Nature and geography in Dumfries & Galloway

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Discover the nature and geography of Dumfries & Galloway, a region where unspoiled natural beauty thrives from the sandy shorelines to the highest peaks. Explore a Forest Park, ancient wood or enjoy a stroll while watching for wildlife.

Dumfries & Galloway is full of nature and geography - see numerous species of rare wildlife in the forests and woodlands or look out for sealife from the sandy coast. Explore beautiful gardens, full of unusual plants, or enjoy exciting activities on land, sea and water.

When exploring Dumfries & Galloway’s picturesque towns and villages, you are never far away from vast forests, streams and miles of sandy shore. Discover how the beautiful scenery and clear night sky provide the perfect backdrop for fun activities and an abundance of wildlife, inspiring the work of local writers, artists and craftspeople.

From the 7,000 twinkling stars you can spot at Galloway Forest Park to the sandy white beaches of the Solway Coast and the jaw dropping cliffs of the Mull of Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway’s nature and geography never fails to amaze those who experience this gorgeous region.

  • Larch View Route, Ae Forest
    Larch View Route, Ae Forest
  • Looking across a sandy beach at Killantringan Bay
    Killantringan Bay, north west of Portpatrick
  • Smoo Cave, near Durness
    Smoo Cave, near Durness
  • Looking across Loch Trool in the Galloway Forest Park
    Loch Trool in the Galloway Forest Park
Two mountain bikers on McMoab, a black graded granite rock trail at Kirroughtree 7stanes centre

Galloway Forest Park

Spend a day in the Galloway Forest Park and take in the scenery as you enjoy wildlife, mountain biking, walking and stargazing.

Looking across the pond in the walled garden of the Dunskey Estate, Portpatrick

Gardens and parks

Enjoy a world of colour in the gardens of Dumfries & Galloway where palm trees and African daisies mix with daffodils.

Looking across a sandy beach at Killantringan Bay

Solway Coast

With 200 miles of magnificent coastline to explore, there is plenty of things to see and do and explore.

Thousands of stars visible in Scotland's Dark Sky Park at Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries & Galloway © James Hilder

Scotland’s Dark Sky Park

Star gaze in the UK’s first Dark Sky Park in Galloway Forest Park.

The beach at Sandyhills Bay, near Colvend


Spend a day by the coast at one of the beaches in Dumfries & Galloway. Take a walk or paddle your toes by the water’s edge.


Towns and villages

Learn all about the towns and villages in Dumfries & Galloway with descriptions, history and facilities.

Two people walking in Glentrool

Forests and woodlands

Embrace the great outdoors in the forests and woodlands of Dumfries & Galloway. Go for a woodland walk, watch for wildlife or simply take a seat and watch the world go by.

Smoo Cave, near Durness


Visit the caves in Scotland and admire these amazing natural features. St Ninian’s Cave is believed to have been used by Scotland’s first saint, while Smoo Cave is Britain's biggest sea cave, and a marvellous sight to behold.