Visitors to this delightful corner of Scotland are amazed at its beauty, temperate climate and relatively few people and once visited you will want to return time and time again. It’s addictive! There really is something for everyone whether you prefer the solitary pastime of sea or loch fishing or sampling the local championship golf course at Southerness. There are many activities for the adrenalin seeker from mountain balling to one of the 7Stanes world class mountain biking centres just down the road. The pretty little village of Rockcliffe is a mile down the road with its arc of houses looking across to the islands of Rough and Hestan. From here the Jubilee Path leads to the equally pretty sailing village of Kippford.
The cliff top walk from Rockcliffe to Sandyhills is renowned for its beautiful views across the Solway to the Lake District Fells beyond. From Castle Point along the cliff tops there are wonderful views of nesting seabirds, Fulmar, Cormorant and Razorbills. Years ago the names of the local places would have been etched in the minds of the smugglers who actively used this area to secret their spoils; Cow Snout, Gillies Craig, Portowarren Bay, the Brandy Cave of some Dick Hatteraick, the Piper’s Cove, the Murderer’s Well, two natural archways called the Needle’s Eye, and Lot’s Wife. During the year the region plays host to a huge programme of events from Spring Fling where local artists open their studios, to music festivals, exhibitions and local traditions. The annual Riding of The Marches is an exciting event and the brolly parade at Kirkcudbright’s jazz festival is a colourful extravaganza. The Galloway Forest Park is Britain’s largest; three hundred square miles of wild beauty just waiting to be explored. The park boasts tranquil valleys and burns, some superb walking surprisingly devoid of people and mile after mile of footpaths far from the madding crowd. The forest is home to an abundance of wildlife; red squirrels, red and roe deer, buzzards and red kites. The Wild Goat Park and the Red Deer Range is by the Queen’s Way which is a superb forest drive taking in Clatteringshaw’s Loch and our highest hill, The Merrick. On a clear night the Galloway Forest Park reveals the night sky in all its glory and that’s official as the park has just won an award. Not many people will have seen such a magical sight; truly one of the wonders of the world.