Logan Botanic – The UK’s Best Garden

21 July 2021

Logan Botanic Garden has been voted the UK’s most popular garden by Which magazine readers. The garden gained an overall score of 93% based on attractiveness, staff helpfulness, value for money and food and drink, beating the likes of Edinburgh’s Royal Botanic Gardens and Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in London! Which said: The best garden…

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Level 0 at last! But masks still required!

13 July 2021

Nicola Sturgeon has made the latest statement on Coronavirus restrictions in Scotland. The whole of Scotland will move to Level 0 on 19th July but the wearing of masks will still be required as will social distancing in some settings. Hospitality venues will be required to shut at midnight. The Scottish Government hopes to move…

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Calling Outlander Fans

7 July 2021

Get an exclusive tour of Drumlanrig Castle, used in series two of the Netflix adaptation of Diana Gabaldon’s epic series Outlander. Four tours per day will take place Friday, Saturday and Sundays starting on 30 July and continuing throughout August. Full of history, art and beautiful decor, this really is an opportunity not to be…

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Hiking adventures #1

24 June 2021

Welcome to our series introducing you to the many possible hiking adventures within reach of Southfield House. Get a feel for the Galloway Hills by starting with the summit of Cairnsmore. At 711.0 m (2333 ft) it offers an excellent introduction to hill walking and sits in the marvellous Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve.…

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Keep an eye on the news

20 June 2021

Please be sure you continually check the news on travel restrictions from your home postcode and to Southfield. Currently DG8 is at Level 1 in Scotland. Things can change very quickly, as we’ve seen with Scotland’s travel ban for those in Manchester and Salford. If you have booked with us you will get a full…

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Are you up for a biking challenge in heart of Galloway?

20 June 2021

The inaugural Raiders Gravel Galloway is a team stage cycling event taking place from 7-10 October 2021. Across the three race stages riders explore the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. Organisers Golazo Cycling UK state: “This premium all-inclusive event has the optimal mix of adventure, entertainment, culture and relaxation, guaranteeing an unforgettable time in…

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Alpaca trekking!

16 June 2021

No, you’ve not accidently ended up in South America – you can go alpaca trekking in Southwest Scotland! Yes, really! You can book a meet and greet or go trekking in your own Covid secure bubble with the tours run by Senwick Alpaca Trekking which is located near Kirkcudbright (pronounced Cur-koo-bree). It’s about a 45-minute…

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New outdoor performances at the Swallow Theatre

14 June 2021

Hotbuckle Productions presents Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles on Mon 5 July at 6.30pm and Tues 6 July 1.30pm & 6.30pm at the newly created open air performance space at the Swallow Theatre, Ravenstone near Whithorn. It’s about a 15 minute drive from Wigtown. Later in the month, the open air space will host…

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Historic Scotland sites update

10 June 2021

Historic Scotland is slowly re-opening its sites and Dundrennan Abbey is the latest to open in Dumfries and Galloway. Also worth a drive is St Ninian’s Chapel, Isle of Whithorn (pix above) where there’s a nearby pub for a quick bite or drink after a walk around. It’s best to check the Historic Scotland page…

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Trim Trail at Threave

9 June 2021

There’s a new 10 station trim trail to keep young and old alike fit and alert starting from the car park at National Trust for Scotland Threave Gardens near Castle Douglas. This is a great day out for all. Please note that Threave Castle and its access via boat is currently closed owing to Coronavirus…

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