The Royal Burgh of Whithorn has an important history which is immediately obvious from the medieval street layout. Even more significant is the hidden evidence of the early origins of a settlement on this site going back to the 5th century, Scotland’s first Christian community. Enter the Whithorn Story Visitor Centre on the main street to discover archaeological evidence from the past. For further information click on this link
This village is one of the most southerly communities in Scotland; set in a picturesque and unspoilt part of Dumfries and Galloway, rich in history and with strong links to the land and the sea. We hope that one day you may be able to come in person to the Isle, but in the meantime, we invite you to make your own tour of the Isle through the many interesting pages that make up this website. There is something for everybody! For further information click on this link
Isle Futures, the community – led registered charity based in the Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway has been successful in its ‘Investing in Communities’ funding application to the Big Lottery to develop the community-owned St Ninian’s Hall. It is one of 15 projects across Scotland receiving a total of over £8 million from the Big Lottery Fund. For further information click on this link.
Welcome to the webpages for the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory. We hope you enjoy your visit. All visits to the SDSO must be pre-booked. The observatory is in a remote location and so the road for the last approximate 1.5 miles to the observatory is not built to normal road standards. Being a forestry type road, it is rough, and in places steep but is easily passable in a standard car driving slowly and carefully. We remind visitors that all vehicle’s are brought on to site at their own risk. For further information click on this link.
Explore the rolling Galloway glens and hills to discover picturesque forest trails, three friendly visitor centres, wonderful wildlife and a long and colourful history. Here you can enjoy great walking, easy family cycling, exhilarating mountain biking or just sit back and soak up breathtaking loch and mountain views and star-strewn night skies. Forest adventures for everyone Start exploring at one of the Forest Park’s three visitor centres. Visit Kirroughtree, the gateway centre for Galloway Forest Park, for active adventures. Discover wonderful woods, water, hills and history at Glentrool and enjoy tranquil views over lochs and hills at Clatteringshaws. Kirroughtree and Glentrool are also home to two of the world-famous 7stanes mountain bike trail centres. Further information.
This family-friendly, 9 hole course, laid out on the shores of Luce Bay in south west Scotland, offers an interesting and challenging game for novices and experienced golfers alike. A special feature of St Medan is that there are 18 tees playing to 9 holes, making optimum use of the hilly peninsula with it's wonderful scenery and panoramic sea views. For further information click on the link.
These historic seaside gardens occupy a unique, sheltered position on Wigtown Bay. Dating back to 1740, they are set in over 50 acres of designed parkland and compliment the beauty of the natural landscape. Galloway House gardens, offer a fascinating network of formal garden paths & informal natural woodland walks taking in a wide range of scenery and incorporating a variety of interesting plants from wild flowers and shrubs to magnificent old trees - including many exotic, cultivated species that benefit from an unusually mild climate owing to the Gulf Stream. For further information click on the link.
Indulge in luxurious dairy Cream o' Galloway Ice Cream, tuck into tasty Finlay's Farmhouse Cheese and enjoy lots and lots of deliciously good fun at our award winning Visitor Centre. Cream o' Galloway is a deliciously good fun place to visit. With its woodland adventure playground, indoor visitor centre and play areas, daily events, exciting slides, rides and pedal kart track, and its miles of beautiful walks and nature trails to explore in Galloway's scenic countryside. NEW FOR 2014. Go Boing! is the first of its kind in the UK, a specially built aerial netting adventure area, full of bounce and fun for the whole family! For further information click on this link.
Mountain biking has something for everyone - from easy woodland rides to the exhilaration of a downhill trail. It's a great way to keep fit and at the 7stanes you can enjoy some of Scotland's fine forest scenery at the same time. Mountain biking can be enjoyed by the whole family and at the 7stanes we have trails to cater for all ages and all abilities. If you're new to the sport, we've provided some information below to help you get started. For more information click on this link.
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park set in 27 acres of mixed woodland, is the wild animal conservation centre of southern Scotland. A varied collection of nearly 150 animals from all over the world can be seen within the peaceful and natural settings where the woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures. Open from 1st February to 30th November. 10am to dusk daily (last admission 6.00pm) Link.
At the south-western tip of Scotland lies Logan, the country’s most exotic garden. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, southern hemisphere plants flourish in this plantsman’s paradise near Port Logan in Dumfries & Galloway. Open daily 15 March to 31 October from 10am – 5pm (Sundays only in February). Link
For an opportunity to see some of Scotland’s most beautiful marine life and amazing geology, please visit Logan Fish Pond. Logan Fish Pond offers around 50+ different beautiful species of fish and marine life set in a truly unique and stunning setting which provides you with not only an exciting day but an educational one too! For further information click on the link.
The Swallow Theatre is a restored and converted byre at Moss Park, Ravenstone, about three miles from Whithorn. Seating just forty-eight people, it is one of the smallest theatres in the country. It began in 1996 and over the years the programme has grown to more than twenty events per year. The Swallow Theatre aims to provide a wide range of events: drama (including productions by local actors and visiting professional groups), music (classical, folk and jazz), poetry and play readings, and ‘theme nights’. For further information click on this link.
The Mull of Galloway is Scotland’s most southerly point and one of the best kept secrets in the UK. The Rhins of Galloway peninsula remains an unspoiled paradise for visitors on the lookout for peace and tranquility. Beautiful countryside awaits you in the Rhins of Galloway, together with miles of sandy beaches, splendid views and cliff top walks. Wildlife in the area is abundant and the Mull of Galloway is one of the best places in the UK to view dolphins, porpoises and many sea birds. The warm climate means that the area is blessed with six stunning gardens, each with its own individuality, and a variety of plants and trees. Much lies in wait for you to see and do in the Rhins of Galloway and we also have a wide selection of holiday accommodation available from coastal retreats to farm steadings in some enviable locations. For further information click on this link.