Visit South West Scotland and enjoy a wide variety of relaxing, or exciting, attractions to make your holiday truly memorable.
All the local attractions featured on our site have been tried and tested by our family and come with our recommendation and well worth a visit. We advise however that the selection below is merely a small sample of what is on offer locally and there are many, many other attractions that are equally worth a visit.
Dumfries and the surrounding area caters well for children of all ages. Go swimming at unspoilt beaches at Mossyard, Sandyhills, Powfoot and Rockcliffe. Farm visitor attractions include Mabie Farm Park (for which we offer free passes for returning guests) and Dalscone which also boasts an impressive indoor and outdoor play area together with huge toy shop.
A wonderful chocolate making factory will amuse young and old alike, Cream of Galloway offers ice cream and much more as does Drummuir ice-cream farm which is within 4 miles of Laird House. Mabie Forest offers fantastic outdoor play facilities, walks and bike trails for families and Moffat has much to do including putting, boating in the "swan boats" and a water park for the sunnier summer days. The local Sailing Club runs tuition courses for children and adults in the summer months.
Enjoy tranquil meanders for all ages and levels of walker around the scenic lochs of Lochmaben, a two minute drive. The much talked about Eskrigg Nature Reserve is in the Dryfesdale Forest near Lockerbie, four miles away and for the more experienced among you there are many costal walks around the Solway, or forest trails within Ae Forest and Mabie Forest. The romantic, picturesque walk up the Grey Mare's Tail waterfall north of Moffat, finishing at the tranquil Loch Skeen at the top is a recommended experience, and, with the Lake District and the Southern Upland Way all within easy reach by car, you will never run out of hills and mountains to climb.
The sports undertaken in the surrounding varied countryside of Dumfries and Galloway are almost too numerous to mention, however some of the more local to Laird House include sailing at the local club and golf at the excellent 18 hole course, both in Lochmaben. Fishing is a popular sport in our area on the nearby River Annan and the local lochs, which also accommodate wheelchair fishing, are within a two minute drive. Some of our local shops provide fishing spares and repairs that may also be necessary on your trip. Cycling is a very popular sport with some of Scotland's finest to be found at Mabie Forest and Ae forest. There are two nearby Ice Rinks, in Lockerbie and Dumfries which activley promote curling and skating and also local tennis and squash clubs. The RAC rally regularly passes through the region and draws visitors from across the country.
Interested in Scottish history? Then where else to start than Dumfries and the surrounding area. Visit the Burns attractions including the Museum, his local public house "The Globe" and many more to soak up the culture. Other places of cultural interest in the locality include Samyeling, the Tibetian Monestary, Camera Obscura in the town of Dumfries to name but a very small few. For other areas of cultural interest please click onto D & G Online which has a comprehensive overview for your attention.
Dumfries town centre has all the usual amenities required by visitors to the region. Lockerbie and Moffat also have a variety of specialist and independent shops to suit all tastes and host regular farmers' markets selling local produce. Gretna offers a large discount retail outlet, The Gateway, which also has a childrens' play area and some lovely cafes. The cathedral city of Carlisle is thirty minutes drive away and boasts many major retail outlets, with the larger cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh well worth a day trip.