The quiet and tranquil nature of the scenic area is superb for walking. We have a walking leaflet with a series of seven walks, varying in difficulty and length, which start from the cottage door. The quiet roads are also superb for cyclists.
The unspoilt nature of the area is ideal for a variety of wildlife species to thrive. In the countryside surrounding the cottage you can spot red squirrels, roe deer, buzzards and red kites. We are close to the Dark Skies Galloway Forest Park and therefore the cottage is ideally located for star gazing. There are plenty of nature reserves in the area too, the Wildlife and Wetland Trust at Caerlaverock and RSPB Mersehead are close by. Esk Rigg at Lockerbie is the best place to be guaranteed to see red squirrels and the Red Kite Trail at Laurieston, where the kites are fed every day at two o'clock, is a must see.
There is lots to do in the area for families. Drumlanrig Castle is a fun day out for the whole family with a beautiful stately castle, adventure playground, and walking and cycling routes through the forest. At Cream O' Galloway, where delicious ice cream is made, you can watch the cows being milked, climb up the viewing tower or zoom down the flying fox.
Locally, Thornhill is an attractive town with free parking and lovely independent shops including the 101, Tag and Voila for fashion; Thomas Tosh and Memories for gifts; and A Taste of Galloway and John G Renicks Butcher for great locally produced foods.
Ellisland Farm, home of the famous poet Robert Burns, is a popular museum nearby where Burns wrote some of his best known poems including Tam O' Shanter. Here you can enjoy the peaceful setting, guided tours and riverside walk. In Dumfries you can also visit his house which is now a museum and also the Robert Burns Centre.
There are several local golf courses (Thornhill and Sanquhar) and links courses (Powfoot and Southerness) nearby. The cottage is 4km from the River Nith, one of Scotland's most productive rivers, where salmon and sea trout can be caught. The 7Stanes mountain biking trails are also easily accessible from the cottage.
Kirkcudbright is the regions artists town where many of the Glasgow Boys lived and worked in the early twentieth century, today it is a thriving art community with several galleries and shops. In the immediate vicinity, Lucianne Lassalle's studio at Wallaceton offers classes throughout the year. The Spring Fling, held on the last weekend in May, covers the length and breadth of the region and is Scotland's leading visual art and craft open studio event.
There are several regional festivals, including the Newton Stewart Walking Festival in May, the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival also in May, The Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival in June, the Wickerman Festival in July, and the Lockerbie Jazz Festival in September.