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Local Attractions


Family Activities

Dino Park is just a 2 minute drive from Kirkwood and the kids will love it!  It’s part of Hetland Garden Centre so the adults will enjoy the tearoom and garden side too.

Just down the road at Colin, Drummuir Farm has dozens of different flavours of delicious ice cream ranging from Peaches & cream coconut to Rum & raison!

There is fun on the farm at Dalscone and also Mabie Farm Park is very popular with go karts, soft play area, donkey rides and cute animals to pet.

Cream of Galloway Ice Cream near Gatehouse is a sure fire family hit, sample the yummy ice cream while the kids explore the massive adventure play area.

For wet days, visit Eden Rock for some rock climbing in Carlisle.


There is a cinema in Annan. Dumfries has a theatre.

Ice rinks are at Dumfries (open all year) and Lockerbie (winter only), which offer skating and curling

Swimming pools are in Dumfries, at the Ice Bowl  and Annan (check times first). Further afield at Coatbridge (over 1hr drive) there is the Time Capsule with water slides for a day away.

Historical Places of Interest

The Distillery at Dalton is a must for Gin lovers.  Tapas with your drinks, it’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon and right on our doorstep.

Annandale Distillery, on the outskirts of Annan have whisky tours and a great coffee shop, a lovely place to visit.

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate at Thornhill is steeped in history, filled with treasures and boasts beautiful Victorian gardens along with way-marked woodland walks, cycle routes, championship mountain bike trails, and adventure playground for the children.  Bike hire available, tearoom and snack bar.  Fabulous events throughout the season.  An excellent day out for all the family.

Caerlaverock Castle is a triangular shaped ruin dating from the 13th Century.

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura exhibits local history of the land and people; the Camera Obscura is a dramatic screen showing panoramic views of the surrounding area.

The Robert Burns Centre tells the story of Scotland’s national Bard and his final years in the 1790’s; and Burns House was one of the houses in which he lived.

The Devil’s Porridge Museum at Eastriggs is a really interesting visit back in time.

In Ecclefechan, the birthplace of writer Thomas Carlyle is open to the public (National Trust).

There is a world famous archaeological dig at Whithorn uncovering a 1,500 year old settlement.