Supporting the Biosphere

Southern Upland Way

The Southern Upland Way is Britain’s first official coast to coast long distance foot-path which takes you through the centre of the Biosphere. It runs 212 miles from Portpatrick on…

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Sanctuary 2015

Sanctuary 2015 was a 24-hour site-specific public art event, an experimental space that brings together new work ranging from performance and light installations to sound works, video projections and radio transmissions….

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Galloway Wild Foods

Galloway Wild Foods runs guided walks and events for you to learn loads about how to find, identify, harvest and eat the amazing array of wild foods you can gather…

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Scottish Natural Heritage

Scottish Natural Heritage works with many partners to ensure that residents and visitors can experience and appreciate the remarkable variety of wildlife and scenery across south west Scotland..

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Galloway Red Deer Range

The Red Deer Range was established to give  visitors the chance to see these beautiful creatures up close in a natural environment. Around 60 red deer live here today and…

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Nith Catchment Fishery Trust

The Nith Catchment Fishery Trust aims to conserve and enhance all native freshwater fish and their habitats located within the inland and coastal waters of the River Nith catchment and the…

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Hawthorn House

Hawthorn House is situated right on the coast at Port William with magnificent views across Luce Bay.
A great place to explore this part of beautiful Galloway. First Class Accommodation in a Beautiful…

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Aldaron Woodcrafts

Aldaron Woodcrafts is a small rural business run by us, Gabriel Vindt and Iona Dunbar. We live in an old forester’s cottage in Glentrool Village in the Galloway Forest. From…

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Crawfordston Cottage

A delightful, secluded cottage in the heart of the country but not far from the picturesque village of Kirkmichael. It’s the ideal base from which to explore and discover this…

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The Auld Acquaintance

The place where old friends come to meet: the place where taste, ingredients and price matter. We make all our own cakes, scones and pastries right here on the premises. We…

Solway View Holidays

Solway View Holidays is an ideal base from which to explore the towns of Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Kirkcudbright & Castle Douglas. Set within Balmangan Farm, a traditional working farm, you are able…

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Sanquhar Academy

We raise awareness, through our pupils, on the local Biosphere as part of our curriculum including crop growing andprojects to increase biodiversity throughout the school campus. We hope to involve the…

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Dalry

St John’s Town of Dalry is a community in the heart of the Biosphere. Dalry Community Council takes a broad interest in the natural environment around the settlement and wider…

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Cream o’Galloway

Indulge in luxurious dairy Cream o’ Galloway Ice Cream, tuck into tasty Finlay’s Farmhouse Cheese and enjoy lots and lots of deliciously good fun at this award winning Visitor Centre….

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Crawick Multiverse

Crawick Multiverse is a spectacular artland, visitor attraction and events venue in Dumfries and Galloway utilising landscape art to transform a former open cast coal mine into an outdoor space that…

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2 Pins Community Company

2 Pins Community Company is working to develop a new community centre – the 2 Pins Centre in the centre of Pinwherry and the name reflects the connection between the…

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Ballantrae

The aim of the Ballantrae Development Group is to support local businesses, encourage tourism and run unique events for locals, surrounding communities and visitors. All to ensure the village is…

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Ayrshire Food Network

Ayrshire Food Network has developed to its position today where 46 Ayrshire based, and 12 Arran based businesses are working together to promote the produce, culinary and food tourism delights of…

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Ultimate Angler

The Ultimate Angler provides a wide selection of fishing equipment including rods, reels, nets, lines, lures, baits, hooks, swivels, floats and all types of accessories, along with permits for local…

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Catstrand

Catstrand is Scotlands most exciting contemporary performance and meeting space in the heart of the Glenkens, Called CatStrand after the very small stream that used to run underneath it, the…

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Craigengillan Estate

At Craigengillan our ambitious aim is to make the estate a living model of environmental excellence within the UNESCO Biosphere and Dark Sky Park..

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Scottish Dark Skies Observatory

The Scottish Dark Sky Observatory occupies a fantastic hilltop site on the edge of the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. This publicly accessible educational observatory has some of the darkest…

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Holly Tree Cottage

A beautiful cottage in heart of conservation village which was once a weaver’s home and has been carefully modernised but retains all its charm and many period features..

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Gledpark Farm

At Gledpark we seek to be exemplars of agricultural best practice and have a model Red Deer enterprise producing Park Assured Venison..

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CVCWT

Cree Valley Community Woodland Trust (CVCWT) staff and volunteers help manage the ancient oak woodlands in the Cree Valley..

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The Cross Keys Hotel

The Cross Keys Hotel based in the centre of New Galloway – the smallest and most picturesque Royal Borough in Scotland. At the top of Loch Ken and on the…

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Gatehouse of Fleet

The Gatehouse Development Initiative exists for the benefit of the Community and provides a framework for the development of projects..

