Dumfries and Galloway offers a wide variety of things to do and see during your visit to this stunning and easily accessible part of Scotland including:
- mountain biking
- nature & bird watching
- castles & culture
- local food & drink producers
- children's attractions
- adventure & adrenaline seekers
Things to do onsite
In addition to our Segway Tours, Trout & Coarse fishery and Bike Hire, you can explore the farm and meet our Herdwick Sheep, from mid April we'll be lambing so you can muck in and help. Sometimes we need to bottle feed the tiny ones.
Out on the farm you can try the Nature Treasure Hunt and find all the clues - be prepared some of them are tricky to find.
The Adventure Path, with its tyre swing, swamp crossing, slides, see-saw and walk the plank - will have parents clambering to keep up with the kids! Can't get the children off their phones, rally them to try our Smartphone Trail using What3Words as they hunt for clueboards around the farm.
Venture into our woodland and spend an hour or so Den Building, before heading back to your cabin for a relax, campfire and BBQ.
Things to See & Do near Gorsebank
Gorsebank Camping Village is also just a stone’s throw from Dalbeattie forest and the Solway Coast.
We are situated only 400 yards from the entrance to the Dalbeattie 7Stanes mountain bike trail head. Purpose made mountain bike trails suitable for all levels of riders. You don't need to bring your bike as we have a hire centre onsite.
Located only 2.5 miles from the Solway Coast, we are also in easy reach of beaches and the dramatic coastline. Whether you want beaches for family fun or quiet secluded bays to laze away the day or walk the dog, you'll not be disappointed.
For family days out, Mabie Farm Park near Dumfries has play areas, rides, boats and animals whilst the Cream O'Galloway Ice Cream Factory near Gatehouse of Fleet also has an adventure playground, nature walk and ice-cream making demonstrations.
Dalscone Play Centre in Dumfries will delight children, as will The Cocoa Bean Children’s Chocolate Factory with hands-on fun for the kids making chocolate, an adventure playground plus cafe and shop for the adults. Maybe take a step back in time at Dinopark with its life-sized dinosaurs, Dino Dig and Mine.
Opening summer 2019 in Dumfries - Moat Brae House - discover the place where Peter Pan was born - gardens, cafe and gift shop.
Adventurous types can enjoy watersports at Galloway Activity Centre, total wipeout coarse or maybe laser tag.Discover the wider region and maybe a visit to Wanlockhead - Scotland's highest village and local gold panning area.
The region is steeped in a rich history and many castles, ancient buildings and cultural attractions can soon fill your itinerary.
Dumfries, the county town, approximately 14 miles from Gorsebank, provides wet weather options including swimming pool, ice rink, curling rink, and the regions main shopping centre. We are also close to the regions market towns Castle Douglas (theatre & cinema), Kirkcudbright with its numerous art galleries and a short drive to The Scottish Book Town - Wigtown.
Dumfries and Galloway is a nature lovers' paradise. The RSPB has several reserves along the Solway Coast, Threave Castle near Castle Douglas has a pair of nesting Osprey and the Laurieston Red Kite Centre is nearby. Take the Raiders Road through the heart of the Galloway Forest - a forest drive with an excellent picnic stop at Otters Pool.
Only 2.5 miles away, the quaint seaside village of Kippford gives access to a low tide path across to Rough Island. There is a small yacht club and slipway at Kippford suitable for launching jet skis.
1.5 miles down the road is Craigiknowles 9-hole pitch & putt course and tearoom.
Coarse, game and sea fishing are all available within 3 miles of Gorsebank.
- Coarse: Carp & tench fishing on site. Day tickets, bait and tackle hire available. Pike/perch at Carlingwark Loch and Loch Ken.
- Trout & Salmon : Various day ticket lochs, large and small. We have a small brown trout pool for fly fishing and a bait pool full of rainbow trout. Salmon fishing on the Rivers Urr and Nith.
- Sea : Shore fishing from Balcary Point.
Angling shop in Dalbeattie 1.5 miles away.
The area has a few interesting crags, so if you have climbing gear, throw it in the car. We have a small crag and climbing wall onsite, and can organise tuition from qualified instructors (this needs to be arranged in advance). Approx 7 miles away Clifton Crag offers a mixture of routes covering various difficulties. Click for Clifton Crag guidebook
The Kippford /Rockcliffe Bay is sheltered and full of interesting features for a spot of sea kayaking - you can unload at the waters edge at Rockcliffe. Due to the Solway tides you are best planning paddles 1.5hrs either side of high tide.
You really are spoilt for choice with some spectacular and varied walking. Close by is the Jubilee Path linking Rockcliffe and Kippford (2 miles); slightly more strenuous is the dramatic cliff path between Rockcliffe and Sandyhills (6 miles) or, if you are really energetic, climb Screel Hill or Criffel for some superb views over the Solway Firth and on to the Lake District beyond.
Gorsebank is ideally situated to visit these attractions and many more.
OUR TOP 5 RECOMMENDATIONS
TOP 5 - BEACHES
1. Sandy Hills - a mile of sand and warm shallow water excellent for families
2. Rockcliffe - Sand, rock pools and an island you can walk out to at low tide
3. Kippford Shell Beach - amazing not a grain of sand in sight just millions of cockle shells cover the floor beneath your feet
4. Portling Beach - quiet place to walk the dog or relax and soak in the Solway
5. The Secret Beach (stay with us and we'll give you the map)
TOP 5 - CHILDREN'S ATTRACTIONS
1. Cocabean Factory
2. Mabie Farm Park
3. Cream O Galloway
4. Dalscone Family Fun
5. Dumfries Ice Bowl
TOP 5 - NATURE ATTRACTIONS
1. Dark Skies Park
2. WWT Caerlaverock Reserve
3. Mereshead RSPB Reserve
4. Red Kite Centre - Lauriston
5. Raiders Road - Forest Drive
TOP 5 - OUTDOOR SPACES & GARDENS
1. Crawick Multiverse
2. Logan Botanical Gardens
3. Threave House & Gardens NTS
4. Galloway Forest Park
5. Ardwell Gardens
TOP 5 - CASTLES & CULTURE
1. Threave Castle
2. Gem Rock Museum
3. Drumlanrig Castle
4. Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum
5. Kirkcudbright Artists Town
TOP 5 - EVENTS & FESTIVALS
1. Big Burns Supper - Jan
2. Spring Fling - Art festival - May
3. Dumfries County Show - August
4. Hardrock Challenge - Dualathon Oct
5. Wigtown Book Festival - Oct