A Walker's Paradise

Acres of sky, miles of rugged coastline, sandy beaches, mysterious forests, rolling hills, tranquil lochs and 

Dumfries and Galloway is the perfect place to enjoy walking. The region encapsulates all that is best about Scotland, with all the landscapes you could want resting side by side

Nearby Portpatrick is the western starting point of the Southern Upland Way

Get even closer to nature and with over 1,300 miles of way marked trails you can discover somewhere new every day. With walks along coastal and forest trails, through open moorland or in and around our towns, you're sure to find a route to suit your ability and interests

Galloway Hills & Glenkens
The Galloway Hills encapsulates 24 named peaks above 2000 feet in Dumfries & Galloway, among them ranges such as the Rhins of Kells, the Minnigaff Hills, the Awful Hand and the Dungeon Hills. The Merrick, rising up above Loch Trool, is Dumfries & Galloway's highest peak at 2,765 feet, and forms the 'forefingers'; of the Awful Hand range, offering superb views on a clear day of some Highland ranges, Northern Ireland, Isle of Man and the Lake District.

Walking here is challenging and you should come well prepared for changing weather conditions, but the rewards are well worth it and you'll find peace, tranquillity and solitude among the quiet rolling hills, numerous lochs and cascading burns and waterfalls

Dumfries & Galloway is famed for its stunning landscapes and coastline and travelling by bicycle is the ideal way to explore here. So bring your bicycle, or hire one while you're here, and enjoy a thoroughly invigorating break 

We have lots of off road trails guaranteed to get your pulse racing and miles and miles of quiet country roads that will take you to wonderful pubs, historic sites and bustling market towns. You'll even find the only museum in Scotland totally devoted to the history of cycling: Drumlanrig Castle. See the magnificent collection of bikes, dating from the nineteenth century to the present day