The local area around Thornhill and Dumfries is full of things to do - walking, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, golf and sightseeing. There are many historic buildings to visit nearby. It is an ideal centre for visiting Robert Burns heritage sites or the striking landscape sculptures for which Dumfries and Galloway is becoming renowned; or come for one of the local arts events, or music festivals.
Dumfries and Galloway is ideally situated for a golfing break and offers superb courses to suit golfers of all abilities
Please see the links below to view some of our favourite courses.
Walking and Hill Climbing
You’d be hard pushed to find anywhere as beautiful and diverse as Dumfries and Galloway. From miles of rugged coastline to vast, green forests to hills and mountain paths for all abilities. Each year there are several ‘walking festivals’, each led by experienced locals who not only know the paths but can bring the past to life with stories and local lore.
Salmon, sea trout & trout fishing and course angling
There is a fantastic choice of loch and river fishing in Dumfries and Galloway.
River Nith – There are for example 23 fishing beats on the river Nith which runs through the centre of Dumfries. Fishers on the Nith say that it is arguably the most productive of the Solway rivers. It offers excellent sport for anglers of all abilities.
Queensberry lochs are located near Thornhill, and are set within beautiful countryside on the estates of Buccleuch and Queensberry. Fishing is normally good throughout the season.
Cycling and mountain biking
With fabulous countryside and costal paths, Dumfries and Galloway has an abundance of trails to explore. The National Cycle Network of over 130 miles traverses the region taking in stunning scenery, jaggy coastlines and huge forests. The National Byway provides the opportunity to retrace the roots of the first pedal cycle to Kier Mill, where Kirkpatrick MacMillan first invented it.
If an off road challenge appeals for your cycling holidays, then make sure you visit 5 of the 7-stanes located at Ae, Mabie, Dalbeattie, Kirroghtree, and Glentrool forests.
To find out more on all the Stanes visit www.7stanes.gov.uk