Out and About

Scotlands' most southern distillery at Bladnoch. Take a tour and sample the fine lowland malt whisky produced here. Visit

Wigtown - Scotlands' National Book Town. A must for book lovers.
Monreith Animal World - Happy animals in natural surroundings.

Swallow Theatre - A small intimate theatre converted from a former barn.

Whithorn - The birth place of Christianity in Scotland. Visit

Logan Fish Pond - An historic and unique tidal pool, a geologiocal feature formed during the last ice age. Visit

World famous Blacksmith Shop at Gretna - the home of runaway marriages since 1753.

Museums and Galleries in Dumfries & Galloway. Visit

Cycling in the Kirroughtree forest, part of the 7 stanes. Visit

Wigtown off Road driving Centre - 4 x 4 driving with qualified instruction using a Landrover Discovery. Visit

The Machars

The Machars is a Scots word meaning the flat area of land between the hills and coastline. This defines the area well as we have the Galloway Hills to the north, and the Solway Firth and Luce Bay to the south. The Machars is a beautiful part of Dumfries and Galloway in south west Scotland. If you enjoy the great outdoors, unspoilt countryside and coastlines, your visit to Scotland should start here.

The Machars has a diversity of natural habitats. The combination of farmland, heathland, and shoreline, provides homes for a variety of mammals, birds and wild flowers, rarely seen in other parts of Scotland, due to the Gulf Stream influencing our climate.

The lack of light pollution, means that on a clear night, the planets and stars can be seen in all their glory.

Relax, unwind and lose yourselves in the Machars, where time seems less demanding and people still live in tune with the steady rhythms of rural life. Take your foot off the accelerator, and enjoy everything around you, after all you're among friends. Don't be surprised if you find that the people in the little towns and villages aren't always 'locals' born and bred. Often they're visitors who have fallen under the spell of the Machars.

The Machars - Scotlands' best kept secret.

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