5 Ways to Enjoy the Summer Sun in Dumfries and Galloway
When it comes to family activities in Dumfries and Galloway, there is so much to get involved in all year round. But in the summer months the county really comes alive with more fantastic outdoor activities than you can shake an ice-pole at! Here we’ve put together just 5 ways to make the most of the summer season this year.
1. Step back in time
Dino Park, Hetland Garden Centre, Dumfries.
Step back in time and discover the giants who roamed our earth over 150 million years ago. A fantastic day out for all the family, the park is open 7 days a week from the beginning of April to the end of October. Dig for fossils, have fun on the bouncy dino, track the T-rex and discover hidden secrets in the depths of the Dino Mine. A real must-do for families visiting Dumfries this summer.
2. Become a botanical boffin
Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan.
Wander the winding pathways around these fantastic gardens and discover their eclectic mix of rare and tropical plants. The kids will love spotting newts whilst you stroll alongside the fishpond or why not visit the Discovery Centre to find out more about the gardens, its collections and rich history. The award-winning Potting Shed Bistro on-site is renowned for its home cooked fare and family friendly atmosphere. They have a great children’s menu, play-table and also offer free wi-fi.
3. Visit Scotland’s most southerly lighthouse
The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Mull of Galloway, Drummore.
Climb Scotland’s most southerly lighthouse and you will be rewarded by distant views of Ireland and the Isle of Man, on a clear day. Enjoy hilltop walks boasting breathtaking views or roam along two miles of sandy beaches when you discover this tranquil paradise.
4. Play the day away
The Adventure Playground, Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries.
The imposing hilltop castle isn’t only known for its 17th century renaissance architecture or extensive art collections… It’s also home to a purpose built woodland adventure playground! The amazing site promises hours of fun – and some very tired out children at the end of the day – featuring tunnel slides, suspension bridge, climbing nets and aerial runway to name just a few. Not forgetting the tiny tots, there is a toddler-friendly play area too. Why not have us make up a picnic for your day out? Everything is freshly prepared in our seasonal restaurant using delicious locally sourced produce from around Dumfries and Galloway! Just ask a member of staff.
5. Roam an enchanted forest
Galloway Forest Park, Galloway.
Keep an eye out for red deer and wild goats when exploring this expansive forest park. There are three visitor centres with a host of fantastic walks and family friendly cycle paths. The park is packed with breathtaking viewpoints, winding tracks and tranquil lochs which are home to a wonderful array of wildlife. With so much to see and do, a visit to Galloway Forest Park is undoubtedly one of the top family activities in Dumfries if you’re looking to get outdoors and enjoy the sun. But beware, you may find you need to extend your stay!
Want to take advantage of some of the amazing family activities in Dumfries and Galloway this summer? Check out our fantastic July Dinner, Bed & Breakfast Deal in Scotland.
And don’t worry, our friendly staff are always on hand to offer helpful local know-how on all of the things to do in the area during your stay.