Dumfries and Galloway is renowned for its dark skies, nature, quiet country lanes and stunning landscape, which make it ideal for outdoor enthusiasts. We have listed links to a few local web sites which we think may be of interest to you.
Dumfries and Galloway has lots of off-road trails and miles and miles of quiet country roads meaning cyclists will be spoilt for choice. Rolling hills, rugged coastline and stunning scenery offer the perfect landscape for calm, gentle family cycling, whilst gruelling hills and vast forests are close by for the more adventurous. If mountain biking is for you, then make sure you take time to visit 5 of the 7stanes! Located at Ae, Mabie, Dalbeattie, Kirroughtree and Glentrool forests.
To find out more visit:
The Southern Upland Way is Scotland's longest walk and stretches 212 miles (340 km) west to east from Portpatrick's romantic seascapes over the Mull of Galloway to the dramatic North Sea cliffs at Cockburnspath. Tracking through some of Scotland's most beautiful and varied scenery, it offers an unforgettable holiday experience for serious walkers and weekend visitors alike.
To find out more visit: www.southernuplandway.gov.uk
Loch Ken enjoys a good reputation among anglers, particularly because of the pike, roach, perch and now bream caught in recent seasons. Catches indicate an increase in the size of fish being taken. Game fishing has also taken place at Loch Ken over many years.
Anyone fishing the stretch at the Loch Ken Holiday Park may have two lines maximum in the water at any one time. Permits can be bought on site.
For fishing information in south west Scotland and beyond visit: Fishing the South West of Scotland
If you love nature and are looking for more information about what kind of nature is in Dumfries and Galloway, then take a look at the Wild Seasons web site. Wild Seasons gives you an idea of what species you might see in each season, it also has an events listing, and fantastic wildlife videos.
To find out more visit: www.wildseasons.co.uk
Boreland Farm Cottage is right on the doorstep of Parton Walk and viewpoint, part of the Galloway Red Kite Trail, where you can see the Red Kites in all their glory. It is a 1km walk along the edge of pasture and woodland to reach an elevated viewpoint overlooking Loch Ken and the surrounding area. Kites can be seen from any part of this walk at any time of year. Just a short drive away is the Ballymack Hill Farm (feeding station), where you can see these majestic birds feeding.
Other birds to look out for around and about include the nuthatch, willow tit, great-spotted woodpecker, goldcrest, sparrowhawk, barn owl, buzzard, red grouse, black grouse, oyster catcher, greylag, & heron etc...
Visit the RSPB Scotland web site for more information.
Nearby Galloway Forest Park is the first Dark Sky Park in the UK. With over 7000 visible stars to look at you are spoilt for choice. The Milky Way is clearly visible with the naked eye as are near objects. With observing instruments there is no limit other than the instrument itself.
To find out more visit: www.forestry.gov.uk/darkskygalloway
There are some great places for swimming in Dumfries and Galloway. Castle Douglas Swimming Pool is just a short drive from Boreland Farm Cottage, offering a variety of water activities and fitness suite. Kirkcudbright Swimming Pool is just a few miles further and as well as the pool, they too have a fitness suite plus a sauna. If you are heading into Dumfries you will find DG One, south west Scotlands largest Sport Leisure and Entertainment Complex.