Local Towns and Villages

South West Scotland has many attractive villages and small towns just waiting to be discovered. There is Scotland`s Highest Village, Scotland`s Most Southerly Village, Scotland`s Book Town, a Food Town, an Artist`s town, scores of Coastal Villages and many more. The local people are friendly and will offer a huge welcome you to help you make the most of your holiday time in and around South West Scotland.  The town of Lochmaben with its 3 scenic lochs is nearby. Here you will find shops, cafes and restaurants.  Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South it is a market town and former royal burgh, located near the mouth of the River Nith, it is the traditional county town of the historic county of Dumfriesshire.

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Cumnock, Ayrshire, Scotland, Uk - June 18, 2012: Side View On Gr

Historic Sites

Dumfries & Galloway has a wide choice and variety of historic attraction including castles, monuments and buildings, there are far too many to name here!! Caerlaverock Castle has A wide moat, twin-towered gatehouse and lofty battlements it is the epitome of the medieval stronghold it has a turbulent history as a castle caught up in border conflicts. Visit Barsalloch Fort a 2,000-year-old cliff-side fort with a deep defensive ditch, probably a farmstead inhabited by a tribe, known to the Romans as the Novantae. Lochmaben castle was built by The Brus (Bruce) family, lords of Annandale, settled near Lochmaben in the late 12th century after their family seat at Anan was flooded. The historic royal burgh of Annan comes alive in the summer, with the historic Riding of the Marches and the skirl of pipes at the annual bagpipe festival. There is award-winning food all year round!

Explore the Forests

Situated in the heart of Galloway, southern Scotland, the Galloway Forest Park offers spectacular views and a diversity of dramatic scenery. Three hundred square miles of wild beauty are waiting to be explored, here, in Britain’s largest forest park. Stretching from seashore to mountaintops, The Galloway Forest Park has an outstanding variety of wildlife. Red and Roe Deer thrive in this woodland park while mighty birds of prey patrol the skies. Due to its remoteness, the Galloway Forest Park has been awarded the status of being one of only four “Dark Sky Parks” in the western world causing celebration amongst astronomers. We are also very close to Ae Forest which is the perfect place to visit, whether you want to relax with a picnic beside the river, watch woodland wildlife, stroll through the trees or burn off some serious energy on horseback.

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Allonby sunset

Life's a Beach

We are blessed to be situated in the warmest and most southerly part of Scotland, the little-known Galloway Coastline on the Solway Firth has been dubbed “the Scottish Riviera”. With its rocky coves and quiet beaches surrounded by greenery and dotted with rocks, the secluded Dhoon beach is a natural beauty: at low tide, its sandy expanses reveal a shipwreck, and its shallow seas are safe for bathing. Further west, Sandhead Beach is better for walking: a sweeping strand backed by golden dunes, it stretches for miles, with distant views of the Galloway Hills. The current most popular beach in Dumfries And Galloway is Mossyard, a small, sandy beach, slightly less than 100 meters long it sits at the northern end of the mouth of Fleet Bay. This beach is popular for boating. The beach is a good spot for paddling, watching the boats entering and leaving the harbour. We are sure you will enjoy spending hours exploring the fantastic coastline with its small towns and villages.