In addition to a sandy beach nearby the seas around Garlieston are very popular with sailors, sea anglers, and kayakers. Dry land offers cyclists and hill-walkers endless adventures.
Kirroughtree, part of the 7stanes complex, is just a 20 minute drive away and was winner of MBR Trail of the Year in 2010. It's a great family venue with a wide range of trails, seasonal café and great play area. Bike hire available.
In nearby Galloway Forest, the UK's first dark sky park, Glentrool offers the cyclist and hill-walker a vast outdoor playground. Whilst not quite a Munro, the Merrick (2,744 ft), is a walk on the wild side with extensive views. A circuit around Loch Trool is very rewarding and relatively flat.
Golfers are well catered with delightful St. Medan - Scotland's most southerly course just a 10 minute drive away. This coastal 9-hole course sits high above the sea and offers views to the Isle of Man, Mull of Galloway and Ireland. Please go to www.visitscotland.com for their eBrochure on golf in the area.
The area around Park Cottage is not only a superb natural playground, but also offers man made fun as well. Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre has one of Europe's longest zip wires. Cream O' Galloway is world renowned for it's ice cream and has superb, award-winning play facilities. The Cocoa Bean Company is another great treat. And don't miss the Crystal Cave at Creetown's Gem Rock Museum.
Art, History and Culture
Wigtown Book Town, Scotland's National Book Town, is a 10 minutes drive and offers the visitor over 20 book-related businesses. The annual Book Festival has welcomed speakers such as Ian Rankin, Joanna Lumley, John Simpson, and Douglas Hurd.
Some of Scotland's most fascinating people came from this area. Historical relics abound and a detailed listing can be found at VisitScotland.
The artists's town of Kirkudbright became a haven for the leading Scottish artists of the time. Made famous by E.A. Hornel, Jessie M. King, the Glasgow Boys and a host of other Scottish Colourists, this delightful port makes for a great day out while taking in the spectacular coastal drive.