Things to do

Things to Do

There is a wealth of things to do around Wigtown!

Beaches, Bays and Harbours

There are many beaches, bays and picturesque harbours within easy reach of Wigtown. The coastline locally is a series of peninsulas with beautiful quiet picnic and paddling spots. Commercialism hasn’t reached this corner of the UK yet and even in the height of summer you can be the only person on the beach! For a change of scene head to the picturesque little port of Portpatrick, just 45 minutes away. Sea fishing trips can be arranged from here and there are plenty of places to eat, and things to see and do.

Day Trips

The western sections of the Southern Upland Way are within easy reach of Wigtown by car. Or if you are looking for something completely different, enjoy a day trip to Belfast from Cairnryan on Loch Ryan. Ayr and the countryside that inspired Robert Burns are just 90 minutes away by car, whilst the national cultural hub of Glasgow with its Victorian and Art Deco architecture, acclaimed museums and thriving music scene, is two hours away.


Dumfries and Galloway is the perfect destination for a superb cycling holiday. National Trust  Cycle Network Routes pass close by, the Kirroughtree and Galloway Forest Parks are fantastic areas for world class mountain biking, and the roads around the countryside are quiet and great road biking terrain. For local bike hire and discount, see Kirkcowan Cycles on Facebook.


The Kirroughtree and Galloway Forest Parks have a wide range of walking trails suitable for all abilities.

Star Gazing

The Galloway Forest Park is a designated Dark Sky Park, the first in the UK, and has been given Gold Tier Status for its breath-taking and rare stargazing conditions. For more information go to

Red Kites

The Galloway Red Kite Feeding Station is an exciting opportunity to see spectacular red kites in lovely scenery. The visitor centre provides all-weather close viewing of the action. For details go to