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During the year Dumfries and Galloway hosts many festivals and galas as well as supporting sporting and wildlife activities. There are excellent golf courses, sea fishing and local permits for lochs and rivers. Mountain biking has become very popular, with centres in Galloway Forest Park and the International 7 stanes trails in Kirroughtree forest.

Whithorn, on the southern most tip of the Machars peninsula, boasts the earliest Christian settlement by St Ninian. Visit his cave and the tiny church on the Isle of Whithorn where pilgrims landed to found a Christian community. The museum in Whithorn now has an Iron age roundhouse with improved displays and well worth a visit.

At the mouth of Wigtown Bay lies Scotland’s Book Town, Wigtown, every September staging a ten-day celebration of the written word, with readings, talks, music and film. This year the Wigtown Book Festival is in September 2018.

The Galloway Dark sky is only the second in the world where stars are brilliant at night.

The Galloway Forest Park sits in the heart of Galloway and has some of the most dramatic scenery in the South of Scotland.With miles of waymarked trails and visitor centres at Glen Trool, Clatteringshaws and Kirroughtree, the Galloway Forest Park is easy to explore. For experienced hillwalkers, there are plenty of opportunities to get off the beaten track. At 843m/2770ft Merrick is the highest peak in Southern Scotland and dominates the scenery around Glen Trool.

Mountain biking has become a very popular activity in South West Scotland. About half an hour journey from Craws’ Nest holiday bungalow is two of the 7Stanes centres. Glen trool offers family-friendly off-road routes and trails and a huge 58Km Big Country route. Kirroughtree has a small more adventurous taster loop and a great little skills area for sharpening your skills. Bike hire is available at this centre as well as at Newton Stewart.

The area is a golfers’ paradise with Golf Courses at Wigtownshire and County GC at Glenluce which is a lovely links golf course and is only five minutes from the house. Stranraer Golf Course, the last Course to be designed by 5 times champion James Braid.