Dalbeattie on the West Coast of Scotland in Dumfries and Galloway is locally known –as the Granite Town of South West Scotland and has much to offer a visitor to one of its many delightful holiday cottages. It’s a great base for discovering the laid back delights of the Colvend Coast and the many castles and gardens in the area such as Caerlaverock Castle, one of the great medieval fortresses of Scotland. Self catering foodies will be eager to make good use of the town’s 3 award winning traditional butchers.

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If you like being in the big outdoors, in addition to historical sites, there are some lovely scenic country walks and opportunities for golfing and fishing. The area is also superb for mountain bikers, with a choice of green blue and red tails including the internationally famous, world class Seven Stanes Mountain Bike Trail in Dalbeattie Forest.

For a more gentle day out for young families, there are some attractive farm parks in Dumfries and Galloway to visit with plenty of opportunities for feed animals such as Dalscone Fun Farm (llamas, donkeys and pigs) or Mabie Farm Park (Shetland ponies, sheep, ducks and peacocks and a ‘choo choo express’ to ride).

There are plenty of galleries and museums well worth a visit, and don’t miss the beautiful 19th Century harbour of Stranraer.

Dumfries & Galloway's farm parks offer exciting activities for the whole family. Spend an afternoon at Dalscone Farm Fun and see animals such as llamas, donkeys and pigs in their 'Farmari'. After meeting various species enjoy the great outdoors with a round of crazy golf or get the whole family onto one of the pedal karts for a look around the rest of the farm.

Not far away is another fantastic option Mabie Farm Park. Collect your bag of feed from the shop and get up close to friendly animals such as Highland and Belted Galloway cows, Shetland ponies, Jacob sheep, ducks, peacocks go on donkey rides or small children can enjoy a trip on the 'Choo Choo Express' through the park.