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What’s on in Galloway Heartland

Kirkcudbright (pronounced kir-coo-bree), with its rich artistic heritage, is the main resort here, with the beautiful Colvend coast stretching to the east. On the Urr estuary lies the lively yachting centre of Kippford, linked by the Rough Firth causeway to Rough Island - a 20-acre bird sanctuary owned by the National Trust for Scotland. In the Galloway Hills, you’ll find the 150,000-acre Galloway Forest Park, along with formal gardens and other country parks. Loch Ken, running between New Galloway and Castle Douglas, is a haven for water-sports fans, anglers and birdwatchers. 

area highlights

Year-round, Dumfries & Galloway:

This tranquil reserve has stunning views across the River Dee and Loch Ken.

Year-round, Dumfries & Galloway:

The nature trails and viewing hides at Mersehead enable you to discover its beautiful scenery and wildlife at your own pace.

Year-round, Dumfries & Galloway:

With its coastal setting and the lack of any big hills, Dalbeattie has a relaxed feel, but the riding is far from dull.

Year-round, Dumfries & Galloway:

The Tolbooth Art Centre is based in Kirkcudbright’s 17th century Tolbooth which used to serve as the town’s Council offices and law courts, as well as its criminal and debtor’s prison.

Year-round, Dumfries and Galloway:

A Victorian museum with collections chiefly relating to the human and natural history of the Stewartry - also known as Kirkcudbrightshire.

April - September, Dumfries and Galloway:

Built in 1992, Carsphairn Heritage Centre features a permanent timespan display of the parish, plus an annual exhibition covering an aspect of Carsphairn’s varied history.

April - September, Dumfries & Galloway:

Discover Sanquhar’s world famous knitting tradition and the story of the mines and miners of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel.

April - October, Dumfries and Galloway:

Behind the fine 18th century town house with its pink lime washed exterior lies a treasure trove of collections together with a magically secret garden.

April - October, Dumfries & Galloway:

This small gem of a place features a good selection of artefacts and documents, especially concerning local ship and quarries, plus a large display of Victoriana.

April - October, Galloway Heartland:

Built between 1369 and 1390, and accessible only by boat, Threave Castle stands on an island in the middle of the River Dee three miles west of Castle Douglas.


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