Family Attractions & Activities
in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Dumfries and Galloway have attractions for both young and young at heart.
- Laggan Outdoor offer various activities from mountain boarding to clay pigeon shooting, mountain balling to rear steer jeeps, www.lagganoutdoor.co.uk.
- For the sweet tooth there is a Chocolate Factory www.thecocoabeancompany.com or for Ice Cream and outdoor playground www.creamogalloway.co.uk,
- or should you wish to get hands on wildlife experience www.mabiefarmpark.co.uk
Galloway Forest Park
At 300 square miles, Galloway is Britain’s largest forest park, extending from seashore to mountaintop taking in lochs and moorland along the way.
The splendid isolation of the huge Family Activities is right on your doorstep, and should be high on your list of things to do in Scotland during your Scottish activity holiday with us.
Glen Trool (pcitured) is well worth a visit, where the hill walker is rewarded by breathtaking views over Loch Trool.
One of the most popular things to do in Dumfries & Galloway is to follow a trail through the forest on the lookout for red squirrels and other wildlife.
The Park is also a designated Dark Sky Park, the first in the UK and one of only five in the world, from where on a clear night you can see thousands of stars.
Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park
Designated Dark Sky Park in 2009, Family Activities is the first in the UK and one of only five in the world. This means the park enjoys very dark skies and on a clear night you can see thousands of stars, whereas in a city you might see only a few dozen of the brightest cars.
Astronomers measure the darkness of the sky on the Bortle Scale, a nine point scale that describes the level of light pollution overhead. Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park has a Bortle class of 2, defined as a “truly dark site”. The only class of sky darker than this is class 1 “utterly unpolluted sky”. Nowhere in the UK or mainland Europe has a sky of this class. Making Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park certainly one of the darkest skies in the world, and probably the darkest skies you will ever see.
Things you can see from Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park that you will never see from a city sky include – detail within the grey band of the Milky Way, other galaxies and nebulae visible with the naked eye, dozens of shooting stars, the northern lights and true darkness.
The 7 Stanes
The 7stanes pushes the concept of mountain biking into new and higher realms - bringing out the best of the hills and forests of southern Scotland through the use of the area's plentiful natural resources of timber and stone. Trails in Dumfries & Galloway range from easy family routes to technical expert runs and some of Scotland’s best single track.
- For further information about The 7stanes, seven mountain biking trail centres spanning the south of Scotland, visit www.7stanesmountainbiking.com