Galloway Forest Park & the local area
Nutkin & Drey cottages are situated a mile within Galloway Forest Park, a huge expanse of natural beauty and dramatic scenery spanning over three hundred square miles, making it Britain's largest forest park. There are a variety of walks and cycle routes literally on the door step of the holiday cottages, making them ideal holiday accommodation for mountain bikers and outdoor-enthusiasts, dog-walkers, and nature lovers alike. Drey Cottage has a garage where several bikes can be kept.
The new state-of-the-art visitor centre at Kirroughtree, completed in 2014, is a mere 5 minutes' walk from the holiday cottages where you'll find mountain bikes for hire as well as an abundance of tourist information.
Within easy driving distance of the holiday cottages are the towns of Newton Stewart, Creetown and Gatehouse of Fleet, which have a good range of shops, cafes, and restaurants. The nearby artists' town of Kirkcudbright (20miles) also attracts a large number of visitors throughout the year to its numerous galleries and shops.
The area is also attractive to gardeners and there are several gardens open to the public nearby, such as Logan Botanic Gardens, Threave Gardens and Castle Kennedy Gardens.
Recommended places to visit
These picturesque lochs are situated within the forest about a mile from the holiday cottages and are an ideal target for an evening walk after the day’s activities. They really are beautiful and tranquil.
There are many red deer and a good way of getting close to them is to visit the Red Deer Park. There are also wild goats and places to pull in off the road to feed them. The otter pool is a great place to sit and relax of an evening with a good chance of spotting an otter. There are plenty of RSPB reserves close by and Wigtown Bay is a Nature Reserve.
This is the jewel in the crown of Galloway with its beauty and history. Often referred to as the Highlands in miniature it is the home to Southern Scotland’s highest mountain, the magnificent Merrick. Glentrool is a wonderful place to visit with lochside walks and a tearoom.
A beautiful seaside harbour town with views across to Ireland . The restaurants here are superb with some specialising in quality seafood. The harbour is frequently used by fishing boats and yachts. This is also the starting point for the Southern Upland Way.
Mull of Galloway
This is the most southerly point of Scotland and certainly worth a visit. The lighthouse, foghorn and Visitor Centre are extremely interesting and the wonderful tearoom perched right on top of the cliff is a great place for a meal looking down at the sea breaking on the rocks below. The cliffs along the coastline are a major breeding place for thousands of seabirds, including puffins.
A short drive from the Mull of Galloway is Port Logan which is a small harbour village with a beautiful sandy beach. It is a great place to relax watching fishermen launching their boats from the beach and to see the gannets diving for their dinner. There is also a natural fish pond with many varieties of fish which you can feed and sea urchins can be seen.
Isle of Whithorn
A wonderful harbour town with working boats, yachts and pleasure boats sharing the harbour facilities. Harbourside restaurants and cafés make a welcome place to rest. There are relics of St. Ninian’s era as this is the area where Christianity started in the British Isles .
Logan Botanic Gardens
This is one of the most exotic gardens in Scotland . The mild weather from the Gulf Stream makes it possible to grow tender exotic plants outdoors all year round. There are many small gardens within Logan Gardens each with its own character, from palm trees to unusual shrubs and climbers. There are many more beautiful gardens to visit in the area including Castle Kennedy, Glenwhan, Ardwell and Threave.
This world famous museum is situated in the picturesque village of Creetown . An enormous selection of gems from all over the world awaits you in superb displays and settings. At the end of your tour you can relax in a tearoom and consider purchasing a souvenir from this amazing place. A great place to visit if you have a day when the weather isn’t so good.
Wigtown is Scotlands’ National Book town with many bookshops offering a great variety of literature. Many of the shops offer rare books and first editions.
Kirkcudbright Artist’s Town
This is the home of many artists and you will be able to enjoy an array of works displayed in the galleries. Apart from the art, Kirkcudbright is a beautiful little town with a marina, wildlife park, super shops and a great history.
This is the site of the first Christian Church in Scotland founded by St. Ninian in the 5th century. The archaeological excavation is open to visitors and there is a museum of fine early Christian stones.
Cream O Galloway
A unique opportunity to watch how this award winning ice cream is made, and even better, a chance to taste it. There is also a separate play area for children of all ages.
This is a quaint Scottish town with an absolutely fabulous place to visit called Kitty’s Tearoom. The home made food is wonderful at a very reasonable cost.
Beautiful Loch Ken where sailing takes place. The home of the red kites at Bellymack Farm where you can see them being fed.
Our holiday cottages make ideal holiday accommodation for cyclists and mountain bikers. Game, coarse and sea fishing is also plentiful. As many as 30 golf courses to choose from. Horse riding, off-road driving centre and even a place where you can drive a tank. Water skiing and lovely beaches to relax on.
Laggan Activity Centre
Here is one of the longest zip wires in Europe. Also archery, Segway, dirt scooters, mountain balling and grass sledging.
Here you can make your own chocolate and it's great fun.
Dark Sky Status
Viewing the stars in the sky from the holiday cottages on a clear night is amazing.