Here are some suggestions for things to do in the area if you do not want to fish every day, are flooded off or have friends that are not fishing. For more information see the Dumfries & Galloway Tourist Board website or call in at one of their Information Centres.
Take a tour in Dumfries & Galloway and explore the region with the knowledge and experience of a tour guide. There are a variety of tours to choose from in this part of Scotland, with ghost tours, hiking tours and wildlife tours.
Dumfries & Galloway’s tours provide a great way to make the most of your time here, whether you are interested in the region’s connections with Robert Burns, its fascinating history, the best places to see wonderful wildlife or the choice of exhilarating outdoor activities available.
There are a variety of tours in Dumfries & Galloway to choose from. Take a walking tour to uncover wonderful landscapes including beaches, forests and parks. You are sure to come across a friendly town or village along the way, where you can visit historic attractions or even take part in a ghost tour.
Why not take a look at our great itineraries? Find ideas and inspiration for your visit to Dumfries & Galloway, by exploring the romantic side of the region and taking the Solway Coast Heritage Trail.
Cycling in the region.
StartCycling in Dumfries couldn't be made simpler with the Bikes2Go cycle hire scheme
Dumfries & Galloway is a cyclist's dream destination with hundreds of miles of sign-posted routes enabling you to see the region at its best from two wheels.
Why not start your cycling adventure in the historic town of Dumfries? The town makes a convenient base for exploring the Solway coast with its many attractions, not least those associated with Robert Burns. Just outside of Dumfries, near Thornhill, you can even find out about the history of the bicycle at the National Cycle Museum at Drumlanrig Castle Gardens.
The town's Bike2Go scheme is the perfect way to explore in your own pace. Simply pick up a bike from one of the cycle hire HUBs that have been installed across the town, and return it to any other HUB when you've finished.
Dumfries has an extensive traffic-free cycle network, connecting many of the town's key locations. There are handy maps to guide you around the various routes and there are plenty to try, from short journeys to longer routes into the beautiful countryside.
There are two National Cycle Network routes in the region. National Cycle Route 7 covers 114 miles, passing through Gretna Green, Annan, Dumfries, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet, Newton Stewart and a variety of visitor attractions. While National Cycle Route 74 runs for 44 miles and connecting Route 7 to South Lanarkshire along quiet roads adjacent to the A74 motorway.
The low-level landscape in the Machars peninsula also has four signposted routes in Galloway and is ideal for cycling, and is rich in scenery, history, culture and wildlife.
Away from the coast, there are rivers, wooded glens and forests. Around Glenluce, moorland stretches for miles and, north of Newton Stewart, rugged hills rise above remote lochs and glens. There is a wealth of wildlife and endless opportunities to enjoy the views.