As a country Scotland offers a variety of sights and sounds to see for the whole family. A self-catering visit to Galloway can be an affordable and fun way for the entire family to take in the sights and sounds this region in the southwest of Scotland.
If it’s your first time visiting Galloway, you may not be aware of some of the best places to visit. This article outlines some of Galloway’s best kept secrets.
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- Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum
It is famous for being the highest village in Scotland and offers a breathtaking view of the landscape that includes hills and clear streams. But Wanlockhead is also home to a one-of a kind museum. The museum itself is family friendly with activities for the whole family. Visitor can tour the real mines and re-furbished miners’ cottages. It also has an 18th century library that details all the intricacies of lead mining and other minerals. In the summer, you can take part in exciting gold panning activities in the village’s streams.
- Caerlaverock Castle
If you are looking for a little piece of history in Galloway, you can find it in the ruins of Caerlaverock Castle on the Solway coast. The Castle has fallen several times in history, most famously when it was attacked by Edward I in 1300 and became the subject of the poem, The Siege of Caerlaverock.
Its design dates back to the 13th century but it was reconstructed into a Scottish manor house in 1634 when defensive walls were no longer a necessity. It offers a rich history in its hallways, passageways and the general structure of the castle.
- Ruthwell Cross
Another important piece of history, the 6m-high Ruthwell cross was carved out in the 7th century and is inscribed with a poem, written in a Saxon runic alphabet, one of the earliest forms of written English literature. Visiting this iconic structure is an activity for the whole family.
- Mull of Galloway
When looking for a spectacular view, the Mull of Galloway is the best place to get it. It is the southernmost point and offers great views of Scotland, Northern Ireland, England and the Isle of Man. The lighthouse was built in 1862 by Robert Stevenson. The Mull of Galloway is also a nature reserve that is home to different species of sea-birds and wild flowers. Some former homes of light keepers are even available as accommodation if you decide to stay the night.
This simple café offers the best coffee in town with a nice line of bruschetta and ciabatta as well as lunch menu options designed to keep you coming back. Its cozy wood fittings provide the perfect ambience for a relaxing day and the carrot cake is some of the best in town. It is perfect for a lazy day or for when you just want to be alone. There is even a garden space out back if you’d rather be outside.