Explore the Biosphere

Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere has been recognised internationally as a world class environment for people and nature.

The UNESCO Biosphere designation is recognition of the fantastic array of landscapes, wildlife, cultural heritage and learning opportunities that SW Scotland offers for communities, businesses and visitors to experience and celebrate in a sustainable way.

Below is a taster of some of the fantastic places you can explore to make your own discoveries in the Biosphere.

From its remote hills, through its network of burns, lochs and rivers to the coast, the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a special place, a living landscape which is much more than ‘just scenery’. [Read More...]
The landscape of the Biosphere is steeped in a rich built and cultural heritage. From archaeological evidence of early settlers to the impact of emigration as people from the uplands went in search of new lives across the globe, and from memorials to those caught up in religious turmoil to the remains of heavy industry, the countryside has been shaped by events from the past. There is so much to explore and many places have links to famous people or ordinary folk whose influence has been felt across Scotland and beyond. [Read More...]
Creative arts: novelists, poets, painters, musicians and sculptors have been inspired by the area which hosts Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. Artists continue to add to the vibrancy of the area and you can use this information to promote galleries, festivals and events – and help others enjoy the landscape in new ways. [Read More...]
The Biosphere is a place to escape from the bustle of everyday life. From the wilderness of the open hills and dark skies of the Galloway Forest Park to the windswept coastline, the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a place to enjoy the outdoors. [Read More...]
A wealth of opportunities for recreation and enjoyment in the Biosphere: from the challenge of mountain biking to a leisurely stroll in the countryside the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere offers many ways to enjoy the outdoors. [Read More...]
Explore the Biosphere, a place of abundant good quality food and drink that is produced locally, including whisky, shellfish, cheese and ice cream as well as local breeds farmed in the area, such as Galloway and Ayrshire cows. The range of traditional and not so traditional local produce reflect the diversity and unique character of the countryside in the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. [Read More...]
Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious. [Read More...]
There is no one place that demonstrates how the UNESCO Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere designation helps inspire a positive future and so a series of Biosphere itineraries have been developed. Each route helps you explore the UNESCO Biosphere where you can discover nature and landscapes as well as the big Biosphere ideas of conservation, learning and development. [Read More...]
Biosphere Communities are places where local residents and businesses have committed to being Proud Supporters of the Biosphere and to; [Read More...]
Take part in a wealth of activities and events in the Biosphere and really experience being part of our natural environment. [Read More...]
Book a range of tours and activities which will allow you to become immersed in the environment and activities within the Biosphere. Meet the people who live and work here and enjoy the sights and experiences to be found in the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. Details for booking can be found under each listing below. [Read More...]