Nearby Attractions

Places to visit in Dumfries and Galloway

From public gardens, country estates and historic castles to ice-cream and chocolate making you'll find something of interest within a short drive of Airds Farm and whatever the weather!

Local attractions in Castle Douglas

Enjoying the outdoors is possible except in the most extreme weather (rare in this coastal south-westerly location). Winter days are crisp and bracing and the landscape has its own special beauty. A walk in the Galloway forest, or one of the well-marked local trails will feed your soul. Back to the warmth and comfort of your holiday home for a well-earned meal and relaxing evening. Clear nights are great for star-gazing. If you're used to town life you'll never have appreciated how bright with stars the night sky can be.
Things to do
Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

Dark Sky Park: Galloway Forest Park has been designated the only Dark Sky Park in the UK, one of only four in the western world, offering visitors the opportunity to appreciate unpolluted skies and to see shooting stars, the Milky Way and star-studded skies amongst many other astronomic phenomena.

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Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the area enjoys a mild climate. There are over 30 Gardens to visit including Threave Gardens Scotlands school for gardeners showcase, that is only about a mile away. Logan Botanic Garden, Broughton House Garden and Glenwhan are just a few.
Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

Castles and History

  • Threave Castle is just two miles away is one of Scotlands most famous castles, set on an island on the Dee river below loch Ken. Caerlaverock Castle is one of Scotland’s great medieval castles, with an impressive twin-towered gatehouse and a moat.
Explore the vast estate and enchanting interior of one of Scotland’s finest stately homes. The magnificent 17th century Drumlanrig Castle boasts over 40 acres of beautiful maintained gardens and offers a range of of activities for the whole family.
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Cocoabean Chocolate Factory

Visit the Cocoabean for a day full of fun for all the family.Kids make chocolate creations inour interactive workshops and explore the extensive indoor play areas, outdoor play areas and soft play. Enjoy lunch in the Cocoabean Café and don’t forget to take home some tasty treats from the factory chocolate shop. The best and most enjoyable visitor attraction in Dumfries & Galloway.

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Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

Threave Garden and Estate

64-acre ornamental garden with interest throughout the year from a large and varied plant collection and landscape features. A Scottish Baronial House open to the public. 1500-acre estate with way marked trails, bird hides, and a wild fowl sanctuary.

Location: Off A75, one mile west of Castle Douglas

Open: Estate & Garden: All year, daily 9.30am-sunset; Walled Garden and glasshouses: All year, daily 9.30am-5pm Visitor Centre, Countryside Centre, Exhibition.

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 Telephone: 01556 502575
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Cream o' Galloway

Set in the beautiful Galloway countryside near Gatehouse of Fleet, Cream o’ Galloway Visitor Centre offers a full day filled with deliciously good fun for visitors of all ages. Karts, bikes, slides, rides, woodland adventure playground, farm tour, gentle nature trails or from the top of the viewing tour to take in the views of the Galloway Hills, Wigtown Peninsula and on a clear day, even the Isle of Man. There’s just so much to do, but we can be sure that you won’t leave without treating yourself to their delicious ice cream made with the milk from their organic farm.

Location: Cream o’ Galloway is just off the A75 on the Sandgreen road, so you can combine a visit with a trip to the beach and, if the tide is out, you could walk to Ardwall Island – once a smuggler's cave.

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Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park

Art in Dumfries and Galloway

This region is renowned for its art and artists, and you may just come across magnificent works as you are out and about. The 'Spring Fling' opens over 50 artist studios to the public. Kirkcudbright is famous for the 'Scottish Colourists'. You can even find a Henry Moore or a Goldsworthy on a walk
Weekend Break
"I stayed at Airds Farmhouse B & B in February for a weekend break. It is a beautiful farmhouse cottage in a stunning location. I found it very accessible coming from Glasgow.  Rooms are spacious and inviting with very comfortable beds. Breakfast by Mandy was excellent! I had a full cooked breakfast every day! There are also many beautiful nearby walks. It was the perfect weekend getaway to escape the city with my dog. Mick and Mandy were wonderful company and made me feel so welcome. I highly recommend Airds Farmhouse B & B. I am planning to come back in the summer!" - Sarika
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