Surrounding area

For a good selection of things to see and do in Dumfries and Galloway, we suggest you try:

Mabie Forest

Just south of Dumfries on the beautiful Solway coast in South West Scotland. There are a range of walks for all abilities with stunning views across the Solway Firth to the Lake District Fells in one direction and the Moffat hills beyond Dumfries in the other. With amazing sunrises (if you're an early riser!) and open spaces all around this truly has a feel of being in an apparent wilderness.
Apart from the famous 7 Stanes montain biking routes, of which Mabie Forest is one of them (and easily the most accessible for those coming from the North of England) there is also a childrens play area, picnic area and loads of fabulous viewpoints to enjoy the ambience.

Mountain Biking

Being in the heart of Mabie Forest one of the world-class 7 Stanes mountain bike venues, we are perhaps the only accommodation venue which is the mountain bike equivalent of "ski to your door"
If you'd like to plan a route, these are the miles from Marthrown of Mabie to the other mountain bike trails in southern Scotland : Glentrool 62 / Kirroughtree 52 / Dalbeattie 17 / Ae 18 / Tweed Valley 60 / Newcastleton 48 / Drumlanrig 18

Its also an ideal stop on a longer tour of the coastal road as well as the longest trail of all - the increasingly popular Lands End to John O' Groats cycle run!

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Mabie Farm Park

Nestled beneath the magni´Čücent Mabie Forest with views over the Solway Firth, Mabie Farm Park is original farm fun that's delightful for all ages in all types of weather!
Just a mile away from Marthrown, Mabie Farm Park captures the essence and feel of an original working farm, yet has a variety of both indoor and out door entertainment, for children and adults of all ages!
Regardless of the weather, there is fun to be had together

Mabie Farm Park website

Solway Coast

The Solway Coast is the largely forgotten hidden gem of Scotland with beautiful beaches, spectacular sea-cliffs, quaint villages, with an array of wildlife and steeped in history

Solway Coast AONB website


There is a wide network of paths in the forest, including way-marked routes of various lengths and difficulties.
Spectacular Coastal walks on sea cliffs nearby e.g Balcary, Thirlstane and Sandyhills
Also Criffel and Screel are just a short drive away with the other Solway peaks a little further

Visit this website for more details

Nature and Bird Watching

There is an abundance of wildlife in Mabie forest. Two lochs and many small ponds with the variety of trees around means that an amazing variety of wildlife abounds in Mabie forest. Red squirrels and woodpeckers come right into the courtyard and many rare species of insect and bird life are in the area. Look out for the shy roe deer, badgers and the illusive wild boar!
A trip out from here takes you to WWT Caerlaverock, RSPB Mersehead or RSPB Threave (nesting ospreys) for a variety of bird and wildlife

Also for our local Red Kites click to find out more

Galloway Activity Centre

Galloway Activity Centre occupies a stunning location on the banks of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. With our team of expert adventure instructors and our beautful surroundings we specialise in providing exciting and memorable days out in a safe and friendly family atmosphere.

Catering for families, groups and individuals, you can choose from popular short taster sessions, full day activities, certified courses and instructor training under the professional guidance of our skilled team.

Galloway Activty Website

Dino Park

Step back 150 million years and discover the giants who roamed the earth.

Take a trip through the Dino Mine, hear stories and facts in the Dino Den, dig for fossils, have fun on our bouncy dinosaur and much more!

A great day out for all the family!

We will be open 7 days a week, 10am - 5pm from the 1st of April 2017 until the end of October 2017

Dino Park website

Laggan Outdoors

Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre offer adventure and recreational experiences for all the family.

Set in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway, on the hills above the Solway Coast, you really will struggle to find a more stunning location.
Ideal for Stag/Hen Parties or a family day out

Laggan Outdoor website

NWT Nocturnal Wildlife Tours

See wildlife on our nocturnal tours in a totally different light throughout the year. A truly unique and unforgettable experience could be yours...

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