While you’re staying with us at Castleview House in Kirkcudbright, why not add some extra things to do to your itinerary? Here are a few ideas to start you off:
A Wild Autumn Day
Visit the nearby Galloway Forest Park and enjoy some Autumn Highlights using their self-guided itinerary:
Kirroughtree Wildlife Hide – The mixed woodland of broad leaves and conifers within Kirroughtree Forest offers you the opportunity to be captivated with the ambience and charm of this tranquil corner of Scotland. The stillness of the Bruntis Loch with its swards of spring flowers can settle weary souls and calm tired minds. For the more active there is a wealth of walks and Kirroughtree is home to one of the world famous 7stanes mountain bike trials. If you head along the popular wild watch trail, then you’re likely to see many of the woodland animals that visit the feeders: red squirrels, greater spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches and jays are all seen regularly here.
Wild Goat Park – The Wild Goat Park is a great place to start your adventures with the family, but also for close encounters with the friendly, ancient breed of goats. There’s plenty of access, with a car park and a number of road side pull-ins to make viewing the wild goats really easy. Picnic benches are also available, making the Wild Goat Park the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat while meeting and greeting the friendly goats as well as taking in the stunning views out across the rolling hills. The goats are fed at 10am every morning, so this is the best time to see them.
Red Deer Range – On selected dates throughout the year, you can take part in the Meet the Deer events at 10am where you’ll have the chance to hand-feed the UK’s largest land mammal. The annual Roaring Stags event and Rutting Week in early October are a particular highlight. You can also watch these magnificent animals from the Deer Hide.
Clatteringshaws – Clatteringshaws, situated deep in the heart of The Galloway Forest, is a fantastic starting point for a journey filled with discovery and adventure. Clatteringshaws is surrounded by the magestic Rhinns of Kells and Merrick Hills, which are also part of the Galloway Forest Park. Journey through Clatteringshaws and discover wonders such as Bruce’s Stone, Monarchs of the Glen, Billy Goats Gruff, Galloway’s famous son, spectacular waterfalls, stone heads, myriad trails and even cycle routes. There is something for everyone here, at Clatteringshaws!
Red Kite Trail – The ‘Galloway Kite Trail‘ is situated around the peaceful water of Loch Ken and promotes the population of kites, recently re-established in Kirkcudbrightshire, as a source of nature-based tourism to benefit local communities in the area. In doing so, the trail is helping to strengthen the ‘ownership’ of the Kites by local communities and tourist operators. The kites are fed at 2pm every day and the feeding spectacle continues for quite some time as the birds swoop in to grab morsels of meat. It’s a great opportunity to see these magnificent birds of prey.
Glentrool Visitor Centre – Glentrool Visitor Centre has been known as the “gateway to the Galloway hills”. Here you can pick up maps and information on the hill ranges. The Merrick, Southern Scotland’s highest mountain at nearly 2,800ft can be climbed from Bruce’s Stone. This particular point in Galloway is often affectionately known as the “Highlands of the Lowlands” and is also, one of the three welcoming visitor centres situated within the Galloway Forest Park.
Stargazing – visit Galloway Forest Park at night and marvel at the night sky. You’ll experience some of the darkest skies in Europe as the heavens put on a spectacular show of constellations, planets and thousands of stars.