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  • 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.

     
     
  • Loch Ryan Leisure


    loch ryan leisure fast rib adventure

    Loch Ryan Leisure operate a fast RIB (Rigid Inflatable Boat)  sailing from Portpatrick Harbour in South West Scotland. Charters are available ranging from 30 minutes up to a trip to Ailsa Craig, Belfast or even the Isle of Man. (more…)

     
     
  • The Swallow Theatre


    The Swallow Theatre

    Scotland’s smallest theatre.

    This ‘little gem’ of a venue offers an intimate setting for professional theatre, live music, spoken word, comedy and other events.

    The rural 48-seat auditorium is situated in the beautiful Galloway countryside 3 from miles from Whithorn, 9 miles from Wigtown and just 15 miles from Newton Stewart.

    Situated in the owners’ garden, the theatre was established over twenty years ago and boasts comfortable raked seating and  professional lighting and sound facilities. There is ample parking and disabled access.

    The theatre and refreshment room are open on performance days – see website for details. A range of hot and cold drinks and ice creams are available. The refreshment room and garden open one hour before a performance.

    Tickets can be purchased in advance online via the website or by phone (01988 850368). Any remaining tickets are sold on the door (cash only).

    Come and experience a warm welcome at The Swallow Theatre.

     
     
  • Historic Scotland- Glenluce Abbey


    Tucked in a tranquil valley is one of Scotland’s best-preserved monasteries. A highlight is the magnificent chapter house, with its ornate windows and grotesque carvings. There is also a remarkable plumbing system that supplied the Cistercian monks with running water.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £5.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.00
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.00

    Opening Times

    26 March to 30 September 2018: Sunday to Tuesday, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    Restricted access Wednesday to Saturday.

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Kippford Classic Car Hire


    Kippford Classic Car Hire

     

    Hire a classic car and drive the stunning roads of Dumfries and Galloway, including the South West Coastal 300.

    The perfect way to celebrate a special occasion, or to explore South West Scotland, and beyond.

    Explore the stunning coastline and scenery of Dumfries and Galloway.

    Fancy a camping trip?   Why not hire Daisy our classic VW camper!

    Planning a wedding?  You could have one or more of our classics!   We offer either a chauffeured service or self drive hire.

    More information at www.kippfordclassiccarhire.co.uk

     
     
  • The Crichton Gardens and Church


    The Crichton Gardens and Church

    Open to the public all year round, you can visit the Crichton Estate and explore the stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and discover the intriguing history – all within walking distance of Dumfries town centre. The Crichton truly has something for everyone. Hidden amongst the 85 acres of parkland and outdoor spaces, you’ll find snapshots of the Estate’s 100 year history along our heritage walks, combined with stunning architecture that has been sensitively repurposed

     
     
  • Historic Scotland – Dundrennan Abbey


    Enjoy the peace of this beautiful Gothic abbey set in tree-fringed pastures where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last hours in Scotland.

    This was the major abbey of the Cistercian order, which was founded on austere principles but became very wealthy from farming – especially sheep farming. The abbey’s surviving
    stonework includes beautiful carvings.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £5.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.00
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.00
    Opening Times

    26 March to 30 September 2018:
    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    Closed 1 October 2018- 31 March 2019

     
     
  • 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

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Loch Doon Visitor Centre and Round House Cafe and


    round house loch doon

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

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

     
     
  • Mabie Farm Park


    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

    • See the lush green farm countryside and the Bluebell Wood Popping with color
    • Smell the fresh country air and the sweet bluebell florals
    • Hear the sweet sounds of giggles and laughter
    • Dare to try new adventures
    • Feel the soft fur of our fuzzy friends in the petting area
    • Learn about rare animal breeds and animal care
    • Taste delicacies from our Tearoom

    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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  • Beltie Books and Cafe


    It is now Autumn, so we are reducing hours a little.  Closed Sundays, Mondays &  Tuesdays.  Open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays

    Come and visit BELTIE BOOKS & Café

    Books.  Coffee, tea,
    chocolate.  Cake.  Snacks.  Art.   What more could you want?

