Dumfries and Galloway has many activity based attractions, historic houses and castles and beautiful countryside. It is popular with visitors the world over, many of whom come for the heritage of Robert burns who spent a lot of his working life in the area.
The Southern Upland Way, a challenging 212 mile walk though Scotland, starts in Dumfries and Galloway at Portpatrick. For some gentler day walks there are many forests and tranquil lochs to choose from. Dumfries and Galloway has five big game fishing rivers, the Bladnoch, Nith, Cree, Annan and the Border Esk which attract keen fishermen from all over the world. Loch Ken and the Solway Firth have many facilities for water sports.
Dumfries and Galloway is known for its beautiful gardens and the Logan Botanical Garden is particularly popular. The Crichton Estate with its views over the Nith Estuary is particularly stunning.