The town of Newton Stewart is the gateway to the area and a handy base for further explorations in the hills. The Galloway Hills take in 24 peaks above 2,000ft and among them are ranges such as the Rhins of Kells, the Minnigaff Hills and the Dungeon Hills. The natural rock features of the The Grey Man and Devil’s Bowling Green are worth looking out for. At 300 square miles, the Galloway Forest Park is Britain’s largest. It stretches from seashore to mountain top, including moorland, lochs, rich habitats and offers endless recreational opportunities. The Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s first Dark Sky Park. Even with the naked eye you can witness the Orion Nebula our Milky Way Galaxy and the Andromeda Galaxy. Enjoy stunning scenery on a forest drive and stop off at one of three visitor centres for lots of information, a cup of tea and some delicious shortbread. For cyclists we have two of the World renowned 7Stanes hubs close by. This is mountain biking at its very best testing every skill; for an adrenalin rush try The Twister at Kirroughtree if you dare! For cyclists who just want to meander, National Cycle Route 7 is close by and takes in Creetown which has a fascinating Gem Rock Museum where you can see gems, crystals, minerals and fossils on display. The Wood of Cree thought to date back over 5000 years to the last ice age is the largest remaining ancient woodland in Southern Scotland. It is home to a wide variety of wildlife including the elusive otter along the River Cree. Wigtown Bay is a recognised wildlife reserve, where salt marshes are grazed by sheep all year round and by hugh flocks of wild geese in winter. The bay is particulary noted for the important numbers of pinkfooted geese that winter here. Lagan Outdoor Activity Centre offers the UK’s longest zip wire or you can try the dizzying experience of mountain balling or grass sledging. Golfers are spoilt for choice with championship and holiday course, classic links layouts and plush parkland venues. Enjoy a great day trip to Ireland! Experience stylish shopping, fantastic culture and fun for all the family in Belfast. For bibliophiles, spend hours browsing in the myriad bookshops in Wigtown which has been designated as Scotland’s national Book Town. On the doorstep is the renowned Queens Way a scenic drive through the forest park with a waterfall, a place to watch the deer feeding, wild goats and a visitor centre at Clatteringshaws. The area offers appeal for all the senses - the feel and sound of the waves on our beautiful coastline; first class restaurants and local food producers. stunning landscapes and the sounds and sight of wildlife and birds as you escape the normal hustle and bustle of life.