The unspoilt beauty of this south west corner of Scotland is the perfect antidote to the hurly burly of modern life. Here there are deserted beaches, magnificent forests, rugged moors and beautiful lochs, all unblemished and untouched by tourism. But Dumfries and Galloway is not only perfect for chilled-out holidays, if you want a bit more action you can also find a range of activities and sports, from walking and cycling to golf and fishing.
For the children there are many fantastic days out to be had including Cream o’Galloway Ice Cream Farm with adventure play area and much more. The Cocoa Bean Co is a chocolate Factory where you can make chocolate and play indoors or out. For children big and small there is Laggan Outdoor Centre with one of the longest zip wires in Europe.
To the west of the region is the quiet market town of Newton Stewart on the banks of the River Cree. The Galloway Forest offers exceptional walking and cycling and has been designated the first Dark Sky Park outside the USA. In contrast with gentle scenery of the Solway Firth the Galloway Hills to the north has beautiful moors, mountains, lakes and rivers, with at its heart the Galloway Forest Park, some 150,000 acres of forest land with waymarked trails that are ideal for trekking and cyclists.
There are many sporting opportunities such as trout and salmon fishing on the numerous local lochs. Sea angling is available from both the rocks along the coastline as well as by boat.
If you fancy a round of golf are no less than 7 golf courses within a 25 mile radius of the cottage, one being St Medan’s, the most southerly course in Scotland.
Formal gardens and country parks can be found throughout this area, the foremost of which is Threave Garden and Castle just south of Castle Douglas along the shores of Loch Carlingwark, renowned for its horticultural gardens and woodland covering some sixty acres. To the north of the town Loch Ken provides for more strenuous activities such as waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing.
To the south are the sandy coves and estuarine mudflats of the Solway Firth. The charming coastal resort of Kirckcudbright sits half way along the coast and was once a busy shipping port but now has a more tranquil atmosphere. Further east The Colvend coast has some lovely stretches of coastline and coastal villages providing moorings for visiting yachts and boat hire.
Inland on the River Nith, Dumfries is the region’s largest town and a great base from which to explore the whole area. The town is also renowned for its associations with Robert Burns who spent the last five years of his life here.