Explore Biosphere Qualities

Welcome to the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, a fantastic place to explore and make your own discoveries.

It hosts an amazing combination of wildlife, landscape and culture.

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...]