Brora Lodge, Wigtown, Galloway, ScotlandBrora Lodge, Wigtown, Galloway, Scotland

The following list offers a taste of the large number and variety of things to see and do and the many places to visit here. The list does not include the many walks and tours possible in this beautiful region. You can of course go fishing here too. The rivers around here are perfect for fishing for trout, salmon and sea-bass, which you can fish for down at the harbour just 3 minutes walk from us. We are beside the junction of the Cree river and the Bladnoch river, and the river Tarff is nearby too, so you have a large choice, then of course we have loch, beach and sea fishing that can be found all around here too.
Local and Regional

Wigtown Town Centre Scotland's national book town is home to many book-shops reputedly with over a quarter of a million books, plus some picture and gift shops to browse around too. There's the old church with an ancient church site in its grounds, the County Building museum and jail, the Wigtown martyr's graves and the memorial stake to see. Take a lovers walk, or a walk up to the windy hill to see the martyr's memorial monument, or wander down to the medieval harbour, Wigtowns old port, where there's a bird hide for you to watch the birds on both the fresh-water side pools, on the river-side and on the seashore where the Bladnoch River meets the Cree River on its way to the Solway estuary.
  Bladnoch Distillery A Whisky distillery with visitor centre and guided tour, and a nearby walk through ancient oak wood that's home to a rare orchid. Do a distillery tour and meet the lovely staff that make the lovely stuff.
  Wigtown & Bladnoch Golf Course A 9-hole golf course with a small clubhouse, just 2 minutes walk from Brora Lodge. One of the many excellent golf courses in the area, we believe that there's over 35 courses within an hours drive of here.
  Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve The largest local nature reserve in the UK. Popular for a range of activities including bird watching (a purpose built hide is available just a few minutes walk from the Lodge) and angling, its an important area for salt-tolerant plants, fish and winter wildfowl. The RSPB have opened a new Nature Reserve here called the Crook of Baldoon, where you can explore the shoreline or just sit and relax in peaceful remote beauty.
  Wigtown County Building Wildlife Viewing Room Watch the CCTV link of our Ospreys nesting here in Wigtown (May-Sept) and use the galleried viewing room overlooking the estuary, and there is a lot of information on local flora and fauna and birdwatching. The friendly staff are always willing to answer questions and guide you to the best wild-life spots in the area. There is a wealth of Tourist Information here with guides to lots of the attractions in the area.
  Galloway Forest Park Over 300 square miles of forest, moorland and lochs, its the UK's largest forest park, with many walks and tours and visitor attractions, like the Red Deer Park and the Dark Sky Observatory. There is so much beautiful scenery to be discovered, and it all sits just 15 minutes drive from Brora Lodge.
  Galloway Dark Sky Park The first Dark Sky Park in Europe, thanks to very little light pollution as a result of its remoteness and the lack of population pressure here, its the perfect place to star-gaze, right in the heart of the Galloway Forest park. To see the wonders of the night sky you can visit the Galloway Astronomy Centre for a guided tour of the Universe, or pay a visit to the new Dark Sky Observatory in the park near Dalmellington.
  The Swallow Theatre One of Scotlands smallest theatres. Situated about 10 miles from Wigtown it hosts regular dramatic and music shows, visit their website for more details.
  Cream O'Galloway A working organic farm and ice-cream maker, with many fun activities and events for all the family, with of course dreamy ice cream to buy. There are tours, nature walks and a crows nest look-out for the brave with great views all around the area. A great day out for all the family.
  Torhouse Stone Circle One of the many Bronze-age stone circles here dating back some 4000 years, such as the Torhouskie, Boreland and Glenterrow circles. There are also many more standing stones like the Drumtrodden 3 to discover too.
  Gemrock Museum World renowned Geological museum of gemstones, minerals, rocks, crystals and fossils, with a cafe and gift shop. Other museums in the area are the Creetown Heritage museum, Newton Stewart Heritage Museum, The Stewartry Museum in Kirkcudbright and the Stranraer Museum. All of them full of interesting items regarding local human and natural history.
  Glenwhan Gardens One of the many beautiful gardens in the area, you could also visit the nearby Castle Kennedy gardens, or Logan House Gardens or Logan Botanical Gardens near Port Logan on the Rhins of Galloway, or Dunskey Gardens near Portpatrick, or Cally Gardens near Gatehouse of Fleet, the list goes on and on, each one unique taking advantage of the mild climate and micro climates of the area.
  Tank Driving Centre An off-road tank driving experience for a day doing something completely different. Or for the very active how about a day out at one of the many local outdoor activity centres, there's one at Laggan and another on Loch Ken at Parton, try doing some archery, or mountain balling, maybe paint-balling or clay pigeon/laser shooting to name a few of the many things that can be done.
  Mountain Biking 2 of the amazing 7 Stanes mountain bike areas are right here on our doorstep, Glentrool and Kirroughtree, providing some of the best mountain biking there is in the country. Or for the more casual cyclist you can hire cycles nearby in Newton Stewart and tour the Machars by bike. Visit their website here for more details.
  Threave Castle A 14th century castle by the shore of the river Dee, to get there you must ring the bell and wait for the boatman to ferry you over to the island. Also visit the nearby Threave House estate and gardens whilst you're that way too.
  Mull of Galloway Lighthouse Perched high on top of the cliffs of the Rhins of Galloway, at Scotlands southern most point of the mainland, is the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, with its 26 metre high tower, its a most stunning place to visit and experience. Whilst there you can enjoy a 'cuppa' and sandwich in the amazing Gallie Craig cafe, and wander around the RSPB visitor centre and area.
  Isle of Whithorn wildlife tours Enjoy wildlife tours and fishing trips with an expert guide and skipper. Shore or boat based trips to see our wonderful wildlife. Go out and see the seals, seabirds and amazing coastline. Hire fishing rods and catch your own supper. A great way to pass the day whatever you choose to do.
  Annual Events
  Wild Goose Chase (March) From September to May Galloway plays host to tens of thousands of wild geese, over wintering in our mild climate. Hunt down the 6 species around the many recommended locations in the area, starting in the County buildings here in Wigtown. You can also meet the Rangers and attend talks and information rooms. Just a bit of good fun.
  Snowdrop Festival (February/March) Many local gardens are open to see stunning displays with beautiful carpets of Snowdrops, such as at Dunskey Estate, Castle Kennedy, Logan Botanic and Kirkdale. However you can see many beautiful sightings just by touring the many forests and country routes. The month of May however see's an explosion of Blue Bells, which has to be seen to be believed, there are acre upon acre in the woods and forests all around. Truly astounding to behold. Combined with the scent of the wild garlic, acres of Yellow Gorse, flowering Hawthorn and Pink Campion, this area is a natural beauty beyond compare at this time of year.
  Wigtown Spring Book Festival (April) Literary talks and shows abound, and booksellers from all over the UK provide numerous stalls with our usual weekend street market and the random street artists who provide diverse entertainment.
  Wildlife activities There are lots of opportunities to visit some of the best wildlife habitats in Dumfries and Galloway and of course to see species such as geese, badgers, salmon and even perhaps an otter! Visit a Wildlife Hospital, explore the seashore and see and do a whole range of wildlife related activities. Check out the list of events and join in.
  Newton Stewart Walking Festival (May) Numerous guided walks over 7 days, from easy to extremely strenuous, walks take in coast and mountain in this stunningly beautiful area.
  Wigtown Community Festival (July) A week of fun activities for the whole community and visitors alike to enjoy. Crowning of the Wigtown Princess, Fancy dress parade, a crazy raft race on the Bladnoch to Wigtown river section, quiz nights, photo comps, the programme is packed with so much to do each day.
  Wigtown Show (Aug) Agricultural show featuring many displays and other entertainment. See the gorgeous animals raised on this wonderful land, especially the magical Galloway Belties.
  St.Ninian Festival (Aug/Sep) A week long festival of music, exhibitions, drama, visual arts, and poetry celebrating Scotlands cradle of Christianity, and no it wasn't Iona and St Columba as many would have you believe, it all started right here in Whithorn. All year round you can visit the Whithorn Story Visitor Centre and cafe, the Dig Site, old Cathedral and Priory ruins, plus the nearby St Ninians cave means a good walk down to the beach. And there's also the lovely Isle of Whithorn village where in days gone by many pilgrims would arrive by sea, to pray at St. Ninians first church, a fishing port with a great pub and restaurant.
  Wigtown Book Festival (Sep/Oct) A ten-day festival of literature related events, featuring exhibitions, readings, poetry and much more, with some of the leading authors of our time giving talks and interviews about their work. This is an important event attended by writers and book lovers alike. As many authors stay here with us its a chance to rub shoulders with them and discuss their work over breakfast.
  Ireland With Cairnryan only a 35 minute drive away, why not explore Ireland for the day! Using the Stena Line ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast or alternatively try P&O ferries from Cairnryan to Larne in Northern Ireland here.

