Wildlife attractions in Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Two walkers look out from the Bennan Viewpoint on the Galloway Red Kite Trail
    The Bennan Viewpoint on the Galloway Red Kite Trail
  • A Peacock butterfly on wild flowers at Glencaple, Dumfries and Galloway
    A Peacock butterfly on wild flowers at Glencaple, Dumfries and Galloway
  • A group of children inspect the creatures they caught from the pond at Cream o' Galloway
    Pond dipping at the Cream o' Galloway
  • A close up of a red kite soaring high above Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway
    A red kite soaring high above Bellymack Hill Farm in Dumfries & Galloway

Dumfries & Galloway boasts a broad range of attractions that provide fantastic opportunities to experience the region's wildlife at first hand amidst glorious scenery.

Visitors can explore numerous RSPB reserves, National Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and other nature centres across the region. Here you can discover a huge range of wildlife nestling amongst habitats as varied as peat bogs and ancient woodlands to coastal estuaries and inland wetlands.

There's also the extensive woodland trails through the Galloway Forest Park and Dalbeattie Forest where you're all but guaranteed to see red deer, wild goats, red squirrels and pine martens.

The Galloway Red Kite Trail is another popular destination, as is the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park while kids just love the farm and nature trails and activities at the Cream o' Galloway.

Explore the listings below and plan your wildlife trip to Dumfries & Galloway.

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  1. Kirkconnell Flow

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Dumfries and Surrounding Area

    This National Nature Reserve is a classic example of an ancient raised bog and is one of the most threatened habitats in the world.

  2. Cairnsmore of Fleet

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    Cairnsmore may be one of the wildest places in southwest Scotland but it is surprisingly accessible and is a paradise for walkers.

  3. Knowetop Lochs

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    New Galloway

    This small but diverse upland reserve - known locally as the Lowes Lochs - boasts a wealth of wildlife.

  4. Galloway Kite Trail

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    The trail is a great way to explore scenic, inner Galloway while looking for the spectacular red kite, a bird of prey reintroduced here since 2001. A 24 mile circular road trip, open all year round (plus 14 mile summer trail in Galloway Forest Park).

  5. RSPB Wood of Cree Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Newton Stewart

    For a woodland walk, it's great place to visit. In spring & summer, the wood fills with a carpet of bluebells, other flowers and birdsong while red squirrels are busy in the trees. Visit the otter platform, where you may luckily see one in the river.

  6. RSPB Mersehead Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Dalbeattie

    Situated on the scenic north shore of the Solway coast, RSPB Mersehead Reserve is an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area and haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl and year-round bird and wildlife-watching.

  7. Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    New Abbey

    Caerlaverock is a National Nature Reserve with great birdwatching and walking opportunities.

  8. RSPB Mull of Galloway Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    Stranraer

    Find out about the local birds and wildlife at the Mull of Galloway RSPB Reserve which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest.

  9. Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

    Type

    Wildlife, Safari Parks & Zoos

    Gradings

    • 2 Visitor Attraction
    2 Visitor Attraction

    Kirkcudbright

    Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park has a fantastic collection of native and exotic animals amongst 27 acres of mixed woodland.

  10. Carstramon Wood

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Gatehouse-of-Fleet

    This ancient deciduous woodland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Area of Conservation and a treasure trove of natural wonders.

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