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South West Scotland has many beautiful villages and small towns just waiting for you to discover.

We have Scotland`s Highest Village, Scotland`s Most Southerly Village, Scotland`s Book Town, a Food Town, an Artist`s town,  scores of Coastal Villages and many more……….

All with friendly accommodation owners waiting to welcome you and help you make the most of your valuable holiday time in and around South West Scotland.

……always something to see & do!

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  • A year in the life of Caerlaverock

    A year in the life of Caerlaverock   Alex is our photography volunteer and this exhibition is a celebration of the fantastic photographs he has taken at WWT Caerlaverock, including a range of the amazing wildlife we have, such as birds, mammals, insects and amphibians!   10am – 5pm daily Free entry Terms and Conditions […]

  • A’ the Airts Community Arts Centre 2021

    The much anticipated world premier of Duncan Brown’s “The Life of Robert Burns” launches at the Festival of Folklore on Friday 24th September.
    120 paintings will be on display at A’ the Airts until the end of October. Open for public viewing between 10am-4pm Tuesday to Friday and 10am-2pm Saturday. Free entry, please remember to wear your mask when entering the building.

  • Allan McNally Fine Art 2021


  • Annandale Distillery 2021

    Annandale Distillery 2021     You can still join us for a virtual Annandale Distillery ‘Dram-A-Long’, where James Rogerson (Cask & Whisky Specialist) will escort you through a selection of our most interesting whiskies. If you and your whisky friends would like to join James for a live, private Dram-A-Long, all from the comfort of […]


    ART EXHIBITION by ANN SMITH in the Welcome to Langholm Visitor and Tourism Hub. 1st to 28th October – open Monday to Saturday 10am to 2pm This exhibition is showing a selection of Ann’s wool felt ‘paintings and oil paintings. As well as original pieces of artwork being on show, Ann will have a selection […]

  • Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink June 2022

    A two day event in 2022 the Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink will be held on Saturday 11th and Sunday 12th June 2022     So join us to celebrate amazing local and regional quality food and drink. There will be something for all the family We’ll keep you posted.

  • Big Burns Supper 2021

      January 25th 2021   We have joined forces with Scotland’s much loved comic hero of 2020, Janey Godley as we go digital for 2021. Marking the festival’s 10th anniversary, Janey Godley’s Big Burns Supper is Broadcast free of charge across Big Burns Supper’s Facebook and YouTube channels, on January 25th 2021 Free to view […]

  • Boswell Book Festival 2022

    Boswell Book Festival 12-15 May 2022   The Festival is named after James Boswell, a writer from Ayrshire who is regarded as being the inventor of modern biography. Normally held at the magnificent Dumfries House, the Festival has become one of the most prestigious cultural events in Scotland and has attracted a host of writers […]

  • Castle Douglas Soap Box Derby 2022

    The Organisers of Castle Douglas Soap Box Derby are very sad to inform you all that the 2021 derby will not be running. Castle Douglas Soap Box Derby 2022   Sunday July 17th 2022 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1AB * IMPORTANT UPDATE , PLEASE SHARE * From all the team at the derby we […]

  • Cream o’ Galloway 2021

    Cream o’ Galloway 2021 Ice Cream Making runs daily from Saturday 9th October.  It’s a fun thing to do on a rainy day…/ice-cream-making… Nature Based Events for Children   All About Our Farm is back for the school October holidays, running on weekdays from 11th October for three weeks: Hedgerow Safari is running […]

  • Doonhame Festival 2022

    Dumfries & Galloway’s newest music festival, set in the stunning grounds of the Crichton Estate.

  • Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate 2021

    Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate   𝐂𝐚𝐬𝐭𝐥𝐞 𝐓𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐁𝐚𝐜𝐤! We are delighted to confirm that tours of the Castle will be available this Summer! ‘Exclusive Castle Tours’ will take place on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays from the end of July to end of August. They’ are for a maximum of 6 people from 3 […]

  • Dumfries Show 2022

    Dumfries Show First held in 1962, following the amalgamation of the Dumfries and Lockerbie agricultural shows, Dumfries Show is an old established agricultural society and is now considered to be the largest one day show in the country. It is a traditional agricultural show held on the first Saturday in August each year. Dumfries, being […]

  • Festival of Folklore 2021

    An intriguing blend of live and online events. History, heritage, myth and magic awaits!

