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  • Natural Wonders

    Glorious Gardens

    Outdoor Adventures

    What to See & Do 2013-14

    Explore: Dumfries & Galloway

    Natural Wonders

    Glorious Gardens

    Outdoor Adventures

    Over 150 attractions to choose from, inspiring ideas for great days out

    Enjoy thrilling activities, from 7stanes mountain biking to the longest zip wire in the UK

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    Dumfries & Galloway

    Exotic gardens blessed by the warm Gulf Stream

    Five 7stanes mountain biking centres

    Robert Burns once lived in Dumfries


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  • 02 From coast to country

    04 Great days out

    06 Gardens and nurseries

    08 A wildlife haven

    10 Discover a land rich in history

    12 Where legends come to life

    14 Naturally inspired creativity

    16 VisitScotland Information Centres

    17 Quality Assurance

    18 How to read the listings

    19 Great days out Places to Visit

    33 Great days out Events & Festivals

    34 Great outdoor adventures

    36 Your Gateway to Golf

    38 Great days out Leisure Activities

    44 Savour the avours

    46 Great days out Food & Drink

    50 Great days out Shopping

    52 Travel tips

    53 Great days out Tours

    53 Great days out Local Services

    54 Whats on

    56 Great days out Family Fun

    70 Dumfries & Galloway area map

    72 An A-Z quick reference to all the listings in this guide


    CreditsPhotography: Big Burns Supper, Day of the Region, Destination Dumfries & Galloway/Colin Tennant, DisneyPixar, Forestry Commission Image Library, Jen Langridge, Scotlands Gardens/Val Corbett, Juha Soininen, Spring Fling, Scottish Viewpoint/Andy Bennetts/Allan Devlin/Mark Hicken/Keith Kirk/Chris Robson/Allan Wright, Paul Tompkins/VisitScotland/Scottish Viewpoint.

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    This brochure is printed on recycled content paper. VisitScotland is committed to ensuring that our environment, upon which our tourismis so dependent, is safeguarded for future generations to enjoy.

    Cover Threave Castle, on the River Dee, Castle Douglas.01 Exotic Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan.02 Larch route, Ae 7stanes mountain biking centre.03 Yachts moored at Kippford.04 Burns Statue, Dumfries town centre.05 Striding Arch at The Byre, near Moniaive.06 Medicine Tara Statue, Kagyu Samye Ling, Eskdalemuir.

    Prepare for an adventure in Dumfries & Galloway, where the hills, coastline and forest park provide the ideal setting for you to explore by foot, bike or boat.

    Delve into the fascinating history with a visit to the museums and visitor centres which tell of inventors, poets and pioneers. Enjoy the culture of this naturally inspiring region in the art galleries and bookshops tucked away in the heart of the towns. Take a trip to Kirkcudbright, the Artists Town, and see masterpieces based on the inspiring setting of the beautiful, contrasting landscape.

    Explore some of the 200 miles of coastline and you can wander along any of the regions tranquil beaches and gaze out on to many lands across the sparkling Solway Firth. Follow the Solway Coast Heritage Trail, a charming 190 mile route which

    will take you through the quaint streets of the regions coastal villages or savour the tranquillity of a woodland walk through the vast forests.

    The Galloway Forest Park is a fabulous green space big enough to spend a week exploring, filled with activities, rare wildlife and the opportunity for stargazing as these 300 square miles have been designated an International Dark Sky Association approved Dark Sky Park.

    Enjoy the fun and fascination of Dumfries & Galloway, a region of inspiring landscapes, enthralling culture and curious wildlife.



    The Galloway Red Kite Trail 08

    The Striding Arches, three arch sculptures 14

    Over 30 golf courses for all abilities 36

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  • Discover pretty towns and villages along a 200 mile stretch of coastline or head inland to find hills, forests and peaceful rivers.

    Follow quiet roads through this picturesque region, such as the A712 Queens Way in the Galloway Forest Park. Stop off in the towns and villages, which make great bases for exploring the countryside and enjoying hillwalking and mountain biking.

    Gretna Green is a famous location for weddings discover the stories of the couples who eloped at the fascinating Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop before heading up to Langholm, on a section of the Borders Reiver Trail, and stop in the Muckle Toons Clan Armstrong Trust Museum.

    The town of Lockerbie has an ice rink which hosts top-class curling events, an architecturally interesting Town Hall and is also a great base to explore the nearby hills and coast. The Lockerbie Jazz Festival takes place in the town in September and attracts artists from across the world.

    The historic county town of Dumfries sits on the banks of the River Nith, and is famed for its connection with the National Bard, Robert Burns. There are a number of fascinating places and attractions to visit which tell of the history.

    North, through striking scenery in the Nith Valley, youll find the pretty villages of Moniaive and Penpont.

    From coast to country

    The charming villages and friendly communities of Dumfries & Galloway delight all who visit them, with their stunning buildings and streets filled with independent stores, visitor centres and museums.




    Check out the artworks in

    Castle Square, Stranraer

    Kirkcudbright the Artists Town

    Wigtown the Book Town

    Castle Douglas the Food Town

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  • Head to Thornhill with the stunning Drumlanrig Castle and then on to Sanquhar, home to the Tolbooth Museum, a handsome Georgian town house with a square clock tower, and the oldest working post office in Britain, dating back to 1712.

    Take the Solway Coast Heritage Trail for sublime vistas which run past picture-perfect villages including Kippford and the attractive seaside village of Rockcliffe.

    The pleasant 18th century market town of Castle Douglas is a thriving centre for the prosperous local farming area.

    Kirkcudbright is known as the Artists Town and is still the home of many artists and writers. You can discover the history of the area at Tolbooth Arts Centre, MacLellans Castle, Broughton House and the Stewartry Museum.

    Down on the coast is Wigtown Bay where there is a Local Nature Reserve, home to the Galloway ospreys, which you can watch on CCTV at Wigtown County Buildings.

    Newton Stewart, the gateway to the Galloway Hills, is a small market town named after its founder William Stewart, son of the Earl of Galloway. Right next to the Galloway Forest Park, the town is a great base for hillwalking, mountain biking and spotting the wealth of wildlife. You can also head into the forest park at night for stargazing, as it is a designated Dark Sky Park.

    Discover Stranraer in the south west, beside Loch Ryan. Attractions include Castle of St John and the town museum, and just 3 miles outside, Castle Kennedy Gardens.

    South west of Stranraer is Portpatrick, a beautiful village which sits around a harbour with a history stretching back 500 years. This area is great for walking and is the starting point of the Southern Upland Way, a long distance route through the region and into the Scottish Borders.


    Discover more...Q Take a wander around Threave

    Gardens, or 2 miles away, you can catch a boat to Threave Castle.

    Q Explore the unspoiled Glenkens area and tour up to New Galloway via the Galloway Kite Trail to see these graceful, impressive birds.

    Q Moffat has a beautiful, wide tree-lined high street and was the first Scottish town to be awarded Walkers are Welcome status in 2008.

    Q Dumfries & Galloway has three touring routes: the Burns Heritage Trail, the Galloway Tourist Route and the Solway Coast Heritage Trail.



    Did youknow?

    From the Mull of Galloway, Scotlands most southerly

    point, views of four kingdoms can be seen.

    01 Port Logan Harbour.02 The Man, by Andrew Brown, the harbo

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