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Much of the area is home to the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, a special designation awarded by UNESCO.
Head up to Scotland and cross the border in the west and you'll be greeted by glorious green countryside, rolling hills and friendly towns. Welcome to Dumfries & Galloway.
The first thing you'll notice about Dumfries & Galloway is just how beautiful this lowland part of Scotland is. From the rocky and sandy Solway Coast looking out for miles across the sea, to the lush green inland forests and hills, it's simply amazing. And it's not just us that think so - writers such as Robert Burns, artists and many more have been inspired by these lands.
As much as the people love their landscape, the animals love it too. From the red squirrels and the red deer in the forests to the ospreys and red kites in the sky, there's plenty for you to see and photograph - if you're quick!
Want the rush of flying through the trees on a mountain bike? Or why not splash about on the water windsurfing and yachting? There are lots of activities in Dumfries & Galloway to choose from, and you don't have to go mad - you can just go for a gentle walk or cycle. Or, take to one of the country's longest zip wires? Go on. We dare you.
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Rabbie spent a few years in this area - visit his pub, house or farm to find out more.
Explore the Dark Sky Park to spot 7,000 stars and the Milky Way without a telescope.
See the cave where he was inspired and the battle sites where he fought.
Plenty of trails to suit all levels - whether you're after a rush or a gentle ride.
Play a round at one of Dumfries & Galloway's many great golf courses.
A warm climate and rich soil makes for plenty of beautiful outdoor spaces in Dumfries & Galloway.
Identify the cultural hotspots with this helpful map and explore the region's creative side!
Natterjack toads, wild goats and kittiwakes. What wildlife will you see in Dumfries & Galloway?
If you go down to the forest today, you'll find lots of things to do.
Dumfries & Galloway is really easy to get to - fly into Glasgow or Prestwick, just a short distance away - or take the ferry over from Ireland in just a couple of hours. Drive along the main motorways from England and across Scotland, or take a train or coach and sit back and enjoy the journey.
There's a local bus service or trains between Gretna Green through Annan, Dumfries, Sanquhar and Kirkconnell, or to Stranraer from Glasgow. Or you can bring or hire a car and set your own pace.
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