Family Attractions in Dumfries and Galloway

22 November 2016

Looking for things to do with the kids in Dumfries and Galloway? From vast outdoors spaces where they can run wild, to fascinating museums, Dumfries and Galloway has plenty of activities for children. To help you keep the children entertained, here are the top activities for families in Dumfries and Galloway:


Watersports on Loch Ken

If you can brave the cold, dive into watersports on Loch Ken! For adventurous children, there’s plenty of wakeboarding, water-skiing and banana boating opportunities. If you’re looking for something less adrenaline fuelled, there are also plenty of places where you can hire kayaks and sail boats for the day. If anyone in the family is new to watersports, there are plenty of watersports schools in the local area that offer equipment hire and tuition for beginners; just make sure you get a qualified instructor before hitting the loch.


Explore Dalbeattie Forest

Nicknamed Town Wood due to its close proximity to the town of Dalbeattie, the Forest’s unspoilt acres are a haven to local wildlife. Although you’re right next to the town, Dalbeattie Forest’s secluded trails and abundance of wildlife will make children feel like intrepid wilderness explorers for the day! While you’re there, take your young explorers along the Red Squirrel Trail, created especially for children to enjoy the forest. As you explore, look out for red squirrels, golden eagles, foxes and other woodland creatures. There are also plenty of cycle tracks and foot paths if you want to discover more of the forest.


Visit a Farm Park

Take a trip to Mabie Farm Park for a fun day out in the Dumfries countryside. Younger children will love being close enough to feed Highland cows, Shetland ponies, peacocks and more! If younger kids are getting tired walking around the farm, treat them to a donkey ride or give them a shot on the mini-train that runs around the park! Once you’ve seen the animals, visit the play area to let kids run wild on the slides and bouncy castles, or hire a paddle boat and spend a leisurely afternoon out on the boating pond. For older children and teenagers, there are quad bikes and go karts for an afternoon of high-octane fun!

For more information visit the Mabie Farm Park website.


Explore a Crystal Cave

Creetown Gem Rock Museum is more than just a museum! Within its walls lies a crystal cave full of glittering gemstones! Here children are welcome to explore the cave’s glowing gemstones and discover hidden treasures as they learn how these gems are formed. After exploring the cave, learn more about gemstones by taking a walk around the museum’s many other exhibits. There’s also a fossilised dinosaur egg and a meteor rock on display.

For opening times and admission prices visit the museum website.


Visit a Wildlife Conserve

Encompassing 27 acres of woodland, the Galloway Wildlife Conservation is home to 150 animals from all around the world! As the animals’ vast enclosures have been set up to resemble the animals’ natural habitat, it’s the closest you can get to watching these animals in the wild. The conserve has fantastic nature walks and if you’re lucky, you’ll get to see some of the species roaming free around area! Many of the species at the conserve are endangered, so a trip to the Galloway Wildlife Conserve means that you’re helping to ensure their survival.


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