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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 2020

      A two day event in 2020 the Ballantrae Festival of Food and Drink will be held on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th June 2020 Save the dates! 13th & 14th June 2020 We are delighted to let everyone know that the award-wining Ballantrae Festival of Food & Drink returns in 2020. Funding has been […]

  • 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 is held each May 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 Dumfries House, southwest Scotland. Authors […]

  • Castle Douglas Harvest Food Festival 2019

      Master Chef Professionals champion, Gary MacLean, is the top chef appearing at Castle Douglas Harvest Food Festival, Saturday 7th and Sunday 8th September. The event will showcase a wonderful array of Scottish food and drink and celebrate the town’s vibrant independent high street. Gary’s demonstration will be the climax of a weekend which will […]

  • Castle Douglas Soap Box Derby 2020

      Castle Douglas Soap Box Derby 2020   Sunday July 12th 2020 King Street, Castle Douglas DG7 1AB   Race registration for the 2020 event is now open. Email   for more information or see our Facebook Page

  • Castle Kennedy Gardens Events 2019

      Castle Kennedy Gardens Events 2019   JULY 2019 ALI BABA AND THE FORTY THIEVES Open Air Theatre Performance Date & Time: 19/07/2019 at 6.30pm, grounds open from 5.00pm Join us for this entertaining, much loved adventure as young Ali Baba stumbles across an enchanted cave and overhears the magic words “Open Sesame!”. READ MORE PONY […]

  • 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 […]

  • Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival


  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • Galloway Hills Rally 2019

    This motorsport event is organised by the Solway, Machars and East Ayrshire Car Clubs and has been held every year since 1974. The Castle Douglas based event, attracts competitors from throughout the UK and is a forestry car rally with 44 exciting miles on forestry roads. You can spectate at all of the forestry stages […]

  • Galloway Roots Country Music Festival 2019

    Galloway Roots Country Music Festival   October 18th – October 20th 2019

  • 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.

  • Historic Environment Scotland 2019

    Historic Environment Scotland 2019   July 2019 Caerlaverock Castle Spectacular Jousting Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th July 2019 12.30pm – 4.30pm   Caerlaverock Castle is once again set to host this spectacular jousting tournament. Get ready to cheer on your favourite as the chivalric knights ready their noble steeds. If you are a Historic Scotland […]

  • Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail 2019

      Kirkcudbright Arts and Crafts Trail 2019 For 2019, the Kirkcudbright Art & Crafts Trail is from Friday 2nd August until Monday 5th August. Details will be added soon. The 2019 Trail will be the 16th year this popular event has been held.

  • Kirkcudbright Events 2019 by Visit Kirkcudbright

    Kirkcudbright has a busy schedule of events throughout the 2019 season. MARCH Kirkcudbright Farmers and Producers Market @ Town Centre Mar 24 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm ****************** APRIL Vintage Fair @ Parish Hall Apr 20 and 21 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm ******************* Kirkcudbright Farmers and Producers Market @ Town Centre Apr 28 @ 11:00 […]

  • 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 2019

    The 22nd Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival takes place between 13th – 16th June 2019 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

      Snowdrop Sundays   Every Sunday, 2 Feb 2020 – 23 Feb 2020 Snowdrop Sundays Logan Botanic Garden See the beautiful swathes of snowdrops at Scotland’s Most Exotic Garden-Sundays in February 2020. Open 10am-4pm. Potting Shed Bistro open 11am-3pm…. More In & Out of the Garden Exhibition Daily, 1 Mar 2020 – 21 Apr 2020 […]

  • 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 of […]

  • Moniaive Folk Festival

    Moniaive folk festival parade

    Join the team at the Moniaive Folk Festival.    

  • 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 2019

    raft race portpatrick

    Lifeboat Week is one of the highlights in Portpatrick. For 2019 it starts on Sunday 28 July. The week long celebrations provide ideal entertainment for holiday makers and villagers alike.

  • 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

    Winter Show 2019 – 2020 November 15th 2019 until February 16th 2020 Gallery open Wednesday, Thursday and Friday 10am – 4pm and Sundays 10am -5pm Other times by appointment. 01644 450235

  • The Mill on The Fleet, Gatehouse Talks and Excursions Group

    The Mill on The Fleet This is the last of this years’s season of talks under the Talks and Excursions series. This time looking at the geology of Cairnsmore and the National Nature Reserve. Friday 25th October at 7.30pm with an excursion to the reserve on the Saturday morning 26th October    

  • The Swallow Theatre 2020

    The Swallow Theatre 2020   All Events Sunday Afternoon Play Reading Wild as The White Waves An intimate, witty and moving encounter with Pulitzer Prize winner Edna St Vincent Millay featuring extracts of her poetry and letters. Friday 6 March 2020 : 7.30pm Tickets : £13.50 Find Out More / Book Tickets Sunday Afternoon Play […]

  • Threave Garden and Estate 2020

    NTS Threave Garden and Estate UPCOMING EVENTS Walk to Rough Island 14 Feb 2020 – 28 Apr 2020 Paid Event | Book online Join the Countryside Team for a guided winter walk to Rough Island at Rockcliffe. Enjoy wonderful island views and discover a rich variety of wildlife.   Traditional birch staking workshop 22 Feb 2020 12:30 […]

  • WalkFest Newton Stewart 2020

    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 a wonderful location for […]

  • 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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