Around and About
Barstobrick Visitor Centre is the first port of call for lodge residents who will enjoy exploring the local area. On site and only a leisurely, downhill walk behind the lodges, there there's a host of of ongoing rural activities ranging from bird watching on Galloway's famous 'Red Kite Trail' which runs through the centre, learning how to fish on our well stocked lochs, mountain biking and cycling as well as riding. We also run an interesting programme of special events throughout the year. Go to www.barstobrick.co.uk for up-to-date information.
If you want to go off and explore, we're surrounded by marvellous country where you're free to enjoy our beaches and superb coastal walks. In this part of lowland Scotland, we have unique, charming towns and villages some with officially designated roles: - Kirkcudbright - 'Artists' Town,' Castle Douglas - 'Food Town' and Wigtown - 'Book Town,' all of which, visitors love to explore and experience. The area is renowned for its beautiful gardens, and inspiring art galleries along with the rare peace and freedom that this relatively unknown part of Scotland still cherishes.
There's loads of action too! At nearby Loch Ken you'll find activity centres where you can water ski, banana boat, sail,wind surf, power boat, canoe, row and swim if you like! Mountain bike enthusiasts will love the fact that we're not far from the 7stanes mountain biking route (www.7stanesmountainbiking.com) with features like 'The Slab' and 'Terrible Twins' to set your heart racing! More sedate cyclists will equally enjoy the challenges of cycling round our undulating estate parklands exploring the quite roads that meander through the immediate countryside.
To give you a fuller flavour of the area check out the following web sites:
Castle Douglas - 'Food Town'
Recently awarded the accolade of Scottish 'Food Town' and surrounded by productive farms producing a great selection of food and drink, Castle Douglas has over 50 thriving food related businesses including cafés, restaurants, delicatessens, butchers, grocers, chocolate makers....mouth watering?
Kirkcudbright - 'Artists' Town' - 10 minutes drive
Kirkcudbright was recently awarded the title 'Artists' Town' due to its unique and widely documented artistic heritage. Since 1890, the town has been and now continues to be a hub for artists to live in, to work in and to visit. There's a plethora of excellent art and craft galleries perpetuating the importance of Kirkudbright in the the UK's art scene. The pretty harbour with its fishing boats and other craft is also fascinating to spend time exploring.
Wigtown - 'Book Town' - 45 minutes drive
Scotland's first national 'Book Town' the annual autumn Book Festival runs from 28th September - 7th October 2012, with a further annual taster 'Spring Weekend' usually in early May. There are over 20 book related businesses here with over a quarter of a million books to chose from. Now put those Kindles away!
Golf is a firm favourite with many of our visitors. Pretty Kircudbright Golf Course in particular is very handy for Barstobrick. For convenience three contrasting 'golf trails' have been created which identify the contrasting appeal of the different courses. There's the 'Tiger Trail' focusing on premier courses, the 'Challenge Trail' catering for the majority of golfers and the 'Little Gems Trail' which focuses on our range of beautiful nine hole courses enjoyed by many visitors to the area.
All of the courses are situated in the most stunning scenery which, along with the potential glimpse of many forms of wildlife, offer something very special to our visitors.
For more information on these 'golf trails' and on the individual courses visit - http://www.visitdumfriesandgalloway.co.uk/see-do/activities/golf/golf-trails
Photo credit: main photo Leeming and Paterson