Visit Dumfries and Galloway and you'll fall in love with the Scottish Lowlands. Found on the extreme south coast of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway is often overlooked. However, this area should not be underrated. The area has a lot to offer visitors. From picturesque coastlines with sandy beaches to remarkable historical landmarks. Not to mention the green forests ready for exploring. In fact, there are so many reasons to visit Dumfries and Galloway it can be hard to know where to start. That’s where our expert knowledge comes in. At Rabbie’s, we combine local insight with years of experience. This means we can share the stories, sights and secrets of Scotland with you. Book a Rabbie’s tour today and be guided around the best places to visit in Dumfries and Galloway. Not convinced yet? Read our top 7 reasons to visit Dumfries and Galloway for some more inspiration.
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A top reason to visit Dumfries and Galloway is that the area is home to some of the darkest skies in Europe. This gives visitors the opportunity for truly spectacular stargazing. At some points, over 7,000 stars and planets are visible with the naked eye. The bright band of the Milky Way is usually easy to see stretching across the sky. If you are extra lucky, you may even be able to see the Northern Lights. The dark skies of Dumfries and Galloway are a result of the very limited light pollution in the area. On Rabbie’s Two Day Dumfries and Galloway Tour, the overnight stay is within the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. This area was the first Dark Sky Park in the UK. Stay here and enjoy some utterly magical stargazing.
Another fantastic reason to visit Dumfries and Galloway is that the area is home to some of the best castles in Scotland. Dumfries and Galloway is near the border between Scotland and England. Consequently, this zone formed one of the first lines of defence during the many wars between these two nations. The result is fortresses and castles designed to survive a battle. One of the most impressive castles to visit during Dumfries and Galloway holidays is Caerlaverock Castle. Although in ruins now, this mediaeval castle is well worth a visit. It’s unique for being triangular in shape. What’s more, the huge northern gatehouse is striking to behold. This is definitely a highlight for many guests on our tour of Dumfries and Galloway. Another castle highlight which you have the chance to see with Rabbie’s is Threave Castle. The view of this formidable island fortress is as impressive as it is beautiful. If you love castles, why not explore some of Scotland’s finest on a Rabbie’s castle tour.
The rugged coastline and incredible sea views are another top reason to visit Dumfries and Galloway. Nothing short of spectacular, visitors could spend hours admiring these changing landscapes. From the dramatic cliffs of the Rhins of Galloway to the expansive stretches of beach at Sandyhills. You can visit both of these areas on our tour. You can also travel responsibly whilst enjoying a scenic drive along the Solway Coast from the comfort of our mini coaches. These truly incredible vistas are enough of a reason to visit Dumfries and Galloway on their own.
Dumfries and Galloway is littered with pretty villages begging to be explored. Down winding paths and cobbled streets, you’ll be able to discover friendly pubs, sweet bookshops, cosy cafes and more. The warm, bustling atmosphere of these towns will make you want to visit Dumfries and Galloway again and again. Each time you can find something charming and new. On a Rabbie’s tour, you can visit the unspoiled and historical town of Kirkcudbright. Your Dumfries and Galloway holiday will also involve a night in the enchanting Gatehouse of Fleet.
One of the top reasons people visit Dumfries and Galloway is to explore its expansive green areas. In the Galloway Forest Park, you can discover wonderful waterfalls, fabulous forest walks and even a red deer range where visitors can get up close and personal to some wild red deer. The acres of woodland and green spaces offer a welcome moment of escape from busy lifestyles.
Alongside wonderful natural attractions, Dumfries and Galloway also has its fair share of amazing man made landmarks. These include the Port Logan Fish Pond and the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse. Both of which are amongst the top reasons to visit Dumfries and Galloway. The Port Logan Fish Pond is often thought of as the first aquarium in the UK. Dating back to the Victorian era, this unique natural aquarium is home to a wide range of sea fish and marine life. See hermit crabs, rays, starfish and more. The Mull of Galloway is the most southerly point in Scotland. The lighthouse stands proudly on the cliffs and looking out over the sea. Walking around this spectacular peninsula will be an unforgettable moment on your visit to Dumfries and Galloway.
Last but not least on our list of reasons to visit Dumfries and Galloway is the majestic wildlife. The area of Galloway and Southern Ayrshire is a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. This is a title awarded to places with a world class relationship between people and nature. Covering more than 5,200km², there is plenty to explore during your visit to Dumfries and Galloway. Keep your eyes on the skies and you may spot Red Kites, Golden Eagles and Ospreys. In summer, swathes of adorable sea puffins also visit Dumfries and Galloway.
Feel inspired to visit Dumfries and Galloway? Hop aboard our two day tour departing from Glasgow and see a selection of these fantastic sites for yourself. You can marvel in the culture, learn about the history and take in the scenery. All the while, our friendly and knowledgeable driver-guides make the trip extra special as they share their expert knowledge and captivating tales. Already seen Dumfries and Galloway? Why not explore the Scottish Highlands or visit some Scottish Islands instead. Join us for an unforgettable adventure today.