Places to visit
Kippford seafront, within walking distance or 2 min by car, has 2 good pubs serving food (The Anchor and The Mariner) and The Ark gift /coffee shop. There is also a chandlery, a public pier, RNLI Lifeboat station and a 9-hole golf course.
Colvend, 2 miles/5 min drive, has a good general store. General shopping including award-winning butchers, is available in Dalbeattie, 3 miles/5 min by car. There is also Luigi’s Italian, the Birchtree Hotel and at nearby Palnackie, The Willow Tree restaurant.
Places to visit
National Trust owns the Jubilee Path which leads to Rockcliffe, where there is a sandy beach. SNT also own Rough Island, a bird sanctuary that can be reached at low tide.
There are many beaches in the area. Sandyhills, 3 miles by car, is one of the largest with shop and picnic areas.
Dumfries (15 miles), the region’s centre, has 2 cinemas, including the Robert Burns Film Theatre. The town was also the last home of Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns. Nearby at Glencaple is the medieval Caerlaverock Castle, which is well worth a visit.
Picturesque Kirkcudbright, Scotland’s ‘Artists’ Town’, has several art galleries and Broughton House, home of E.A. Hornel, one of the famed Glasgow Boys. Kirkcudbright hosts Scottish Nights and Art Trails in the summer and has many good eating places including specialty fish and chips by the harbour. It also has a nice swimming pool.
Galloway Forest Park has forest drives, red deer and wild goats by day but is also home to UK’s first Dark Sky Park, taking advantage of the stunning night skies in this unspoilt region.