Much of Dumfries and Galloway has visitor attractions linked with Robert Burns and there are a number of famous gardens that nestle in the valleys and coastal inlets that abound. Some of the most beautiful scenery is to be found along the Solway coast, west from Dumfries to the Mull of Galloway. Here you'll find the romantic ruins of Caerlaverock Castle, Threave Castle and Sweetheart Abbey, along with Whithorn Priory. Also on this lovely coast is the beguiling town of Kirkcudbright, inspiration for some of Scotland's most famous artists and still a thriving artistic colony.
Galloway is a large area in the South-west corner of Scotland that includes lots of coastline within Wigtown Bay, Luce Bay, Portpatrick and Stranraer. Much of the interior of the area is dominated by the Galloway Forest park which is Britains first Dark skys area (for star-gazing) and through which runs the western part of the Southern Upland way. Consequently there are many beauty spots that local residents will recommend but Private House Stays has identified the following for your consideration: Raiders Road Forest Drive, Loch Trool Forest Trail, Feoch Meadows near Barrhill, Blackcraig Wood near Newton Stewart, Carsegowan Moss near Wigton, St Ninians Cave, Stroan Bridge Forest Trails, Talnotry Forest Trail, Wood of Cree Nature reserve and The Mull of Galloway RSPB Nature reserve, which is recommended for its bird-watching.
The Galloway area has many ancient archeological and heritage sites and cairns, standing stones and monuments dedicated to covenenter history. Private House Stays has identified the following for your consideration: Barsalloch Fort, Cairnholy, Mote of Urr, Torhouse Stone circle and Drumtroddan Cup.
Ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free. In addition to the Castle of St John with a link below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Carsluith Castle and Dunskey Castle
Due to the influence of the Gulf stream, Galloway (and Ayrshire and Argyll) have a surprising number of fantastic gardens tucked away in little micro-climates where even some plants more associated with tropical climates thrive. If Private House Stays was pressed to name the one thing to most recommend about Galloway, it would be to tour around visiting its gardens such as: Galloway House gardens, Castle Kennedy gardens, Dunskey Gardens, Cally Gardens, Barholm Castle, Glenwhan gardens and the those linked below.
There are a number of significant religious heritage sites within Galloway as you would expect from an area with the coastal town of PortPatrick (an Irish missionary - i think) and St Ninians caves (a famous religious recluse - i think). In particular Whithorn Priory has a museum as part of the site, so you can understand its historical significance. St Ninians Chapel also identified for your consideration.
Galloway is an area considered to have excellent facilities for mountain-biking enthusiasts. In particular the two areas identified with set and graded trails are Fleet forest Trails and Larg Hill and Bruntis Trails
Other recommended tourist attractions within the Galloway area include: Carsphairn Heritage Centre, Stanraer Museum, Clatteringshaws Forest Wildlife Centre, Murrays Monument and those linked below.