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Local Activities and Historical Attractions in Dumfries and Galloway

Williamwood is very central to a whole host of interesting destinations, all within an hour of your cottage.  We have made a few suggestions, just to let you see what is on offer in Dumfries & Galloway.

Fun for Children

Mabie Farm Park.  A childrens’ activity centre based around a farm, where you can feed baby animals, or get rid of some excess energy in their adventure playground. A nice cafeteria is on site.  http://mabiefarmpark.co.uk/

Drummuir Farm and Ice Cream parlour. Watch the cows being milked, see the ice cream being made and at the end of it all sample the many flavours on offer in the ice cream parlour. http://www.drummuirfarm.co.uk/

Coco Bean Co.  A must for all chocoholic visitors. Children can take part in classes, making chocolate bars, and then explore the fort, while you enjoy the extensive cafe.  http://www.thecocoabeancompany.com/

Dino Park.  Step back 150 million years and discover the giants who roamed the earth.  http://www.dinopark.co.uk/

Walking & Cycling

Walking the Southern Upland Way or Annandale Way. The Annandale Way is a new 55 mile long distance walking route linking Moffat and Annan. http://www.southernuplandway.gov.uk/ and http://annandaleway.org/

Laggan Outdoor.  Home to the only human catapult/slingshot in the UK.  Zip wires, segway tours; to mention only a few of the activities on offer.  Most of them have to be pre-booked. http://www.lagganoutdoor.co.uk/

7Stanes Mountain Bike Tracks.  Miles of woodland tracks, downhill stages and technical stages to navigate.  http://www.7stanes.com/

Galloway Activity Centre.  If you are interested in water sports Galloway Activity Centre is your place.  Row a boat or windsurf, lessons are available.  https://www.lochken.co.uk/

Swimming Pools at Annan and Creca.  http://www.solwayswim.co.uk/


These reserves will keep you amused all day and all night! All within 45 minutes of the farm.

Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve.  http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/

Galloway Kite Trail.  http://www.gallowaykitetrail.com/

Eskrigg Nature Reserve.  http://www.lockerbie-wildlife-trust.co.uk/

Galloway Forest and Night Sky Station.  http://www.gallowayforestpark.com/

Castles and Ancient Monuments

Hadrian’s Wall – a world heritage site. A unique ‘must see’ monument reaching almost 80 miles coast to coast.  http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/hadrians-wall/history/

Sweetheart Abbey.  The romantic abbey dates back to 1273. https://www.historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/sweetheart-abbey/

Drumlanrig Castle.  One of Britain’s grandest castles. Hosting many sporting and outdoor activities throughout the year. http://www.drumlanrigcastle.co.uk/

Shopping & Whisky

Gretna Gateway Village. For those of you who just want an easy day, sipping coffee and browsing through the shops, Gretna Gateway Village offers all of that. Next and Ralph Lauren all have some great buys. Only 10 minutes away!  http://www.gretnagateway.com/

Annandale Distillery.  Take a tour round the distillery, sample the whisky and have a lovely lunch or coffee.  Only 5 minutes away!  https://www.annandaledistillery.com/

Wedding Venues

Gretna Green.  TheFamous Blacksmiths Shop.  http://www.gretnagreen.com/wedding-venues-b5

Springkell. An 18th century Palladian house.  http://www.springkell.co.uk/

Auchen Castle. Set in a turreted castle, this stately hotel was built in 1220.  https://www.auchencastle.net/


The Visit Scotland Website provides a vast amount of information to help you make the most of your holiday to Scotland.

There’s a great variety of Local Attractions in Dumfries and Galloway to enjoy and experience….


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