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Dumfries & Galloway: the best bits!

laretourlaretour VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭
edited March 14 in Scotland's countryside
Hi everyone,

When you're travelling in Scotland, there are several places that will be on your list for sure. I'm thinking Glen Coe, the Isle of Skye, Edinburgh etc.

And (in my humble opinion haha!) you should add Dumfries & Galloway to your list. In a permanent marker  ;)

I thought I'd share some of my favourite spots in D&G and also ask the Community for their tips. Have any of you been to this area, and if so, what are your must-sees? I'm planning to go back sometime this year so I'm keen to see different corners of the region I may have missed first time round!

Here's my blog on '5 picture perfect spots' in Dumfries & Galloway:

Laura :) 
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  • HorizonsHorizons VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭✭
    Hey Laura, lovely post! The Galloway Forest Park is conspicuous in its absence. Even though I have only spent a few hours exploring it, we were left wanting for more. Also as it is a dark sky park, the view of the stars on a clear winters night is stunning!

    Unfortunately my Galloway Forest Park pics are in a different laptop so I'll share them a bit later. Thanks for sharing this nugget of D&G info, I definitely want to see more of it!
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  • ScathachScathach Member ✭✭
    My favourite part is the Dark Sky park (and the park by day as well)
    I was there last year in April and loved it.

    The walks around Loch Trool are fantastic and Glen Trool has so much to offer for outdoor lovers.

    I love Astronomy so the Dark Sky park was probably the best bit for me. I was lucky enough to book an event at the observatory in Dalmellington (I know it's technically Ayrshire, but it's in the park). They have loads of events and if you keep an eye on their page. I was there on a great night and there was loads to see in the sky! You also get the chance to get into the observatory and use the big telescope :)

    Oh, and if you like camping I would recommend the Glen Trool Camping and Caravan site. The ladies who run it are fantastic, very welcoming and incredibly knowledgeable. It's in a very quiet location and at night the sky is so dark that you want to spend the night stargazing instead of sleeping. Amazing site!

    Sorry I don't have any pictures to share with you just now, they are at home on my laptop.

  • Samantha_GrantSamantha_Grant VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    D&G is far too often overlooked for Glencoe and Skye.  I love Wanlockhead - it's Scotland's highest village, fascinating and pretty as a picture yet I rarely hear anyone mention it.  We paid it a visit again recently and it was wonderfully atmospheric cloaked in mist. 

    Portpatrick is another D&G favourite of mine.  I love the coastal walk to Dunskey Castle.  Its such a dramatic ruin and a lovely spot.  

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  • VisitScotlandSarahWVisitScotlandSarahW Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited March 5
    Hi @laretour.  Have a read at my answer to a previous post on here about top spots in Dumfries and Galloway. Also, a wee hidden gem is Bellymack Farm, near Laurieston; they have a Red Kite Feeding station. It is wonderful, you can see up to 90 or so Red Kites swooping down to be fed!  :)

  • AnnieMAnnieM Member

    Hi, I stayed in the Dumfries area last year.  Unfortunately, it was only for 2 days.  I plan to visit again very soon, probably May 2018.  What is the best time to visit?

    I loved Sanquhar and Wanlockhead, and would like to know if travelling in southwest Scotland is easy to do by train?

  • VisitScotlandHeatherVisitScotlandHeather Administrator, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    Hi @AnnieM,

    Dumfries & Galloway is a lovely place throughout the year, if you love nature then this website gives a good overview on what you might expect to see and when.

    In terms of trains, there are two stations in Dumfries & Galloway: Dumfries and Stranraer. Scotrail has information on these. Traveline Scotland is also really handy for finding out how to get from A to B. And if you've been on, you might have also seen our Trip Planner which will help you decide what you want to see and how to travel between each place  :)
  • JoolshornetJoolshornet Member ✭✭
    I travelled through Dumfries & Galloway on my motorbike last weekend, keeping mainly off the beaten track in terms of roads.  It was gorgeous and an area I've not visited often, but after last weekend that's set to change.  Loved it down there and favourite place was the Mull of Galloway (the most southerly point in Scotland I'm told) - we could see Ireland and the Isle of Man from there and the views are spectacular.  My photography skills can't do it justice!
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