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Out & About in Dumfries & Galloway

With dramatic unspoilt landscapes, beautiful coastlines, lochs and mountains, Dumfries and Galloway hosts a wide range of attractions and activities to all visitors. From bird watching, walking, cycling or generally just relaxing, this area has something for everyone. Below is a list of just some of the things to do.

Wigtown Scotland's National Booktown

Scotlands Book Town, is just down the road. Annual Festivals including one coming up soon - 22 Sept - 1st October are very popular. Golf course and nature reserve; watch nesting Ospreys via CCTV. Scotland's National Book Town

Cycling and Mountain Biking

Mountain biking the 7Stanes Forest Park
The '7 Stanes' is fast becoming Scotlands favourite mountain biking area. Kirroughtree and Glentrool are both on our doorstep and offer excellent mountain biking trails for beginners to the more experienced and adventurous. Check out this 7stanes link to find out more. Easier cycling (and hiking) trails are through the Machars or in the Galloway Forest Park. We have a locked shed here at The Nether Barr for storing bikes and an outdoor water supply for washing bikes.

Golfing in Galloway

With 29 golf courses in Dumfries and Galloway there are plenty of courses to choose from. Newton Stewart has its own 18 hole golf course (tel 01671402 172 for more details). The tourist board offers a “Gateway to Golf Pass” for 3, 6 or 10 rounds at any of the 29 golf courses. Call 01387 24 55 66 for more details. Golfing in Galloway

Fishing in Galloway

There are 5 major Salmon and Trout rivers in Dumfries and Galloway, two of which, the Cree and the Bladnoch are adjacent to Nether Barr. Kirkchrist Fishings near Kirkcowan offers Salmon and Brown trout fishing on the River Bladnoch and Rainbow and Brown trout fishing on stocked ponds. Further information is available in reception. There are tackle shops in Newton Stewart. We have a large shed for storing all your gear and have a large walk in chiller to store any catch. Galloway Angling Newton Stewart


Mossyard Beach Galloway

Some pleasant beaches are located at Rigg Bay near Garlieston, Monreith (next to the golf course) in the Southern Machars and at Mossyard on the A75 towards Gatehouse of Fleet

Sailing in Dumfries and Galloway

Galloway Sailing Centre at Loch Ken offers watersport tuition and a host of other activities. Check out the link to see what other great activites are available. Galloway Sailing Centre Galloway sailing Centre

Off road driving in south west scotland

Wigtown Off Road Driving Centre is situated a couple of miles from The Nether Barr for those who fancy the challenge and excitment of driving a 4X4 off-road. Check out the link for more information. Wigtown off Road Driving Centre

Tank driving american & british vehicles

This sounds fantastic fun. Situated on a farm near Garlieston in the Machars this is an experience of a lifetime. They have a range of American and British vehicles for you to drive. We can help arrange a booking for you. Galloway Tanks

Bladnoch Distillery

Scotlands most southernly distillery, Bladnoch, is situated 6 miles south of The Nether Barr. Enjoy guided tours with a free dram (check opening times), take a picnic or walk up the river or browse the gift shop. Bladnoch Distillery

Cream o' Galloway - fun for all

A great day out for the family offering creamery tours, picnic area, tearoom, adventure playground, 3D maze and not to mention the fantastic ice cream. Cream o Galloway Also try the Gem Rock Museum a short drive away in Creetown. The leading iindependent museum of its kind in the UK and fun for all ages.

Mull of Galloway

Visit Scotland's most southernly point, RSPB Reserve, climb up the light house, wander round the visitors centre then have a cup ot tea in the newly opened tea room. Fantastic views out to the Isle of Man and Ireland. Mull of Galloway

Gateway to Galloway Forest Park

Just a short drive lie 300 square miles of forest, hills and lochs. Visitor centres at Glentrool, Kirroughtree and Clatteringshaws. Visit the red deer range and the wild goats and walk, cycle or ride the forest trails. There are now internationally acclaimed mountain biking trails in both Kirroughtree and Glentrool parks. Galloway Forest Park

Dark Sky Park

Galloway Forest Park has just recently been awarded Dark Sky Park status, the only one in the UK. The low level of light pollution makes the park one of the best places in the world for star gazing . Galloway Dark Sky has more information and a viewing site map.


The influence of the Gulf Stream makes Galloway a haven for gardens to visit. Threave Gardens by Castle Douglas. Castle Kennedy Gardens - splendid gardens, over 75 acres. Logan Botanic Gardens, warmed by the Gulf Stream these wonderful, gardens are on the Rhins of Galloway. Closer lies Glenwhan Gardens at Dunragit are well worth a visit. See our brochures in the lodges for more information


Nether Barr Steading,
Newton Stewart,
Dumfries and Galloway,
Tel: +44 (0)1671 404326
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In your Lodges are brochures on where to go and what to see around Dumfries & Galloway