Why we deserve to be Scotland’s Holiday destination of the year!
Scotland’s Holiday Destination of the year – Thanks Countryfile!
Voters chose Dumfries and Galloway as the Scottish Holiday Destination of 2015/6. Well we knew that already so we’re not surprised everyone is starting to believe it too! Dumfries and Galloway is rich in such a wide and diverse range of activities that there are things here to interest all visitors. From modern culture with numerous music festivals to an abundance of natural beauty in the surrounding forests and parks; Dumfries and Galloway has it all! Including the BQA, a luxury Hotel near Dumfries. Here are some of the reasons we think we cinched that number 1 top spot. Stay with us here in our hotel near Dumfries and you’ll be in the perfect location to enjoy each and every one!
Dark Sky Park
Galloway Forest Park is one of the darkest places in Scotland, which is why it is one of the most beautiful. Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s first Dark Sky Park. Visitors to the forest can enjoy a constantly changing view every night in near total darkness. On the Sky Quality Metre the park scores between 21 and 23.6 (you’d get around 8 in a big city) so that means there is a perfect view of the starry skies on a clear night.
We have a castle! Who wouldn’t want to visit a castle?! And not just any castle…there’s tonnes of stuff to do to keep you entertained. From walking to cycling and a fantastic adventure playground there’s something for all the family to enjoy. Dumfries and Galloway boasts numerous castles across the area in fact. Restoring and preserving these castles means Dumfries and Galloway can continue to hold to a small piece of their history for all to enjoy.
Did I mention Dumfries and Galloway is no stranger to culture? Commissioned by the Duke of Buccleuch, the former coal mine was recycled under the artistic eye of renowned landscape artist Charles Jencks. The exhibit is designed as a demonstration and exploration of exciting discoveries in terms of astrology and cosmology. Creating a new and inspiring landmark for all to enjoy, a sad old coal mine that otherwise would have sat destitute and unloved has become a beautiful work of art.
Perhaps you’re just looking for a good old family day at the beach? Well we can do that too! Perfect for a fun filled day with the family, the great reaches of clean sand are great for picnics and giant sandcastles. When the tide is out you can enjoy the view of miles of secluded sandy bays. Nothing quite beats a sunny day at the beach in summer. There is a shop and small cafe nearby as well if you don’t happen to go prepared with the picnic blanket!
7 Stanes cycling
Day at the beach not enough of an adrenaline rush for you? Fear not adrenaline junkies as Dumfries and Galloway has some the best cycling and mountain bike trails Scotland can offer. These exhilarating downhill biking trails are spread across southern Scotland and each one tells a different legendary tale. The 7 Stanes (for stone) are sculptures replicating legends and myths relating to the local area with one placed on each trail. Enjoy an exciting day out, tearing up the muddy tracks, before returning to a relaxing soak in a deluxe bathroom in the BQA hotel near Dumfries.
If you are interested in learning all about the history of the area, Solway Tours offer personalised bespoke tours. Mark and Lesley started Solway tours to provide a fun approach for visitors wanting to learn more about the area. Taking you to the great historic landscapes Dumfries and Galloway has to offer as well as many hidden gems, you will see Scotland in a brand new light!
Those are simply a few of the many different reasons why Dumfries and Galloway deserved to win the Countryfile Holiday Destination of the year award. Dumfries and Galloway has so much more to offer visitors wherever their interests lie. With such a diverse culture, the area is a fantastic place to visit for both new and returning visitors. With new attractions and events happening day to day, no visit will be the same. What is the same though, is the quality of service you’ll receive at the BQA hotel near Dumfries. Never faltering on out excellent quality customer service your stay with us will definitely be unforgettable. So now you know a bit more about the region, fancy a stay? Check out our Early Bird Offer and enjoy the best rates in our luxury hotel!