Places to visit
St Ninians Cave
Situated only 4 miles from Whithorn, this small cave is thought to be the retreat of St. Ninian, Scotland’s first saint. During an excavation of the site, many Christian symbols including carved headstones and crosses from the 10th and 11th centuries were found and are now displayed in the Priory Museum at Whithorn. Today the cave is the site of an annual pilgrimage for Christians.
The Red Deer Range gives you the chance to see these beautiful creatures up close in a natural environment. Around 60 red deer live at the range and you can watch for them from the viewing area and hide. There is also a wild goat park nearby.
The ‘County’ is one of the most popular holiday golf courses in South West Scotland, an 18-hole, true links course situated on the shores of Luce Bay. The excellent condition of the course, combined with subtlely sloping greens and changing sea breezes, provide a test of golf for both high and low handicappers.
Managed by Forestry Commission Scotland – there are 3 visitors centres in the region – the closest is Kirroughtree, with its red squirrels, bike hire and wonderful walking and cycling tracks for all ages and abilities. Clatteringshaws and Glentrool are also within easy driving distance. All worth a visit, perfect for walking , cycling and wildlife / bird watching.
Cream o’ Galloway is a fun place to visit. With its woodland adventure playground including the fabulously bouncy ‘Go Boing’, indoor visitor centre and play areas, daily events, exciting slides, rides and pedal kart track, and its miles of beautiful walks and nature trails to explore in Galloway’s scenic countryside. And don’t forget the Ice Cream!
Red kites have been congregating at Bellymack Hill Farm since 2001 when they were reintroduced to Galloway. Kites are fed daily at 2pm. Station is open from 1pm to 4pm (3pm in winter). The feeding station is only 20 minutes drive from RSPB Scotland’s Ken-Dee Marshes Reserve.
Wigtown was officially designated as Scotland’s National Book Town in 1998 and is now home to a wide range of book-related businesses. A book lovers haven – and with over quarter of a million books to choose from, old and new … it is impossible to escape empty-handed.
Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre offer adventure and recreational experiences for all the family. Overlooking the solway coast, Laggan host one of Europe’s longest Zip wires. Spanning 820 metres, the double line zip allows 2 people to ‘zip’ at the same time next to each other.
The Cocoa Bean Co is both a family visitor attraction and a maker of some of the finest handmade chocolates you’ll ever taste! Workshops for kids, a cafe, climbing frames, dinosaurs, pirate ships and more.
A pleasant 9 hole course that offers a good test of golf to players of all abilities. Set in rolling parkland on the edge of Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, the course is a haven for those seeking relaxing golf and a friendly atmosphere. Around the course there are magnificent views of Wigtown Bay.
Portpatrick is one of the most popular holiday villages on the coast of South West Scotland. Portpatrick has a picturesque harbour, a wealth of things to do and most likely, more places to eat than any other village in South West Scotland.
Whithorn is the site of the earliest Christian community in Scotland. Whithorn’s town centre retains its street plan from the Middle Ages with a wide market square and long garden plots. Many kings and queens journeyed to this small town, over the centuries.
Galloway Forest Park has around 75,000 hectares of land, where limited numbers of buildings means we can keep light pollution to a minimum. Over 7,000 stars and planets are visible with the naked eye from the Forest Park, and the bright band of the Milky Way is usually easy to see arching across the sky.
This family-friendly, 9 hole course, laid out on the shores of Luce Bay in south west Scotland, offers an interesting and challenging game for novices and experienced golfers alike.
This village is one of the most southerly communities in Scotland; set in a picturesque and unspoilt part of Dumfries and Galloway, rich in history and with strong links to the land and the sea.