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a week in may in stranraer

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a week in may in stranraer

I am staying near stranraer for a week with 2 chd aged 10 and 12 and would appreciate any ideas on what we may enjoy around the area.

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1. Re: a week in may in stranraer

If you have a car you may want to venture up the coast to Culzean Castle and Country Park, pretty much the jewel in the crown of the National Trust for Scotland. You could easily spend a full day there - its got a beach, brilliant playpark with zip wire, aviary, cafe, ice-cream kiosks, childrens activities, picnic tables, oh yes and a castle! Highly recommended.

http://www.nts.org.uk/Property/97/

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What sort of things do the kids like doing?

Are they into Mountain Biking? If so Kirroughtree Forest just east of Newton Stewart (signed off A 75 at Palnure) hire out bikes and has a series of mountain bike trails with different levels of difficulty. There is a short 'experimental section' so you can decide what level of difficulty the kids should do. Be warned the black course is for head bangers...

www.forestry.gov.uk/forestry/ACHS-5RNF8M

There is also a short forest drive and way marked walks.

It is worthwhile spending some time on the Undiscovered Scotland website as this will give you ideas of things to do in the area.

undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usmapindexes/sout…

I have identified some things to do on this thread

tripadvisor.com/ShowTopic-g186485-i107-k2757…

although the kids may regard some of these as a bit boring. The fish ponds at Logan may be a hit though and the end of the Mull is a great place to 'drop out'.

If they like ruined castles, there are

Carsluith

undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/carsluith/…

Cardoness

historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/…

undiscoveredscotland.com/gatehouseoffleet/ca…

and Kirkudbright

http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_204&PropName=Maclellan's%20Castle

undiscoveredscotland.com/kirkcudbright/macle…

For atmosphere go and find Cairnholy Chambered Cairns.

…tiscali.co.uk/celynog/Dumfries/cairnholy_ca…

They are signed off the A75 up a winding narrow road. Cairn Holy Farmhouse B&B is just beyond them and their map is here:

www.cairnholy.co.uk/siteimages/roadmap.gif

Near Gatehouse of Fleet is Cream of Galloway which might go down well.

http://www.creamogalloway.co.uk/

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3. Re: a week in may in stranraer

Thanks to both of you for some fantastic ideas. Can't wait to get there and try some!!

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4. Re: a week in may in stranraer

It's a beautiful part of the country and a great area to explore. The people are so friendly too.

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A huge hit with our kids aged 8 and 10 was the Cream of Galloway centre- Ice cream factory and the biggest adventure playground I've ever seen, along with bike tracks, nature trails, wildlife etc. A great day out and easily do-able from Stranraer. www.creamogalloway.co.uk/index.php…

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6. Re: a week in may in stranraer

There is loads to do in Dumfries and Galloway! Check out the D&G see and do guide. Kids love the Cream of Galloway at Gatehouse of Fleet, the forest parks, gem rock museum, and Marrbury Smokehouse @ Carsluith Castle. It is worth spending time in D&G getting out and about in the area. Its definitley an "outdoors" activity area. There are some beautiful beaches, and the little fishing village of Portpatrick is well worth a visit. Fron Stranraer, you can also take a day pass on the ferry to Belfast which is a realy cheap day out and fun for the kids to go on the ferry! Wigtown is the book town but often events re going on. Check out visit scotland dumfries and galloway as they will list events in the area. The Ryan centre in Stranraer is good for wet days (not that there are any here in bonnie galloway!)You can hire mountain bikes and do the forest trails over near Newton Stewart. Enjoy your visit!

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