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The Famous Blacksmiths Shop is the ancient building that made Gretna Green famous and has stood in Gretna Green since 1712. It was also one of the earliest destinations for runaway couples fleeing to marry in Gretna Green. In 1754 a change of law in England made it illegal for people under 18 to be married if parents objected. However, in Scotland this law did not apply and boys could marry at 14, girls at 12.
Almost anyone had the authority to conduct a marriage ceremony as long as there were two witnesses. Consequently, this led to young couples running off to Gretna Green, one of the nearest villages across the border, to get married. Gretna Greens Blacksmiths shop is the iconic location for these 'irregular marriages'.
Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre has a range of fun activities that includes an 820 metre double line zip wire that allows two people to 'zip' at the same time, next to one another.
Then there are the activities that go down the
mountain slope; Grass sledges with special tracks on the bottom so they move
as fast as snow sledges; Mountain boarding down the 3 tracks and Mountain Balling
If you prefer something different you could try a Segway safari's through the forest or clay pigeon shooting. Whatever you decide to do you will have lots of fun.
Has a varied collection of 150 animals from all over the world set in 27 acres of mixed woodland. A number of animals are free to roam the park and some woodland walks are not suitable for wheelchair access.
Dalescone Farm Park in Dumfries is a great day out for younger children. The park has a range of indoor and outdoor activities. Indoors there is a large soft play area with cannons, slides, etc and outside there are trampolines, pedal carts, crazy golf, play equipment and animals to see.
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Skating is available at the Ice Bowl all year round with daily lunch time, evening and weekend sessions. Whether you're an a ccomplished skater or a complete beginner, this is a great place to improve your skills or master the basics.
Young beginners can use a range of Penguin skating supports. Older more experienced skaters may be interested in the popular ice disco sessions or supporting the local ice hockey or curling teams.
There is also a cafe’ and bar for you to relax in and a large sports hall which plays host to a different activities and clubs every week.
Also: Lockerbie Ice Rink
This is a small museum built around the restored control tower of the former WWII airfield at Dumfriesand that is now a listed building. The museum is run by volunteers who are gradually building the collection of planes and other exhibits.
Guided Tours are available throughout the day
and you are given the opportunity to view all aspects of life and the whisky-
Botanic Garden has been able to support a wide range of
bizarre, exotic and beautiful plants out-
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At the Museum of Lead Mining visitors can experience the thrill of going underground in a real 18th century lead mine set deep in the hillside. During July & August you can search for hidden gold by trying your luck at Gold Panning.
The museum is set in the picturesque village of Wanlockhead, which at 461m / 1531 feet above sea level is the highest village in Scotland. The village is set amid the Lowther Hills, directly on the Southern Upland Way just minutes from the amazing Mennock Pass, which offers some of the most beautiful scenery in Scotland.
Ken Waterski & Wakeboard School have a huge selection
of water sports and fun activities to choose from, waterskiing, Wakeboarding,
Banana Boat, and boat rides. Set in the beautiful Galloway hills, Loch Ken Waterski
& Wakeboard School has a cutting edge water-
Set on the spectacular 90,000 acre Queensberry
Estate complete with Country Park, Victorian Gardens and Championship mountain
bike trails, Drumlanrig Castle is brimming with centuries-
Open April -
Galloway Forest Park Mountain Bike routes. If you are looking for world class mountain biking suitable for all ages and abilities, then Galloway Forest Park is the place for you. Kirroughtree and Glentrool are two of the seven internationally renowned 7stanes mountain biking trail centres that span the south of Scotland.
Galloway Forest Park walking. The park covers an area of 300 square miles and has a multitude of routes from gentle strolls to serious mountain treks.
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