Things to do

Craignair Cottage is an ideal base in which to discover the many things on offer in Dumfries and Galloway. Whatever your interest we are sure you will find something to do and see.  Dumfries and Galloway encompasses some of the best scenery, wildlife, historic buildings and outdoor activities for those more adventurous visitors.


Dalbeattie forest trails are suitable for all levels of ability including an easy access trail created in 2001.  The more adventurous walkers shouldn’t miss the Dalbeattie to Colvend trail.  A 12 mile route which offers panoramic views of the Urr Valley, Solway Firth and surrounding hills.  Hill walking enthusiast will enjoy climbing Screel, Bengairn or Criffel.


Dalbeattie forest is part of the 7stanes mountain biking network, which offers more than 400km of the worlds finest biking, all in fantastic settings.  There is a broad range of graded trails to follow including those for beginners and families whilst the more experienced rider should relish the challenge of the Slab, The Terrible Twins and Volunteer Ridge.  Many visitors also choose to explore the local area by bike, taking advantage of many miles of quiet country roads to experience stunning scenery.


From the friendly local club in Dalbeattie to the championship Southerness Links, visitors are spoilt for choice.  There are 18 golf courses within 30 miles.  Dalbeattie could not be better placed for a golfing holiday in Galloway.


The Solway Firth, one of the most important estuaries in Britain offers a host of birdwatching opportunities.  During the winter months it provides a home to 40,000 wildfowl and 83,000 waders.  The many local attractions include the red kite trail, the ospreys at Caerlaverock and the Barnacle geese at Mersehead reserve which is located less than 5 miles from Dalbeattie and includes a visitors centre, trails and hides.


When in Dalbeattie you are never far from water.  Excellent salmon and trout fishing can be found in the Urr river.  Salmon fishing on the Urr is one of the few rivers in Scotland where fishing is permitted until the end of November, and its just a walk away from Craignair Cottage.