Scotland | Things to do in Dumfries and Galloway

If you’re heading up to bonny Scotland, to the less visited region of Dumfries and Galloway, you’re probably wondering about things to do in the area! Check out this fantastic guest post by blogger Melanie Varey of Best Things to do in Cambridge, full of things to do in Dumfries and Galloway.


Things to do in Dumfries and Galloway

We are a family who adore spending our holidays in Scotland. The peace, space, scenery
and tranquillity for us makes for the perfect break. One of our favourite (and less well known)
regions for a really peaceful holiday is Dumfries and Galloway. This area of Scotland has low
levels of population and traffic so really offers that all important sense of calm and a slower
pace of life.

Not only is Dumfries and Galloway a wonderful area of the country, it is really accessible
from England so is a perfect as a stop off destination for those taking the longer journey to
the Highlands.

It has everything you need- wonderful wildlife to spot, beautiful sandy
beaches and breathtaking scenery to wander, and plenty of great quality food and drink
producers- perfect for those who enjoy eating out and in by cooking with amazing produce.
Whether you are seeking a super remote, loch-side, or active experience, there are many
ideal places to stay. What are you waiting for?

hills & harbour gin

Here are our must-see recommendations for those visiting this part of Scotland.

Food & Drink

Castle Douglas is known as the foodies town in the region and worth visiting to browse and
stock up on some local favourites. We love the bread, cakes and pastries from The Earth’s
Crust Bakery, and the award winning pies from  Ballards Butchers . Local restaurant Mr
Pook’s Kitchen is well worth a visit as it showcases the delicious local Scottish produce. Gin
fans will enjoy a tour of one of the areas distilleries, f or example Crafty Distillery which offers
tours and lunches. You can of course stock up with their delicious Hills and harbour gin
which contains the natural botanicals of the region.

Art & Culture

Lovers of art and culture should head to the town of Kirkcudbright to take in one of its many
exhibitions and events. Be sure to visit the Harbour Gallery, Broughton House and the
Stewartry Museum, all of which are wonderful places to learn about the local area. Literature
fans will love the town of Wigtown which holds its annual Book Festival and has a wide
range of independent bookshops. It is also a good place to wander some interesting shops.
Visit Dumfries and Galloway in January to enjoy the Big Burns Supper celebrations, or catch
one of the other cultural or music festivals held in the region. Perhaps you would like to visit
one of the stunning castles in the area?

Getting Outdoors

Lovers of the great outdoors, and a physical challenge, will enjoy the mountain biking
courses at the Galloway forest park. Active types can also get involve in wild swimming, golf,
windsurfing, yachting and plenty more pastimes.
For a slower pace, you can have beautiful walks and find peace and seclusion at Kilsture
Forest, Galloway Forest Park, St Ninian’s Cave, Rigg Bay, and Garlieston. There are many
beautiful and secluded beaches in the area. Our favourite is the small but perfectly
formed Monreith. Portpatrick also has a beautiful coastal walk.  The dark sky park (only the
second in Europe) is the perfect place for some stargazing.


Dumfies and Galloway really is a beautiful and interesting place. With so much to see and do
but with the luxury of such peace, we return to it again and again. We hope that you enjoy it
too.

Melanie Varey

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