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Arnsheen Park

27th February 2017

Arnsheen Adventure Park

 




Day trip to Belfast

27th February 2017

Day trip to Belfast

Take a day trip to the cosmopolitan city of belfast to experience the wonderful hospitality, the shopping, the many museums and attractions from only £10 per person (Tuesday – Thursday midweek specials)

What’s included?

• Return Superfast ferry travel
• £5 off shopping voucher when you spend £25 or more in our onboard shop.

Translink Daylink travel card – free Metro bus travel throughout Greater Belfast for the duration of your stay including transfers to and from the port – click here for more info.

 




Laggan Outdoor

27th February 2017

Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre

Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre offer adventure and recreational experiences for all the family.

Set in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway, on the hills above the solway coast, you really will struggle to find a more stunning location.

 



Merrick Leisure Centre (Newton Stewart)

27th February 2017

Merrick Leisure Centre (Newton Stewart)

Situated adjacent to the Douglas Ewart High School in Newton Stewart the facility is close to the town centre. As a dual use facility, the Merrick Leisure Centre is unique in that the fitness suite remains open to the public during school hours.

Facility Information

Swimming Pool

  • 25m x 8m pool which can be split into 4 lanes
  • Male and female changing villages for pool
  • Disable changing and family/group changing room
  • Spa pool – situated just off pool side and will hold up to 6 people
  • Sauna cabin – located just off poolside and will hold up to 8 people

Fitness Suite

  • 16 station fitness suite
  • Combination of c.v. and resistance equipment
  • Hand weights
  • Qualified staff available for information or assistance
  • Individual programmes can be created to match personal needs and abilities
  • Male and Female changing rooms specifically for Fitness Suite users

Sports Hall

The sports hall can be used for any of the following:

  • 3 badminton courts
  • 3 short basketball courts
  • 1 large basketball court
  • 1 volleyball court
  • 1 netball court
  • 1 small-sided football court



Wild Goat Park

27th February 2017

Wild goat park

Our Wild Goat Park is a great place to start your adventures with the family, but also for close encounters with our friendly, ancient breed of goats. There’s plenty of access, with a car park and a number of road side pull-ins to make viewing our wild goats really easy. Picnic benches are also available, making our Wild Goat Park the perfect place to stop for a bite to eat while meeting and greeting our friendly goats as well as taking in the stunning views out across the rolling hills.

 

The car park is situated on the Queens Way in the heart of Galloway Forest Park. The car park is adjacent to the Wild Goat enclosure and the goats will come up to the fence to welcome you, especially if you have sandwiches, so watch out! However, they are on a strict diet, so despite their charm, please don’t share your picnic with them!

 

The Wild Goat Park is in Galloway Forest Park. Newton Stewart and New Galloway are the nearest towns and villages.

 

From Newton Stewart: Take the A712 signposted New Galloway for approx. eight miles the car park is on the left.

 

From New Galloway: Take the A712 signposted Newton Stewart for approx. eleven miles the car park is on the right




Deer Farm

27th February 2017

Say hello to Galloway’s deer

The Red Deer Range was established in 1977 to give our visitors the chance to see these beautiful creatures up close in a natural environment. Around 60 red deer live here today – watch for them from the viewing area and hide. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy spotting deer and other wildlife from the shelter of the hide.

 

There are often guided walks and other red deer activities going on here too – check out the events tab or programme to find out more.




The CocoaBean Company

27th February 2017

Come to the Cocoabean for a day full of fun for all the family.

Enjoy lunch in the Cocoabean Café and don’t forget to take home some tasty treats from the factory chocolate shop. The best and most enjoyable visitor attraction in Dumfries & Galloway.

 

Kids make chocolate creations in our interactive workshops and explore the extensive indoor play areas, outdoor play areas and soft play.

 

Opening Hours

Open 7 days from 9am. Workshops run from 10am to 3pm last entry.

 

No need to book chocolate workshops – simply arrive and join the next available workshop.




Cream o’ Galloway

27th February 2017

Deliciously good fun!

Indulge in luxurious dairy Cream o’ Galloway Ice Cream, tuck into tasty Finlay’s Farmhouse Cheese and enjoy lots and lots of deliciously good fun at our award winning Visitor Centre.

 

Cream o’ Galloway is a deliciously good fun place to visit. With its woodland adventure playground including the fabulously bouncy ‘Go Boing’, indoor visitor centre and play areas, daily events, exciting slides, rides and pedal kart track, and its miles of beautiful walks and nature trails to explore in Galloway’s scenic countryside.

 

Bring your little ones to our new Mini Play Zone where they can bounce, scoot, climb, explore and pedal to their hearts’ content!




Dark Skies

27th February 2017

Dark Skies in Galloway Forest Park

Scotland has some of the darkest skies in Europe and Galloway Forest Park is one of the darkest places in Scotland, which is why it’s the UK’s first Dark Sky Park. So few people live within the Forest Park that the nights really are inky black, making it a brilliant place to enjoy the stars – and we’re working with local people to keep it that way.

A stellar spectacular

Over 7,000 stars and planets are visible with the naked eye from the Forest Park, and the bright band of the Milky Way is usually easy to see arching across the sky. There’s a new show every night because, as we travel round the sun, we’re getting a constantly changing view of the stars. Which seasonal celestial displays will you spot?

Limited light pollution

Galloway Forest Park has around 75,000 hectares of land, where limited numbers of buildings means we can keep light pollution to a minimum. In addition, we have some control over development of this land, making it easier to control sources of light.

How dark is dark?

The Forest Park has a Sky Quality Meter (SQM) scale reading of 21 to 23.6. The SQM scale runs from 0 to 25 and, to put it in context, in the middle of a major city such as Glasgow or Edinburgh, you would get a reading of around 8, whereas a reading of 24 would be measured in a photographer’s dark room. Based on this scale, the Forest Park’s score gives us as near to total darkness – meaning clear, starry skies for all to enjoy.

Visiting the Dark Sky Park

You’ll get a great view from any of the three visitor centres – particularly at Clatteringshaws, which overlooks the unlit heart of the Forest Park. There are Dark Sky information points at the visitor centres and at a series of sites across the Forest Park to help you identify the constellations and planets you can see, and there are panoramic viewing points at either end of the Carrick Forest Drive in the northern part of the Forest Park.




Kirroughtree

27th February 2017

Kirroughtree – Walks and cycling trails for all

There are way-marked walks and cycle routes including the exciting 7 stanes mountain bike trails and an easy access trail around the pond.

 

The forestry visitor centre with tea room is the start point for several woodland walk options which are separate from the popular mountain bike trails.

 

The Bruntis trail is 1.5 miles, The Viewpoint Trail is 2.5 miles and the Larg Hill Trail is 4 miles. The Papa Ha Trail, follow the woodpecker signs, is a long 4 miles which includes short sections on minor roads. A 3.5 miles easy flat tarred and forestry road route around the Palnure Burn is also a quiet route for a stroll.

 

The extended and improved adventure play area and picnic sites will appeal to the younger visitor.

 

Kirroughtree Visitor Centre opening times: 10.30am – 4.30pm daily.
The welcoming tea room serves light meals & refreshments. You can browse around the gift shop for that special souvenir.
Visit the centre for fun for all the family. The friendly staff offer information on all forest facilities.

 

An indoor forest classroom is available by arrangement for schools and groups.