    Location, opening, contact: click here

     
     
  • Galloway Forest Park


    Anytime is a great time to visit

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

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

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

     

     
     
  • Moat Brae, Birthplace of Peter Pan


    Peter Pan stands on a tree stump and looks out across a green enchanted land

    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 February 2019, with exclusive and preview events from December 2018.

     

     
     
  • Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum


    The Visitor Centre is situated in the heart of the village of Wanlockhead, which is Scotland’s highest Village at 1531 ft./468.08 m. above sea level.

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  • Easterbrook LIVE


    Easterbrook Live is the new side to Easterbrook Hall, one of the largest venues in Dumfries is now bringing all genres of live events, acts and performances to south west Scotland. Easterbrook Live have the capacity to hold some of the biggest, high profile acts and performers. With a hotel, Neuro’s Restaurant, Bar and Spa all on-site makes for a great night out.

     
     
  • Historic Scotland- Threave Castle


    Cross the River Dee by boat to visit this enchanting castle set on its own island. Rich with wildflowers in summer; you might see ospreys and otters hunting in the river.

    The castle was besieged by King James II for two months in 1455, and fell after the king bribed the garrison to surrender.

    Admission

    Tickets are available from the NTS Osprey Centre (closed 12pm to 12.30pm), and not on the island. Last tickets available at 4.15pm.

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £5.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.00
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.00

    Opening Times

    26 March to 30 September 2018:
    Daily, 10am to 4.30pm (last outward sailing)

    1 to 31 October 2018:
    Daily, 10am to 3.30pm (last outward sailing)

    Closed 1 November 2018- 31 March 2019

     
     
  • Sulwath Brewers Ltd


    Sulwath Brewery is the principal brewery in Dumfries & Galloway. Its Tap Room is a popular haunt with all real ale lovers in Castle Douglas & surrounds.

    We turn out eight regular brews – with other seasonal ales featuring from time to time. Sulwath’s Ales have won a number of awards at various Beer Festivals north & south of the border in recent years & hold the current title of “CAMRA Champion Porter of Scotland 2016” and overall Silver Award at the “CAMRA Winter Beer of Britain” 2017.

     There are tours every Monday and Friday at 1pm

    The Tap Room sells 4 house brews in cask & two house brews from keg. Ciders are also available. Guest ales from other parts of the country are available at Sulwath’s annual Beer Festival in May.

    The brewery is open for visitors Mon-Sat 10am-6pm all year.

     
     
  • 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

     
     
  • The Mill on the Fleet


    The Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse

    The Mill on the Fleet

    is a restored 18th century cotton mill on the bank of the River Fleet in Gatehouse of Fleet.  Now an exhibition centre The Mill on The Fleet is spread over three floors and houses core displays about the development of the town of Gatehouse and the natural history of the Fleet Valley.  There is also an annual programme of temporary exhibitions.  On the ground floor the regional arts collective PA Pop Up representing artists and craft-makers from around the region has an outlet for their varied work.  On the top floor is a popular second-hand bookshop.

    The café offers a range of home-cooked fare – soups, paninis, salads, sweets and a selection of cakes and bakes.  On a fine day the riverside terrace is the perfect place to relax.  The Mill on The Fleet also welcomes well behaved dogs!

     
     
  • Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum


     

    The restored Control Tower of the former WWII airfield at Dumfries, Scotland is the centerpiece of the Museum and is now a listed building. (more…)

     
     
  • 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.

      

     

     
     
  • Castle Kennedy Gardens


    castle kennedy gardens

    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. (more…)

     
     
  • Monrieth Animal Park


    monreith animal park

    Monreith Animal Park is set in 12 acres of scenic countryside. Open daily from March to October.

