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. 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.

  2. RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    Castle Douglas

    A peaceful site with plenty to see at any time of year and a real treat for nature lovers.Look out for rare Greenland white-fronted geese in winter or take a stroll to our hides for a close hand views of red squirrels, ducks and other birds.

  3. 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).

  4. WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

    Type

    Nature Centres & Reserves

    Gradings

    • 3 Wildlife Experience
    3 Wildlife Experience

    New Abbey

    This spectacular 1,400 acre wild reserve of the Wildlife & Wetlands Trust is situated on the north Solway Coast.

  5. 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.

  6. Mull Of Galloway Lighthouse

    Type

    Historic Buildings & Homes

    Gradings

    Drummore

    Climb the 114 steps of Scotland’s most southerly lighthouse for some of the best view s in south west Scotland, and explore the lighthouse exhibition.

  7. 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.

  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. 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.

  10. 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.

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