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Dumfries and Galloway

South West Scotland offers stunning lochs, secluded picnic areas and secret waterfalls to its unsuspecting visitors. This often underrated area of the country is packed full of a rich history, some spectacular scenery and plenty of activities to keep everyone entertained.

From a multitude of castles to some unexpected and unusual sculptures this delightful area is sure to keep you enthralled. If you're looking for more from your trip than simply sitting at the loch-side never fear. A vast array of outdoor activities to enjoy all the year round is available on your trip to Dumfries and Galloway.

For fishing fans Dumfries and Galloway is a dream location boasting five major rivers for game fishing, as well as many smaller rivers. From greyback Solway salmon to trout, carp and pike you`re bound to find fish to suit your tastes. Take a step back from the rivers and head to the seaside for some coastal angling on the long coastline of this majestic region to try your hand at catching some cod.

If fishing's not up your street you might want to leap gracefully to the back of a beautiful stallion and gallop your way through forests, across beaches and over moors. Both horse riding and pony trekking are on offer for the expert rider or the complete novice. It`s a great way to completely immerse yourself in the stunning and unspoilt scenery of Scotland.

Never fear if the thought of climbing to the back of a horse to explore this beautiful region terrifies you, there are other ways to enjoy the spectacular landscapes on offer such as cycling. Plenty of off road trails and quiet country lanes will offer you the chance to enjoy the activity whatever your skill level on a bike.

For more adventure in your cycling you might enjoy the option of heading off road with a mountain bike and taking to the 5 of the 7stanes located in Dumfries and Galloway. These mountain biking centres are a sure way to get your heart pumping! Bring your own bike or hire one when you arrive and prepare for excitement as you cross adventure with stunning expanses of coastline and acres upon acres of beautiful forests.

The great expanses of water to be found in Dumfries and Galloway offer many possibilities in the form of water sports. Build rafts, take river trips or spend time sailing. From thrills to more gentle and relaxing tours of the luscious lochs in the region there`s something on the water to suit every taste.

Why not slow things down a little and relax while you take to one of the region's golf courses to test your skill? With over thirty different courses to suit different skill levels and offering a variety of different challenges there`s bound to be something to suit. Both 9 and 18 hole courses are readily available to suit whatever time you have to dedicate to the sport during your time in the area.

Pull on your walking boots and grab your tent to undertake a walking holiday in arguably the most beautiful landscape in Scotland. Trek to the largest forest park in Britain and look over the ocean as you walk across dramatic cliff-tops. Walking is such an enjoyed activity within the region that it is even celebrated with walking festivals occurring throughout the year.

This has simply scratched the surface with regard to the outdoor activities on offer for you and your nearest and dearest, in Dumfries and Galloway. If it has whet your appetite for adventure then grab your families, your 4 man tents and your sleeping bags and take to this rugged and beautiful part of the world