This area remains relatively unmarked by time. The roads are fringed with hedgerows, the beaches are surprisingly devoid of people, the Galloway Hills are every bit as challenging as some of their loftier neighbours further north and the area is touched by the Gulf Stream. Some of the beautiful gardens round and about are testament to this influence.
As you would expect, the fishing here is first class whether you prefer to fish sea or loch, and as the climate here is temperate, it is just the ticket for a beach barbeque! But if you prefer your fish already caught, there are some good local fish restaurants.
For those who are seeking a little more excitement, the mountain biking at one of several 7Stanes venues is simply world class. Laggan Outdoor Centre offers one of the UK’s longest zip wires, mountain balling, grass sledging, clay pigeon shooting and archery. There is also horse riding available locally. There are some excellent golf courses within an easy drive, including Brighouse Bay.
The Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest and its three hundred square miles secrete moorland, lochs, forests and peaks. The Park has been officially recognized as one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the Western World. Once the sun sets on the rugged beauty of the Forest Park, the skies become the darkest in Europe and reveal shooting stars, the Andromeda Galaxy and the Milky Way.
The area is a haven for wildlife from the distinctive red kite and red squirrels to deer and buzzards.
With over two hundred miles of coastline, the choice of beaches is amazing. There are sandy beaches just waiting for your footprints and rugged bays with oyster catchers as your only companions. Beaches a stone’s throw from a car park and others only reached on foot. There are castles and historical sites galore. In particular Threave Castle which can only be reached across water!