It's not just about the delicious organic ice-cream at nearby Cream O'Galloway. Farm and factory tours, pedal karts, slides, go boing, flying fox, 3d maze, viewing tower...the perfect day out!
Bruce's Stone, at the nearby Galloway Forest Park, commemorates Robert Bruce's victory against the English armyand the Battle of Glen Trool in 1307.
Photograph © D&G Tourist Board
There are lovely golden sandy beaches very close by both at Cardoness, 5 minutes away, and Mossyard (pictured) just 2 minutes away.
Galloway Forest Park was the UK's first designated Dark Sky Park. It is one of the darkest places in Scotland and is the perfect place to enjoy stars, planets, comets and meteors.
Galloway Forest Park, Dark Sky Park, cycling and hill walking events throughout the year at nearby Kirroughtree, Glentrool and Clatteringshaws visitor centres and throughout the park.
Castle Kennedy Gardens features exotic plants and trees, stunning features,
sculptured landforms and superb walks all yaer round.
The Galloway Hills lie within the boundaries of Galloway Forest park;
800km2 of wild land that forms part of the Southern Uplands of Scotland.
Galloway Forest Park is Britain's largest forest park with over 300 square miles of forest.
The Galloway Forest park, newly designated as Europe's first Gold Tier dark sky park is on our doorstep and offers so much to see and do including 7Stanes mountain biking, walking, wildlife watching and stargazing.
A wonderful new visitor centre has newly opened (early 2014) at Kirroughtree with cafe and delicious baking, only ten minutes from Kirkdale Estate.
The Sky Quality Meter (SQM) scale is from 0 to 25. You would get a reading of 8 in the middle of a major city such as Glasgow or Edinburgh, whereas a 24 would be measured in a photographer's dark room. Based on this scale, the Galloway Forest Park’s scores range from 21 to 23.6 which gives us as near to total darkness as you can get.
Galloway is famous for its gardens and nurseries and there is a wonderful choice to visit in the area.
The beautiful Threave Gardens, near Castle Douglas are only tweny minutes away - a 1500 acre National Trust property with wonderful gardens, stunning walled garden, sculpture park, tea-room/restaurant and shop. Threave Gardens have just been voted second in The Independent's "10 Best Gardens to Visit in the UK". Threave Castle, accessible only by easy boat trip, plus osprey viewing hide, at a separate location near the gardens is also worth a trip. Please see the National Trust for Scotland website for the gardens and Historic Scotland for the Castle.
We are fortunate to have Elizabeth MacGregor's wonderful plant nursery only fifteen minutes away. A specialist plant nursery, it is one of Britain's most respected growers of perennials. Elizabeth MacGregor won RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2011 New Plant of the Year award. Visit www.elizabethmacregornursery.co.uk for opening times.
Claymoddie Garden has been described as “the most romantic garden” in this part of Scotland. There is an excellent plant nursery at Claymoddie.
The garden was started by Robin Nicholson in 1970 on a woodland site. The mature trees now provide the backdrop to a magical garden design which owes much to a natural instinct for imaginative landscaping and a wide range of well-placed favourites and exotica.
The Wickerman Festival is Scotland's hottest independent music and arts festival offering a rich line-up of live music each year at the end of July.
There are lovely golden sandy beaches very close by both at Cardoness (just 5 minutes away) and Mossyard (pictured opposite - just 2 minutes away).
There are also sandy beaches at Garlieston (30 minutes away) and Portpatrick (50 minutes away).
The Estate is rich with wildlife.
Amongst others you can see roe deer, woodpeckers, otters, red squirrel and red kite.
Wigtown Bay is the largest Local Nature Reserve in Britain, it is an estuary with large areas of saltmarsh and mudflats that are important for many of the species that live there.
Specialist wildlife cameras have been set up in Gatehouse of Fleet at the Mill on the Fleet to watch the Dippers and Kingfishers, at the museum in Creetown to follow the Peregrine Falcons, and in Wigtown to view the Ospreys.
The area and towns are full of fantastic pubs, restaurants and shops, with Gatehouse of Fleet and Creetown within 10 minutes. Castle Douglas, Food Town with a wonderful choice of independent shops, cafes and restaurants is only twenty minutes from Kirkdale.
Over the years the stunning scenery and relaxed way of life has inspired many an artist.
Kirkcudbright is the famous artists town with a choice of galleries to visit.
Galloway hosts the Spring Fling, the UK's largest open studio event at the end of May each year.
The area has a rich history leaving a tapestry of castles and beautiful historic buildings.
Since 1997, Wigtown has been Scotland's National Book Town.
The ten day Wigtown Book Festival at the end of September is an annual event and is one of the top book festivals in Scotland.
Our self catering holiday accommodation makes an ideal base, being just 20 minutes from Wigtown Book Festival, Kirkcudbright Artists' Town and Castle Douglas Food Town.
Fast becoming one of Scotland's most popular traditional music festivals, the Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music Festival is held annually over the 2nd weekend in July in nearby Newton Stewart and Minnigaff. The event includes concerts, workshops, tune and song sessions, pipe band performance, tune and song writing competitions and features well known music