Other Things to Do
For local events and other activities and things to do in the Dumfies & Galloway, please visit
, the tourist board's site.
Around the Luce
In the area surrounding the Luce There is a number of attractions. For budding historians, the Cistercian Abbey
at Glenluce is nearby. The Abbey was founded in 1192 by a contingent from Dundrennan Abbey, near Kirkcudbright. Whilst mainly a ruin, the remains of the Abbey and an early 16th century house can also be viewed. Mary Queen of Scots stayed here on her travels. The property is managed by Historic Scotland. Click here
'Stunning', 'beautiful' and 'idyllic' are only three of the words used to describe the Glenwhan Gardens
, situated near Dunragit. There is a licensed tea room to provide you with refereshments. Visit http://www.glenwhangardens.co.uk for details of opening times.
Only 14 miles south of Stranraer, exotic Logan Botanic Gardens
lie at the south-western tip of Scotland. Due to the influence of the Gulf Stream, an eclectic collection of plants not normally seen in Scotland flourishes in the gardens. Self guided audio tours are available, as is a shop and cafe. Click here for further details (http://www.rbge.org.uk/rbge/web/visiting/lbg.jsp)
An unusual attraction but fascinating nonetheless, Logan Fish Pond
was a Victorian fish larder formed by adapting a natural blow hole in the coastal rock. It is now a sea life center where you can feed the fish and hold starfish in the touch pools, as well as visiting the Cave Aquarium or shop. Visit
The backdrop to the BBC's '2000 Acres of Sky' series, Port Logan
is instantly recognisable. There is a pub/restaurant to serve you refreshments after a walk on the beach!
Scotland's most southerly point, the Mull of Galloway
is a tranquil area, far from the beaten track. There are various attractions including sea fishing, bird watching, walking, cycling and golf. Click here
A delightful harbour village, Portpatrick
is a great place to while away an afternoon. There is a selection of shops and some superb eateries and tea rooms. The Gulf Stream keeps the climate mild, enabling some unusal plants to grow.
- Walled gardens and working greenhouses are only two of the attractions available at this attractive country estate. The Seasons Tearoom, terrace and walled garden are all accessible to disabled/wheelchair users. Two lochs with rainbows and brownies further add to the facilities. Visit www.dunskey.com
for further details.
Along the Bladnoch
The Bladnoch catchment has a wide range of activities available for visitors. Bladnoch Distillery
at the bottom of the catchment is Scotland's most southerly distillery and has a guided tour that is highly recommended - visit www.bladnoch.co.uk
Prehistoric Torhousekie Stone Circle
is also worth a visit, situated on the B733 (many anglers drive right past it on their way to the river!) - it looks quite mysterious especially at dusk.
Bladnoch Distillery and Wigtown County Buildings
The Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve
is the largest
local reserve in the UK and has an interpretation centre situated in the
Wigtown County Building in Wigtown. The reserve has two bird hides for
public use and also has a remote camera for viewing ospreys nesting in the
springtime - click here for details
The spectacular scenery around the settlements of Bladnoch and Wigtown can also
be enjoyed on a sedate or exhilarating walk, depending upon your preference! Click here for details
An indoor activity to while away the time whilst the most recent spate
abates could be Scotland's nnational book town, Wigtown
. With over quarter
of a million books to choose from, it could keep even the most avid reader
busy for days! Visit www.wigtown-booktown.co.uk
Along the Cree
There are plenty of things to see and do in the vicinity of the River Cree. The area is a mecca for outdoor enthusiasts. Britain's largest forest park, Galloway Forest Park
, is one of the most obvious attractions. The 300 square miles of park includes visitor centres and walks catering for all levels of experience. Visit www.forestry.gov.uk/gallowayforestpark
for details. For specific information on the annual Newton Stewart walking festival, visit www.newtonstewartwalkfest.co.uk
. Galloway Forest Park also offers 'biking heaven' for cyclers visiting the 7 stanes - www.7stanes.gov.uk
for further details.
itself is a friendly small town in which to base yourself when fishing on the Cree. The town has a variety of shops and a range of different places to eat, as well as a cinema and museum. Visit www.newtonstewart.org
for details of the town as well as golfing, bowling and sailing information.
If you catch and keep a salmon from the Cree, you may want to have it smoked locally. The Galloway Smokehouse
is situated a short distance from Newton Stewart - for further details please visit www.gallowaysmokehouse.co.uk
Along the Fleet
The town of Gatehouse of Fleet
(or simply 'Gatehouse' as it is known to Gallovidians!) extends a warm welcome to its visitors and has facilities to cater for all visitor needs. There is a range of coffee shops, restaurants and pubs as well as a variety of shops to browse through. The Mill on the Fleet may appeal to those who can't get enough of the river but need some food! This restored cotton mill is an ideal place to relax beside the river, with a shop, cafe and series of exhibitions that run throughout the year. For information please phone 01557 814099. For general details about the town, please visit www.gatehouse-of-fleet.co.uk
or if you'd like to know what the weather is like please visit the town's webcam by clicking here
. For those interested in outdoor activities, there are plenty of stunning walks in the National Scenic Area that surrounds Gatehouse and some walks are spectacular at certain times of year with wild hyacinths and bluebells galore. For a week packed full of events such as the torchlight parade, you may be interested in visiting during gala week (usually the first week in August) - see www.gatehousegala.co.uk