Thanks to its streams, summits, forests and shores, the landscape in Dumfries and Galloway is naturally inspiring. Discover how this region’s beautiful scenery has filled artists and writers with the passion to create great works, and see how it is the perfect backdrop for exciting activities and an abundance of wonderful wildlife.
Auchencairn is a picturesque coastal village which lies only 11 miles from Kirkcudbright, the Artists' Town. Nestled on the Solway Firth, it is a pretty village of whitewashed cottages and is steeped in tales of its smuggling past. Shore Road, which leads to Balcary Bay, runs parallel to the coastline and has many secluded, white shell-strewn bays which look over to Hestan Island.
The region is home to the food town of Castle Douglas, which has a range of independent shops and an array of cafes and delis, whilst Kirkcudbright, a harbour town further up the coast, is a popular destination for artists. Dumfries is the main town, lying just 30 minutes away from Carlisle, and is easily accessible from the M74 and M6.
The region is bursting with amazing wildlife, such as red squirrels, red kites and red deer. There are a range of RSPB reserves, National Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and of course the Galloway Forest Park which all provide fantastic opportunities to spot a huge range of species.
Sports enthusiasts flock to the area, keen to experience the thrill of the 7 stanes or the array of water sports.
It is a region that really has something to offer everyone!