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.
copy of the book "Walking the Lowther Hills" by local resident
is in the
cottage, along with a selection of maps and older guides.
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
Tynron is a local Scottish Wildlife Trust reserve. The Red Kite feeding station at Laurieston is a very pleasant excursion.
For cyclists there are many picturesque villages in easy cycling
, 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
Thornhill Golf Club
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.
River Nith for Salmon, SeaTrout, Brown Trout and Grayling.
There are nearby Lochs for Brown or Rainbow Trout,
for Tench, or Pike.
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.
Ice skating and curling (at Dumfries and at Lockerbie).
Leisure pools at Dumfries, at Sanquhar,
and at New Cumnock
Gold-panning with news of a
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