    Hot and cold drinks, crafts and gifts on sale.

     
     
  • Historic Scotland- MacLellan’s Castle


    Explore the impressive residence of a powerful family in the heart of Kirkcudbright and the vaulted ground floor rooms in which their servants once worked. Look for the laird’s lug, a spy hole in the great hall through which the lord could eavesdrop on his guests.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £4.00
    Child aged 5–15: FREE
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £3.00

    Opening Times

    26 March to 30 September 2018:

    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    Monument may close for lunch.

    Closed

    1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019

     
     
  • 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…)

     
     
  • Eskdalemuir Community Hub and Old School Cafe


    Eskdalemuir Community Hub & Old School Café. Fully licensed. Delicious food local produce and home cooking. Drinks, snacks, lunches & dinners.

     
     
  • Easterbrook Hall


    Full of grandeur with a historic soul, the Easterbrook Hall and Crichton Memorial Church is a hidden treasure situated on the 100 acres Crichton Estate in Dumfries, South West Scotland.

    The red sandstone buildings on the estate date back to 1834 with the Easterbrook Hall dating back to 1938. The building has been lovingly modernised whilst retaining its original charm and Art Deco features. The Crichton Memorial Church is more like a mini Cathedral and is considered to be one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical architecture in South Scotland. The ceiling is of carved oak and the floors a remarkable pattern of white, red, green and black marble imported from Italy and Ireland

    Established from the very beginning of the estate, acres of beautifully manicured lawns and impressive flower beds are maintained by our dedicated grounds keepers. The Rock Gardens have a wide variety of plants, miniature waterfall, ornamental pond and numerous seats and alcoves. Visitors are more than welcome to walk around our grounds, there are Heritage leaflets available from reception detailing walking routes around the estate. Why not have lunch at Neuro’s afterwards? www.neuros.co.uk

    Should you have an occasion to celebrate, our team has a wealth of experience in event management ranging from intimate family events to large scale celebrations, the talented and creative Kitchen brigade will tantalise your taste buds and our friendly events team will be on hand to make sure your event is everything you’ve dreamed of.

    Perhaps you are looking for live entertainment whilst visiting the region? Please see our sister site www.easterbrooklive.co.uk for details of upcoming events.

     
     
  • 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.

     

     
     
  • The Devil’s Porridge Museum


     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Historic Scotland- New Abbey Corn Mill


    See a beautifully-restored village mill in action and learn about how oatmeal, a staple of the Scottish diet, was once made. A mill was probably built here by the monks of nearby Sweetheart Abbey, but parts of the present building probably date from the late 1700s.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £5.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.00
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.00

    Opening Times

    26 March to 30 September 2018:
    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019:
    Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm, last entry 3.30pm

     
     
  • 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!

     

     
     
  • 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.

     

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Clan Armstrong Centre


    Gilnockie Tower

    The Esk Valley Clan Armstrong Reiver Centre

    The Clan Armstrong Ancestral Home

    History, Mystery and Discovery while exploring the far-reaching lands of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers, join us for an enthralling 500 years of Clan Armstrong History at Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre.

    Gilnockie Tower is a stunning example of a Scottish pele tower. Built some 500 years ago, it was home to Johnnie Armstrong, a notorious border reiver. In 1530 this powerful chieftain was hanged by a Scottish king, his story romanticised by Walter Scott.

    Gilnockie Tower has five floors, including vaulted chamber, banqueting hall and spiral staircase. The entrance stone is thought to be two thousand years old. Once a roofless ruin, the place has been completely refurbished and is open as a clan and visitor attraction. The Clan Armstrong Centre houses reiving artefacts and the world’s largest collection of Armstrong archives.

    Many times recognised by historians, students and visitors alike as: the Gilnockie Tower; Armstrong’s Tower; Hollows Tower; or Holehouse Tower and believed to be from the period circa 1490-1520 as a rubble built, carved stone, Medieval Period Scots Tower House.

