Dumfries and Galloway Off The Beaten Path

  • Megget Reservoir.
    Megget Reservoir.
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  • Map of reservoir.
    Map of reservoir.
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  • Picnic area.
    Picnic area.
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Dumfries and Galloway Off The Beaten Path

  • Wigtown Harbour

    Drive through the pleasant town of Wigtown and follow the signs for Wigtown harbour. This is just to the south of the town.The harbour does not look like a real harbour as it is very little used today, owing to it forever silting up.It is, howevwer, just about navigable today. It doesn't even look like it is on the coast as it is some way up the...

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  • Thirl Stane

    We discovered this beach by looking at the map and deciding to give Southerness a miss (it seeming to be all caravan sites). We needed to stop somewhere for lunch and noticed the P. for parking on the coast at Thirl Stane. Very glad we did discover it as it was very attractive with interesting rock formations and a lovely beach covered in...

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  • Glenwhan Gardens Garden

    These are by far the best gardens we have ever visited although they are little known and very low-key.Set 300 metres above sea level and looking out over Luce Bay,The Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man, you couldn't want a more spectacular, nor off the beaten track location.We visited in our motorhome and were a little alarmed by the never...

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  • Broadsea Bay

    On google earth, this looked a possibility for wild camping in the motorhome. In reality, when we travelled the long,rutted track to this magnificently wild beach on the motorbike, there was no way we could have taken the motorhome down it.An absolutely beautiful empty, wild beach, rocks, cliffs, surf and sand, lots of it. The road turns into a...

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  • Dundrennan Abbey

    We arrived here in the rain but after lunching in the motorhome, it had fared up.The first thing to strike us about this place was the profusion of wild garlic creating a green and white carpet, interspersed with some handsome horse chestnut trees and if, lilke us, you like garlic, then the smell was amazing.Situated in a peaceful location, the...

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  • Nithsdale

    Nithsdale is the valley that follows the River Nith through the southern uplands in south west Scotland. It is part of Dumfries and Galloway and the river separates the Lowther Hills from the Scaur hills. (We were actually camped on Scaur Water, which is a very impressive river after a night of rain!)Towns in Nithsdale include Dumfries (the largest...

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  • Morton Castle and Loch

    A spectacularly located ruin in the heart of Nithsdale.Having spotted Morton Castle and loch on the OS map, and realising we were camped pretty close, it followed that we should visit.We decided to travel by motorbike instead of the motorhome as the roads were very narrow.What a location!Perfect peace in tranquil surroundings. The only other people...

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  • Grey Mare's Tail Waterfalls

    This waterfall is part of the National Trust of Scotland and is a bit out of the way but certainly worth a visit. There is also an iron age fort that you can visit. Leave Dumfries on the A701 headed north toward Moffat. At Moffat turn right (northeast) onto A708 and follow the Moffat Water Valley until you come to signs for the Grey Mare's Tail on...

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  • LOCH KEN

    A few miles north of Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas lies Loch Ken. It was actually created in the 1930's as part of the Galloway Hydroelectric scheme - the power station being situated at Tongland, just north of Kirkcudbright.There are now small nature reserves along the shore and its a popular area for birdwatching, fishing, sailing and water...

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  • Herbs, grass and kids

    If you are passing though Whithorn, why not check out the 'sensory garden' and grass-roofed shelter next to the Whithorn Primary School. Tell me how it looks! I took part in a conservation group project (2003) to clear the area of rocks and brambles, then laid the paths for the garden. At the same time two local eco-builders were constructing the...

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  • Powfoot

    Powfoot is on the coast just south of Cummertrees.It's an estuary beach, which over the years has silted up, creating salt marshes. Good views over the Solway Firth. It is very flat, so ideal walking in either direction.There were a couple of caravan sites and an attractive golf course. Also a hotel.Hundreds of shells on the beach made walking...

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  • East Tarbert

    On the final leg of the drive to the Mull of Galloway is a left turn to a nice little cove called East Tarbert. Was sheltered here when it was blowing a gale on the west. A few people fishing from the rocks.It looked an ideal spot for free-camping as there was a nice grassy area looking out over the sea. Was popular with fishermen, fishing from the...

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  • Glenwhan Gardens

    Glenwhan Gardens are to be found near the village of Dunragit. the gardens were started from scratch in 1979, and now run to over 12 acres. There are plants of all sorts, with and emphasis on sub - tropical plants, which thrive in this virtually frost free place. On a good day you can see red squirrels in the garden.There are also fine views over...

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  • Loch Arthur

    We found this spot by accident while driving from Drumcoltran tower towards New Abbey. It is a tranquil loch in beautiful surroundings. It proved to be a good place for a picnic. You can park right near the water's edge.near Beeswing off the minor road in the direction of New Abbey.

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  • Walk from Rockcliffe

    From Rockcliffe there is a nice walk along the seafront up onto the cliffs, with views of Rough Island.From the top of the cliffs you can see The Lake District, the Isle of Man, and accross to Ireland.For the energetic the walk goes fro some 10kms to SandyhillsRockcliffe is just off the A710 Dumfries to Dalbeattie road

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  • Rough Island

    Rough Island is an island just offshore from the village of Rockcliffe. it can be reached on foot at low tide, but be careful not to get cut off!It is 20 acres in size, a bird sanctuary, with many nesting sea birds.

