Things to do in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway is the forgotten corner of Scotland, we often say that this region has everything the highlands have only in a small area making the whole region accessible from everywhere in it.

Wildlife and Surrounding Landscape

From a stunning coast line complete with bird sanctuaries, fantastic sandy beaches and hidden coves, heather clad hills and deep steep glens, waterfalls and sparkling mountain burns, large forest parks and dark skies. Wildlife of all kinds on both the land and in the sea and rivers yet so few folk seem to know of the existence of the area let alone been before.

Days Out and Activities

We boast the highest village in Scotland complete with ski club. Dramatic castles and country estates, beautiful gardens and empty roads, there is so much to do in the region and we can help point you in the right direction for its many sights and hidden treasures. The area has some of the best mountain biking in the country in the 7 Stanes, the longest coast to coast footpath goes from the coast way over in the west at Port Patrick right through the region and past the hotels front door.

Arts and Crafts

The region is famous for its arts and crafts boasting many world class artists, potters and sculptors living in Dumfries & Galloway and for the art to be found in the landscape such as Henry Moore’s statues and Andy Goldsworthy’s striding arches

Golf and Fishing

Blackaddie is a perfect spot for the fisherman almost all year round. The river Nith is a significant Scottish Salmon river and it flows at the bottom of our garden. It’s not only good for Salmon though as it always used to be well known for Sea Trout and wild Brown Trout, Grayling are there too.

With almost 11 miles of double bank fishing the Upper Nithsdale Angling association control the fishing on this stretch of the river but day tickets are always readily available and not expensive either. Indeed for some local water we are able to offer free fishing to hotel guests. There is a wealth of river fishing for Brown trout and we have access to some still water rainbow trout too. So for all your fishing needs Blackaddie has a lot to offer.

Salmon on this stretch of river is from mid March to the end of November, Sea Trout normally run between July and September while Brown Trout can be fished from March to the end of November too. There is no closed season for Grayling.

Robert Burns

And of course Robbie Burns spent many years in Dumfries and Galloway and must have visited and even stayed at Blackaddie at some point as his best friend lived here at Blackaddie. History, Scenery, wildlife, activities and culture, what more could you want?

Arts & Crafts

The region is famous for its arts and crafts boasting many world class artists, potters and sculptors living in Dumfries & Galloway and for the art to be found in the landscape such as Henry Moore’s statues and Andy Goldsworthy’s striding arches. On our doorstep is the Crawick Multiverse a Charles Jenks Landform Art Project and in the town an exhibition of the Unique Sanquhar Pattern knitting can be found at ‘A’ The Airts.  In the hotel we exhibit and sell original paintings by a local artist as well as those of Ian’s niece and other Edinburgh art students work.

Wanlockhead Lead mining Museum and Gold Panning:

Wanlockhead the highest village in Scotland has a wonderful museum about the lead mining in the area. The river flowing through Wanlockhead and down to the Nith is famous for gold panning, last year a single nugget worth £10,000 was found and this year another worth £3,000 has been found