There are so many beautiful, quiet and unspoilt places in Dumfries & Galloway these are just a few of our favourites nearby.
Castle Douglas is a small market town just 10 minutes away by car. It has some very individual little shops and is called the Food Town. There are many eating places and fast food shops as well as 3 supermarkets. Picnic at Carlingwarck Loch at the bottom of the town or pick up a fish supper from Moores Fish & Chip shop on the way instead.
National Trust properties Threave Gardens, Castle Douglas (great for viewing red squirrels at the hide) and Broughton House & Garden in Kirkcudbright are well worth a visit. Kirkcudbright is the Artists Town which holds many exhibitions throughout the year as well as summer festivities. Quaint houses and streets to wander around and a few shops, cafes and a ruined castle.
You cannot visit Dumfries & Galloway without a drive around the coast. New Abbey has beautiful Sweetheart Abbey. Feeling fit and equipped why not climb Criffel or Waterloo Monument. Pop in to Abbey Crafts for a cup of tea. Love antiques then there is one here. A village pond, shop, hotels and an old working Corn Mill plus Shambellie House for exhibitions.
Loch Ken is a favourite with everyone no matter the season. Popular with fishermen and for watersports. Crossmichael, Dalry, New Galloway and Laurieston are small places along the way to stop off at. Visit Catstrand and Kitty's Tea Room in New Galloway offering the most wonderful cakes and traditional afternoon/high teas and like Isla Cottage uses china!