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Issue 78 - Destination

Scotland Magazine Issue 78
December 2014

 

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Destination

Dumfries and Galloway

Scotland Magazine's “Destination of the Year 2014” is Dumfries and Galloway. This large and unspoiled area not only boasts fabulous places to stay and eat, but it offers a wide variety of historic attractions and outdoor activities. By highlighting these special destinations, the Scottish Hotel Awards and Scotland Magazine are seeking to catch the interest of those planning their next holiday and to draw them off the beaten track and direct them to somewhere truly special.

So often overlooked in the race to travel north into the Scottish Highlands, the scenic beauty of Dumfries and Galloway, its history, hidden away fishing and sailing communities, Christian heritage, important contributions towards Scotland's visual arts and literature, fresh local seafood, dairy farms (fabulous Galloway cheese), ancient castles and charming country houses make it unsurpassed as a “must explore” place to go.


Broughton House and Garden, Kirkcudbright

Situated on the Solway Firth, and located at the heart of the picturesque town of Kirkcudbright, is the 18th Century town house purchased by the Victorian artist E. A. Hornel. For a glorious period towards the end of the 19th Century into the 20th Century, this became the epicentre of an artist’s colony, and today functions as a living museum under the supervision of the National Trust for Scotland. Containing examples of Hornel's paintings and those of his contemporaries, many of whom came under the mantle of The Glasgow Boys, visitors are invited to explore his expansive library, which includes one of the world’s biggest collections of works by Robert Burns. Situated behind the house, and backing on to the River Dee, is the beautiful garden he created, greatly influenced by his love of Japan. This features a curious mixture of eastern and western horticulture and sculpture.

Broughton House 12 High Street, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway, DG6 4JX Tel: +44 (0) 8444 932 246

Galloway Forest Park

With three visitor centres, the rolling Galloway glens, hills and forests provide an astonishingly spectacular landscape to explore, and one that visitors to Scotland who head north into the Highlands regularly miss out on. Encounter red deer and wild goats in their natural settings, follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce when on the run from the soldiers of Edward I of England, or simply have a family picnic beside a tranquil, hidden away loch with only the birds of the sky to interrupt your thoughts.
www.gallowayforestpark.com

Big Burns Supper

A contemporary Burns Night celebration is taking place over nine days this winter and features theatre, comedy and projects throughout Dumfries, as well as interactive and children's events. The Burns Night
Carnival returns to Dumfries, working
with groups to create lanterns to light
up the town centre for a dazzling
community parade.
Dumfries – 23-31 January 2015
www.2014.bigburnssupper.com

Rickwood House, Portpatrick

Rickwood House is an outstanding guest house in the harbour village of Portpatrick. It has been run by Maggie and Fred Finlay for over 12 years and welcomes children and family pets. Although it is essentially a B&B which combines the facilities of a small hotel with some delightful personal touches, it also has a Residents' licence enabling the provision of freshly cooked evening meals for up to five days a week, if required. Rickwood House is a member of the Scottish Hotel Awards.
Rickwood House, Heugh Road,
Portpatrick, Stranraer, DG9 8TD
Tel: +44 (0) 1778 810 270
www.portpatrick.me.uk