If you could only do one thing on a visit to Dumfries and Galloway, you’d look up to the stars. The Galloway Forest Park is famous for its night sky, and is one of very few places in the UK where you can see the Milky Way. Fortunately, whether you’re visiting for a holiday or short break, you’ll find that there is much more to see and do.
In Dumfries and Galloway, you can try all sorts of outdoor activities. Visit one of the many golf courses that are open to the public, or go fishing in the rivers and lakes. At the Galloway Activity Centre, on the shores of Loch Ken, all ages can enjoy a wide range of activities from sailing and kayaking to rock-climbing, archery and outdoor laser quest. There’s even an inflatable obstacle course, known as the Wobbly Waterpark, on which you can test your balance. If you’ve ever dreamed of being a contestant on Total Wipeout, then you’re in the right place to make those dreams come true.
Of course, all of those outdoor activities can get a little tiring. If you’ve walked until you can walk no more, then you deserve a reward. A visit to Cream O’Galloway is definitely on the menu. At this top visitor attraction, the whole family can enjoy award-winning luxury ice cream with flavours ranging from indulgent caramel shortbread to whisky, honey and oatmeal. The kids can burn their energy in the adventure playground, and the whole family can finish with a gentle stroll along one of the nature trail paths.
You’ll find dozens of other farm parks that offer a great day out for kids, and heritage trails including the Solway Coast Heritage Trail. The region also includes the Burns Heritage Trail where you’ll see landmarks relating to the life and times of Robert Burns, including his grave in Dumfries and Ellisland Farm, where he wrote Auld Lang Syne. There are lovely nature reserves to enjoy, and at Dalton Pottery you can paint your own souvenirs to take home at the end of your trip.