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Discover the local area - there’s something for all the family

A hidden corner of Scotland where time stands still and nature flourishes. Our beautiful countryside provides a diverse assortment of attractions which can keep the whole family entertained. Explore the local Galloway area with botanic gardens, discover an ancient castle, scale sea cliffs, be launched into the heavens by a human slingshot, climb a mountain; all this whilst enjoying amazing food in picturesque surroundings. We have it all and it’s right on our doorstep.

Local area overview

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Portpatrick

A picture postcard fishing village that has a buzz with atmospheric pubs and restaurants, famed for serving top quality fresh sea food. A must visit destination, especially to enjoy a legendary Galloway sunset over the irish sea with a cool drink in hand.

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Wigtown

Famed as Scotland’s book town, Wigtown is a delightful quirky little Galloway village. Full of characterful book shops and a great selection of independent cafes. Home of the legendary ‘Wigtown Book Festival,’ Wigtown is now firmly on the cultural map.

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Kirkcudbright

Scotland’s artists town and a true joy to visit. Its historic architecture set to the backdrop of a working fishing harbour make this little town truly picturesque. With a selection of art galleries to explore and some stunning walks to enjoy, it is clear why Kirkcudbright has become such a draw for artists.

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Port Logan

An immaculate traditional fishing harbour and stunning beach make Port Logan a truly stunning village. The old lighthouse is the focal point of many idyllic sun set panoramas. It’s wild open sandy beach the perfect spot for a walk when the weather is wild.

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Isle of Whithorn

A remote village at the southern point of the Machers peninsula. The drive there is a rewarding experience as any. The village itself is bright and vibrant and hosts The Steam Packet Inn. A multi award winning pub serves a selection of local beers.

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Sandhead

Our local village only a ½ mile walk up the golden sands. Here you will find a well stocked local shop, Woodlea Tea Room and the brilliant Tigh Na Mara Hotel, bar and restaurant.

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Beaches

From wild Atlantic exposed beaches, ideal for surf and occasional whale spotting, to calm, tranquil white sand bays warmed by the temperate thermal currents of the Gulf stream. We have a beach for everyone. Check out our top 5 beach guide here.

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Gardens

Tropical botanic gardens, lochside castles, hidden maizes and ornate stately grounds. Our temperate climate provides a garden for everyone. The question is do you have time to explore them all?

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Golf

A golfers paradise. Within close proximity of the park you will find a new course for each day of the week. The quality and quantity of golf on offer has drawn golfers from across the world to sample the delights of our courses. Visit the ‘Visit Scotland Dumfries and Galloway’ golf guide for more information.

Click here for more information

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Local Area

Cream o'Galloway visitors centre

Indulge in luxurious dairy Cream o’ Galloway Ice Cream, tuck into tasty Finlay’s Farmhouse Cheese and enjoy lots and lots of deliciously good fun at our award winning Visitor Centre.

Cream o’ Galloway is a deliciously good fun place to visit. With its woodland adventure playground, indoor visitor centre and play areas, daily events, exciting slides, rides and pedal kart track, and its miles of beautiful walks and nature trails to explore in Galloway’s scenic countryside.

NEW FOR 2015! Bring your little ones to their new Mini Play Zone where they can bounce, scoot, climb, explore and pedal to their hearts’ content!

Further information at Cream o’Galloway

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Fishing

Our local waters have held no fewer than 20 national records for sea fishing. The quality and variety of fishing on offer is no fisherman’s tale. Coarse fishing, sport fishing, sea fishing, we have it all. Charter a boat out of Portpatrick on a shark fishing adventure or throw a crab line over the harbour wall and see what you can find.

For more information on local fishing.

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Kirroughtree

There’s always something different to see and do at Kirroughtree, whatever the time of year. The new visitor centre is a great place to kick back and enjoy the view, browse the displays or fuel up for the trails, and there’s lots of information about what to see and do.

If you fancy a gentle stroll, wander to the Wild Watch Hide and spot red squirrels and woodland birds, or meander to picturesque Bruntis Loch for a picnic. Burn off some steam in the adventure play park or try the orienteering course. Check out the single track on your mountain bike or enjoy a gentle family cycle on the forest roads. This is also a great place to be after dark, when the stars put on a spectacular show! For more information

Further information at click here

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Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory

Come to the Cocoabean for a day full of fun for all the family. Kids make chocolate creations in the interactive workshops and explore the extensive indoor play areas, outdoor play areas and soft play. Enjoy lunch in the Cocoabean Café and don’t forget to take home some tasty treats from the factory chocolate shop.

Further information at The Cocoa Bean Company

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Laggan Outdoor

Fly down a mountain side on one of Europe’s longest zip wires, fire into the heavens on a human slingshot or try a great selection of other less adrenaline fuelled activities. Laggen has something for everyone and is an essential must visit attraction.

Further information at Laggen Outdoor

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Galloway Activity Centre

Positioned on the beautiful shores of Loch Ken, GAC is the perfect place to sample a whole host of wet and dry activities. Our favourite has to be ‘The wobbly water park’ or just a gentle paddle along the loch. Plenty to occupy a fun filled action packed day.

Further information at Lochken

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The Ryan Centre

The Ryan Centre is our local swimming pool and leisure centre. Just a short drive from the park you will find one of the areas leading leisure facilities. The centre has a 25m indoor pool, children’s pool, flumes, a health suit, soft play area and a whole host of other exciting facilities. Great wet day solution for tiring the kids out.

Further information at Ryan Centre

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Logan Fish Pond

For an opportunity to see some of Scotland’s most beautiful  marine life and amazing geology, visit Logan Fish Pond. Carved out of the cliffs in the nineteenth century to provide fresh fish to Logan House, Logan Fish Pond now conserves different species of fish and marine life. Set in a truly unique and stunning setting , you will experience not only an exciting day but an educational one too!

 Further information at Logan Fish Pond

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Mull of Galloway

The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most southerly point and one of the best kept secrets in the UK. The Rhins of Galloway peninsula remains an unspoiled paradise for visitors on the lookout for peace and tranquility. The Mull of Galloway is one of the best places in the UK to view dolphins, porpoises and many sea birds. Or just enjoy the view out to The Isle of Man, Northern Ireland and the Lake District. Simply stunning.

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Belfast

Belfast is our nearest city at a little over 40 miles away and makes an exciting day trip for the whole family. Visit the fantastic Titanic Museum, absorb the art galleries, indulge yourself in the shopping or just relax in a traditional Irish bar. Belfast has plenty to keep you entertained! What’s more with some great foot passenger day return deals courtesy of Stena Line it’s easier and cheaper to get to than you may think.

Further information at Stena Line