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Things To See & Do...

FISHING
River and Loch fishing is well catered for in Galloway and Dumfriesshire. With massive amounts of open countryside, rolling hills, forests and mountains, there are lenty of rivers, streams and lochs to fish. Amongst the rivers fishable are; The Annan, Ae, Dee, Cree, Nith, Esk, Bladnoch, Urr, Water of Luce. Expect to catch Pike, Eel, Trout, Salmon, Perch, Carp, Rudd and Tench. Don't be afraid of tapping local knowledge for the best marks to fish either.

RIVER KEN - WEST BANK BELOW KEN BRIDGE - COARSE & TROUT FISHING

This stretch of river runs from the Ken Bridge on the cross road A713/A712 down stream and access is via the gate on New Galloway side of the bridge, go under the bridge and the river fishing stretch starts there. The river holds various sized wild brown trout for the game fisher and numerous pike and perch for the coarse angler.

Contact: New Galloway Angling Association, J. R. Hopkins Grocers, High Street, New Galloway, Nr Castle Douglas, DG7 3RN, Tel: 01644 420229

ANNANDALE & BORDERS FLY FISHING

Keith Snow is a full time professional fly fishing Instructor and Registered Guide.He is a National Instructor with the Salmon and Trout Association and is qualified in all three game fishing disciplines; Salmon, Trout and Fly Dressing. Annandale and Borders Fly Fishing has access to over thirty miles of the Annan and several other rivers in south west Scotland. All of the waters fished are private. Our aim is to be totally flexible and to provide you with the tuition/service most suitable to your needs.

Contact: 1 Summergate Crescent, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway, DG12 6EU, Tel/Fax: 01461 206750, Mobile: 07968 593165, E-mail: info@annanflyfishing.co.uk
Web:
www.annanflyfishing.co.uk

BUITTLE RESERVOIR (TROUT FISHING)

This loch is just off of the A745 Castle Douglas to Dalbeattie road, turn left just before Buittle church and follow the road for about 2 miles until the signposts, and then it’s just a short walk to the loch and boathouse. Buittle loch is stocked with a good quality fish monthly and carries some large fish of both species giving you plenty of work when hooked.

Contact: Dalbeattie Angling Association, McCowan's Tackle Shop, 43 High Street, Dalbeattie, Nr Castle Douglas, DG5 4AD, Tel: 01556 610270, Fax: 01556 610026,
Web
: www.fishgalloway.co.uk

DALSWINTON ESTATE
The Dalswinton Estate fishing’s are within the lower reaches of the river and are divided into 2 beats. The entire stretch offers good holding for late autumn salmon and early season sea trout. There are 23 named pools or flats and these provide for the full range of methods. The beats are well marked. Fishing huts are located next to each of the beats.

Contact: Brandyburn Farm, Auldgirth, Dumfries, DG2 0XG, Tel: 01387 740548,
E-mail
: dalswintonsalmonfishing@btopenworld.com, Web: www.rivernithfishings.co.uk

MOFFAT FISHERY
This unique Spring fed Troutmaster Fishery, with a 4.5 acre trout loch, is stocked with Rainbows from 2.5 pounds upwards, plus Moffat Monsters. Brown trout are also present. It is advisable to book your ticket in advance. Bait fishing for all the family. Coarse Fishing: Our 1.5 acre loch set in an island setting is stocked with carp, roach, rudd, bream and tench up to 8lb in weight.

Contact: Hammerlands Limited, The Hammerlands Centre, Moffat, DG10 9QL, Tel: 01683 221220, Fax: 01683 221313 E-mail: enquiries@hammerlandscentre.co.uk,
Web: www.hammerlandsmoffat.co.uk/fishing.html

Raygill Lakes
Situated in the beautiful village of Lothersdale, Raygill is home to the Clement Family who have owned and run Raygill as a family business since 1987. We are primarily a fishery, boasting 4 beautiful well-stocked lakes full of Trout, Coarse and Pike Fish. We are also a Troutmaster water. We are open every day from 8am to dusk. Also, we have the Wildlife & History Trail This is a lovely scenic walk back in time around the Quarry Lake and the Delf Lake. You will see some amazing views and lots of wonderful real life animals and birds who make Raygill their home.

