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The South West Coastal 300 route in South West Scotland is a stunning drive of just over 300 Miles. Much of your route follows our many miles of awesome coastline while you will also have the opportunity to marvel at our hills, glens, forests and lochs. As the South West Coastal 300 is roughly circular, you can start wherever you please. Spend as long as you like exploring the huge diversity of scenery and natural beauty on display along our quiet roads.
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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.
There are few places in the UK where you can clearly see the Milky Way and even the Andromeda Galaxy. The Galloway Astronomy Centre is such a place. Located approx 20 miles south of the Internationally recognised Gold Award Dark Sky Park at the Galloway Forest. With our beautiful night sky free of light pollution viewing the planets, nebulae or galaxies is unforgettable. Whether you are deeply interested in Astronomy or you just want to experience seeing a sky full of stars, we can take you on a journey around our Solar System and far beyond to see the many wonders of the Universe.
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.
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.
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)
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).
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!
There’s always something different to see and do here at Kirroughtree, whatever the time of year. The visitor centre is a great place to kick back and enjoy the view, browse the displays or fuel up for the trails, and there’s lots of information about what to see and do.
Mull of Galloway
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.
The Crook of Baldoon is a coastal reserve of 196 hectares lying within Wigtown Bay. Since buying the reserve, the RSPB has restored farmland and a willow crop to wet grassland. This provides a breeding habitat for lapwing and redshank, as well as increasing the richness of other wildlife.