Local Attractions
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What to See and Do


The luxury Craigrobin holiday cottage in Dumfries and Galloway is the perfect location to visit castles, tourist attractions and participate in a wide range of activities for the young and not so young.


Here’s a selection of what you can find within a short distance of Craigrobin.


Barmurrie Farm


Craigrobin is set in the 225 acres of Barmurrie Farm which, apart from walks in the glorious countryside, has a children's pet corner with not only are there rabbits, guinea pigs, lambs, ponies but llamas, peacocks and ornamental ducks.


View photos of some of the animals at Barmurrie here.


Barmurrie Farm also has two duck ponds, trout ponds (permits available) and several breeding pairs of red kites.


Horse 'Bed and Breakfast' and there is an outdoor kennel for one dog at Craigrobin which can go ONLY in the kitchen area - a larger number of dogs can be kenneled at the farm




Drumlanrig Castle and Cuntry Estate

Drumlanrig Castle The historic 17th C home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry.


It is steeped in history, filled with treasures and boasts beautiful Victorian gardens, way-marked woodland walks, cycle routes and championship mountain bike trails, and adventure playground for the children.


It also offers some of the best sporting opportunities in Scotland. Bike hire available, tea room and snack bar. Fabulous events throughout the season. An excellent day out for all the family. More details on the Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate website.


The Visit Dumfries and Galloway website has an informative and useful section titles What to See and Do including natural heritage, arts and crafts, historic attractions, activities, gardens, museums and visitor centres. You can request and download brochures from their website.


Castle Douglas the 'food town' of Dumfries and Galloway is only 15 miles away has an excellent selection of shops. It also has a swimming pool and is home to Threave Gardens and Estate and Threave Castle.


There are more castles to be discovered all over the region such as Caerlaverock Castle 7 miles south of Dumfries – more details can be found on the Undiscovered Scotland Website.


The CatStrand. A unique venue in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway where a warm welcome awaits you. There's a year round events programme, arts and community activities, local arts and crafts, exhibitions, film, workshops, classes and training courses, free internet access, tourist and heritage information, cafe and refreshments and bus trips. Find out more on their website.


Cream o' Galloway, 15 miles away, an award winning attraction, is a family run organic farm in Dumfries and Galloway. You can join a farm tour, spot wildlife, enjoy local and ethical food, taste fabulous homemade ice cream and play in a natural adventure playground built for young and old alike. More details on their website.


Burns National Heritage Park at Alloway, about 20 miles away, has the birthplace of Scotland’s bets loved poet. Here you can 'experience' the rich heritage of Robbie Burns ‘within the environment which inspired his imagination’ and there’s also the Robert Burns Centre at Dumfries.


At Ayr, 30 miles away, you can shop or enjoy a Day at the Races. More details and meeting dates on the Ayr Racecourse website.


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Leisure Activities and Sports


A short drive away (approx 4 miles) you’ll discover an area of natural beauty - the picturesque and unspoiled Loch Ken, where activities include water sports, fishing, walking and much more. There’s so much to see and do.


The Galloway Activity Centre 4 miles away offers much more than its title suggests. You can also windsurf, kayak, canoe or power boat and on dry land test your aim at archery, quad bike, mountain bike and climb.


Not far away the Loch Ken Water Ski School also offers wake boarding tuition, power boat and ringo rides.


There’s great walking areas on the Southern Upland Way, forestry trails next to Barmurrie and further afield. Mountain biking and horse riding in surrounding forests. Visit the Galloway Forest website for more information.




The attractive Balmaclellan village with shop and post office is a mile away and bar meals are available at the local pubs about 2 miles from the cottage. There’s also a clog and shoe workshop, a pottery and an artist’s studio and gallery. Find out more details on Balmaclellan and surrounding area here.


At Corsock, Pringles Bar serves Barmurrie Farm's very own free range pork, chicken and lamb.


About 5 Miles away you can find Lochinvar Hotel situated next to the Galloway Forest National Park. You can eat in and taste great food or ‘takeaway’ to keep you on the move.


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Ferry Services


Further afield about 1 hour drive away are Stranraer and Cairnryan Ferry Ports were you can cross to Ireland and the Girvan ferry to Arran is also about 1 hour away.


Please let us know if you discover other exciting places you have visited so we can pass them on to future guests of Craigrobin.


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