There's plenty to discover in Dumfries and Galloway; whether you're here to take on the golf courses, blaze across a challenging path on your mountain bike, or for some family fun, you're sure to find something that will make your visit memorable and special!

To help you make the most of your stay, here are some of our favourite spots in and around Dumfries:

Southerness Village

The Vikings originally named the village Salterness. Furthermore, the village was first officially recorded in a 12th century charter, giving the monks the right to work the saltpans. One of the main focal points of Southerness is its historic lighthouse which is the second oldest of its kind in Scotland. 

What’s Nearby?

In the village we have a convenience store, called The Mini Market, which is situated a stone's throw away from the hotel. There is also a craft shop, arcade, amusement centre, launderette, fish and chip shop, beach and the second oldest lighthouse in Scotland – all situated within 200 yards of the hotel. 

Mabie Farm Park (Open March-October)

If you're in search of a day of family fun (especially with younger children) Mabie Farm is just the ticket! There’s a load to see and do, including donkey riding, paddle boating, a miniature railway and quad bike rides! Visitors also have the chance to meet the friendly farmyard animals on site; bags of feed for the animals can be bought on site.

Dalbeattie Forest 

Dalbeattie Forest is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, perfect for mountain biking, picnics and family walks, or just taking in the scenery. There is also a regular programme of events in the forest including wildlife walks, den building and more!  

Sweet Heart Abbey

In 1273 Lady Dervogilla of Galloway founded Sweetheart Abbey in memory of her husband, John Balliol. More than 700 years on, the abbey is still remarkably preserved, as is its impressive precinct wall, making this a site of great historical interest.