Things to do
Dumfries & Galloway is famous for wildlife, diverse scenery and something about the light, which attracts artists. Being Border country, it also has an interesting history, including various castles as you would expect in Scotland – all of which provide plenty of things to see and do.
7Stanes have 5 Mountain Biking Trail centres in the region, including Mabie around 20 mins away. The Dalbeattie Forest trailhead is the closest with trails accessible within 500 m of Birchlea. There are plenty of more gentle cycling opportunities around Kippford too. Bikes can be hired locally from here.
If you fancy watersports, climbing, Scotland’s first 40ft high swing or a combination of all on offer, Galloway Activity Centre at Loch Ken provides tailor-made sessions for all the family. Or Laggan Outdoor can send you down the UK’s longest zip wire, roll you in a giant ball or take you on a more gentle Segway tour.
Greenhill Fishery is just along on the A710 coast road, Dalbeattie, or the children may enjoy crab fishing from the Wee Pier in Kippford (lines available at The Slipway on the front)!
Jeep tours to view deer are available at Bainloch Deer Park, Sandyhills and hopefully you will see red squirrels in Birchlea’s garden.
Dumfries & Galloway is home to all sorts of wonderful produce and apart from Castle Douglas, Scotland’s Food Town, other ideas are a visit to Craft Distillery in Newton Stewart, home to Hills & Harbour gin, where tours are available.
The region is chock-full of art galleries and studios. Kippford has the wonderful Barnbarroch Pottery and The Striding Arches, in the hills near Moniave, combine art and stunning landscape. Recently opened is the amazing cosmic landscape artwork, the Crawick Multiverse, linking the themes of space, astronomy and cosmology – further afield near Sanquhar.
For something different, why not see all this in style in Bluebelle, a 1969, 4-seat Triumph Herald Convertible, available from Kippford Classic Car Hire?