    Clan Armstrong Centre

    Ancestral Home of the Clan Armstrong

    Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre Phone: 013873 71373

    Gilnockie Tower Mobile: 07733 065587

    Hollows Phone Intl: +44 13873 71373

    Canonbie Mobile Intl: +44 7733 065587

    Dumfriesshire Website: www.gilnockietower.com

    Scotland Email: gt@gilnockietower.com

    DG14 0XD Newsletter Email: gilnockietower@gmail.com

    Instagram: gilnockietowerreivercentre

    Registered Charity Company No. SC104156 (Scotland)

    Gilnockie Tower is open all year round.

    10.00 am until 4.00 pm 7 days Easter to end October 2018.

    Last tour 30 minutes before advertised closing time.

    Personalised guided tours of the tower available at 12.15 pm,

    13.15 pm, and 14.15 pm by booking through our phone number

    Open: 11.00 am until 3.00 pm daily end October until Easter 2019.

    Cafe now open

     
     
  • Robert Burns’ Ellisland Farm


    Discover Robert Burns’ family home “His Domicile for Humility and Contentment”, built for him in 1788 and where many of his greatest works were inspired. Tam o’ Shanter, Auld Lang Syne and Ae Fond Kiss were all penned within its walls.

    Enjoy the audio visual story of the three and a half  years that the Burns family spent at Ellisland, explore the story of the Burns family and wander the bonnie banks of the Nith that inspired Scotia’s national Bard.

     
     
  • The Cocoabean Company


    A family run chocolate factory and visitor attraction. Come to the Cocoabean for a day full of fun for all the family. (more…)

     
     
  • Mostly Ghostly Tours


    A warm welcome to the home of Mostly Ghostly ToursDumfries and Galloway’s first paranormal investigation team and creators of a range of well-researched ghost and local history tours encompassing everything from Scotland’s most haunted road to an intriguing vampire legend dating back to the 1

    2th century. We are proud winners of the 2012 & 2014 Dumfries & Galloway Life Tourism Champion Awards.

    Now in our eighth year as paranormal investigators, Mostly Ghostly, as our name suggests, are mainly focused on ghosts and hauntings, however we welcome reports of big cat sightings, UFOs, ostensible reincarnation and many other fascinating aspects of the paranormal and supernatural. United by our close friendships and determination to explore and evidence the unknown, we have all experienced something, both personally and collectively, that we cannot find a current explanation for.

    The team has since developed and diversified, creating five exciting tours showcasing elements unique to our region. While exploring innovative ways to fund our research visits, we had the idea of developing a ghost walk for Dumfries. With our existing passion for ghost stories and local studies combined with a desire to promote tourism and culture in the region, it seemed like a natural progression. Our philosophy is that a good story well told needs little in the way of artistic license; each event takes months of careful research to create a truly authentic experience.

     
     
  • 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

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Heart of Galloway Visitors Centre


     

    Taken over by the Castle Douglas Development Forum for the community, the Heart of Galloway Visitor Centre is a visitor information centre which also sells the best of locally produced food and crafts

     
     
  • Scotland In A Snapshot


     
     
  • Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop


    Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop and Visitors Centre

    Famous since 1754 and family run since 1885, the Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.

    From its historical beginnings as the home of runaway weddings, Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is now a 5-star visitor destination. With shopping, museum, dining, hotels, courtship maze and outdoor play park, It’s the perfect family-friendly day out.

    You’ll find us just off the M74/M6 motorway.  As you arrive you’ll see the famous black and white building which is the historic marriage house, popular with eloping couples since 1754. Nowadays couples come from all over the world to marry here. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a newly wed couple as they become part of Gretna Green history.

    Our family-friendly museum brings to life the drama and excitement of Gretna Green’s long history of runaway weddings.

