There truly is something for everyone in this beautiful corner of South West Scotland. Bathed by the Gulf Stream, there are gardens of international repute, castles and tower houses, beautiful beaches, lochs, hills and forests.
Galloway Forest Park is the first Dark Sky Park in the UK. This means due to the lack of light pollution, this is one of the best places in the world from which to view the night sky.
See http://www.forestry.gov.uk/darkskygalloway for more information.
There are many outdoor pursuits and sporting activities, including golf (we have a 9 hole course here in Gatehouse with many other courses all within a short drive), fishing, bird watching (visit the red kite feeding station to see the kites close up), shooting, tennis, mountain biking and cycling.
Nature is all around us here in Gatehouse of Fleet. Walk out from the hotel and you might well spot a red squirrel in the hotel gardens or deer in the Cally Woods (a 5 minute stroll away) or admire a red kite circling overhead. The area is well known by bird watchers with our estuaries being home to many migratory and native species.
Gatehouse also has several excellent visitor attractions and outdoor activity centres on its doorstep. Tackle the country's longest zip-wire at Laggan Outdoor ( www.lagganoutdoor.co.uk ) or climb an inflatable iceberg as part of Wobbly Waterpart at The Galloway Outdoor Centre at Loch Ken ( www.lochken.co.uk ). Both centres also offer a wide range of other outdoor activities, such as clay shooting, sailing, mountain boarding, glass sledging and segway tours.
For more to entertain the kids, Cream O'Galloway ( www.creamogalloway.co.uk ), local producers or award winning ice-cream is right on our doorstep. Sample the ice-cream, see it being made and enjoy the play facilities.
Cocoa Bean Factory ( www.thecocoabeancompany.co.uk ) is also close by. You can take part in a chocolate making workshop, buy beautiful handmade chocolates and enjoy the indoor and outdoor play areas.
We have the 7 stanes mountain biking trails within easy drive of the hotel. www.7stanesmountainbiking.com 7 stanes offers dedicated trails for riders of all ability levels. There are also excellent cycling routes and paths in the local woods and quiet backroads. The hotel offers storage for your bikes and welcomes groups or single cyclists.
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