Contact: Raygill Fishing Lakes, 1 Raygill Cottage, Lothersdale, Keighley, West Yorkshire, BD20 8HH
Tel. 01535 632500/631428 Email. raygill-lakes@hotmail.co.uk Web: www.raygillfisheries.co.uk

WALKING
Scotland's southerly regions are so much more than staging posts on the road north. They're endlessly fascinating and exceptionally beautiful in their own right.

All the things that you'd naturally associate with Scotland can be found as soon as you cross the ancient (and much contested) border with England. From rugged coast to coast, over rolling hills and through rich and varied countryside where the tell-tale signs of a torrid history are everywhere to be seen, southern Scotland is at once different from its neighbour on the other side, with a proud heritage and traditions of its own.

Throughout the area there are well-marked path networks and many more walks are described in leaflets and books. Several districts have programmes of ranger-led walks - many aimed specifically at families with children. A number of town trails provide short but fascinating strolls that highlight local history and architecture.

Dalbeattie Forest Easy Access Trail

A pleasant short walk suitable for all abilities though Dalbeattie forest.
Distance: 2km/1.25miles Duration: 1 hour Height Gain: 50 metres/165 feet

Calfield Rig & Mid Hill, Langholm
This walks offer great views of the surrounding Langholm and Eskdale countryside.
Distance: 10km/6.25miles Duration: 2 1/3 hours Height Gain: 150 metres/495 fee

Carsluith - Kirkmabreck - Carsluith (Walking World)
This walk from the little village of Carsluith climbs gently onto moorland.
Distance: 6.44km/4miles Duration: 2 hours Height Gain: 40 metres/132 feet

Dalbeattie Forest - All Abilities Trail

Easy, quiet walk through pinewoods and out to the Plantain Loch.
Distance: 1.5km/0.9miles Duration: 3/4 hour Height Gain: 10 metres/33 feet

Mabie Forest - All Abilities Trail
A leisurely walk through exotic conifers, taking in a sensory garden and woodland pond.
Distance: 1.5km/0.9miles Duration: 1/2 hour Height Gain: 10 metres/33 feet

Drumlanrig Country Park (Walking World)
This pleasant 'walk round the estate' is in Drumlanrig Country Park.
Distance: 12km/7.5miles Duration: 1 1/2 hours Height Gain: 50 metres/165 feet

Caerlaverock & Solway Marshes
An amazing amount of historic interest & scenic diversity packed into this short walk.
Distance: 5.6km/3.5miles Duration: 1 1/2 hours Height Gain: 30 metres/99 feet

Annan, Waterfoot and Summergate Lane
A walk exploring Annan's maritime past and the Solway Firth.
Distance: 5km/3.1miles Duration: 2 hours Height Gain: 50 metres/165 feet

CYCLING
Dumfries and Galloway has some of Scotland's most breath taking scenery. Add that to Scotland's great weather, the fresh ocean air and some lovely routes makes it an ideal cycling destination. There is plenty to do and see making overnight stays a breeze. As well as the traditional paths there is much to be explored and still much to find out about this magical area of Scotland.

Mabie Forest
one of the early leaders in mountain bike courses in Scotland. It is renowned for its expert level north-shore (tricky wooden trails), the longest known as “The Dark Side”. Mabie does however have many other routes for all level of skills.

Forest of Ae offering a superb downhill course for experts together with easier routes.

Dalbeattie renowned for its massive “slab” rock feature.

In addition there is Drumlanrig,. There are 8 trails set in a more natural environment suitable for all levels of skills, This is also where the only Scottish museum of cycling is to be found.

For the lovers of cycling, there is a myriad of quiet country roads, which pass through unspoilt countryside, small towns and villages

GOLF
Play an enjoyable round at Thornhill where Andrew Coltart honed his skills or try the challenge of the famous Solway links course at Southerness, designed by Mackenzie Ross in 1947. Tee off at Stranraer, the last course to be designed by James Braid or admire the views from Colvend or Wigtownshire County.

