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Local Attractions

Kirkcudbright

Our local town is Kirkcudbright, an attractive and bustling little fishing town, for a long time famed as the favourite resort of artists and craftspeople, and now also a popular centre for exploring the varied and attractive Galloway countryside. The town has an estuarine harbour – the home of a fleet of scallop boats, a historic old High Street with art & craft outlets, colourfully painted traditional Scottish townhouses, and a selection of mainly family-owned shops where most things can be got. For full information, visit the town’s website.

During the summer months Kirkcudbright has a full programme of events and festivities. Among the many attractions on offer, on most Thursday nights during July and August Kirkcudbright Pipe Band can be heard playing in the town.  This has a great finale with it’s own ‘Edinburgh Tattoo’ which is a fantastic climax to the summer… www.kirkcudbright.com.

 

DGWGO: Dumfries and Galloway News and Events

All the latest Dumfries Galloway news, plus events, competitions, sport news and pictures. Bringing you the widest coverage of the news that matters… www.dgwgo.com.

 

Castle Douglas

Just a few miles away is Castle Douglas. With approximately fifty local businesses involved in either producing or selling food and drink, it is easy to see why Castle Douglas has been designated a Food Town. The vibrancy and importance of Castle Douglas today lies largely in the draw of the shops and cafés, restaurants and hotels.

In an age when consumers are given often conflicting advice about what food is good for them and which constituents they should avoid, it is refreshing that Castle Douglas offers high quality locally produced food and drink which everyone can enjoy. It is also of great economic benefit that the raw materials produced by local farmers get added value from being processed here and sold here… www.castle-douglas.com.

 

Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre

Laggan Outdoor is an Outdoor Activity centre perched on the hills over-looking the stunning Galloway coastline offering multi activity days for all the family. The activities on offer range from Clay Pigeon Shooting and Archery to the brand new and slightly more adventurous sport of Mountain Boarding & Mountain Balling. You could even go on a half day or a day long Mountain Biking expedition led by one of Laggan’s Mountain Bike leaders.

There really is something for everyone at Laggan Outdoor. To enquire, please call the office on 01557 840217 or visit the Laggan website at … www.lagganoutdoor.co.uk.

 

Cream O’ Galloway

The best things in life are usually the simplest, which is why the pure, natural and simple ingredients of Cream o’ Galloway ice cream make it so deliciously tasty. Creating and perfecting our recipes is a serious pleasure.  There is plenty for the family, indoor and outdoor activities galore… www.creamogalloway.co.uk.

 

Galloway Night Sky

Galloway Dark Sky Park Astronomy Park. We have one of the world’s best views of the night sky on their doorstep. In South West Scotland’s Galloway Forest Park Galloway Forest park has become the UK’s First Dark Sky Park and the first place outside the US to be named one of the best places in the world to gaze at the stars… www.scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/dark-skies.

 

The Chocolate Factory

The Cocoa Bean Company is a family run chocolate factory and visitor attraction based in the south west of Scotland. What makes us different is that we hand make and decorate our chocolates. In April 2010 we moved to our new purpose built site, which has allowed us create extensive play areas both inside and outdoors. Our spacious new site houses a large café area and purpose built chocolate workshops complete with glass viewing walls.  They also have located there The David Coulthard Museum with it’s own F1 simulator… www.thecocoabeancompany.com.

 

Michelle Robertson

Here at High Kirkland as well as offering the peaceful surroundings and quality accommodation, we are offering something extra. High Kirkland has a good friend who is a fabulous chef. She has 15 years experience in Catering and will deliver anything from a Lasagne to preparing something special at High Kirkland. She will even stay to wash up!! We have a couple of sample menu’s for you to get an idea, but her repertoire is fantastic! This would be perfect for a family gathering when all you want to concentrate on is spending that precious time with your loved ones. It also maybe a adrenaline filled weekend of mountain biking or something else as draining. This is where a prepared meal would suit you all! You can either contact Michelle directly or I can liaise with her. We are very proud to offer this with Michelle! Over 15 Years experience in Catering, I can deliver lasagnes or cook something special and stay to do the clearing up… robertson_michelle1@sky.com / 07823 335477 / 01556 670398

 

Trailbrakes Biking Holidays

Trailbrakes Biking Holidays specialise in providing unique, bespoke mountain biking holidays, cycling tours and road cycling holidays throughout the UK. Having over 10 years’ experience in organising UK-based mountain biking holidays and cycling trips, we believe that your cycling holiday should be exactly as you want it and have guided, self-guided and independent cycling holidays to choose from. Just tell us exactly what you want and we’ll provide you with a perfect mountain biking tour, cycling holiday or road biking trip. Have a look at the biking trips below to start planning your two-wheeled adventure or contact us directly to discuss your cycling holiday requirements… http://www.trailbrakes.co.uk/

 

7stanes – Mountain Biking Heaven

The 7stanes are world-class mountain biking centres that span the south of Scotland. Their award-winning trails offer some of the best mountain biking in the country and attract riders from all over the UK and beyond.  You don’t have to be an experienced mountain biker to enjoy these famous trails: there are a wide range of routes to suit beginners, families and experts. Plus, many of the centres also have skills areas for you to practice your technique… http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/activities/mountain-biking/7stanes

 

Mabie Farm Park

Nestled beneath the magnificent 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 outside Dumfries in Southern Scotland, 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….  http://mabiefarmpark.co.uk/

 

Nocturnal Wildlife Tours

Be prepared to be amazed by what you can see and experience with the aid of our professional range of hand held night vision and thermal imaging wildlife observation equipment.”  Detect animals as small as rabbits at up to 600 metres away or get close enough to see badgers and Roe deer going about their nightly routine without them knowing you’re there.  Wherever we go up to five tour participants can be transported in our specially prepared night tours vehicle, complete with external mounted thermal camera and internal viewing screens…  http://www.wildlifetours.co.uk/

 

Kirkcudbright Golf Club

Founded in 1893, we have developed into a well established, challenging, yet panoramic 18 hole course with full facilities available to both members and visitors. The course offers players of all ages and handicaps a fine round of golf – it has recently been rated in the top 5 courses in the region and you can read an independent review here – and for those who wish, buggies are also available.  In conjunction with Kirkcudbright Golf Club we can offer a green fee rate of £20 which is a saving of £8!…. http://www.kirkcudbrightgolf.co.uk/

 

The Galloway Activity Centre

The Galloway Activity Centre is a friendly family run outdoor centre offering fun activities and watersports tuition for all ages. You can find them on the lovely shores of Loch Ken just 10 miles north of Castle Douglas offering a range of activities including Climbing, Zip Line, Sailing, Kayaking, Laser Tag, the famous Wobbly Water Park and much more.

With a lovely café on site there’s everything you need for your own adventure day and High Kirkland residents get a special 10% off all activities! Call 01556 502011 to book or check out their website at http://www.lochken.co.uk

 

Case Sports

Andrew Case (Case Sport) has been providing a personal guide service organising shooting and fishing in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland for over 25 years for clients from the UK and overseas. We can provide a selection of bespoke sporting packages and sporting breaks for individuals and groups wishing to experience the exhilaration of country sports at its finest in this unique and magnificently picturesque corner of Scotland.  http://casesport.com/