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Things to see and do

Our local area offers a variety of things to do and see throughout the year, including outdoor activities, music festivals, galas, children’s events and arts and crafts. There is an abundance of wildlife, from the nearby coast to the forest parks, with many wildlife and countryside events throughout the year, such as bat watching, dawn chorus, bird watching, country fairs, halloween gatherings and even a wood festival!

Mountain biking features strongly in year round events for the family, and enthusiast, some say it could be one of the best areas in the world; we certainly have friends who think so. If you are not an adrenaline rider there are opportunities to enjoy cycling across the region exploring villages, coastlines and forests. You will find communities are friendly and welcoming and there is always something to do or see. We have included a small selection of activities below, but this is just a small selection!

Cream O’Galloway
Set in the beautiful Galloway countryside Cream o’ Galloway Visitor Centre offers a full day filled with deliciously good fun for visitors of all ages.  Karts, bikes, slides, rides, woodland adventure playground and of course Cream o’ Galloway’s award winning ice creams.

Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities
Events commence at the beginning of May and involve a 4 day Jazz Festival in June and continue throughout the summer with a final flourish of a Grand Parade and magnificent Tattoo at the end of August.

Spring Fling
For 3 days at the end of May Dumfries & Galloway hosts an art and craft open studios event. The weekend is about visiting studios, meeting artists and makers who are not usually open to the public.

7 Stanes Mountain Biking
Mountain biking in the South of Scotland: big country riding, rolling hills, views to die for and more than 400km of the world’s finest technical single-track.

The Breakpad bike shop & hire centre
Based at Kirroughtree visitors centre, also offer bike sales, accessories, clothing and bike servicing

Dark Sky Area
Galloway forest park has some of the darkest skies in the world due to low levels of light pollution

Galloway Red Kite Trail
The Galloway Red Kite Trail is an exciting bird watching opportunity to view spectacular red kites in lovely scenery. The ‘Galloway Kite Trail’ is located around beautiful Loch Ken and promotes the population of kites, recently re-established in Kirkcudbrightshire.

Threave Estate and Garden
Threave house boasts a 64 acre garden with impressive walled garden, stunning herbaceous borders and water features. The countryside centre features interactive displays and video links to nesting boxes

Broughton House and Garden
From 1901 Broughton house became the home and studio of Scottish artist Hornel best known as one of the Glasgow boys.

CocoaBean Company
Factory and shop offering chocolate workshops, coffee shop and shop, indoor and outdoor children’s play areas.

Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park
Set in 27 acres of mixed woodland above Kirkcudbright, the park look after and preserve some of the rarest endangered animals in the world.

Barstobrick visitors centre
Nature walks, cycle tracks, horse riding, fishing and coffee.

Laggan outdoors
Offering archery, clay pigeon shooting, mountain balling, mountain boarding, mountain biking, grass sledging and the amazing zip wire, there are also multi activity days.

Galloway activity centre
Situated on the banks of Loch Ken, catering for families, individuals and groups, in a safe and friendly family atmosphere. Choose from: sailing, windsurfing, power boating, kayaking, and canoeing, outdoor laser quest, and archery, mountain biking, orienteering, and climbing/abseiling.