The location is perfect for exploring this gem of an area and the pretty harbour town of Kirkcudbright is only a couple of miles away. The area has over 200 miles of stunning coastline from rocky bays to sandy beaches like the Dhoon beach which is just up the road; an idyllic spot for a beach barbeque. The Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest and offers moorland and lochs, mountains and forest, walks galore and amazing wildlife. The forest has recently been awarded the status of being one of only four places in the world where you can see the night sky in all its glory. For adrenalin junkies there is mountain balling available at Laggan and mountain biking at world class level at the 7Stanes venues. Kirkcudbright, only 2 miles away, is known as The Artist’s Town and has attracted painters for generations due to the scenic landscape and the exceptional quality of light. The town plays host to lots of events throughout the year from the colourful jazz festival, Scottish nights, the brilliant tattoo, Spring Fling and the artists’ trail. The historic High Street is lined by colourful Georgian houses and the ancient tollbooth is now an arts centre. The town still preserves a working harbour and it is fascinating watching the fishing boats unloading their catches of scallops. The area is a fisherman’s paradise and Loch Ken is no exception and makes for some of the best quality coarse fishing in the region and set in beautiful surroundings. There have been some spectacular pike catches the largest being the infamous Kenmure Pike, which is reputed to have weighed a staggering 72lb! The Galloway Red Kite Trail is an exciting bird watching opportunity to view the spectacular red kites which are hard to miss with their distinctive tail and call. In fact the area is a haven for wildlife from deer to buzzards and otters. Threave Castle makes for an exciting visit; the only way in is to ring for the custodian who rows you across! Threave Gardens are a delight. The climate in this area is temperate and a trip to the many public gardens is testament to this with stunning palm trees.