Dumfries & Galloway
There is a wealth of places to visit and things to do in this area so it would be impossible to list everything but here are a few of our favourites and if you need advice on anything else just contact us.
The historic town of Dumfries, the Queen of the South, is the largest town in South West Scotland and is firmly on the tourist map. Dumfries is the county town of Dumfries & Galloway, a Royal Burgh since 1186 and it is believed to have flourished as a market town and port since Roman times. Amongst its many visitors in past times were Bonnie Prince Charlie, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce!
At the heart of Dumfries is the River Nith, with fisherman often to be seen up to their chest in its waters. Dumfries has Scotland's largest independent store in Barbours, a great shopping experience. This can be accompanied by a visit to CAMRA's Stewartry pub of the year at the Cavens Arms, next door, which is famed for both food and drink.
Just a 15 minute drive from the cottage and you are on the lovely Solway coast, Kippford is famous for it's sailing and coastal walks and the scenery is outstanding, there is a very pretty walk across to the coastal settlement of Rockcliffe which has a small picturesque beach and on your return you could pop into the Anchor pub for a spot of lunch which comes highly recommended, on the warm summer months sitting outside with the sailing boats passing makes this place feel like the Riviera.
Ken Dee Marshes and Laurieston
Another 15 minute drive will bring you to the shores of lovely loch Ken and Ken Dee Marshes, this is a lovely walk at any time of year and the area is teaming with wildlife, Roe deer, red squirrels and Otters can all be found here but most people come to observe the stunning bird life which can be observed from 2 excellent hides overlooking the Loch, there are feeders in place to attract the birds and there are a lot of species to see. This area has one of the largest populations of barn owls in the UK so if you leave around dusk have a look for them hunting silently over the fields. Laurieston is just up the road and at 2pm everyday you can see the magnificent spectacle of the red kites swooping down to feed on the meat put down for them at Bellymack farm, a truly amazing thing to see as only a few years ago these beautiful birds had been hunted out of Scotland.
Kirkcudbright and Borgue
Known locally as the artist town Kirkcudbright is a lovely place to spend the day, there are many art galleries to wander around, some great cafe's and restaurants to enjoy but the town itself is a delight just to wander around and see the brightly coloured houses set behind the small working harbour. There are some lovely walks in this area and just a few miles across the river is the very scenic Doune bay which is perfect for a picnic next to it's glorious sandy beach or why not go a little further to Borgue and the Carrick coast walk which passes some very individual small holiday shacks on the way to the beach at Sandgreen, this is a very laid back area with some very unspoilt scenery.
Mabie Forest and New Abbey
One of the favourites with the folk from Dumfries this forest has space for everyone and some lovely trails, a personal preference would be for the yellow route which takes you high up on the hill with outstanding views of the river Nith as it enters the Solway and far to the hills in the distance. Just minutes from Mabie is the lovely village of New Abbey with it's tea rooms and hotels, the major draw here is the ruins of Sweetheart abbey which are very impressive and tower above the village
Gatehouse of Fleet and Mossyard
This is a lovely little town surrounded by hills and next to the Solway, there are a few shops and restaurants and the walking here is very lovely, just a few miles up the road is the probably one of the best beaches in Dumfries and Galloway, Mossyard, it is very unspoiled with outstanding views to the Isle of Mann on a clear day, a pristine sandy beach awaits you and on many days out of season you will have the place to yourself........enjoy.