Discover Dumfries & Galloway’s spectacular landscape and wildlife. Whether you’re watching thousands of barnacle geese take flight at dawn along the Solway Coast or you spy a lone red kite riding the thermals, the countryside of this part of Scotland is both inspiring and enjoyably accessible.
In every season the landscape here yields memorable sights and enjoyable days out. In winter the nearby Solway Coast is filled with over 40,000 wildfowl and more than 80,000 waders. As one of Europe’s most important places for wintering and migratory birds we recommend going on a wild goose chase to either Mersehead RSPB Reserve or WWT Caerlaverock to see this spectacular sight.
Dumfries & Galloway explodes into colour in spring as the region’s gardens burst into bloom. With the warm winds of the gulf stream influencing our climate, this part of Scotland boasts some spectacular displays, particularly of rhododendron and azalea.
Soak up the sun on a sandy beach or rocky cove or head for the gentle shade of a forest canopy on a warm summer day. The countryside and landscape of Dumfries & Galloway is ripe for exploring, take a picnic (or ask us to make one up for you) and spend the day relaxing in idyllic surroundings.
As the UK’s most afforested region autumn in Dumfries & Galloway is simply stunning as the woodlands and forests turn vibrant hues of yellow, orange and red. This time of year also offers some great opportunities to see Scotland’s impressive wildlife, like the roaring stags in the Galloway Forest Park or the rare red squirrels in Mabie Forest.