Dumfries and Galloway

Spring attractions

Spring Attractions

26 February 2022

This is easily my favourite time of year. The weather may not be playing ball just yet, but on a sunny day in the garden you can just see that spring is on its way. Snowdrops have been blooming for a few weeks now and we can see flecks of yellow amongst the greens of…

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Seeking snowdrops in Galloway

Seeking snowdrops in Galloway

1 February 2022

Do you start looking eagerly for the arrival of small white flower heads, still tightly closed, poking their heads through the fallen leaves in January & February? When we first moved to the Wigtownshire peninsula (known as the Machars) we were delighted by the carpets of snowdrops that covered our woodlands. It became an annual…

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Enjoy a Great Day Out this winter

16 November 2021

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…

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wild swimming

Where can I wild swim?

2 September 2021

Scotland! Yes! Scotland is the perfect place to wild swim as you have a right to swim as part of the right to roam responsibly. The rivers and lochs are ideal with clear, clean burns running into cascading waterfalls that end in magical pools of crystal clear joy. And in here in Dumfries and Galloway…

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Hiking adventures #3 100 walks to try

1 September 2021

Hill walking, hiking, rambling – whatever phrase you use, there is plenty of it to do around Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland. This blog isn’t about any one specific hike or walk but about 100 of them! Yes really! What is the Core Paths List? I’ve recently discovered the local council have published a…

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Hiking adventures #2 The Merrick

27 August 2021

Conquer southwest Scotland’s highest peak – the Merrick! It’s a day trip from Wigtown and if you choose only one hill walk or hike during your stay it should be this one. At 843m high, The Merrick is the highest peak in these parts and known as a Corbett in hill height classification. Family activity…

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staycation Scotland

Can I staycation in Scotland?

3 August 2021

Yes, you can! This has definitely been the year of staycations, but it’s still been a bit confusing with travellers from some parts of England being prevented from coming to Scotland earlier in the summer. Thankfully that is no longer the case. Since 19 July, you can stay overnight in Scotland from England, Wales, Northern…

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spot golden plover Wigtown Scotland

Bird watching heaven

1 August 2021

It may only be the start of August, but I know that the cooler autumnal weather will be on its way soon and personally it’s my favourite season of the year. The cool, crisp fresh mornings are my favourite time and it is an excellent time of year to visit, especially for those wishing to…

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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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