With a choice of 30 courses – you can play serious golf or just a few rounds of holiday golf to your heart's content. There are also driving ranges and golf professionals to help you hone your skills. Off the course, you'll find a warm welcome in the clubhouse or the local pubs and restaurants.

18 Hole Golf Courses throughout Dumfries and Galloway

Southerness - www.southernnessgolfclub.co.uk
Dumfries & County - www.thecounty.org.uk
Dumfries & Galloway - www.dandggolfclub.co.uk
Thornhill - www.thornhillgolfclub.co.uk
Powfoot - www.powfootgolfclub.com
Lochmaben - www.lochmabengolf.co.uk
Lockerbie - www.lockerbiegolf.com
Moffat - www.moffattgolfclub.co.uk
Brighouse Bay - www.brighousebay-golfclub.co.uk
Clovend - www.colvendgolfclub.co.uk

 

GO KARTING
Have fun with some of the fastest karts at Westlands Activity Centre Karting! They have a 300m purpose built track that is great driving fun for all ages.

There ROC timing equipment means that they can accurately record your lap times just like the professionals. Furthermore, you can compete against your friends to see who is the fastest.

There is also a spectator’s area, where they can view and cheer you on from the grandstands.

There karts are powered by 4-stroke engines that are capable of reaching 40mph. It may not seem very fast, but believe us it is!

They will also provide helmets and racing overalls on the day and we recommend that you wear suitable footwear.

Contact Westlands Activity Centre for more details - www.westlands-activities.co.uk

 

SIGHT SEEING
There's a surprise at every turn in Dumfries & Galloway, from discovering inspirational art on a forest walk to getting surprisingly close to red kites and red deer as you explore.

The rugged coastline, sandy beaches and tranquil lochs all look even more stunning as the region basks in glorious sunshine, and the longer days give more time for exploring this wonderful corner of Scotland.

Picture yourself with a loved one, sharing a glorious walk along a quiet beach or sharing a tranquil stroll through a forest. Let the stresses of life melt away as you wander through sweet scented gardens full of exotic plants or cycle along quiet country lanes admiring our glorious scenery.

Take time to plan your summer break now so that when you arrive you can relax and let the landscape and atmosphere of this inspiring corner of Scotland work its spell on you.

Superb Castles
From battered and time-worn fortresses like Threave on its river-island and moated Caerlaverock, to grand and stately homes such as Drumlanrig, Dumfries and Galloway offers a superb choice.

Abbeys
The poignant ruins of the Dumfries and Galloway's abbeys carry a certain romance - from Dundrennan and Mary, Queen of Scots’ last night in Scotland, to Sweetheart, built as a testament to love itself.

Wildlife of Dumfries & Galloway
An excellent range of habitats in Dumfries and Galloway, from tidal mudflats to broad-leaved river valley woodland, high moors and lush farmland.

SHOPPING
Moffat Woollen Mill, Moffat, DG10 9EP

Watch our weaving demonstrations, browse through a superb selection of knitwear, tartans and gifts or enjoy Scottish dishes in our restaurant.

Gretna Gateway Outlet Village Gretna, Dumfries & Galloway, DG16 5GG
A glittering array of world famous designer fashions at outlet prices.

Loreburne Shopping Centre, The Loreburne Shopping Centre, Dumfries, DG1 2BD
Provides quality shopping in a modern air conditioned environment.

WEDDINGS
Gretna's famous "runaway marriages" began in 1753 when Lord Hardwicke's Marriage Act was passed in England, it stated that if both parties to a marriage were not at least 21 years old, then parents had to consent to the marriage. This Act did not apply in Scotland, where it was possible for boys to marry at 14 and girls at 12 years old with or without parental consent.

Many elopers fled England, and the first Scottish village they encountered was Gretna Green. The Old Blacksmith's Shop, built around 1712, and Gretna Hall Blacksmith's Shop (1710) became, in popular folklore at least, the focal tourist points for the marriage trade. The Old Blacksmith's opened to the public as a visitor attraction as early as 1887.

