Mull of Galloway

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South West Scotland for Families

With farm parks, castles, wildlife and a raft of mind-boggling outdoor adventure activities to try, Dumfries & Galloway and Ayrshire in the south west of Scotland are amongst some of the best places for a family holiday in Scotland.

This itinerary suggests a range of fantastic days out that are all within easy travelling distance (no drive is longer than 1 hour 35 minutes). Choose the family holiday ideas you like best or pack in as many attractions and activities as you can.

Start / Finish
Kirkcudbright / Glencaple
  • Days
  • Distance

  • Transport
  • Main theme
Wild goats in Galloway Forest Park
Farm parks
Adventure activities
Areas covered

Day 1A fun family day out in Galloway


Get ready to Kickstart your family holiday to South West Scotland. Day one takes you to Brighouse Bay, a beautiful beach complete with rock pools and a nearby riding centre.

  • Brighouse Bay Kirkcudbright

    Brighouse Bay

    Get your kids out amongst nature at the beach at Brighouse Bay. Spend time looking for sea creatures in the rock pools and building castles on the soft sand – remember your bucket and spade!

    This is also your family’s first chance to try pony trekking (you’ll get another chance on day three too). Book a trek at Brighouse Bay Trekking and Riding Centre, which is next to the beach.

    • Opening – All year
    • Café - No
    • Toilet facilities – No
    Find out more about Brighouse Bay

Day 2Adrenaline-filled fun, plus make your own pottery


On day two you and your family can enjoy the thrills of mountain biking at Kirroughtree 7stanes mountain biking centre. Alternatively, for something a little less high energy and a lot more creative, stop off at The Wee Pottery Kirkcudbright to hand-make your own souvenirs.

  • The Wee Pottery Kirkcudbright Kirkcudbright

    Police close, Kirkcudbright

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    Unleash your creative streak and spend some chilled out time as a family creating your own unique souvenirs to take home. Select your favourite item from a range of figurines and ceramics, including coasters, egg cups, piggy banks and plates.

    This is a good activity to try towards the start of your holiday as many of the pieces you can choose from need to be left at the pottery to be glazed and fired. They’ll be ready to pick up within 3 – 4 days (some pieces can be taken away on the day too – just ask).

    • Travel time – by car from Gatehouse of Fleet around 20 minutes
    • Opening – Please check opening
    Find out more about The Wee Pottery Kirkcudbright
  • Kirroughtree 7stanes Mountain Biking Centre Newton Stewart

    Kirroughtree 7stanes

    The south of Scotland is famous for its world class 7stanes mountain biking centres. At Kirroughtree, in the lush Galloway Forest Park, you’ll find fun mountain biking trails ranging from green (easy and suitable for the whole family) to black (severe and a real test of your skills).

    You can hire bikes at the Break Pad Bike Shop & Hire which is located beside the visitor centre or from Kirkcowan Cycles in Newton Stewart.

    • Travel time – by car from Mossyard Farm Pottery: around 25 minutes
    • Opening – Please check opening
    • Café – Yes
    • Toilet facilities – Yes
    Find out more about Kirroughtree 7stanes Mountain Biking Centre
    Kirroughtree,Galloway Forest Park,Newton Stewart,DG8 7BE

Day 3A pick 'n' mix family day out

Day 4A day out in the Machars and Rhins of Galloway

Day 5A family trip to Ayr

Day 6The Galloway Forest Park, plus adventure activities

Day 7Your final day of family fun

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