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  • Southerness

    Southerness is a small seaside settlement. Its's quite a trek to get there, but once there you find shops, a pub, and a huge caravan site. There is the lighthouse of course and a nice baeach. you also gat views over to Cumbia and the Lake DistrictAbout 25 kms south of Dumfries, just off the A710

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  • Glencaple

    This was an old fashioned little place with not much going on. It is on the river Nith, about 4miles south of Dumfries, on the B725. A large fishing boat was anchored by the jetty. We thought this was a cockle dredger but weren't too sure. There was also a hovercraft lying looking abandoned in the grass. I hope this wasn't the inland rescue...

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  • Brow Well

    I suppose this isn't off the beaten track so much as not being known very well. It is a chalybeate spring (a natural spring containing iron in it's waters)Robbie Burns is supposed to have bathed in it when he knew he was dying.It is not too an exciting sight but you can park easily so it's worth looking at.On the B725 between Cummertrees and...

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  • Mull of Galloway Point

    To visit this beautiful area you need to drive to the very south of the Rhinns Peninsula. It's a bird- lovers paradise and is an R.S.P.B. reserve on a wild cliff top. There is a lighthouse , built in 1828, that you can walk round the outside of and is open for guided tours Sats. and Suns. April to Sept.It is Scotland's most southerly point. There...

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  • Corsewall Point

    This is about the most northerly point on this peninsula, approx. 10miles north of Stranraer, the last 3miles narrow single track road. There is Coarswall Point Lighthouse,(1815) a working lighthouse that guides vessels through the head of Loch Ryan and is now also a hotel. There are some beautifully wild cliff top views. St. Columbas Well is...

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  • Coastal Path near Portpatrick

    From Castle Bay Caravan Park we could join a coastal path that took us over the cliffs and into Portpatrick. We passed the precarious looking ruins of Dunskey castle,(built in the early 1500's) which of course we had to explore.The rugged coastline is quite wild and spectacular .

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  • Port Logan Fish Pond and Marine life...

    We visited here a good few years ago and really enjoyed the experience. In those days the man who ran the place gave an interesting talk, we thought he sounded just like Fred Dibnah!!A natural tidal pool created by a blow-hole formed in the last ice-age.It is a fully restored Victorian Fish Larder complete with fish which you can watch being fed.

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  • Ardwell Bay (West)

    There are actually two Ardwell Bays on the Rhinns peninsula, an east and a west. Far prettier and more remote is the westerly. The last part of the road is a rutted track which ends at the bay. There is a decent free car park looking over the bay with footpaths through the marram grass to the beautiful silver sand beach. The road continues a little...

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  • The Ae Inn

    Just outside Dumfries is the Ae inn , in the village of Ae. It's half house half bungalow and you may need to knock on the window to get the old dear to open the pub. Sometimes have lock ins fri-sat nights

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  • Exploring Dumfries' south coast

    Along the coastal road leaving from Dumfries towards the south, we came across some beautiful scenery, a ruine abbey, an old corn mill and a lonely lighthouse (great picknick spot!). Driving on through Dalbeattie we finished our tour in the scenic artist's town of Kirkudbright which also has a nice little harbour.

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  • SANQUHAR

    My home town for 5 years of my childhood! Its just a small town but it boasts the oldest working Post Office in Great Britain [dating from 1712] as well as a Tollbooth built in 1735 which now serves as a local museum.

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  • CASTLE KENNEDY

    The grounds actually contain two lochs and two castles. The Earl and Countess of Stair now live in Lochinch Castle which was built in 1864 and is not open to the public although you can see it on the other side of Loch Inch as you drive up to Castle Kennedy. The grounds are known for the rhododendruns in particular.

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  • CASTLE KENNEDY

    Owned by the Earl and Countess of Stair, Castle Kennedy is most well known for its gardens which cover 75 acres [£2]. The castle itself was burnt in 1716 and is now just a ruin.location: 3 miles east of Stranraer

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  • DUNSKEY CASTLE

    A ten minute walk along the cliff path to the south of Portpatrick and you come to the ruins of 16th century Dunskey Castle. I remember being able to go inside and look around when I was in my teens but unfortunately it now must be too dangerous to do so as its closed off.

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  • POWFOOT

    This was taken at the village of Powfoot, one of my favourite places to go in this area. Its a small picturesque village that overlooks the Solway Firth and on a clear day has nice views over to the Cumbrian hills. I just love to take a stroll around here.

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  • NITH VALLEY

    A view up the Nith Valley, of the Leadhills, taken somewhere between Dumfries and Sanquhar. There is some lovely scenery in this area. These hills are part of the Southern Uplands which stretch from Peebles/Jedburgh in the east to the Ayrshire coast in the west. The views are best in the Galloway Forest Park where there are peaks in excess of...

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