The local area of Galloway area offers a wealth of interest to the visitor.
Wigtown is a must for keen readers, with its various antiquarian and secondhand bookshops making it recognised as Scotland's national booktown.
Bladnoch Scotland's southernmost whisky distillery is just a few miles down the road.
Newton Stewart is a medieval county town, on the banks of the River Cree. It offers a variety of small shops and a local cinema, and hosts an annual walking festival.
Gatehouse of Fleet is a quaint small town at the heart of the Fleet Valley National Scenic Area. It boasts a kilt-making centre and Old Mill Centre housing cafe, shops and exhibitions.
Castle Douglas (Scotland's Food Town), with a good range of small local shops, cafes with its selection of Deli's, award winning butchers, coffee shops, and craft galleries. It has the delightful Cullingwark Loch, and also the Scottish National Trust famous Threave Gardens, and the ancient ruin of Threave Castle is a short ferry trip across the river away
Kirkcudbright (Artists' Town) is a picturesque harbour town, with a variety of art galleries and shops. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, it 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.
A little further afield
Dumfries , the regional capital, offers good shopping opportunities, cinema, theatre, Ice Rink and sports centre, and is famed for its connections with Scotland's national poet, Robert Burns - including the Robert Burns Centre, Burns House and Burns Mausoleum
There are numerous historic sites in the area, including Caerlaverock Castle , near Dumfries, Threave Castle, near Castle Douglas and smaller castles at Carsluith and Cardoness (near Gatehouse of Fleet). Ruined abbeys abound, including Sweetheart Abbey, near Dumfries,
Whithorn Priory (a historic focus for pilgrims with its links to St Ninian, and known as the cradle of Christianity in Scotland). Earlier history (and prehistory) is reflected in numerous bronze and iron age sites throughout the region, including the famous Cairn Holy Chambered Cairns neolithic burial site near Creetown. Torhouse standing stones near Wigtown.
There are several pleasant local beaches at Garlieston, Rigg Bay and Monreith, Brighouse Bay and Mossyard. Also there is the lovely coastal village of Portpatrick and the stunning scenery at the Mull of Galloway. Further afield there is Kippford, Rockcliffe and Sandyhills on the Colvend Coast.
One of the main attractions of the area is the beautiful unspoilt countryside, offering a wealth of opportunities for walking and cycling, both inland among the hills, forests and lochs. - 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. Also along the many miles of coastline, much of which is designated a National Scenic Area.
Golf and Fishing
The area boasts a number of good quality golf courses, while the numerous rivers and lochs offer excellent fishing opportunities
Dark Sky Park
The area has been recently awarded Dark Sky Park Status - "The UK's First Dark Sky Park and the first place outside the US to be named one of the best places in the world to gaze at the stars."