Hides and reserves in Dumfries & Galloway

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  • Looking out over a flock of birds at the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve
    A flock of birds at the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve
  • A red kite dives in for food at the Bellymack Hill Farm Red Kite Feeding Station in Laurieston, near Castle Douglas
    A red kite at the Bellymack Hill Farm Red Kite Feeding Station near Castle Douglas
  • Two walkers look out from the Bennan Viewpoint on the Galloway Red Kite Trail
    The Bennan Viewpoint on the Galloway Red Kite Trail

Explore the many reserves and visitor centres in Dumfries & Galloway and discover the region’s true natural beauty.

Dumfries & Galloway plays host to various RSPB reserves, National Nature Reserves, Sites of Special Scientific Interest and other nature centres. Each of these provide visitors with unrivalled access to an spectacular variety of wildlife species amongst habitats as varied as peat bogs, ancient woodlands, coastal estuaries and inland wetlands.

Browse the listings to plan your trip to the reserves and visitor centres in Dumfries & Galloway today.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Applegarthtown Wildlife Sanctuary

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 2 Wildlife Experience
    2 Wildlife Experience

    Lockerbie

    Applegarthtown, with its wetland habitat, is internationally recognised for its highly successful artificial sand martin nesting banks.

  4. RSPB Scotland Wood of Cree nature 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.

  5. Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre & Café

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Visitor Attraction
    4 Visitor Attraction

    New Galloway

    Enjoy panoramic views of the loch and hills from the café or sit back for a spectacular celestial show after dark

  6. RSPB Scotland Mersehead nature reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 4 Wildlife Experience
    4 Wildlife Experience

    Dalbeattie

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

  7. Freelance Ranger

    Type

    Children's Attractions

    Gradings

    Creetown

    I provide bespoke family oriented environmental activities for families, groups and businesses e.g. pond dipping or rockpooling. I am also a Biosphere Dark Sky Ranger providing stargazing and moon watching opportunities too.

  8. WWT Caerlaverock, The Granary Coffee Shop

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Glencaple

    Our welcoming café serves up freshly prepared hot and cold food, grab-and-go snacks, sticky cakes, and Fairtrade hot drinks. There’s space for everyone – friends, families, groups – so grab a coffee or sit-down with a meal.

  9. 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.

  10. Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Glencaple

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

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