Things to do while in Dumfries and Galloway

Drumlanrig G2.jpgThere are plenty things to do to keep you busy and entertained while enjoying your time in Dumfries and Galloway, the whole family can get involved in many of the listed things to do, take the time to explore and discover new and exciting challenges. 

Highlights include the World War 2 Aviation Museum just outside Dumfries, indulging in ice cream and fun activities at Cream o Galloway, taking in beautiful castles and gardens, such as Threave Estate, Drumlanrig Castle or Castle Kennedy and Gardensl and The Galloway Wildlife and Consercation park - just a few of the many great things to see and do in Dumfries and Galloway. Perhaps you fancy a trip to the Swimming Pool at Dumfries's DG One? Or maybe you want to see the places that inspired Scotland'd best loved bard; Robert Burns to write some of his most famous poetry. Restaurants, shopping, pubs, gift shops or enjoying the great outdoors with a whole host of activities awaiting you. It's all here in Dumfries and Galloway...

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John Paul Jones Museum

'The father of the American Navy' was born in 1747 the John Paul Jones Museum boast an impressive interactive exhibition on his amazing life.

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Dalscone Farm

Family fun at Dalscone Farm with indoor and outdoor play area's, Large toy shop, cafe and farmari. Dalscone has something for everyone rain or shine.

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Barend Riding Centre

Barend Riding Centre offers a great riding experience, catering for ages 4+ Whether its a lesson, a quiet treck or a hack, Barend has plenty on offer

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Gracefield Arts Centre

Gracefield Art Centre has a collection of over 400 Scottish paintings, a Print makers work shop and studio plus many fun children's activities.

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Barstobrick Visitor Centre and Farm Shop

Barstobrick's heritage and wildlife makes a top spot for walking, cycling, fishing and horse riding with a coffee and farm shop a must family day out.

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Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum

What started out with a group of aviation enthusiasts Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum now has a large and ever expanding aircraft collection.

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Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

Birthplace to the great writer, historian, and one of Britain's most influential thinkers. Furnished to reflect domestic life around 1795.

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Castle Douglas Cycle Centre

New bikes, servicing, repairs, spare parts, accessories, clothing, shoes, custom builds and much much more all at the Castle Douglas Cycle Centre.

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Galloway Forest Park

Explore 300 square miles of mixed woodland with something for all ages, interests and abilities

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Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre

First class activities by first class instructors Laggan has something for everyone. Group bookings welcome, a great day out for all the family.

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Tolbooth Arts Centre

The award winning Art Centre, which is set in one of Kirkcudbright's historic buildings, tells the story of Kirkcudbright's 'art colony'.

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Castle Douglas Art Gallery

A varied programme of contemporary exhibitions, predominantly featuring the work of local art and craft groups, but also including touring exhibitions

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Mabie Farm Park

A fun day out for all the family come rain or shine with animals, quad bikes, boating pond, indoor and out door play areas Mabie Farm Park is a must.

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Annan Museum

Situated in the heart of Annan a fun, Child friendly museum with a permanent exhibition on the history of Annan and a range of temporary exhibitions.

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The Whithorn Story

Follow in the footsteps of the pilgrims. Discover hidden Whithorn with its archaeology and the association with Scotland's first saint, Ninian.

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Hidden Treasures Lead Mining Museum

Hidden Treasures Lead Mining Museum can be found in the village of Wanlockhead. The Museum explores the history of lead & gold up to 300 years ago.

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Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

With it's spectacular 200ft waterfall Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve is bursting with wildlife and flowers. Available parking, open all year round.

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Devil's Porridge

This amazing exhibition tells the story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on earth!

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Dumfries House

Dumfries House is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets.

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Cream 'O Galloway

Meet the dairy cows on our farm tour or work up an appetite, for our ice cream, at the adventure playground. Cream o' Galloway is great for every age.

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Savings Banks Museum

This beautiful eighteenth century building houses a collection of early home savings boxes, coins and bank notes from many parts of the world.

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Kirkcudbright Swimming Pool

Award winning facility for the whole family to enjoy. Aquacise classes, msauna & gym facilities all under one roof

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Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

Originally an astronomical instrument, the Camera Obscura provides a panoramic view of Dumfries & Galloway along with a treasure house of history.

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Creetown Gem Rock Museum

With a quality gift shop, tea room and working Silversmith, the Gem Rock Museum is a unique day out with fossils, crystals, and minerals to see.

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Ellisland Farm

Some of Robert Burns' best-loved nature poems were inspired by the tranquil setting of Ellisland Farm, now a popular museum and visitor attraction

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Drumlanrig Castle

With everything from shooting, cycling, walking, wildlife and tea rooms, there's something for everyone Drumlanrig's Castle, Estate and Garden

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Robert Burns House

The simple sandstone house of Scotland's national poet Robert Burns. The house gives you an insight into how the poet and his family lived.

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Mill on the Fleet

Restored 18th century cotton mill, book shop, cafe, galleries. The Mill on the Fleet shows exhibitions, events and holds music sessions. welcomes all

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The Catstrand

In the heart of Dumfries and Galloway The Catstrand offers a varied programme of Arts and Exhibitions welcoming individuals, groups and businesses.

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Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

Set in a peaceful, natural setting with over 150 different animals the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park is a great, fun day out for all the family.

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DG One

With it's 3 separate pools, fitness suite, sports hall, health club, and premier entertainment venue DG One promises a great family facility.

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Mereshead RSPB Reserve

The extensive wetlands, saltmarsh and coastal area make The Mereshead RSPB Reserve the perfect spot to see an abundance of wild bird life.

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The Farmer's Den

An indoor soft play centre suitable for children up to 10yrs 'The Farmer's Den' is open all year round with a cafe on site.

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Robert Burns Centre

This award winning centre tells the story of Robert Burns and his connections between the towns people of Dumfries. Includes a scale model of the town

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Brighouse Bay Trekking Centre

Treks for a complete beginner or hacking across the beach for the more experienced riders. Brighouse Bay Trekking Centre has something for everybody.

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Dumfries Ice Bowl

Skating, Curling and Hockey are some of the many activities at Dumfries Ice Bowl. Situated in central Dumfries perfect for all your ice sport needs.

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Broughton House and Gardens

Head to Kirkudbright where you can explore the 18th century Broughton House, home & studio of the artist E.A Hornel until his death in 1933.

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Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop

Gretna Green has a story of romance, scandal and intrigue which unfolds in the exhibition told through an audio and visual display.

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Castle Kennedy and Gardens

Historic Castle Kennedy, set between two large natural lochs, has landscaped gardens, charming tea room, gift shop, plant ctr, designed walks & tours.

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Threave Garden, House and Estate

Fun for all the family! Threave has 64 acres of stunning gardens with an abundance of wildlife which includes a bat reserve. Licensed restaurant too!

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Galloway Activity Centre

Galloways Activity Centre is the venue that has it all, a wide range of indoor/outdoor activities for everyone. Over looking the stunning Loch Ken.

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