Things to Do

A range of activities in Dumfries and Galloway

There is a wide range of activities and things to do within a short radius of Airds Farm. Right on our doorstep is Loch Ken which is home to two watersports and outdoor activity centres. Two of the exciting 7Stanes Mountain Bike Trails, at Dalbeattie and Mabie, are within 30 miles not to mention the fabulous hillwalking in the Galloway Hills and Galloway Forest Park. A beautiful scenic landscape and a wonderful variety of wildlife - Dumfries & Galloway offers something for everyone and we're more than happy to help you plan your perfect days out.
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.
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Loch Ken & Water Sports

Loch Ken is home to two watersports and outdoor activity centres offering a huge range of activities including sailing, powerboating, kayaking, canoeing, windsurfing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, laser games, archery, mountain biking, orienteering and climbing or you can hire kayaks directly from us at the farm and enjoy a wonderful day's kayaking on the loch.

Galloway Activity Centre:
www.lochken.co.uk

Loch Ken Waterski And Wakeboard School
www.skilochken.co.uk 
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Fishing

Loch Ken and the river Dee provide the coarse and pike angler with some of the best coarse fishing in Scotland. A 90HP custom built angling boat with local guide is now available to be launched either on fresh or salt water by request.

We have also secured a mile of bank fishing on Loch Ken where 20lb pike are regularly caught. Fly fishing tuition is available through ourselves or you may be a keen trout angler who wishes to fish the excellent local lochs. Many species of fish can be caught from the beaches and rocks locally.
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Cycling

Road cycling: Dumfries and Galloway is an excellent place to discover using pedal power. We have a huge network of minor roads with barely any traffic. The countryside is stunning and amazingly varied. We have rugged coastlines, undulating farmland, forests and moors, with some stunning views.

Mountain biking: If you are after adventure on your bike you'll love The 7stanes which are seven world class mountain biking centres across the south of Scotland, Dalbeattie, Kirroughtree, Ae and Mabie forest are all within a short drive from Airds Farm. With miles of single track roads to explore and trails to suit all abilities and features such as ‘The Twister’, ‘Heartbreak Hill’ and ‘The Slab’ the cyclist will be pushed to the limits.

We are able to offer hire bikes at competitive rates for those wishing the facility. 

Photograph © Copyright Forestry Commission Scotland
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Hillwalking

Some of Scotland's least discovered but excellent walking lies in this vast area, including a stunning coastline, extensive forests, rugged hills and some charming towns and villages – 


Photograph © Copyright Forestry Commission Scotland
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Airds Farm & Airds Glen

Whilst staying at the farm you'll meet many of our regular visitors such as the 'Campbell girls' pictured above, the dogs, sheep, chickens, Guinea fowl, ducks, rabbits.

Airds glen comprises 6 acres of woodland and open ungrazed grassland and heath. Predominantly broadleaf trees, such as ash, sycamore and alder have been supplemented by newplanting of rowan, birch and oak. The glen is a haven for wildlife such as buzzards, red kites, rabbits and deer all of which are frequently seen.
Airds Farm & Airds Glen

UK's Longest Zip Wire

Do you have the courage to face the UK's longest zip wire? With stunning views over the Solway coastline across to the Isle of Man and the Machars of South West Scotland, Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre boasts the UK's longest zip wire as well as a huge range of indoor and outdoor activities including archery, mountain boarding, mountain balling, clay pigeon shooting, grass sledging and blindfolded jeep driving!

For further information please visit: www.lagganoutdoor.co.uk/
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Castles & Gardens

The region is home to many historical places of interest, not least 3 major castles all within 30 minutes drive at Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas (pictured).

Threave Gardens at Castle Douglas is a 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. 

For more information please visit:
Airds Farm & Airds Glen

Birdwatching

We get a variety of birds visiting our table on a regular basis. Airds glen is an excellent venue for birdwatching. Many species visit and inhabit the six acres of woodland and rough heath. A small field of un-improved pasture (i.e. grassland not having been treated with fertiliser, herbicides etc.) also lies to the east of the glen. 

The region is perfect for birdwatching with 5 RSPB Nature reserves to choose from.

RSPB Nature reserves - there are 5 in Dumfries and Galloway:-

For more information please visit www.rspb.org.uk/scotland/

Short winter break
"Stayed three days at this lovely farmhouse with open views and abundance of wildlife around. Excellent home cooking by Mandy and nothing was too much trouble. Well appointed rooms and comfy bed just completed the stay. Recommend." - Judy
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You'll never be bored with the range of activities available around our holiday home. For more details, call us now on 01556 670 418

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