Dumfries & Galloway
Tucked away in its south-west corner, Dumfries and Galloway is a jewel in the crown of Scotland’s natural beauty. Boasting contrasting landscapes, from rugged coastline to uninterrupted stretches of salt marsh, this diverse region has so much to offer.
Visit year-round for spectacular wildlife displays. A blanket of bluebells bloom in spring. Summer brings dazzling butterflies. In autumn, it’s time for the red deer rut. And thousands of barnacle geese over-winter in the region.
The natural beauty of Dumfries and Galloway is epitomised at Kirkconnell Flow. A restored bog, its mossy shades of green, purple and red mingle to carpet the land. And such beauty attracts artists from far and wide. From Burns’ poetry and Hornel’s oil paintings, Dumfries and Galloway continues to inspire modern-day artists. If you are interested in Hornel, one of the Glasgow Boys, why not visit his former home, Broughton House, for an in-depth look into his life and work?
What’s more, remarkably complete Neolithic burial cairns can be found overlooking the beautiful Wigtown Bay. And for the booklovers among you, head into Wigtown itself, Scotland’s National Book Town, where you’ll find over 20 bookshops!
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