Things to Do in Dumfries & Galloway
Loved by Locals
For many years Loch Ken has been a popular destination providing an abundance of attractions from the Galloway Kite Trail, to water sports with two marinas offering excellent facilities. Marked walks, bird hides and picnic areas along the 11 miles stretch of water.
Raiders Road and Otter Pools
The Raiders Road is a ten mile forest track (easily driven an a normal car) leading deep into the Galloway Forest. Around half way along the road there is a picnic area beside the “Otter Pools”. In the summer it is the most amazing natural playground for children.
Mull of Galloway Experience
Visit the Mull of Galloway lighthouse and climb to the top. Visit the lighthouse exhibition which is housed in the former fuel store, workshop and engine room to the right of the tower. RSPB Cottage has live cameras on the nesting birds. Treat to follow in the Gaillie Craig Restaurant.
RSPB Mull of Galloway
The Mull of Galloway RSPB Nature Reserve has stunning views every where you turn. Looking around is Luce bay, the Solway Firth, Irish Sea, Isle of Man and the mountains of Mourne in the distance. The coastal heath of the cliff top is alive with guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes.
Screel Hill Walk
The attraction of this walk is the magnificent views over the Solway Coast, surrounding Galloway countryside and over to the bustling market town of Castle Douglas. It covers rough hill paths, open country and forests . Auchencairn view walk is 1.5 miles or Screel Hill walk is 3.5 miles.
Criffel walk and Steamboat Inn
Criffel is one of the highest hills in Dumfries and Galloway. The climb is steady with the last section being the most challenging but the views from the top are well worth the effort. Enjoy a pub lunch at the Steamboat Inn after your walk - the pub is right on the Solway Firth with amazing views.
Some of the many places to discover include:
- Clickable Regional Map of ASVA attractions (Association of Scottish Attractions)
- St. Ninian’s Cave near Whithorn Abbey
- Galloway Forest Park
- Caerlaverock Castle and Mersehead Nature Reserve
- King Robert the Bruce’s Cove
- Bladnoch Distillery Visitor Centre
- Threave Castle
- Dundrennan Abbey
- Sulwath Brewery, Castle Douglas
- Harbour town of Kirkcudbright haven for local artists
- Walk the Southern Upland Way
- 7 Stanes – Scotland’s Biking Heaven
- Scotland’s food, artists and book towns
- Gretna Green, weddings at the world famous blacksmith’s shop