Activities at Dunmuck
We encourage you to take advantage of the kayaks provided for use on our ponds, just a walk away. Popular with all is the trampoline but for something more sedate, there is the tree swing overlooking the valley. The Southwick Tennis Club grass tennis courts are at the bottom of the drive. Hunt for amethysts in the Southwick Burn. But if you’d rather just relax, you can kick back, light the BBQ and listen to the birdsong. Oh, and not forgetting the outdoor bath, a great place to study the starry night sky.
Activities throughout Dumfries & Galloway
Whether it’s hill walking, forest trails, or a leisurely stroll along the beach – South West Scotland offers options for all. The Mill is a short distance from Mabie Forest, a popular area for walking with an adventure playground. A ten minute drive away is Rockcliffe, a pretty beach and starting point of the Jubilee Walk (2 mile loop) to Kippford, our local sailing centre. There is a longer coastal walk from the beach at Sandyhills around the headland to Rockcliffe. Click here for more walking ideas in Dumfries and Galloway.
From the quiet roads near Dunmuck to the internationally renowned 7stanes – 7 mountain biking centres spanning the south of Scotland where bikes can be hired locally.
There are horse riding stables 5 miles away at Barend Riding Centre, near Sandyhills beach.
Water sports of all sorts and ropes course at Loch Ken, Galloway Activity Centre (~22 miles). A favourite with all young guests is Mabie Farm Park. This family farm connects children to farmyard fun, you can feed the animals in between go karting and sliding down grass toboggans (~11 miles away).
Just under 30 miles away is Cream o’ Galloway – the home of the award winning ice cream where you can see how it is made, explore the woodland adventure playground or various nature trails.
The Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm has both a large outdoor and indoor play area and if you want to try a bit of Willy Wonka, there is the opportunity to make your own chocolate creations. The more adventurous can zorb, zip wire or Segway at Laggan Outdoor Adventure Centre.
We are very fortunate to live side by side with wildlife on the farm, from red squirrels in the garden to wild boar in the woods. Swallows nest in the barns and 50 species of bird have been recorded by guests in the Valley. On the various ponds we have a range of animals building their homes and the loveheart pond has seen tufted ducklings every spring. The RSPB reserve at Mersehead is 2 miles away and is home to thousands of wintering wildfowl and summer visitors. The Red Kite Trail at Castle Douglas guarantees close ups of these stunning birds.
Angling and Fishing
Being so close to the coast, there are plenty of great spots for fishing.
At the centre of nearby New Abbey village are the romantic ruins of Sweetheart Abbey. Caerlaverock Castle south of Dumfries has a spectacular moat. Threave Castle, another favourite outside Castle Douglas is set on an island and requires a fun boat ride across the river Dee before exploring its gruesome history. A full list of historic castles, churches, and ruins are available on the Historic Scotland website.
Dumfries town has several museums including one dedicated to its most famous resident, Robert Burns. North of Dumfries is Ellisland Farm where Burns came to live, and you can view his original writings and possessions.
Galloway is warmed by the Gulf Stream and home to beautiful gardens. Our favourites nearby are Shambellie walled garden in New Abbey and NTS Threave at Castle Douglas. Ring in advance to visit the spectacular 'Garden of Cosmic Speculation', the other side of Dumfries.
Like to play golf? Within an 8 mile radius are four courses, Colvend Golf Course and Southerness links are 18 hole with two other 9 hole ‘pay as you play’ at Kippford and Southerness. All boast fantastic views of South West Scotland’s coastline.
January: Big Burns Supper
A week long mix of concerts, plays and fringe fun, this festival is about coming together to celebrate Burn’s Night in commemoration of the local poet, Rabbie Burns.
May: Spring Fling
D&G is home to hundreds of artists and craftspeople who exhibit locally and nationally.
The gateway to the Galloway hills, the WalkFest began in 2003. It now offers a wide range of walks for all capabilities in this beautiful area.
A 4 day programme of bands and groups, featuring international and national musicians, playing a varied selection of hot, swinging, toe-tapping music which should appeal to a wide audience.
August: Kirkcudbright Tattoo
A vibrant scottish street parade in the artists town. Brass bands, highland dancing and fireworks reflecting on the River Dee.
September: Wigtown Book Festival
A 10 day celebration of literature in Scotland's national book town.
"There was plenty of space for the children to run around and they particularly liked the tree swing, the grass tennis courts & kayaking on the pond (oh and of course Monopoly in the garden)."
"Colvend is a great base if you want to go futhur a field and see whats going on in the area. The Mill is our number 1 holiday destination now, my daughters (aged 7 & 5) prefer it to our annual holiday abroad!!!"