As one of the thirty-two council areas of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway is comprised of Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire, and Wigtownshire. The town is located to the east of the Irish Sea and is well known for producing many artists and writers. There are many things to do in the area of Dumfries and Galloway, with outdoor and cultural attractions being a big draw for tourists visiting the area.


There are a plethora of outdoor attractions that populate the area of Dumfries and Galloway. There are many gardens that are local to the area. Logan Botanic Garden is a popular destination for visitors is open from mid-March to late October. Notable for its’ exotic collection of southern hemisphere plants, Logan Botanic Garden also has a fish pond and a Discovery Center where visitors can learn more about the garden. The garden occasionally hosts classes for children in subjects such as paper making a kite building.

Dunskey Garden is another popular garden in the area and has a lot to offer visitors. Guests of the garden can stroll the grounds to take in the flora, take in a guided tour, and there is also a hedge maze to enjoy. Homegrown plants from the garden are also available for purchase and there is a tea room that is open seven days per week. Cottages are available for rental and visitors can also arrange to go trout fishing on one of the two lochs nearby.

Wildlife Observation

There are also several wildlife observation and information centers in Dumfries and Galloway. WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre, a wetland nature reserve, is a great place for birdwatchers to see local waterfowl. The Wetland Centre is open seven days a week year-round (except for December 25th) and there is a coffee shop located on-site that sells light refreshments, as well as a shop where visitors can purchase binoculars and bird feeders.

Galloway Forest Park is another great place for birdwatchers and nature lovers as well as sports and outdoor enthusiasts. Visitors can choose from a variety of activities including bird-watching, horseback riding, cycling, or simply walking on one of the many trails provided throughout the park.

There are plenty of things to see and do in Dumfries and Galloway. This is a town that still holds Mother Nature in high regard and the sites that bring tourists in clearly reflect that.