The Complete Guide to Free Attractions in Dumfries and Galloway

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Free attractions in Dumfries and Galloway

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  1. Agnew Park
  2. Dalbeattie Museum
  3. Dock Park
  4. Eskrigg Nature Reserve
  5. Galloway Forest Park
  6. Grey Mares Trail Nature Reserve
  7. Mossburn Animal Centre
  8. Red Deer Range Trail
  9. Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
  10. (A) St. Ninians Cave
  11. (B) Station Park
  12. (C) The Mill on the Fleet
  13. (D) The Mull of Galloway Trail

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Agnew Park

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Address: Agnew Crescent, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 7JZ

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: +44 (1776) 703535

Email Address: karen.brownlie@dumgal.gov.uk

Website: Agnew Park

About: Agnew Park has a wide range of leisure facilities including a boating lake, a miniature railway that takes a complete tour of the park, a play island, an 18-hole putting green, and a mini car racing circuit. In addition, there is a café serving a range of hot and cold refreshments.

Dalbeattie Museum

Address: Southwick Rd, Dalbeattie, DG5 4BS

Opening Times: April to October: Mon – Sat 11:00 till 16:00

Tel Number: 01556 611657

Email Address::info@dalbeattiemuseum.co.uk

Website: Dalbeattie Museum

About: Dalbeattie Museum is a fascinating wee museum that was set up with a vision to record the town’s history through a collection of artefacts, displays, and photographs that have been chosen for their contribution to the social history of Dalbeattie.

Dock Park

Address: Dock Park, Dumfries, DG1 2RY

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01387 245911

Email Address: contact@dumgal.gov.uk

Website: Dock Park

About: The most prominent feature of Dock Park is the nineteenth-century bandstand that plays host to frequent events throughout the year. The rest of the park borders a riverside that is extremely popular in summer, while a large children’s play park, a historic maze, and a Peter Pan-themed mini golf area are used by families year-round.

Eskrigg Nature Reserve

Address: Quaas Loaning, Lockerbie, DG11 1HY

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: N/A

Email Address: N/A

Website: Eskrigg Nature Reserve

About: Eskrigg Nature Reserve is a peaceful site that was once an old curling pond, but is now maintained by a local charity. There are various paths to follow around the adjacent woodland which offer visitors the chance to see plenty of wildlife, while a mountain bike trail is a favourite with those feeling a little more energetic.

Galloway Forest Park

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Address: Creebridge, Newton Stewert, DG8 6AJ

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01671 402420

Email Address: galloway@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Website: Galloway Forest Park

About: Galloway Forest Park covers an impressive three hundred square miles of prime forest in the heart of southern Scotland. Stretching from seashore to mountain, the park is home to an abundance of wildlife and visitors can frequently see red and roe deer and several species of birds of prey in its forest, moorland and lochs.

Grey Mares Trail Nature Reserve

Address: Moffat Valley, Moffat, Dumfriesshire, DG10 9DP

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 07713 786230

Email Address: information@nts.org.uk

Website: Grey Mares Trail

About: This spectacular trail features one of the highest waterfalls in the UK where the tumbling waters of Loch Skeen plunge 60 metres down the Moffat Water Valley. Walkers will often catch sight of ospreys, peregrine falcons and wild goats as they traverse the glacier-scarred terrain.

Mossburn Community Farm

Address: Mossburn Community Farm, Hightae, Lockerbie, DG11 1LE

Opening Times: Contact site for details

Tel Number: 01387 811288

Email Address: mossburnanimalcentre2@hotmail.com

Website: Mossburn Animal Centre

About: The Mossburn Animal Centre was established to care for abused, unwanted and neglected animals and is home to a wide variety of farm, domestic and exotic animals. The charity organization prides itself on providing education for children through its interesting tours and also features a tearoom and a shop.

Red Deer Range Trail

Address: Castle Douglas, DG7 2BL

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 0300 067 6156

Email Address: fcscotland@forestry.gsi.gov.uk

Website: Red Deer Range Trail

About: The Red Deer Range offers visitors the chance to see over 60 red deer in their natural environment thanks to a purpose-built viewing area and hide. Numerous paths allow visitors to experience all areas of the forest and guided walks are available in summer.

Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

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Address: High Street, Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway, DG4 6BN

Opening Times: Apr to Sept: Tues to Sun 10:00 (14:00 Sun) to 17:00

Tel Number: +44 (1659) 50186

Email Address: dumfries.museum@dumgal.gov.uk

Website: Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum

About: This museum is dedicated to Sanquhar’s renowned knitting industry as well as the mines and miners of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel. The 18th-century tollbooth is a fascinating backdrop to the audiovisual presentations which include explanations of what prison life was like in Sanquhar jail.

St. Ninians Cave

Address: St Ninian’s Cave, Nr Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway, DG8

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 0131 668 8600

Email Address: hs.explorer@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Website: St. Ninians Cave

About: St. Ninians cave lies in an area of outstanding natural beauty on the beach of Physgill, close to Whithorn. Visitors can explore the dark and gloomy depths of the sea-cave where St. Ninian supposedly had a hermitage, while the stony beach is perfect for taking a relaxing afternoon stroll.

Station Park

Address: Beattock Road, A701, Moffat, DG10 9HF

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01683 220 697

Email Address: beechgrove.leisurecentre@dumgal.gov.uk

Website: Station Park

About: This family park and boating pond, set in beautiful surroundings, is a superb place for families to enjoy a wide range of activities. In addition to the manicured gardens there is a boating lake, a putting green, an interactive water feature, and a children’s play park.

The Mill on the Fleet

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Address: High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2HS

Opening Times: Mar to Oct: 10:00 – 17:00

Tel Number: 01557 814099

Email Address: millonthefleet@btopenworld.com

Website: Mill on The Fleet

About: The Mill on the Fleet was built in 1788 as a cotton spinning mill, but today it is used as an exhibition centre for the heritage of the local area. The main exhibition floor houses displays that provide a glimpse into the life and times of Gatehouse and Fleet Valley, and there is also a café and a bookshop.

The Mull of Galloway Trail

Address: Various points of entry. See website for details.

Opening Times: Open year-round.

Tel Number: 01776 707408

Email Address: info@mullofgallowaytrail.co.uk

Website: Mull of Galloway Trail

About: The Mull of Galloway Trail runs from Mull to Stranraer, and Stranraer to Glenapp, across 35 miles (56.33 km) of stunning south Scotland terrain that not only provides breathtaking views but is also rich in wildlife. Visitors to the trail will frequently see red deer, red squirrels, seals and a wide variety of wild Scottish flora and fauna.

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By Craig Neil

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