So the Parents have moved up from Norwich to Dumfries and Galloway. Having only driven past it in the past we’ve now been down every few weeks for over a year. It’s fantastic. It’s so fantastic that I’m constantly torn between shouting about it and all the things to do and keeping it to myself! Recently a few friends have been asking why I think it’s so good and whether I think they’d enjoy it as a holiday themselves and I found myself trying out lists of things we have enjoyed doing. I figured that since it was getting to be quite a big list now it was worth putting together a blog with ideas that I can add to and ge tthem to refer to.
So here goes, our top activities to do in Dumfries and Galloway with kids:
http://www.mabiefarmpark.co.uk – brilliant day out with animals, soft play and a fantastic outdoor play including huge slides and trampolines. Everything is included and you could spend the whole day there easily.
http://www.creamogalloway.co.uk – ice cream and a really good adventure park with go karts, Go Boing! (aerial netting trampoline idea), crazy golf, 3D maze, 2 x indoor play areas and a karting zone for toddlers.
http://www.lagganoutdoor.co.uk – Zip slide and grass sledging. I hear the cafe is great too.
http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/kirroughtree-visitor-centre – this place is fantastic, really good viewing bit for birds where we saw red squirrels, really peaceful.
http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/clatteringshaws-visitor-centre – nice drive and you could do that, raiders road, deer and the goats all in one drive
http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/red-deer-range (there’s a viewing bit and a bit further along to see goats)
http://www.barstobrick.co.uk – good walk, nature walks, horses (ride or watch others!) and a nice cafe
http://www.thecocoabeancompany.com – soft play is ok but adults can’t go in even if the kids get stuck which I wasn’t a fan of. On a nice day though you could skip it and do the bit outside that’s huge. Also has a nature trail and you can make chocolates.
http://www.locharthur.org.uk/creamery-and-farmshop/ – nice place for lunch, nice wee deli with local cheese etc and a pond to look out on that has ducks
http://www.kilnford.co.uk – nice place to stop plus it has a walk you can do that skirts a load of the fields with viewing bits for birds and see sheep, cows etc
Plus beaches, loads of lovely cafes, a brewery (!), a lovely Greek restaurant in Castle Douglas, good play parks (Dalbeattie is good) good swimming pools (one is free I’m sure) and stopping in Moffat on the way down for the splash zone in the park and boating lake.