  • Galloway Country Fair 2021 Cancelled

    Galloway Country Fair     COUNTRY PURSUITS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL… 21st & 22nd August 2021     The team at Drumlanrig are passionate about the Fair and hope to welcome you back on 21st and 22nd August in 2021.   Join us for the award-winning Galloway Country Fair 2021, set in the grounds of […]

  • Galloway Glens 2021

    Glenkens Food Month 01/09/2021 – 30/09/2021 Various Glenkens We’re delighted to be supporting the Glenkens Food Month again. This year it is being put on by New Galloway Community Enterprises, GCAT and Propagate More Details Viking Encampment! 18/09/2021 – 19/09/2021 10am – 5pm (last entry 4:30pm) Near Crossmichael Marina The Vikings are coming! We’re creating […]

  • Gateway to Galloway Autumn Fete September 24th 2021

      Hosted by Gateway to Galloway You will find information on next year’s Oyster Festival 2022, local volunteering opportunities and information on how to get involved with youth projects that will be delivered by SDT over the coming months, as well as how you can get involved at our newly opened Gateway to Galloway Visitor […]

  • Girvan Boating Pond & Putting Green 2021

    Girvan Boating Pond & Putting Green Girvan Youth Trust in association with South Ayrshire Council are pleased to announce the opening of the Boating Pond and Putting Green The Boating Pond & Green will operate every Saturday & Sunday up until the Summer Holidays, it will then be open 7 days a week for the […]

  • Kirkcudbright Festival of Light 2021

    Come to Kirkcudbright in October for Kirkcudbright Festival of Light. Our Festival of Light builds up during the week with lantern making, light installations throughout the town and culminates in a lantern parade followed by a spectacular fireworks display on the Saturday night. Kirkcudbright is blessed with a castle, tolbooth, historic houses and a harbour, […]

  • Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo & Fireworks Display 2022

    Kirkcudbright Floodlit Tattoo & Fireworks Display 2022     Buy your tickets at this reduced price here: Early bird offer is £5 per ticket – adults and children (normally £6), family ticket (4 people) £18 (normally £20), under 5’s free but require a ticket.

  • Kirkcudbright Food Festival 2021

    Kirkcudbright Food Festival 2021   Saturday October23rd – Sunday October 24th 2021   Kirkcudbright Food Festival are working hard to bring you our sensational Food Festival 2021. Here in Kirkcudbright we are passionate about local producers whether they grown the raw product or create amazing food & drink using someone else’s local produce, we want […]

  • Kirkcudbright Galleries 2021-2022

    The Galloway Hoard at Kirkcudbright Galleries The Galloway Hoard will arrive at Kirkcudbright Galleries on Saturday 9th October 2021 at 10am – and will run until 10th July 2022 until 5pm Free admission to this exhibition The exhibition will be displayed in Gallery One OPENING WEEKEND EVENTS  

  • Living History at Caerlaverock Castle

    Spectacular Jousting

    Living History at the enchanting Caerlaverock Castle. Join the King’s knight and hear about battles during Medieval Scotland.

  • Loch Ken Open Swimming Festival 2021

    Loch Ken Open Swimming Festival   Loch Ken is perfect for Wild Swimming and our organised swim is a great opportunity for experienced swimmers, families and beginners to get out and enjoy the water. As part of the hydro scheme Loch Ken is regularly filled with fresh, clean water straight off the Rhinns of Kells and is […]

  • Logan Botanic Garden 2021

      Logan Botanic Garden 2021 Saturday 1st May 10am to June 30th Wildflower Art Exhibition Logan Botanic Garden Tuesday 11th May 10.30 Guided Walk: The Magic of Spring Sunday 23rd May 10.00am Scotland’s Gardens Open Day Free · Logan Botanic Garden Tuesday 8th June 10.30 Guided Walk: Never Ending Colour! Logan Botanic Garden Tuesday 22nd June 10.30 […]

  • Moffat Walking Weekend 2021

    Moffat’s very own walking weekend. Save the date.   October 1st, 2nd, and 3rd 2021 New revised date     The Moffat Walking Weekend will be a mix of strenuous all day hikes, free and easy strolls, family friendly walks and moderate half day jaunts. Something for everyone. The date is 1/2/3 October 2021 and […]

  • Moniaive Michaelmass Bluegrass Festival 2022

    Moniaive Michaelmass Bluegrass Festival 2022   September 23rd – 25th 2022 This is the 12th annual festival and features top class acts from Scotland, England, The Netherlands and the USA. Bluegrass, old time, americana and gospel music concerts over the weekend in beautiful Moniaive. Instrument workshops, jamming sessions on the campsite and in hotels and […]

  • Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival 2022

    Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival 2022 8th – 10th July 2022   The Annual festival of traditional music & dance held in the picturesque towns of Newton Stewart and Minnigaff, in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival is usually held over the […]

  • Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat Week 2021 Cancelled

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      Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat Week Cancelled   To all our friends and faithful supporters…. I’m sure this will not come as a surprise to any of you but unfortunately we are having to cancel Lifeboat Week 2020 due to the current circumstances within the UK. We hope you all remain safe and healthy and we […]

  • Pumpkin Carving 2021

      Dundonald Castle Visitor Centre     Tickets

  • Raiders Gravel Galloway 2021 CANCELLED

    Raiders Gravel Galloway is a uniquely Scottish gravel adventure in the heart of the Galloway Forest Park. Across 3 race stages riders explore the many corners of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere taking in the natural wonders, wildlife and serene outdoors.

