See and Do

Painting on the shores of Rough Firth

Dumfries and Galloway is the perfect location whatever your interests whether they be culture, the arts, crafts, literature, history, outdoor activities, beachcombing or simply relaxing.

Walks The scenery around Roughfirth House is stunning and there are plenty of coastal, country and woodland walks to enjoy direct from the door.

Beaches – Roughfirth House is fronted by picturesque beaches made entirely of cockle shells.

A 15 minute woodland walk direct from the door takes you to a sandy bay at Rockcliffe.  It is a 10 minute drive to Sandyhills, which is popular for sunbathing and swimming with its long stretch of sandy beach.

Bird watching –

The Galloway Red Kite Trail.  The trail provides an exciting opportunity to view spectacular red kites in lovely scenery.  It is an anticlockwise route of some twenty four miles around Loch Ken (winter) with an additional fourteen miles of forest drive (summer only) with viewing points, interpretation boards, viewing hides, a feeding station and visitor centre.  Over 100 kites have often been seen together over winter months. RSPB Scotland are present on some days to provide information and answer questions.  (more here…)

RSPB Mersehead.  Discover the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that’s typical of this region. Stroll along the nature trails and use the viewing hides to explore at your own pace.  Spring is particularly magical, when the wet meadows fill with lapwings and skylarks, not to mention butterflies and wildflowers.  You might also see a roe deer.  And in the autumn, thousands of barnacle and pink-footed geese start to arrive for the winter, creating a not-to-be-missed spectacle.  (more here…)

RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes.  With stunning views across the River Dee and Loch Ken, this tranquil reserve plays host to many exciting winter visitors, including Greenland white-fronted and greylag geese. Spring is also an excellent time to visit, when redstarts and pied flycatchers fly in to join the resident willow tits.  There is a nature trail and two hides and you might see otters as well as a majestic red kite soaring in the sky.  (more here…)

WWTC Caerlaverock Wetland Centre.  At Caerlaverock nature reserve witness year round wildlife spectacles from comfortable hides and secluded avenues. In spring and summer you can wander through wildflower meadows alive with orchids, butterflies and dragonflies.  Ospreys will be back from April as will chiffchaffs, sedge and willow warblers making the hedgerows come alive with birdsong and nestbuilding.  The Caerlaverock barn owls nest in the loft in the visitor building and can be watched on CCTV at the centre.  In the winter months – from October to April – Caerlaverock is alive with flocks of tens and thousands of barnacle geese, whoopers swans and other wintering birds. Don’t miss the sightings page for all the latest bird news.  (more here…)

Gardens – Threave Gardens, Threave Castle and a host of other attractions are only a short journey away

Golf – Colvend parkland golf course (18 holes) is within 2 miles from all B&B’s. Southerness championship standard links course is around 5 miles away while Solway Links (18), Craigieknowe (9) and Dalbeattie (9) are all within 6 miles. A further 20 courses are located within an hours drive away.

Mountain Biking – world renowned 7 stanes trails close by

Cycling – on quiet back roads or forest paths

Horse riding – available at Barend nearby

Water Sports – at Loch Ken (20 miles)

Fishing – sea, loch and river throughout the area

Yachting – at Kippford

Kirkcudbright – artist’s town, museum, and art galleries, ancient castle and harbour

Dumfries – Robert Burns connection

Dumfries and Galloway is home to a variety of tea rooms, craft shops and potteries.