Things to do in Dumfries and Galloway
Cairnryan is a part of the Dumfries and Galloway region on the Western Coast of Scotland. The region is great for families, thrill seekers, adventurers or even romantic getaways. There are so may things to do in Dumfries and Galloway you will be spoilt for choice.
The crossing for Larne takes two hours and we have regular crossings throughout the day! Whether you want to explore the Western Coast or head for the mountains this a stunning and historic part of the UK.
DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY IS WAITING…WHERE ARE YOU?
It’s the small things that make the big memories in Dumfries & Galloway. Whether it is the smell of the crisp ocean air, waking up surrounded by nature, dancing into the night or gazing up at the stars, there are more things to do in Dumfries and Galloway than you might imagine! Delve into fascinating history, experience exhilarating adventure or simply sit back and relax.
Things to do in Dumfries and Galloway
Who said playgrounds are just for kids? There are plenty of things to do in Dumfries and Galloway with the perfect combination of coast, woodland, rolling hills and lochs. Hook your bike onto the car and check out one of the impressive 7stanes mountain biking centres. Don’t forget your walking boots either, and explore miles of deserted coastline and stunning landscapes. Or why not try sailing, fishing, paddle boarding, or even a giant water slide or 3D swing, to really get the adrenaline going?
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Step into ancient history
Are you a historian at heart? Great there are plenty of historical things to do in Dumfries and Galloway. Think you’ve seen a castle? Caerlaverock Castle is surrounded by a moat and is unique in Britain due to its triangular shape and Threave Castle can only be accessed by boat. Wander through the impressive Sweetheart Abbey which is remarkably intact after 700 years, or head to the Cairn Holy Chambered Cairns, built in the 4th Century BC and steeped in myths and legends. Explore Whithorn and its early connections with Christianity and marvel at the newly reconstructed Iron Age Roundhouse, a replica from the settlement found there, dating back to 450BC.
It’s written in the stars
We love it when the clocks go back, as longer nights mean more time to look up at ink-black skies filled with dazzling stars. There is no better place to gaze upwards than in the Galloway Dark Sky Park, the UK’s first. Over 7,000 stars and planets are visible to the naked eye, so you don’t even need a telescope. And don’t worry if you don’t know the Big Dipper from Orion’s Belt as there are rangers on hand to help. Take some hot chocolate and a blanket, sit back and enjoy the show. Out of all the things to do in Dumfries and Galloway this is a definite must.
STARRY, STARRY NIGHT
Pop your clubs in the car, drive on the ferry, relax and before you know it you will be teeing off at some of Scotland’s best kept secret courses. There are 3 established trails for you to experience. The Tiger Trail takes you from Powfoot in the east to Portpatrick in the west with mainly coastal courses, The Challenge Trail comprises welcoming town clubs and the Little Gems Trail does what is says on the tin. Don’t forget, with a variety of packages on offer it could not be easier.
PLAN YOUR TRIP NOW
We’re convinced are you? With so many things to do in Dumfries and Galloway we are sure you are eager to book your trip with P&O Ferries and experience your next Scottish adventure. Make the most out of your trip by planning it advance.You never know what you might uncover when you get there.
DISCOVER DELICIOUS FOOD & DRINK
No holiday is complete without exploring the food and drink available in that region and this holiday is no different. And of course the region is home to Galloway Beef and known for producing high quality dairy products. Or if that is not to your taste why not have some trout from a local trout farm.
SEE MORE OF WHAT’S IN STORE
There are plenty of outdoors things to do in Dumfries and Galloway from long walks, to activities that will get your heart racing. Check out the video to see what could be in store for you.