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10 Things to do in Dumfries and Galloway

For those looking for an alternative to a day on the lake (perhaps to entertain a non-fishing other half), here are a handful of great local attractions across the beautiful region of Dumfries and Galloway.

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Burns House

Famous Scottish poet Rabbie Burns spent the last years of his life at his house in Dumfries, where you can find various possessions of his that still remain here, including manuscripts and letters.

Caerlaverock Castle

Famously attacked by Edward I in 1300, the ruins of Caerlaverock Castle are surrounded by an impressive moat and well-kept lawns.

Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre

Offering an array of adventure and recreational experiences for all ages, Laggan Outdoor is set in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway on the hills above the Solway Coast. Home to one of the longest zip wires in Europe and the adrenaline-inducing Human Slingshot, you can combine adventure with breathtaking scenery for a fantastic day out.

Mull of Galloway

A fantastic, picturesque day out, the Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most southernmost point. From the top of the lighthouse, visitors can see fantastic views of Scotland, England, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. The Mull of Galloway is also an RSPB nature reserve, home to thousands of seabirds and beautiful wildflowers.

Logan Botanic Garden

Warmed by the Gulf Stream, Logan is Scotland’s most exotic garden. Southern hemisphere plants are in their element here, and on a sunny day, you won’t believe you’re in South West Scotland!

Galloway Activity Centre – Loch Ken

Popular for their range of water sports, Loch Ken stretches for 9 miles to the northwest of Castle Douglas. As well as windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, power boating and kayaking, they also offer land-based activities, including laser tag, archery and climbing.

Drumlanrig Castle

Home to the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, Drumlanrig Castle is set in the 120,000 Queensbury Estate, complete with a country park and Victorian Gardens. Built in the 17th century, this castle is perfect for a day of exploring, followed by a spot of rest and relaxation in their delicious tearoom!

Sweetheart Abbey

This romantic abbey is steeped in history and stands remarkably complete despite Scotland’s turbulent past. Nestled between Criffel Hill and the glittering waters of the Solway Firth, this part of Scotland’s heritage is not to be missed.

7Stanes Mountain Biking

Five of Scotland’s seven world-class mountain biking centres are found in Dumfries and Galloway, with locations across the region. With a range of routes to suit beginners, families and experts, there’s something for all abilities to be found at each centre.

Dark Sky Park

Galloway Forest Park is the first national park in the UK to be awarded Dark Sky Park status, and there are only two other such parks in the whole of Europe. A fascinating array of stars, planets and meteors are clearly visible here and if you bring your binoculars, you can spot the moons of Jupiter, the rings of Saturn and the craters on the moon.


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