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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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  • Angela Lawrence Art Exhibitions 2020

    Angela Lawrence of Clience Studio, Castle Douglas will be holding an exhibition of Oil and Watercolour Paintings in September 2020. More information can be found on her website Solo exhibition of oil and Watercolour paintings from Galloway 2nd September 2020 – 12th September 2020 Venue Harbour Cottage Gallery Castlebank Kirkcudbirght DG6 4LB Follow on […]

  • Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink 2021

    A two day event in 2021 the Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink will be held on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th June 2021     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 2020

      January 24th 2020 to February 2nd 2020       Probably the largest Burns Supper Event in Scotland or beyond – 12 days, many venues and a Burns Night Carnival with a cast of over 5,000! One of the mail attractions for 2019 was none other than K T Tunstall! Not one to miss […]

  • Boswell Book Festival 2020

    Boswell Book Festival 9th -11th October 2020   is held each year in Dumfries House, Cumnock. The Festival is named after James Boswell, a writer from Ayrshire who is regarded as being the inventor of modern biography.   Bestselling authors put the art of confessional memoir and biography-writing on show in the glorious setting of […]

  • Castle Douglas Bike and Food Festival 2020

      Castle Douglas Bike and Food Festival 2020 Castle Douglas Bike and Food Festival, Friday 18th to Sunday 20th September.

  • Castle Douglas Soap Box Derby 2021

    Unfortunately the 2020 Castle Douglas Soap Box Derby has had to be cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control. The new date for next year has been chosen as July 11th and the information can be found on our Facebook page * IMPORTANT UPDATE , PLEASE SHARE * From all the team at the derby […]

  • Castle Kennedy Gardens Events 2020

      Castle Kennedy Gardens Events 2020   For nearly 100 years we’ve been welcoming people to our Gardens, to enjoy our unique setting and to find some peace and respite. However, the welfare of our Friends, visitors and staff must always come first. That’s why, in the light of coronavirus, we are temporarily closing Castle […]

  • Country & Western Festival

    Country & Western Festival   A 2 day event the  Country Music Weekender will be held on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th September at the Kinmount Hotel.  With some local and national artists including Kate Kyle, Katee Kross and Raintown. Saloon bar, Whisky cocktails, Hog Roast, Pies and Mash will all be available. For tickets please click […]

  • Doonhame Festival 2020

    Doonhame Festival 2020   The Crichton in Dumfries is the stunning setting for D&G’s  family friendly music festival   Following last years announcement about a brand new, home-grown festival for Dumfries & Galloway, the Doonhame Festival is pleased to announce that the  event will be taking place again this year in the beautiful and historic […]

  • Drumlanrig Offroad Motorsport Festival 2021

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  • Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2021

    Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival   Coronavirus Information     2020 Main Event in May Cancelled Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival has made the difficult decision to cancel May’s main event after advice from the Scottish and UK Governments on the current Coronavirus crisis.     Arts Festival  21st May – 30th May 2021 Arts Live […]

  • Dumfries Show 2020

    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 […]

  • Easter Egg Explorer Trail

    Easter Egg Explorer Trail

    This year’s Easter Explorer trails at Historic Scotland locations around the country including Caerlaverock Castle

  • Galloway Activity Centre Events 2020

    Galloway Activity Centre Loch Ken     Galloway Activity Centre Open Days   Saturday 4th April 2020 Saturday 4th July 2020 Saturday 10th October 2020     Galloway Activity Centre Youth Club   Monday 6th April – Friday 10th April 2020 Monday 6th July – Friday 10th July 2020 Monday 12th October – Friday […]

  • Galloway Country Fair 2020

    Galloway Country Fair COUNTRY PURSUITS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL… 22nd & 23rd August 2020 Join us for the award-winning Galloway Country Fair 2019, set in the grounds of the stunning Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and Galloway. Galloway Country Fair is an annual two day event held on the grounds of Drumlanrig Castle in Dumfries and […]

  • Girvan Traditional Folk Festival 2020

    GIRVAN TRADITIONAL FOLK FESTIVAL NEXT FESTIVAL 1-3rd  May, 2020. The Girvan Traditional Folk Festival celebrated its 45th Anniversary in May 2019 It is one of Scotland’s longest established folk festivals. It is now looking forward to 50 years and beyond.

  • Kirkcudbright Events 2020 by Visit Kirkcudbright

    Kirkcudbright has a busy schedule of events throughout the 2020 season. Covid-19 (Coronavirus) It is with great regret that following some discussion and advice from local and national governing bodies, Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities have currently decided to suspend all events until the end of July due to the ongoing concerns owing to Covid-19 (Coronavirus). This […]

  • Kirkcudbright Festival of Light

    Come to Kirkcudbright in October for Kirkcudbright Festival of Light. Kirkcudbright Festival of Light is 10 days of performances. art installations and illuminated experiences Find out all about this amazing event in Kirkcudbright, South West Scotland by visiting their website on the link button below. Kirkcudbright is also on the newly launched road route – […]

  • Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival 2020

      Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival 2020 The 23nd Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival takes place between 11th – 14th June 2020 The Kircudbright Jazz Festival offers visitors a variety of quality live music to suit jazz lovers of all ages.

