IMG_8998rWith Dumfries and Galloway, you get two Scottish counties for the price of one, all of it a rich and diverse area to discover. Situated to the south west of Scotland, it can easily be bypassed as you travel north or south, but if you venture this way there is much to find. I think what surprises people the most is how hilly it is. Not mountainous like the Highlands or with the rolling hills of the Scottish Borders, but quite striking up-and-down hills. Then, of course, there is the Solway Firth, with all its marshlands, beaches and coves. An area that Robbie Burns, Scotland’s national bard, would have known well as his days as an excise man, but today is ideal for bird-watching and beachcombing.

172maclellan1yr13 copyActivities in this area are many for a family. The Glentrool Forest Park Visitor Centre is a great place to get started, as it is known as the “gateway to the Galloway Hills”. Here you can walk on the many themed walking trails or you can take one of the mountain biking trails, which is also part of the 7Stanes route. Walking in the Glenkens is one of the most popular walking trails. Horse rides and trails can be organised for you at the Lochill Equestrian Centre near Castle Douglas, to suit all rider’s abilities. For the golfer, there are many good parkland courses, and there are some excellent courses to get children playing for the first time. The golf clubs at Newton Stewart, Thornhill and Kirkcudbright, to name but a few.

When it comes to water activity, then Loch Ken and the Loch Ken Activity Centre, covers so many options including sailing, stand up paddle boats, kayaking and wind-surfing. Whilst those who prefer to fish, then Loch Ken also caters for this with fishing available for pike, perch and roach here. The rivers Nith, Annan and Esk, all have an excellent reputation for salmon and sea trout, as well as for the brown trout. For sea fishing, then the waters around Stranraer have caught record breaking fish, but regardless of the size of your catch, these are all great day’s out.

If this was not enough for you to be entertained in Dumfries and Galloway – what about this? Here are 10 more things you can do or visit in this area; 1, Caerlaverock Castle; 2, Sweetheart Abbey; 3, John Paul Jones Museum; 4, Gretna Green Blacksmith shop; 5, Drumlanrig Castle; 6, Mersehead Nature Reserve; 7, Robert Burns House; 8, Cardoness Castle; 9, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse; 10, Threave Castle.

128ExtDark16yr10COPYSmallWith a great variety of things to do and see, Dumfries and Galloway is a great location for a family holiday and if you wish to find a large holiday house, like Bellrigg, which can sleep up to 11 people on a self-catering basis, then at Scotts Castle Holidays we will be delighted to assist you further. Please contact today for more information on self-catering large holiday houses in Scotland.