Enjoy a Great Day Out this winter

Did you know VisitScotland has just launched a new campaign to attract visitors to Scotland? It’s called Great Days Out and participating businesses are offering up to 50% off entry tickets.

Dumfries and Galloway has seven businesses who have been awarded funding and many of them are not so very far from Wigtown. And there could be more as other businesses get awarded funding – look for the Days Out logo. And ScotRail is also offering 50% off tickets in November.

Local attractions offering discount

Just down the road from Wigtown, outside Newton Stewart is Crafty Distillery. This very modern gin distillery offers tours to give you an insight into their secret recipes and of course at the end of the tour a taste of their very special spirits.

At Rainton, near Gatehouse of Fleet, you can learn to make ice cream, or cheese at Cream o’ Galloway. This wonderful organic farm took a change of direction during lockdown and its adventure playground is now closed. However, adults will enjoy the informative tours about ethical dairy farming while the hedgerow safaris will enchant the smallest visitors.

Ice-cream making and cheese making workshops are available at Cream o’ Galloway.

Head through the Galloway Forest Park towards Loch Ken and a multitude of offerings at Galloway Activity Centre. Known for its water activities in the summer, it has several land based activities to keep you busy in the cooler months. Archery, laser combat, climbing and experiencing their new Giant Swing are all possible half-day activities. There is also a monthly guided night-time bike ride, where you can take in the stars in the Dark Skies Park.

Go for a guided night ride in the Dark Skies Park – Photo credit VisitScotland/David N Anderson

Further along the A75 near Castle Douglas is Threave Gardens & House. Part of the National Trust Scotland, the house offers a fascinating look into the lives of the Gordon family. Outside in the gardens there are trails for old and young alike and at the end of it all a cafe, shop and plant sales area.

Great day out with the kids

In Dumfries, Moat Brae, the National Centre for Children’s Literature is an excellent day out for those with young ones. It was voted one of the top 50 places in the World to visit with children by the US publication Time magazine. Outside is a garden for children to lose themselves in their imaginations. Inside books aplenty and shadows of Peter Pan to chase. There are also special events on throughout the winter, so check their events page.

Moat Brae home of Peter Pan
Moat Brae House and Garden was acknowledged by J.M. Barrie as the inspiration for Neverland. Credit: VisitScotland

Or head west towards Stranraer and stop off to visit the beautiful Glenwhan Gardens and Tearoom in Dunragit. This is a wonderful garden 40 years in the making and definitely worth a visit. If you have a dry day, pack a picnic and enjoy the garden while you dine!

Glenwhan Gardens – Photo credit VisitScotland/ Paul Tomkins

Further afield, perhaps on your way home, is the Devil’s Porridge Museum in Eastriggs. Newly renovated museum that celebrates the role this former munitions factory played in WWI. There is also the new Chapelcross Nuclear Power Station Virtual Reality Experience- a 360° tour inside the factory where plutonium and tritium were produced for the atomic bomb.

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