The region captures all that is best about walking in Scotland with mile after mile of rugged coastline, quiet sandy beaches, enchanting forests, challenging hill walks, sparkling lochs and so much room to breathe. The Southern Upland Way is one of Scotland’s most challenging long distance routes and at 212 miles it is not for the faint hearted but you can choose shorter sections along the way. There are various walking festivals throughout the year with a choice of walks to suit all abilities. It’s now official the Galloway Forest Park has just been named as one of the best places in the world to star gaze after picking up an award for the quality of its night skies. There are only three other locations and all in America. No visit to this region is complete without sampling the delights of The Cream of Galloway with mouth watering organic ice cream where one taste will have you wanting more and more. There is also a great activity centre for children of all ages. For adrenalin junkies try mountain balling where you go tumbling down the hill side. Touched by the Gulf Stream with over 200 miles of coastline, rich and luscious countryside, a land full of myths and legends, castles and monuments, the largest forest park in the UK then once you’ve visited you will understand why we say "haste ye back"