    Here you’ll find original letters, telegrams and marriage certificates. There’s a fascinating collection of memorabilia and artefacts to discover too. This is where the story of Gretna Green really unfolds. Enter the historic marriage room and touch the famous Anvil, the symbol of romance in Gretna Green. Legend has it that if you touch the Anvil good fortune in affairs of the heart will be yours.

    The Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is a thriving destination with a range of shopping options & things to do. Our unique range of shops carry a wide variety of products. From fashion, jewellery and speciality Scottish products, to whisky, gifts and locally produced food.

    If you’re looking for a great place to eat, our fully licensed Blacksmiths Foodcourt is the perfect place.

    Tempt your taste buds with mouth watering dishes and our range of hot and cold snacks and drinks. Or simply relax with an ice-cream in our sculpture courtyard and soak up the atmosphere.

    This is a destination full of history with lots to see and do. You can even stop for longer at one of our three, individually designed, hotels.  Smiths Hotel at Gretna GreenGreens at Gretna and newly refurbished, Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House  are all within walking distance. Each of the hotels offer great food to residents and visitors alike.

    So if you’re looking for places to visit in South West Scotland , Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop and visitor centre should be on your list.

    With onsite car parking, children’s play area, places to eat and The Courtship Maze, Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, is the perfect place for families and couples alike.

    Open Every Day (Only closed Christmas Day)

    • 9.00 am – 5.30 pm: April and May
    • 9.00 am – 6.00 pm: June to September
    • 9.00 am – 5.00 pm: October to March
     
     
  • The Striding Arches


    Striding Arch byDavid Baird

    The Striding Arches are a number of iconic red sandstone arches in an area of Dumfries & Galloway known as Cairnhead.

    Nearest village is Moniaive from where the arches can be reached by driving about 7 miles along a narrow but highly scenic road.

    All the arches are around 4 metres in height and are made from red Dumfries-shire sandstone. The Striding Arches have been created by local artist Andy Goldsworthy and has also created arches in New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

    Many of the Striding Arches are on hill tops involving strenuous walks and some of the arches have no defined paths leading to them. full information can be obtained from the Striding Arches website.

    Photo Credit – main image of Leaping Arch by David Baird.

     

     
     
  • The Coo Shed


    The Coo Shed

    is a unique family run coffee shop with all food prepared and baked ‘in-house’ and locally sourced where possible

     

     

     

                                          

     

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Elizabeth MacGregor’s Nursery


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

    (more…)

     
     
  • Moffat Mill


    Moffat Mill

    Moffat Mill (4 star tourist shop awarded by VisitScotland)

    Moffat Mill is an fantastic destination offering shopping for all and great stop for refreshments as you first cross the Border into Scotland. We are situated only 30 miles north of the Border, only 2 miles from the M74, at Junction 15 and on the scenic, A701, route to Edinburgh. With ample FREE parking for all, including coaches.

    We have a superb 250 seater Restaurant set in a lovely conservatory offering Main Meals, Snacks, Cakes, Cold Drinks and Barrista Hot Drinks.

    The Store is set over several departments with great branded shopping including:

    • Isle Ladieswear
    • Country Rose Ladieswear
    • The Cashmere Shop
    • Ponden Home
    • James Pringle Menswear
    • Harris Tweed
    • The Golf Company
    • Tigi Ladieswear
    • Craghoppers Outdoor
    • Hector Russell Highland Dress & Kilt Hire
    • Hotter Shoes
    • Yankee Candles and much much more

    Visit our Spirit of Scotland Whisky shop where you can sample from our wide range of Malt and Blended Whisky’s at our daily tastings. Also available are a variety of Liqueuer’s, Wines, Vodka’s, Gin’s and Beers. Our Food & Gift Department has a extensive range of Scottish Foods, Souvenirs and Gift idea’s ideal for all occasions. We also have a large Home department with Kitchen & Cooking, China & Glassware, Bedding, Candles and Soft Furnishings. Hattersley Looms exhibition showing the process of machine weaving with a TV presentation.