The local blacksmith and his anvil have become the lasting symbols of Gretna Green weddings. Scottish law allowed for "irregular marriages", meaning that if a declaration was made before two witnesses, almost anybody had the authority to conduct the marriage ceremony. The blacksmiths in Gretna became known as "anvil priests".

Since 1929 both parties in Scotland have had to be at least 16 years old, but they still may marry without parental consent. In England and Wales, the age for marriage is now 16 with consent and 18 without.

Nowadays the name Gretna Green evokes images of history and romance and its compelling past has attracted worldwide interest. Couples continue to become part of that powerful history by marrying, under modern Scottish law, within the original Blacksmiths Shop, over the legendary Anvil.

More than 4,000 couples say 'I do' in the Gretna Green area every year - about 13 per cent of all weddings performed in Scotland!

Experienced Wedding Planners will advise you what dates are available and reserve a provisional date for you.

Below are some useful websites if you are planning on getting married in Gretna Green:

Gretna Registration Office - www.gretnaonline.net
Visit Gretna Green - www.gretnagreen.com


VISITOR ATTRACTIONS
THE CLOG AND SHOE WORKSHOP

The Old School, Balmaclellan, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 3QE
Tel: 01644 420465 Fax: 01644 420777
E-mail: footwear@clogandshoe.co.uk Web: www.clogandshoe.co.uk

Come and see the Galloway tradition of clog making at the Clog and Shoe Workshop.
Six styles of clogs and 12 styles of regular footwear can be individually made, in a wide range of colours, for YOUR feet from outlines and measurements OR you can choose from stock. Prices for footwear from £68.00, leather goods from 25p. Visitors can see ongoing work. Buses and coaches only by arrangement.

GALLOWAY FALCONRY
Tinwald Parks Farm, Tinwald, Dumfries, DG1 4PN
Tel: 0870 850 0879 E-mail: info@gallowayfalconry.co.uk Web: www.gallowayfalconry.co.uk

Enjoy the thrills of birds of prey with courses and falconry experiences from one hour to five days. We are the only qualified falconry team in the South West of Scotland, all of our staff have currently received or working toward the new Lantra award in falconry. We offer displays and demonstrations whether one bird or several, an informal chat or a grand scale display, we can do country shows, hotels or holiday parks, local galas and fetes. We also offer professional courses and a complete package for weddings which can include a tawny owl or barn owl fly down the aisle to deliver the wedding rings to the bride and groom.

THE DEVIL'S PORRIDGE EXHIBITION
The Daleside, Buttersdale Road, Eastriggs, Dumfries & Galloway, DG12 6TQ
Tel: 01461 700021 E-mail: devils-porridge@tiscali.co.uk Web: www.devilsporridge.co.uk

With the tide of the First World War turning in Germany's favour it was clear Britain and her allies did not have enough ammunition and so in 1915 the greatest cordite factory on earth was built in Gretna. 30,000 people were employed in the factory which stretched 9 miles from Dornock to Longtown and was 2 miles wide. The output of the HM Factory Gretna was more than all other munitions factories in Britain combined and played a key role in the Allies' victory. The Devil's Porridge Exhibition tells the story of this remarkable venture and the secret cities which were created to accommodate its workers. Also covered in the exhibition is Quintinshill; the worst railway disaster in British history, as well as the stories of children evacuated to the area during World War Two.

Kirkcudbright River Trips
Kirkcudbright Marina, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway, DG6 4HR
Tel: 01557 331684 E-mail: grymckie@aol.com

Take a trip on the "Lovely Nellie" a specially designed river trip vessel equipped with all necessary safety equipment and take in views of the local landscape and the bay. Go up the river and enjoy a varied selection of wildlife. River trips run daily - 7 days per week (times vary according to tides) throughout Spring and Summer. Group bookings and private charter can be arranged.

