, its ancient hilltop and surrounding woodland hold their secrets and those of the powerful Cochrane family, favourites of King Charles I.
    Experience impressive barrel-vaulted ceilings, enjoy spectacular coastal views and join the Castle Team for stories and rare finds from the site’s 2000-year-old past. The Castle’s rich history is illustrated for all ages, through initiatives in Education, Archaeology, Events and Exhibitions.
    Dundonald Castle’s legacy is just beginning. It’s a vibrant ‘living’ monument and holds a special place in the heart of its village. The busy Visitor Centre and welcoming café are the focal point for the famous Dundonald Highland Games and a unique place for local residents and their children to make memories for years to come.

     

     

     
     
  • Logan Fishpond Marine Life Centre


    Logan Fishpond Marine Life Centre

     

    On the South Rhins Tourist Trail on beautiful Galloway sits the UK’s, if not the world’s, oldest and most unique natural marine ‘aquarium’. Set deep in rocks on the shore and dating back to 1800 as a sea-fish larder for the local Laird, Logan Fishpond was partially created from an incredible geological blowhole – a natural fissure through the slanted slate rock with a shallow pool at the end which was shaped much wider, rounder and deeper by the use of explosive gunpowder by Lt Colonel Andrew McDouall the Laird of Logan who wanted a ‘fish preserve’. So it is essentially man-made from the blowhole made by nature. The pond used to be refreshed via natural tides but now the tidal flow is controlled with a modern valve. See our wide range of sea fish and marine life –  cod pollock turbot mullet wrasse starfish and hermit crabs to name only a few – and feed them by hand before enjoying a stroll at the adjacent safe, sandy beach and dunes. Enjoy a picnic or BBQ at our site looking over the beach, to Portlogan harbour and distant Ireland, before a leisurely walk to  the old stone pier built in 1818 with its lighthouse designed by Thomas Telford, the famed Scottish road, canal and bridge engineer. A visit to the wonderful scenery and flora at Logan House Gardens and Logan Botanic Gardens is a must, before a leisurely 20 minute drive to  the Mull of Galloway with its breath-taking panoramic cliff-top views, scanning over the sea to the Isle of Man and beyond. An interesting and enjoyable visit to Logan Fishpond’s Marine Life Centre and an all-round great day is guaranteed. 

    Open from March 1st until the end of October.

     
     
  • The Whithorn Trust


    Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre & Cafe

    Whithorn Trust runs the exhibition and museum detailing the town’s 1600 years of Christian history. Coffee and gift shop with locally sourced products.

    The Whithorn Trust manages the archaeological site associated with the earliest evidence of Christianity in Scotland, and traditionally known as “Candida Casa”, the white church founded in the fifth century.

    Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre & Cafe is easily found in the centre of George Street – Whithorn`s Main Street.

    The Visitor Centre contains a very interesting exhibition using interpretation panels, models,figures and artefacts to present Whithorn`s history dating back to

    Whithorn Visitor Centre also contains an excellent tea room.

    You can also visit the spectacular Priory ruins where the nave and crypt are still preserved

    The Roundhouse

     

                                                                                        

     

     

     

     
     
  • Solway Tours


     
     
  • Galloway In Pencil


    Beautiful detailed drawings from around Galloway. Prints, cards, ornaments and The Wee Book O’ Galloway In Pencil showing some history of the buildings featured.

    Working from home Heather produces her artwork from which she does her own scanning, printing, mounting, framing and packing to produce various sized prints, cards and ornaments. A recent addition has been her first book where she has researched the history of some of the buildings she has drawn.

    About The Artist:

    Born and raised in the wee rural village of Kirkcowan, Heather loved drawing from an early age. She kept up her studies of Art and Design throughout High School, gaining top grades in the subject.

    Although she has always enjoyed drawing, it is not until as recently as 2016 that she began selling her artwork. In that year she experimented with different mediums but in 2017 she settled on her strongest medium of pencil and formed her business name “Galloway In Pencil”.

    Heather is now focusing on the beautiful structures, landscapes and animals found throughout our lovely countryside of Bonnie Gallowa’. She travels, from her home in Kirkcowan, throughout the region with her camera finding subjects for her drawings.

    The drawings themselves have many many hours of detail carefully drawn from her own photographs into the artwork you see.

    Heather enjoys learning the history of all the buildings that are featured in her drawings and has gathered the information into “The Wee Book O’ Galloway In Pencil” which is now included in her products for sale, any of which would make a beautiful wee keepsake of Galloway.

     

     
     
  • A’ The Airts


     

    A’ The Airts in the Royal Burgh of Sanquhar is a Community Arts and Crafts centre nestled in the heart of Upper Nithsdale, Dumfriesshire, Scotland.

    Our fully accessible building is a hub where individuals can meet and express their creativity. Our varied groups who use the centre also love the warm and welcoming atmosphere here. Locals and tourists alike can enjoy great refreshments and free wi-fi in our café.

    Here at A’ The Airts we are providing a platform for local artists and crafters to sell their works either in our shop or during exhibitions held in the Gallery. Our shop has a wide variety of crafts available, many of which use the Sanquhar patterns (some items are only sold here).

    https://www.sanquharknits.com

    Our shop is a great place to browse unique Sanquhar Pattern goods – some not sold anywhere else – and a superb variety of wares from local crafters.

    We have a theatre that can seat a maximum of 50 individuals, suitable for small productions, performances and talks. It is equipped with a projector, for presentations and is used as a community cinema. The seats are retractable, so that the space can be easily opened up for other uses. Tai Chi, and playgroups, parties and conferences have all used this space.

    The theatre doubles as a gallery and we have further exhibition space throughout the building. We generally have many exhibitions throughout the year both by amateur and professional alike and we are always pleased to hear from groups or individuals who would like to consider the space for future exhibitions.

    We have two craft rooms, which our local community arts and crafts groups use on a weekly basis. The groups currently include pottery, photography, poetry, knitting, patchwork. The larger of the two rooms has a kiln for pottery and a potter’s wheel. The smaller of the two rooms is an ideal space for meetings.

     
     
  • The Townhead Hotel


    Welcome to the Townhead Hotel.

    Restaurant

    Our resident Chef and his team are on-hand to provide you with some amazing food. We strive to use as many locally sourced Scottish ingredients wherever possible. We guarantee you will love our menu at The Townhead Hotel.

    We also cater for dietary requirements, such as Gluten Free & Vegetarian, so please do not hesitate to ask one of our staff who will be happy to help.

     
     
  • Selkirk Arms Hotel


    The Selkirk Arms Hotel, a substantial hotel, which has a comfortable bar and conservatory area where bar meals are served. (more…)

     
     
  • Elmlea Plants


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

     
     
  • Kirkmichael Community Shop and Cafe


    Kirkmichael Community Shop and Café

     

    A warm welcome awaits you in this beautiful conservation village, and our friendly staff are always happy to help. You’ll find many locally sourced products; such as honey, meats, free range eggs, jams, and seasonal fruit and vegetables.

    Our Café menu includes delicious traditional cakes, as well as light lunches and snacks. We also sell a range of takeaway snacks; including tea, coffee, homemade soup, filled rolls, and home baking.

     
     
  • Small Print


     

    Small Print

     

     

    Small Print is a print and copyshop.

    We sell stationery, computer consumables and printer ink.
    We also do printing, copying, photographic and artwork reproduction.

    We offer a full range of printing services – business cards, leaflets, flyers, letterheads, greetings cards etc.

    Photocopying and colour copying upto A3 size. We can copy onto a variety of paper and card.
     
     
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