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Dumfries & Galloway: the best bits!

laretourlaretour VisitScotland Contributor ✭✭
edited March 2017 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 Member, VisitScotland Ambassador ✭✭✭✭
    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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  • VisitScotlandSarahWVisitScotlandSarahW Member, Moderator, VisitScotland Staff
    edited March 2017
    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 Member ✭✭✭
    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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