The World Famous Old Blacksmiths Shop Centre
Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway, DG16 5EA
Tel: 01461 338441 / 01461 338224  Fax: 01461 338442
E-mail: info@gretnagreen.com  Web: www.gretnagreen.com

Curious travellers have journeyed to Gretna Green's Old Blacksmith Shop for over 150 years. They have followed in the footsteps of the countless thousands of runaway couples who, since 1754, have raced to Gretna Green to marry under Scottish law. Nowadays historical intrigue is married with excellent shopping and great places to eat. The Story of Gretna Green is revealed when you enter the Blacksmith's Cottage which houses an award winning multi lingual exhibition. Audio and audio-visual displays bring to life the drama of Gretna Green runaway marriages. Children's Play park, Native Breeds Park, Arts & Crafts Centre and Sculpture Garden complete your visit.

Dalton Pottery
Meikle Dyke , Dalton Nr Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway, DG11 1DU
Tel: 01387 840236 Fax: 01387 840236
E-mail: dalton.pottery1@btopenworld.com Web: www.daltonpottery.co.uk

For all ages, paint a pot to take home in half an hour. Children's play park, pottery and gift shop. Cafe serving home baking, lunches etc. Birthday parties, groups welcome.

King Robert The Bruce's Cave
Cove Estate, Kirkpatrick Fleming, Nr Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway, DG11 3AT
Tel: 01461 800285 E-mail: enq@rbrucescave.com Web: www.brucescave.co.uk

Robert The Bruce, born at Lochmaben Castle in 1274, was Knight and Overlord of Annandale and was crowned King of Scots in 1306. In the winter of 1307 after suffering defeat, King Robert went into hiding in the cave. While evading capture by Edward I, he spent three months living a solitary existence at a time when the wars of Independence were at their bleakest for the Scots.

The Globe Inn (Dumfries)
56 High Street, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG1 2JA
Tel: 01387 252335 E-mail: mail@globeinndumfries.co.uk Web: www.globeinndumfries.co.uk

Established in 1610, The Globe Inn, Dumfries has long been associated with Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. In 1796, Burns wrote "....the Globe Tavern here, which these many years has been my Howff....." and in 1819 the first of what was to become the annual tradition of Burns Suppers was held here at The Globe Inn in Dumfries, south west Scotland. At his howff (or haunt) his favourite seat still survives and some of his poetry may still be seen inscribed by Robert Burns with a diamond on his bedroom windows.

Mabie Farm Park
Burnside Farm, Mabie, Dumfries, Dumfries And Galloway, DG2 8EZ
Tel: 01387 259666 E-mail: shuttleworth@mabiefarm.co.uk  Web: www.mabiefarm.co.uk

A fun day out for all the family at Mabie Farm Park, whatever the weather. We have over 5,000 sq. ft of indoor play area with bouncy castles, trampolines and a soft play area for children under four. Outside in the Farm Park we have lots to see and do. paddle boats, astroslide, grass sledging and aerial runway and during the months March to October we run quad bikes. We have lots of friendly animals for you to feed and handle. Our Tearoom serves a range of snacks, drinks and Ice Cream. We are agents for Berg toys and there is a display in our farm toy shop.

Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park
Lochfergus Plantation, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway, DG6 4XX
Tel: 01557 331645 E-mail: info@gallowaywildlife.co.uk Web: www.gallowaywildlife.co.uk

Galloway Conservation park is set in 27 acres of mixed woodland. Our aim is to promote an understanding and awareness of animals and their environment, through conservation, exhibition and interpretation. Over 50 species of threatened and native animals are housed in sympathetic environments. A varied collection of nearly 200 animals from all over the world can be seen within the peaceful and natural settings where the woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures.

The Cocoabean Chocolate Factory
The CocoaBean Company, Ashland, Twynholm, Dumfries & Galloway, DG6 4NP
Telephone: 01557 860 608 Email: Sales@thecocoabeancompany.com

The perfect day out in SW Scotland! Childrens chocolate workshops, indoor & outdoor play areas, cafe serving homemade favourites and a factory shop from which you can choose some of our 80 varieties of loose chocolates. Our childrens workshops allow kids upto 18 years to make various chocolate treats and best of all, everything they make, along with their apron and hair net, is theirs to take home.

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