    Store is Open all year round, 7 days a week (Christmas Day only closed), 9.00am – 5.00pm with some seasonal variations.

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Historic Scotland- Caerlaverock Castle


    The epitome of the moated, medieval stronghold, Caerlaverock’s great triangular defences guard the Solway shore. This site has had a turbulent past. In 1300, its 60-strong garrison was defeated by Edward I’s vast English army in a siege.
    Despite the castle’s rugged appearance, its walls conceal a stunning Renaissance residence of the 1630s. See bluebells in spring, dragonflies and wildflowers in summer and barnacle
    geese in winter.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £6.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.60
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.80

    Opening Times

    26 March to 30 September 2018:
    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019:
    Daily, 10am to 4pm, last entry 3.30pm

    Café opening hours

    The café is situated within the visitor centre and is open:

    April to September, daily from 10am to 4.30pm October, daily from 10am to 3.30pm November to March, closed Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 3.30pm

     
     
  • Barstobrick


    WELCOME TO
    BARSTOBRICK

    Nestled in the heart of Red Kite country but just minutes from the region’s main road Barstobrick is an attraction that’s not to be missed.

    There’s history, wildlife, horse-riding, walking, cycling and somewhere to eat all in one place.

    Home of the Galloway Faerie Trail, Ridge Trail, Hot Blast Trail and Barstobrick Riding Centre. A fun day out for all the family!

     

     

     

     

     
     
  • Scottish Dark Sky Observatory


    The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. This publicily accessible educational observatory has some of the darkest skies in the UK and two large telescopes through which to observe the night sky.

    The Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK and Europe, and was award a Gold-tier status by the International Dark-Sky Association.

    This new observatory includes a 20” Corrected Dall Kirkham telescope in a 5 metre dome and a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for a more hands-on, open air observing experience.

    The observatory is  open to the public, amateur astronomers, groups, clubs, schools and universities, with the aim of inspiring people of all ages and all backgrounds with the beauty and wonder of the universe.

    Because of the nature of the site, most night/evening visits must be pre-booked. Please check the ‘Events Calendar’ on our website: www.scottishdarkskyobservatory.co.uk 

    Please also note that the road to the observatory is rough and unfinished and steep in places, whilst it is passable with ordinary vehicles, care must be taken.

     
     
  • Dundonald Castle


    DUNDONALD CASTLE

    AND

    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.

     

     

     
     
  • Annandale Distillery Company Ltd


    Welcome to Annandale Distillery

    Established in 1836, we’re one of Scotland’s oldest operating distilleries.

    Located close to the Scotland-England border, we’re also the first (and last) distillery in Scotland.

    Whilst in the ownership of the famous Johnnie Walker, Annandale Distillery closed in 1918, seemingly forever.

    Not so!

    Rescued by David Thomson & Teresa Church in 2007, this once derelict distillery sprang back into life on November 3rd, 2014
    Three years later, on Wednesday November 15th, 2017, we filled the first ‘new era’ bottle of Annandale Single Malt Scotch Whisky.

    It’s a beautiful place! Come and visit us, take a tour, sip our stunning peated and unpeated whiskies and taste our delicious food. We promise you a warm Scottish welcome.
    Whisky by the nip, the bottle or the barrel.

     
     
  • Brighouse Bay Trekking Centre


    Long established and TRSS approved. Treks for complete beginners (all ages). Exciting hacks to beach for experienced. (more…)

     
     
  • Broom Fisheries


    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

    • 5 electrical hook-ups
    • hard standing
    • private shower and toilet 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.

     
     
  • 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

     

     

     

     
     
  • 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

     

                                                                                        

     

     

     

     
     
  • 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…)

     
     
  • Corton Plants


     

    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!

     
     
  • Mull of Galloway Experience


    Mull of Galloway

    Mull of Galloway Experience

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

    The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

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

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

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

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

    Lighthouse Exhibition at the Mull of Galloway

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

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

    Please check the website for the days of opening.

