Garlieston is a peaceful, unspoilt and timeless village with a unique past. For example, it was here in 1943, under top secret conditions, the Mulberry Harbour, a massive floating pontoon used for landing equipment and vehicles following the D Day Landings, was tested. Garlieston was chosen for its remoteness and because it experienced coastal conditions similar to those found in Normandy. The village was deigned in 1760 by the local Lord Garlies. Rope and sailcloth were made in the village and the pier was built around 1816 to export local produce and receive tea and lace and coal from abroad. A lovely walk from Ropeworks takes in the pretty Georgian coastal cottages fringing the bay, skirting the gardens of Galloway House through delightful woodlands arriving at the sandy grove of Rigg Bay. Stronger walkers may want to continue on past the ruins of the 13th century ruins of Cruggleton Castle and on to the Isle of Whithorn. The region has lots of ’claims to fame’. It has Scotland’s most southerly distillery and village and the UK’s largest forest park. The Galloway Forest Park at three hundred square miles is a mixture of lochs, moorland, hills and a habitat for a variety of plants and animals. The forest provides an opportunity for everybody whatever age. Mile after mile of forest walks, horse riding, fishing; world class mountain biking at one of the much loved 7Stanes venues and a further opportunity to view the wonders of a clear night sky. The forest park has recently been designated as the UK’s only Dark Sky Park. A great introduction to the forest park is the drive along the Queen’s Way. This is a very scenic drive linking Newton Stewart with Scotland’s smallest Burgh - New Galloway. The road holds lovely surprises at every turn as it winds its way through the magnificent scenery. Visitors will particularly enjoy seeing the wild goats which thrive on the rocky outcrops and the red deer range, which allows the chance to see these normally elusive animals up close.