Morton Castle

WALKING
Walks to suit all abilities, from gentle ambles round the village or down to the river and back; waymarked walks in Drumlanrig woods and Ae Forest; and longer treks on surrounding hills, or on The Southern Upland Way. Some transport to the start or from the end of walks can be arranged.
A copy of the book "Walking the Lowther Hills" by local resident Ronald Turnbull is in the cottage, along with a selection of maps and older guides.

NATURAL HISTORY
Bird watching from the crags of Scaur Glen through the mixed species woodlands to the river and on to the Solway coast and the wetland reserves of Caerlaverock and Mersehead.
Stenhouse Wood, Tynron is a local Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve. The Red Kite feeding station at Laurieston is a very pleasant excursion.

CYCLING
For cyclists there are many picturesque villages in easy cycling distance; Keir (home of Kirkpatrick McMillan , originator of the pedal/crank driven bicycle), Durisdeer (afternoon teas at the kirk on summer Sundays) etc.

There are facilities for mountain biking in nearby Drumlanrig Woods, Mabie Forest and Ae Forest.

Road cycles and Mountain Bikes can be hired locally at Rik's Bike Shed

GOLFING
Golf at Thornhill Golf Club , a part parkland, part heath course with open views of different outlooks on surrounding countryside as you progress. There are many other good quality courses in easy reach. Most participate in a Gateway to Golf Pass discount scheme with three-round from 90 and six-round passes from 120 available. Participating Courses. Contact Dumfries & Galloway Tourist Board Tel: 01387 245 566 for a leaflet.

FISHING
River Nith for Salmon, SeaTrout, Brown Trout and Grayling.
Buccleuch Estates ,
Dalswinton Estate.

There are nearby Lochs for Brown or Rainbow Trout, or for Tench, or Pike.

WATER SPORTS
Canoeing on the Nith (bring your own canoe)

Sailing and water skiing are offered on Loch Ken (20miles)

FAMILY HISTORY / GENEALOGY
I have an interest in Family History Research and am pleased to assist visitors in their quest. Local offices / libraries have resources and the Scottish Record Office in Edinburgh is 90 minutes away. VisitScotland have developed an internet site Ancestral Scotland as an introduction for international ancestral tourists.

OTHERS
Ice skating and curling (at Dumfries and at Lockerbie).

Leisure pools at Dumfries and at Sanquhar

Horse riding..

Gold-panning with news of a Success story,

Locally there are the studios and workshops of several craft workers, and "summer schools" are run in a number of disciplines.

And there must be others that I haven't even heard of.