Alternatively take a look at Ferrysavers to see what prices and times are available, you may find a good deal there.

"So there you are, if you have read through all the above you will now know and must agree that there is much to do here, yet its also a peaceful, serene place, where the pace of life is a lot slower than the rest of the country. I didn't even mention the RSPB sites at Mersehead or the 25-mile Kite trail, the numerous other tours and forest drives, the forest visitor centres at Glentrool with the Bruces stone and Merrick the regions highest peak, or at Kirroughtree forest, or Clatteringshaws loch.
There is a great little community cinema in Newton Stewart about 7 miles away, a lovely period piece owned and run by the towns folk, and in The Isle of Whithorn they have the local community's Machars Movies club, where great films and a friendly welcome can be found.
Nearby Garlieston harbour famous for the Mulberry harbour invention, developed on the nearby Rigg Bay, sandy and beautiful, perfect for picnics. There's an aviation musuem in Dumfries, a Camera Obscura and the Robbie Burns centre "an all that".
Nor did I mention the Sorbie tower and its ghost, the Bride of Lammermoor or Cruggleton church built as a private chapel for the Lords of Galloway.
There are music Festivals in Bladnoch and Creetown, and the Wickerman music festival near Kirkcudbright. The popular TV show "2000 Acres of Sky" was filmed in and around these parts, and "The Wicker Man" original film was made around here too.
So there's much more, but I feel I've given you more than enough pointers to ensure you have a great time here, and you know something else, most important of all, you can also choose to do absolutely nothing if that's what you want to do.
Relax, you're here now!