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Welcome to Dumfries and Galloway

If you have never been to this part of Scotland before, you don't know what you're missing.

Dumfries and Galloway in South-West Scotland has a wealth of wildlife and history waiting to be discovered. From the shores of the Solway Firth, through farmland and woodland to the high tops of the Galloway Hills.
It's everything you think Scotland should be in one small area.
This web site will give you an introduction into what we can offer you. We will take you to the best locations at the best time of year whenever you choose to visit. Many people travel to the Highlands to see Scotland when there is really no need. Everything that Scotland has to offer can be found here in Dumfries and Galloway.

Much of the area remains undiscovered and we would like to share with you some of its hidden secrets.
Although we specialise in Nocturnal Wildlife Tours we can tailor other wildlife tours to suit your needs and budget.

The re-introduced Red kites are now high on most peoples lists, however we must not forget species such as the red squirrel, of which Galloway is still a stronghold as the invading grey squirrel marches ever further north.
Ospreys are also being seen more frequently through the spring and summer due to the various protected breeding sites.
The coastline and the inner Solway are a haven for wintering birds in particular waders and geese. During the spring and summer you have the chance to see and hear some of our breeding seabird colonies. Cormorants, guillemots, razorbills, kittiwakes etc, which all breed in good numbers. They can all be seen from the coastal footpaths at Balcary, Meikle Ross, Cruggleton and between Rockcliffe to Sandyhills.

The broad-leaved woodlands come alive in spring as the bluebells and wild garlic burst into flower, just as the summer migrants arrive. Pied flycatchers, redstarts, wood warblers and blackcaps all add to the crescendo of the dawn chorus in a Scottish oak woodland.
Located on our doorstep are the Galloway Forest and Dark Sky Parks which lead you into the more remote parts of the Galloway Hills complete with its myths, legends and of course wildlife. Red deer, wild goats and the elusive golden eagle can all be found here. Most people stay within the forests and there is much to see and do. From dippers to crossbills and otters to midges there is something for everyone.

Most people's interest in natural history tends to revolve around birds and mammals but there is much more. Botanically we have a rich countryside with many rare and specialist plants which in turn attract a whole host of other interesting species, including moths, butterflies, reptiles and insects.
Not everyone's cup of tea I know, but very important in the bigger picture and the intricate web of life.

Images of the area taken by Keith whilst researching wildlife locations.

Starling Roost at Annan

Roe Deer at Threave Castle

A typical Solway Evening