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  • Brave's Merida follows a Wisp
    Brave Merida following a Wisp
  • Two walkers look out from the Bennan Viewpoint on the Galloway Red Kite Trail
    The Bennan Viewpoint on the Galloway Red Kite Trail
  • Looking across Loch Trool in the Galloway Forest Park
    Loch Trool in the Galloway Forest Park
  • Looking over the River Dee to Threave Castle
    Threave Castle, Dumfries & Galloway

Scotland’s landscapes and wildlife proved so inspirational to the creators of Disney•Pixar’s Brave. Come and experience the real Scotland across Dumfries & Galloway and discover a great range of activities and attractions throughout the year.

Explore Dumfries & Galloway and discover historic castles, forest parks, 200 miles of coastline and the perfect habitat where an abundance of fascinating wildlife flourishes.

The region is home to Galloway Forest Park, the largest of its kind in Britain and the UK's first Dark Sky Park, where visitors will discover a rich variety of wildlife.

One of the most beautiful birds of prey, once almost extinct in Scotland, can be spotted here along the Galloway Red Kite Trail and look out for the wild goat park and majestic stags in the red deer range.

Further afield, spot guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes at the Mull of Galloway RSPB nature reserve, and pied flycatchers at Wood of Cree, the largest ancient woodland in the south of Scotland. Look out for the hides and observation towers at WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre and the migrating geese and ospreys at Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve.

But it is not just wildlife that plays an important role in the Brave story. Scotland’s rich history of clan identity also plays its part, and Dumfries & Galloway is the historic home of Clan Douglas. The Threave Castle fortress is a former stronghold of the Black Douglases, while Drumlanrig Castle was built by William Douglas, first Duke of Queensberry, in the 17th century.

This rich history is also evident at abbeys such as Dundrennan and Glenluce, which each have ties to Mary, Queen of Scots, and along the Robert the Bruce Trail, which includes fascinating sites from Whithorn and Lochmaben, to Dumfries itself.

Other key historic sites across Dumfries & Galloway include several stone circles, such as the Twelve Apostles just north of Dumfries, believed to be one of the largest stone circles on mainland Britain, and the Cairn Holy Chambered Cairns, which form part of the Solway Coast Heritage Trail.

Like in the film you can hone your archery skills at Galloway Activity Centre and Laggan Outdoor. You can also go horse riding at the many riding and pony trekking centres or try both at Three Lochs Caravan Park by Newton Stewart.

Visit the dedicated Brave site for more information.