If you fancy venturing further afield while you’re staying at High Kirkland, then Cream o’ Galloway is sure to be a hit with the whole family. Just 20 minutes from Kirkcudbright, the working farm and visitor centre has enough activities and attractions to keep everyone busy all day, whatever the weather.
The farm, just off the A75 west of Kirkcudbright, has been in the same family since the 1920s and now produces its own ice cream and cheese. Everything it makes is organic and bursting with natural ingredients so you know its full of goodness and flavour.
Organic ice cream and cheese
Cream o’ Galloway ice creams come in a huge variety flavours with old favourites like Rum & Raisin and Luxury Vanilla sitting alongside new varieties such as Caffe Latte and Salted Caramel. There’s also a dairy-free mango sorbet to tantalise the taste buds. You’ll even find tubs of Sticky Toffee and Caramel Shortbread ice cream in supermarkets across Scotland. (The number of varieties is always changing as there’s always an experiment of two on the go being tested at the visitor centre).
If you’ve ever wondered how ice cream is made then during the school holidays the kids can sign up to ‘Ready Steady Freeze’, a small group activity where they can make ice cream from scratch. And for those who would rather just give them a try, the ice cream tasting workshops let you sample 10 different flavours.
If cheese is more your thing, Cream o’ Galloway produces four award-winning unpasteurised varieties: Fleet Valley Blue; Laganory; Rainton Tomme; and Traditional Carrick. You can learn about the process involved and enjoy a taste at cheese tasting workshops that also run during the school holidays.
After all that ice cream and cheese, there are plenty of ways to burn off a few calories, from the mini play zone for tiny tots to the adventure playground for older children. There are also pedal karts, a 3D maze, a flying fox and crazy golf so plenty to keep everyone occupied after lunch.
For visitors looking for a quieter option, there is a nature trail and sensory garden and four-legged friends are welcome to run free in the enclosed 7-acre woodland.
And there’s no need to worry if the weather isn’t quite what you’d hoped for. An indoor play area, shop and tea room offer respite from the rain while you wait for the sun to reappear.
Cream o’ Galloway is open 10am-5pm daily from April to October and 10am-4pm in February and March during weekends and school holidays. You’ll find directions on the website here.
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Thank you to Cream o’ Galloway for providing information and images.