KIRKCUDBRIGHT

A ten minute drive away is the lovely town of Kirkcudbright with its harbour, fishing boats, galleries and museums. Great local butcher, bakery, two vets, two small supermarkets and a fabulous fish and chip shop.

Kirkcudbright is known as the ‘Artists Town’ and has plenty of arty outlets. Throughout August every Thursday is Scottish Night with pipe bands, Scottish dancing and a host of outdoor entertainment culminating in the last weekend with the Tattoo. Every Sunday throughout the year there is a producers market and a variety of other events through the year. Well worth a visit.

CASTLE DOUGLAS

Approximately 12 miles away is the bustling town of Castle Douglas. Here, apart from the great individual shops, huge supermarket if you need one, tea rooms and restaurants is Threave Castle and Gardens.

Buy a ticket to see both from the tea room…and visit the Ospreys in season. To reach the 13th century castle you ring a bell for the boatman who will guide you across the moat and back again when you’re ready.

PORTPATRICK

An hours drive away towards Stranraer is the idyllic coastal town of Portpatrick where you will find a ruined castle on top of the hill with views of Northern Ireland, a 17th Century church,

the Lighthouse Pottery, tea rooms, hotels, bars and restaurants. Lovey place to visit.

NEWTON STEWART

10 miles away you’ll find the Galloway Smokehouse selling everything you could think of that could be smoked alongside the freshest unsmoked fish, shellfish, lobster and local venison. There is a restaurant next door…

if you want to sample rather than buy. Another 5 miles on is Newton Stewart which has a couple of supermarkets and a small cinema. If you fancy a walk in the woods then visit the RSPB site at Wood of Cree and follow one of the way marked paths or just park in the town and have a mooch round by the river.

ISLE OF WHITHORN

This is one of the most Southerly villages in Scotland and is the location of the ruined 13th Century St Ninians Chapel previously linked to Whithorn Priory. The village has one pub, The Steam Packet where you will always

find a warm welcome and a great selection of gins, whiskies, wines and beers. Fishing is widely available on the lochs and local rivers, Bladnoch and Cree. Sea fishing is also available from here. You can take a short walk down the beach to St Ninians Cave, visit Burrow Head, the site of the final scene of The Wickerman movie and make a stop on the way home at the Bladnoch Distillery and the Bladnoch Arms pub but don’t forget the drink driving laws in Scotland are more severe than in England!

MULL OF GALLOWAY

This is the most southern point of Scotland and has one of the last remaining sections of natural coastal habitat on the Galloway coast supporting a wide variety of plant, bird and animal species and is managed by the RSPB.

On the point is an active Stephenson lighthouse which is now automatic but there is a visitor centre and cafe with views out over Ireland and the Isle of Man.

MERSEHEAD RSPB

A lovely beach walk some 3 miles in total, just follow the signs, and keep your eyes peeled for Yellowhammers, pipits and the largest collection of migratory geese you’ll ever see! £3.00 parking fee but free to RSPB members.

WIGTOWN

Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland’s National Book Town in 1998 and is now home to a wide range of book-related businesses. A book lovers haven – and with over a quarter of a million books to choose from, old and new …

it is impossible to escape empty-handed.
Nearby is the Bladnoch distillery which is one of the oldest Scotch Whisky producers in Scotland paying homage the rare Lowland Whisky. Have lunch at the nearby Bladnoch Arms and maybe sample a wee dram…

SOME OF OUR FAVOURITE WALKS

To download printable notes on our favourite walks click the links below.

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