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Wildlife

Dumfries & Galloway presents a myriad of opportunities to enjoy nature and see a wide variety of wildlife. You can see golden eagles, ospreys, red deer, seals, otters, peregrine falcons, the entire population of Barnacle Geese from Spitzbergen which over-winter on the Solway, red kites, wild goats, and so much more, including the iconic red squirrel. Visit the new Sir Peter Scott Observatory at WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, RSPB and wildlife reserves giving you an exciting opportunity to see the best of British wildlife. From the Mull of Galloway’s seabird nesting sites (watch the birds from the top of the lighthouse) to the Galloway Red Kite Trail; RSPB and nature reserves; our 200 miles of coastline; and an abundance of forests, including the 75,000 hectares of The Galloway Forest Park, where you can also find perfect conditions to stargaze.

  • Robert Burns’ Ellisland Farm


    Welcome to Ellisland Farm, the house that was built by Robert Burns in 1788 as his home and to bring his family together for the first time.

    Today Ellisland is a much celebrated Museum housing one of the worlds most important collections of Burns treasures.

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  • Laggan Outdoor


    Laggan Outdoor

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

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

    The Zip Wire

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

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

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

    Archery

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

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

    Segway

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

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

    Clay Pigeon Shooting

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

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

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

    Grass Sledging

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

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

     

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

    • All Out Adventure: Zip wire, Water Balling and Segway Adventure Tour
    • Big Day Out: Zip wire, Water Balling, Segway Adventure tour, Clay Pigeon Shooting, Archery, Lunch & Tea, Coffee or juice on arrival
    • On Target: 30 Clays per person, 1 hour Archery
    • Play & Stay:  Stay in one of our Sea View Snugs and get 10% off any individual activity.

    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.

     

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve


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

     
     
  • 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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  • 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

     
     
  • Galloway Forest Drive


    A spectacular drive through the Galloway Forest

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

     
     
  • Wild Eskdale / Wildlife Experiences


    Wild Eskdale / Wildlife Experiences

    Take a Guided Tour

    with Wild Eskdale

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

     

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

     
     
  • Mossburn Animal Centre


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

     
     
  • 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.

     
     
  • Galloway Forest Park


    Anytime is a great time to visit

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

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

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

     

     
     
  • NTS Threave Garden


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

     
     
  • NTS Rockcliffe Coastline


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

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

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

     
     
  • Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate


    Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

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

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

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

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

     
     
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