Things To Do
Threave's spectacular gardens have been created over the years by students of the National Trust's School of Practical Gardening. It was recently voted second in The Independent's '10 Best Gardens to Visit in the UK'. The gardens are constantly evolving to suit the needs of the school but they're open all year giving interest from season to season. In spring, however, the gardens are carpeted with over 200 varieties of daffodil complementing the springflowering shrubs and trees. Later, you can admire succulent fruit and vegetables in the walled garden and glasshouses. And if that whets your appetite, there's also a well-stocked restaurant!
Broughton House and Garden
Cross the threshold of Broughton House and enter the world of wellknown Scottish artist E A Hornel, one of the 'Glasgow Boys'. Open to the public from April 2005 after a period of conservation, this fine 18th-century town house was bought by Hornel in 1901 and became his home and studio. Today, you can admire his paintings and those of his fellow artists throughout the house and gallery. Some of his extensive collection of books are on display in the library, including works by Burns and many books on local history. From the studio follow your gaze out into the enchanting garden, where you too may find inspiration in the light falling across the Dee.
The Laurie Arms is just under 3 miles away from the Bluebell Bank B & B. This restaurant and bar is owned by a local farmers and they really do use local produce where ever possible. Open from 12 noon every day. Friendly service and very tasty well cooked food which is sourced from award winning local suppliers. The Laurie Arms offers a variety of well kept real ales that change on a regular basis. With a large garden to the rear and cosy open log fires in the winter, the Laurie Arms provides comfortable surroundings any time of the year. They have been a highly commended 'Pub of the Year' for several years.
Laggan Outdoor is a family owned and run activity centre near Gatehouse of Fleet in Dumfries & Galloway. Among its many attractions is one of the longest Zip Wires in Europe! NEW for 2015 - UK`s first Human Sling Shot - try it if you dare!
The Laggan Outdoor Team can arrange half or full multi activity days designed especially for you. Combine 2 or more activities and benefit from great price savings.
The varied landscape of woodland, farmland. marsh and hill around Loch Ken makes it good kite habitat. The area supports many species that provide the Kites with a scource of carrion such as rabbits, brown hares, pheasants and deer. The red kite feeding station at Bellymack Hill Farm near Laurieston is well worth a visit. Feeding time is 2pm daily.
Nocturnal Wildlife Tours
If you have never been to this part of Scotland before, you don't know what you're missing. Dumfries and Galloway in southern Scotland has a wealth of wildlife and history waiting to be discovered. From the shores of the Solway Firth, through farmland and woodland to the high tops of the Galloway Hills. It's everything you think Scotland should be in one small area.
Dumfries and Galloway is a region steeped in history; visitors have the opportunity to explore three magnificent castles:
The 7 Stanes are 7 mountain biking trails spanning SW Scotland. Nearby towns and villages of Ae, Dalbeattie and Mabie are featured on the famed 7 Stanes route.
Golf has a significant presence in South West Scotland and within Dumfries alone we have four quality golf courses.
A passionate, inspiring, forward-thinking pioneer of his generation, Robert Burns is regarded as the national poet of Scotland. Visit the homes of Robert Burns at Ellisland Farm or Burns House.