  • Knockengorroch World Ceilidh 2020

    One of the top music events in South West Scotland Knockengorroch World Ceilidh is a 4 day roots music festival in the Galloway Hills near Carsphairn. The festival attracts top Celtic and world music bands and has been described as the best festival between the Heilan Glens and the Himalayan snow! A limited number of […]

  • Langholm Common Riding 2020

    Langholm, “The Muckle Toon” has seen tradition upheld for over 250 years with the Annual Langholm Common Riding which takes place every year on the last Friday in July. Next year sees The Common Riding on Friday July 31st  2020 The event starts at 5am with the flute band parading the town and draws to […]

  • Loch Ken Open Swimming Festival 2020

    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 2020

      As a result of the ongoing situation with the Coronavirus all our events at Logan Botanic Garden up until 30th April 2020 have been cancelled. We are sorry for any inconvenience but trust you understand in these unprecedented times.   In & Out of the Garden Exhibition  Daily, 1 Mar 2020 – 21 Apr […]

  • Maidens of Music

    Maidens of Music   On Saturday 21st September.  This event is packed with local, national and international artists covering every genre. There is a licensed bar.  Discounts and offers for local eateries and hotels are plenty. Join us for this indoor festival in the beautiful Lockerbie Town Hall. Please click here for tickets  

  • Moffat Walking Weekend 2020

    Moffat’s very own walking weekend. Save the date. October 2nd – October 4th 2020     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 2/3/4 October 2020 and will take in some […]

  • Moniaive Folk Festival May

    Moniaive folk festival parade

    Moniaive Folk Festival It is with a heavy heart that we’re officially announcing that Moniaive Folk Festival will unfortunately be cancelled this year 2020 in accordance with the Scottish Government’s request for all events over 500 people to be cancelled…we feel we have no option. We thank you for your understanding at this time. Dates […]

  • Moniaive Michaelmass Bluegrass Festival 2020

    Moniaive Michaelmass Bluegrass Festival 2020   Friday September 27th until Sunday 29th September 2020 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 […]

  • Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival 2020

    newton stewart traditional music festival

      Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music and Dance Festival 2020     7TH ANNUAL MUSIC FESTIVAL The 7th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival will take place over 10th-12th July 2020 and, after another outstanding programme of events in 2019 which saw us hosting Scottish Highland Dancing competitions and, as […]

  • Portpatrick Folk Festival 2020

    Portpatrick Folk Festival sessions

    Portpatrick Folk Festival  2020   The ever popular Portpatrick Folk Festival will take place as usual on the first weekend in September 4th to the 6th 2020. The usual sessions will take place inside (and outside) the participating pubs and it is hoped that a very substantial number of musicians will attend. As with 2017, […]

  • Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat Week

    raft race portpatrick

      Portpatrick RNLI Lifeboat Week Sunday 2nd August to Saturday 8th August 2020 Lifeboat Week is one of the highlights in Portpatrick.  Sunday 2nd August to Saturday 8th August 2020 The week long celebrations provide ideal entertainment for holiday makers and villagers alike.

  • Spectacular Jousting

    Spectacular Jousting

    Caerlaverock Castle once again hosts this Spectacular Jousting tournament this July.

  • Spring Fling 2020

    Spring Fling 2020 Saturday 23rd – Monday 25th May     Studios of artists, designers, photographers potters and all manner of creative crafts are on display for this magical long weekend at the end of May. Renowned as the most successful contemporary visual art & craft open studio event in Scotland and one of the […]

  • Stranraer Oyster Festival 2020

    The Fourth Stranraer Oyster Festival will be held in and around Stranraer on Friday 11th – Sunday 13th September 2020 To celebrate the annual harvesting of Loch Ryan`s unique Scottish Native Oysters, Stranraer Oyster Festival takes place in September.   They’re sought after by chefs around the world but until fairly recently Scotland’s only wild, […]

  • 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 2020

    The Eden Festival 2020 11th to 14th June 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 in cinema, […]

  • The Gallery at Laurieston

    Spring Show  2020 February 28th 2020 until May 10th 2020 Gallery open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 4pm and Sundays 10am -5pm Other times by appointment. 01644 450235  

  • The Swallow Theatre 2020

    The Swallow Theatre 2020 All Events   THE SWALLOW THEATRE WILL TEMPORARILY CLOSE and we are working with performers to reschedule shows. We have to follow government guidance and we intend to play our part in controlling the spread of coronavirus and therefore we are sadly going to temporarily close The Swallow Theatre until we […]

  • Threave Garden and Estate 2020

    NTS Threave Garden and Estate CLOSED. With new Scottish Government guidance on the ongoing public health emergency caused by Coronavirus, we’ve made the very difficult decision today to keep Threave Garden closed and suspend all events. We’re really sorry about this, but your health and wellbeing comes first. You can find more details, including arrangements […]

  • WalkFest Newton Stewart 2020 Cancelled

    Cancelled   WalkFest Newton Stewart ‘Gateway to the Galloway Hills’ The 18th Newton Stewart Walking Festival will take place between Friday 8th and Thursday 14th May 2020. We have left all the details of our last festival on the website to give you a taste of what is to come. Galloway 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 2020

    County Buildings and marquee during Wigtown Book Festival

      Wigtown Book Festival 2020 Whether you visit the festival every year or this is your first time, we wish you the warmest of Galloway welcomes. Take a look at Lucy Cartwright’s beautiful cover illustration, and you will find words in the fields, pages in the trees and questions sprouting from the ground. It perfectly embodies […]

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