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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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  • 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 2019

    Doonhame Festival 2019   The Crichton in Dumfries is the stunning setting for D&G’s new family friendly music festival   Following last week’s announcement about a brand new, home-grown festival for Dumfries & Galloway, the Doonhame Festival is pleased to announce that the three-day event will be taking place in the beautiful and historic grounds […]

  • 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 Country Fair 2019

    Galloway Country Fair COUNTRY PURSUITS AND ENTERTAINMENT FOR ALL… 17th & 18th August 2019 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 2019

    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 […]

  • 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  

  • Moniaive Folk Festival

    Moniaive folk festival parade

    Join the team at the Moniaive Folk Festival.    

  • Moniaive Michaelmass Bluegrass Festival 2019

    Moniaive Michaelmass Bluegrass Festival 2019   Friday September 27th until Sunday 29th September 2019 This is the 11th 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 2019

    The Third Stranraer Oyster Festival will be held in and around Stranraer on 13- 15 September 2019 To celebrate the annual harvesting of Loch Ryan`s unique Scottish Native Oysters, Stranraer Oyster Festival takes place in September. Not too many people know that Loch Ryan is host to one of the largest oyster beds in Scotland. […]

  • 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 Swallow Theatre 2019

    JULY – DECEMBER 2019 Calendar The Fitzwilliam String Quartet at Isle of Whithorn Church Monday 29 July 2019 – 7.30pm In their 50th anniversary year, the quartet play music by Schubert, Shostakovich and Haydn Tickets : £14.00 (Friends’ Early Bird: £13.00 – when booked at least 28 days in advance) Two concert offer! Buy with the Tuesday […]

  • 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 2019

    County Buildings and marquee during Wigtown Book Festival

      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 this year’s Wigtown Book […]

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