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Old Blacksmiths Shop - Gretna Green

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

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 - travelling down the hill, strapped inside a giant ball.

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.

Galloway wildlife conservation park

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 - Dumfries

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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Mabie Farm Park - Dumfries

Cream O' Galloway - Castle Douglas

Dumfries Ice Bowl & Leisure complex

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

Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum

 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.

Bladnoch Distillery Visitor Centre - Wigtown

Guided Tours are available throughout the day and you are given the opportunity to view all aspects of life and the whisky-making process from grain to cask. Your tour will end in the Dramming Room where a wee dram completes your tour.

Logan Botanic Garden

Logan Botanic Garden has been able to support a wide range of bizarre, exotic and beautiful plants out-doors due to the mild conditions. Logan has many delightful features such as a colourful Walled Garden with tree ferns, palms and borders. It also has a contrasting Woodland Garden with its unworldly Gunnera bog and collections of unusual trees and shrubs. There's also a Water and Terrace Garden plus a display featuring native coastal plant treasures.

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Glenwhan Gardens - Stranraer

Dunskey Gardens - Stranraer

Galloway House Gardens - Newton Stewart

Museum of Lead Mining

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.

Loch Ken Water Ski and Wakeboard School

Loch 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-ski & wakeboard boat and a highly trained professional team.

Drumlanrig Castle, Gardens and Country Park

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-old heritage and culture, period furnishings, fine art and antiques. Each year they have the Galloway Country Fair in August.

Places to visit in Dumfries & Galloway

Caerlaverock Castle


Sweetheart Abbey


Dundrennan Abbey


MacLellan's Castle


Lochmaben Castle


Morton Castle


Castle Kennedy


Dino Park - Carrutherstown

Open April - October. Take a walk around the park and step back in time 150 million years to see some of the amazing giant dinosaurs that roamed the earth. Take a trip through the Dino Mine, hear stories and facts in the Dino Den, dig for fossils and have fun on the bouncy dinosaur.

Walking, Cycling and Riding in Dumfries & Galloway

The Loch Trool walk is approx. 5.5 miles but could be extended to include the upper lochs.

Walking Routes

Cycle Routes

Horse Riding


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.

Galloway Forest Park

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