    Entry Charges for the Lighthouse & Exhibition for 2018

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

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

    RSPB Nature Reserve at the Mull of Galloway

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

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

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

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

    Gallie Craig Coffee House

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

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

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

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

     
     
  • The Old Colfin Creamery


     

    The Old Colfin Creamery

     

     

    Brought to you by Nick & Emma.

    Offering a balance between old classics and modern dishes using seasonal local produce.

    A warm welcome and a relaxed atmosphere.

    We offer scones, traybakes & coffees. Fresh sandwiches/salads are available as well as our main menu. We cater for dietry requirements eg Gluten Free. Afternoon Tea is very popular at restaurant (24hrs notice needed for this).

    Opening Hours:

    Mon&Tues = closed

    Wed&Thurs = 10am-3pm

    Fri&Sat = 10am-3pm & 6pm-9pm

    Sun = 12noon-6pm

    Telephone: 01776820622

     
     
  • The Gallery at Laurieston


    The Gallery at Laurieston is the home of award-winning landscape and fine art photographer Phil McMenemy. Open every Sunday 10.00am – 17.00pm and at all other other times for a private viewing and a cuppa by phoning 01644 450235

     

    In June 2015 the new, larger Gallery at Laurieston opened in what was the old village Inn. This followed seven successful years in the smaller, ‘old’ gallery.

    The new, larger space offers options and is a more fit for purpose gallery space.

    Hosting other artists, providing a great space to host talks and workshops and a space that folk can hold meetings.

    The primary goal of the gallery is for it to become an established venue of high quality art.
    A rotating seasonal calendar of art from the best artists the region and Scotland can put together.
    The gallery will continue to be the main showcase of owner Phil McMenemy’s work – Phil is entering his tenth year as an artist and his work continues to be well-received and goes from strength to strength.

    The gallery is open most days during the week, by appointment by contacting Phil on 01644 45023501644 450235 and every sunday throughout the year.

    Phil and family welcome you to come browse  and enjoy the new venue – tea, coffee and cake is often available – a warm welcome is always available!

    Situated and located in the heart of the Stewartry region of Galloway, between Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet and New Galloway, and amongst the most wonderful and peaceful of rural settings the Gallery is well-placed!

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • 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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  • NTS Rockcliffe Coastline


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

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

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

     
     
  • 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

     

     

     
     
  • Scottish Industrial Railway Centre


    The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is a ‘living museum’.  Here unique and historically significant industrial steam and diesel locomotives are restored and can be seen working in an authentic setting. We are the only Steam Railway in the south west of Scotland. Travel behind one of our restored steam engines along a short section of track.
    Want to come and visit? See our website and select ‘Steam Days’ for more information on open days, times and admission costs.

    Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is located at Dunaskin, Waterside, Patna, near Dalmellington, KA6 7JF

     
     
  • Historic Scotland- Sweetheart Abbey


    A monument to human and divine love, Sweetheart Abbey was named for its founder, Lady Dervorgilla, who was buried here with the embalmed heart of her beloved husband. The abbey church, with a stone effigy of the founder, survives almost intact.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £5.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.00
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.00

    Opening Times

    26 March to 30 September 2018:
    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019:
    Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm, last entry 3.30pm

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Cream o’ Galloway


    family fun activity

    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.

     
     
  • Historic Scotland- Cardoness Castle


    Cardoness was built in the 1400s by the notorious McCulloch family, as a demonstration of their status. The well-preserved prison shows the kind of reception their most unwelcome guests might expect.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £5.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.00
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.00

    Opening Times

    26 March to 30 September 2018:
    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    Closed

    1 October 2018 to 31 March 2019

     
     
  • Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate


    Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

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

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

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

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

     
     
  • 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.

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    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

    South West Coastal 300

    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!

    on the SW300 Mull of Galloway

    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

     
     
  • Camplebridge Riding School


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