  • Royal Burgh of Dumfries Tattoo 2022

    Founded in 2008, the Royal Burgh of Dumfries Tattoo has grown from a small community affair – to one of the South of Scotland’s ‘Must See’ Events.

  • Sanctuary 2021

    An off-grid laboratory for creative experimentation in the stunning landscape of the Galloway Forest Dark Skies Park.
    25th September 2-9pm
    26th September 2-5pm

  • Smugglers Exhibition September – October 2021

      Our Visitor Centre Museum is free, fully accessible and is open daily 11am-4pm – where you can find out the story of the earlier residents at Castle Hill, and how the High Stewards of Scotland became the Stewart monarchy in 1371 – come and find out how they are all instrumental in shaping the […]

  • Spooktacular Day Out at Castle Kennedy Gardens

    Halloween at Castle Kennedy Gardens

    Join us at Castle Kennedy for a spooktacular day out this October! Our Pumpkin Trail and Witch and Wizard Adventure Trails are open every day, with sweet treats waiting at the end. On Sundays, we’ll have even more to take part in with face painting and mischief-making with our Garden Ranger. Hunt for pumpkins and […]

  • Stranraer Oyster Festival 2021 CANCELLED

    The Fourth Stranraer Oyster Festival CANCELLED     The Board of Stranraer Development Trust are sorry to announce the cancellation of this year’s Stranraer Oyster Festival. “We have been working very hard behind the scenes to explore approaches that might allow our festival to return this year. We carried out a very thorough examination of […]

  • Stranraer Park Fest 2021

    Stranraer Park Fest 2021   STRANRAER PARK FEST “SAVE THE DATE” – Saturday (25th September) at Agnew Park from 11am – 6pm and features live music from a host of acts from Dumfries & Galloway. This event is not ticketed, but a minimum donation is requested from all attendees on entry to the event site. […]

  • The Autumn Kist

    The Autumn Kist     Organised by Wigtown Festival Company, ‘The Kist’ events take place 3 times a year, Spring, Summer and Autumn. The Autumn Kist takes place during the Book Festival from Friday 27th September until Sunday 6th October with loads of fabulous businesses on show

  • The Eden Festival 2022

    The Eden Festival 2022 June 9th – 12th 2022   The Eden Festival is a truly energetic, vibrant and independent boutique Scottish festival showcasing fresh music, electrifying performances, varying different arts in the Dumfries & Galloway area. Set in the stunning Raehills Meadows and hosting 13 different stages, including a kids arena, circus tent, drive […]

  • The Mill on the Fleet Workshops 2021

  • The Swallow Theatre 2021

    The Swallow Theatre is a restored and converted byre about 3 miles from Whithorn. Seating just 50 people, it is Scotland’s smallest theatre.

  • Theatre Royal Dumfries 2021 – 2022

    What’s On.  Theatre Royal Dumfries 2021-2022   THE GUILD OF PLAYERS PRESENTS THE STEAMIE Fri 1st Oct to Thu 30th Sep 2021 BOOK INFO JANEY GODLEY: SOUP POT TOUR Thu 7th Oct to Fri 8th Oct 2021 SOLD OUT INFO TWISTED TALES VOL 2 Wed 13th Oct 2021 BOOK INFO LAS VEGAS LIVE WITH THE RAT PACK AND MARILYN […]

  • WalkFest Newton Stewart 2021 Cancelled

    Cancelled WalkFest Newton Stewart 2021   WalkFest Newton Stewart ‘Gateway to the Galloway Hills’ Galloway is a wonderful location for walking and whether you enjoy the challenge of our true hill walking experiences or discovering our beautiful countryside and rugged coastline, there is sure to be something for everyone. Our festival is […]

  • What’s On

    The link gives a list of the main events that are happening in Dumfries & Galloway over the coming months. What’s on in Dumfries & Galloway 

  • Wigtown Book Festival 2021

    County Buildings and marquee during Wigtown Book Festival

    “I fixed on Galloway as the best place to go” wrote John Buchan. He wasn’t the only one. Each autumn, the Wigtown Book Festival welcomes a whole host of visitors over the course of its 10 day book festival. Pop along!

  • WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre 2021

    Immerse yourself in nature this summer with a range of activities out on the wild wetlands!

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