The night skies in this area are magical, evidenced by the fact that the local Galloway Forest has been classed as one of only four places in the world where it is still possible to look out upon a clear night sky. An unimpaired view of the Milky Way in all its natural glory is often regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. The area provides superb river fishing for salmon, trout and sea trout while the still waters support a variety of coarse species. Combine this with numerous lochs holding wild and stocked trout as well as a coast that offers fantastic sea fishing from shore or boat. Golfers are in their element here with a myriad of courses to choose from. Gems include the Open Championship courses of Turnberry, Royal Troon and Prestwick. Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. The house has been described as an 18th century time capsule since the principal rooms and contents have remained virtually unchanged for 250 years. Ayrshire is the birthplace of Robert Burns and for lovers of the bard the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum and Burns Cottage is well worth a visit. A trip to the racecourse in Ayr, home to the Scottish Grand National and Gold Cup Festivals, is also recommended. Food lovers will enjoy the area’s excellent range of restaurants. And for a truly memorable day out, step aboard the Waverley, the last seagoing paddle steamer in the World and see Holy Isle and Ailsa Craig. Auchalton Toll Cottage is the perfect base from which to explore all that this beautiful area has to offer.