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Things to Do in Dumfries and Galloway

As idyllic and relaxing as you might find it here by the Solway Coast, the area is also a great place to get out and enjoy all kinds of activities and outdoor pursuits. For walkers and nature lovers there are some terrific places and sights to see, while those who prefer more lively outdoor pursuits, there is also excitement to be had in some wonderfully wild locations. The following ideas should provide some ideal starting points; do keep an eye on our blog for further inspiration.

Outside Activites

Bird Watching

Our local area, with its salt marshes and unspoilt countryside, is a nationally renowned area for birdlife. RSPB Mersehead is very nearby, while you can also head to locations such as the Caerlaverock Centre and Galloway Kite Trail. We also run dedicated Birdwatching Weekend Breaks here at Cavens too, however, with expert local guide Hugh Buck. See our birdwatching blog and offers section for further information.

Hiking & Hill Walking

For splendid views and some hearty exercise, the area is rich in walks from easy to challenging. The Southern Upland Way represents a great challenge with wonderful scenery, or head to Galloway Forest Park or our local landmark, the Criffel, for stirring views.


Another great reason to visit Dumfries and Galloway is the large number of top quality golf courses. There are no fewer than 29 in the region and the internationally renowned Southerness Golf Club is just a mile from Cavens. Indeed, from a day’s play to dedicated golfing breaks, the area is perfect for the golfer. 


There is quality fly fishing for salmon, sea trout, brown trout, grayling and pike in some truly beautiful locations available in Dumfries and Galloway.  The River Nith is one of the most prolific and affordable game fishing rivers in Scotland. Queensberry Lochs are also reliable for Stillwater trout fishing, while the visitor can also find good fly fishing sport on the River Annan.

Cycling & Mountain Biking

With some fine trails, great terrain and little traffic to disturb your ride, our locality in South West Scotland is also ideal for cycling and mountain biking. Drumlanrig Castle is an excellent location in particular, whether you are looking for a smooth cycling route or more challenging terrain.  Bike hire is also available. Dalbeattie is another recommended spot for thrills and spills that forms one of the 7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails.

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