Self Catering Cottage Dumfries & Galloway
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The Byre

Activities and Attractions

Dumfries and Galloway offers a variety of activities for everyone. The Byre is ideally situated for visiting the attractions within the area. Click on our suggested itineraries below to see just what is available.

  1. Coastal Trail
  2. Family Fun
  3. Heritage
  4. Arts and Crafts
  5. Outdoor
  6. Mountain Biking

The farm trail provides the opportunity to explore the farm and animals. New for 2010 our bridge and picnic table at the wildlife corner. We also have a walking leaflet of superb walking routes around the local countryside. There are seven walks varying in length all based from the Byre self catering cottage. The views shown below were photographed on the 3rd January from Walk 1.

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Dumfries and Galloway is an artistic region of South West Scotland with Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Moniaive all within an hour drive from the Byre. In Dumfries, Gracefield Arts Centre displays a range of exhibitions and works by a variety of local artists. Appreciate art in the natural environment by visiting Glenkiln. Here a series of statues by Rodin, Epstein and Henry Moore are positioned throughout the stunning moor. This unusual outdoor gallery is only 6 miles from the Byre. Similarly there are installations by Andy Goldsworthy positioned throughout the region.

Dark Skies
The Galloway Forest Park, the first Dark Skies Park in the UK, is an hour and a half drive from the Byre and a must for those individuals wishing to discover the stars. The tranquil location of the Byre is suitable for guests wishing to see the stars above the farm, a telescope is provided for guests use along with a guide.

South West Scotland offers a superb variety of golf courses with stunning views, including the Pines at Dumfries (10 miles from the Byre), Thornhill (7 miles), Powfoot (25 miles) and Sanquhar (20 miles).

Salmon and sea trout fishing is available two miles away from the Byre on the River Nith, with a variety of beats to choose from. Alternatively there are several brown trout and rainbow trout lochs within five miles of the Byre.

Mountain Biking
The Byre is ideally situated for access to the 7Stanes mountain biking trails. Each 7Stanes centre is within a 2 hour drive from the Byre. Ae is 12 miles away, Mabie 14 miles, Dalbeattie 22 miles, New Castleton 53 miles, Innerleithen 54 miles, Glentress 58 miles and Kirroughtree 70 miles. With over 400 km of biking terrain, the 7Stanes offers tracks suitable to all mountain biking enthusiasts. Bikes can be hired at Mabie and Kirroughtree. For those guests wishing to bring their own bikes, we provide a secure bike shed, a workshop and bike washing facilities.

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