Places to go

Nurture the inner nature lover

Pack some extra sandwiches in the picnic box, you’re going to want to spend your days out there exploring the spectacular scenery that’s everywhere you look at Moffat Manor. Lose yourself in the sight of Grey Mare’s Tail, one of the UK’s biggest waterfalls crashing down the hillside, spy on seabirds over beautiful beaches or take the kids to learn a spot of bushcraft.


Grey Mare’s Tail

What a waterfall

At this famous site, water from Loch Skeen spills over and plunges 60m into a dramatic ravine. When you’ve got your fill of the spectacle, it’s in a brilliant spot for rambling with the family - take on a wildlife challenge and see how many of the special local creatures you can spot, from intrepid feral goats to majestic ospreys. It’s open all year, so you can visit anytime you like.


Sandyhills beach

Remote recreation

Perched along the southern coast of Dumfries and Galloway is Sandyhills beach, a family favourite. Take the kids for a doggy paddle or a splash in the shallow waters before uncovering some treasures in the rockpools. On the drive home stop at Southerness Lighthouse, one of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland. Sandyhills has a car park, toilets, shop and cafe for that essential portion of chips.



Dalscone Farm Fun

Meet the animals

Dalscone is an all weather-winner. Exciteable animal lovers will love petting the goats and donkeys around the outdoor farm park, before burning off excess energy in the outdoor play areas which have trampolines, pedal carts, go-carts, crazy golf, a play fort and bumper boats. Rainy day? The indoor soft play has ball cannons, climbing frames, slides and more to keep them busy. You’ll also find a cafe on site to fuel the fun.

Station Park

Boat & putt the day away

Conveniently close to Moffat Manor you’ll find Station Park, with limitless family fun on offer. Choose your way to explore the lake - you can kayak, boat, or even cross it on a dragon pedalo called Fernando! Keep a safe distance as the kids try to squirt you from ‘Moffatasia’, the much-loved interactive water feature, or prove your skills on the 18 hole putting green. There’s also an outdoor park and skateboarding area.


Master the wilderness

Show the great outdoors what you’re made of on a bushcraft course with Kayantics. Learn how to build a shelter to protect you from the elements, and collect wood so you can light your own fire with a steel and flint, then celebrate your newfound knowledge by toasting a marshmallow over the campfire. Courses can be tailored to many different ages and group sizes.

DG1 Leisure

Swim and soft play

Very close to Dumfries train station you’ll find DG1, a leisure centre with facilities to suit everyone from toddlers to seasoned swimmers. The leisure pool has a treasure hunter’s pirate ship with flumes, slides and water cannons. There’s also a main pool, a training pool, and a sauna and steam room to escape to when you can! If you want to stay dry, you can test out the badminton court or take the little ones to soft play. There’s also a state of the art fitness centre if you didn’t want to let your routine slip whilst on holiday!