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Barr

Surrounded by beautiful scenery and away from the beaten track, Barr offers a haven for wildlife and a welcome retreat to those seeking to unwind..

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V1 Surveys

V1 Surveys is an accredited Domestic Energy Assessor based in Moniaive in SW Scotland. V1 Surveys carries out surveys on domestic properties to produce Energy Performance Certificates for householders installing…

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EAFS 2015

EAFS is a free biennial festival which used art installations to inspire discussion about our environment and our role in protecting it. In 2015 the chosen space was Morton Castle providing a…

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Faldarroch Farm Cottage

Faldarroch is an unspoilt example of a complete Victorian small dairy farm, dating from the late Improvement era (c. 1830). It is situated a couple of miles from the sea…

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Iain Roy – Artist and Illustrator

Iain Roy, artist and illustrator, works mainly with watercolour, ink and acrylic. Inspiration derives primarily from the love and appreciation of nature as well as spirituality. Such is the vastness and intricacies…

Wild Seasons

Wild Seasons is a website that aims to increase awareness of the fantastic range of wildlife you can experience in southern Scotland. Wild Seasons coordinates the Wild Spring and Wild…

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Round House Cafe Loch Doon

The Roundhouse Cafe is located on the banks of Loch Doon which is the largest inland loch in Southern Scotland, with spectacular scenery. It nestles in the Galloway hills with stunning views…

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Queensland Holiday Park

Nestled amongst the Carrick Hills, this 4 Star, family run park offers visitors a chance to relax and enjoy the many attractions that South West Scotland has to offer. Enjoy…

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Cosses Country House

Hidden in a valley on the edge of Crailoch Burn and set in twelve acres of woodland and garden, Cosses Country House was originally a shooting lodge and home farm,…

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Shabby Shed Furniture

At Shabby Shed Furniture I take great pride in transforming pre-loved and tired furniture into desirable & gorgeous pieces to enhance your home. I also run painting workshops, take commissions,…

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Newton Stewart Walking Festival

The award winning Newton Stewart Walking Festival is now firmly established as the biggest walking festival in the South of Scotland. The Biosphere area is a wonderful location for walking and…

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Balkissock Lodge

Balkissock Lodge is a traditional Scottish country house set in a countryside location in Ayrshire in the South West of Scotland, three miles from the coastal village of Ballantrae  If you’re…

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Mid Bishopton Holiday Cottage

Situated in the picturesque village of Whithorn near Newton Stewart on the edge of the enchanting Galloway Forest & Dark Skies Park, offers new refurbished 3 star, dog friendly, self…

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RSPB Scotland

RSPB Scotland is part of the RSPB, the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home. Together with our partners, we protect threatened birds and wildlife…

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Wide Open

Wide Open is a creative organisation for the development of public art and placemaking projects across rural Scotland. Wide open works within cultural, social and physical contexts to evolve interdisciplinary…

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Loch Doon Ospreys

Ospreys have been regular visitors to Loch Doon for several years and once settled they tend to return year after year to the same spot to raise their young. Brian…

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The Whithorn Trust

The Whithorn Trust was set up  to explore the archaeology and history of Whithorn, and to examine its role in the evolution of Christianity in Scotland.The Trust’s work is multi-faceted…

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Ayrshire Coastal Path

The Ayrshire Coastal Path from Glenapp to Skelmorlie runs 100 miles along a wonderful panoramic coastline which forms the western boundary of the Biosphere. Crowned with a superb backdrop of…

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Galloway Holidays

Galloway Holidays, based in Castle Douglas, arrange cycling, walking and other holidays throughout the region including the Biosphere area. The self-guided and guided tours are often tailored and can include…

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Curly Tale Books

Curly Tale Bookshop is located in Wigtown, home of Scotland’s National Booktown. Located  on the sunny side of the town, just across the road from the merkat (market) cross. The…

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The Belted Galloway

The Belted Galloway Visitor Centre offers Newton Stewart and the area a facility for both visitors and locals. In addition to Tourist Information the facility also provides heritage, historical and community information. Our…

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The River Ayr Way

Experience Ayrshire’s most varied and beautiful countryside, enjoy relaxing accommodation, welcoming pubs and award winning restaurants.

The River Ayr Way is Scotland’s first source to sea path network. It covers a…

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The Hidden Garden

The hidden garden came about from a love of gardening and a belief in nature and that even the humble weed has a job to do the hidden garden. I…

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Solway Firth Partnership

Solway Firth Partnership works to support a vibrant and sustainable local economy while respecting, protecting and celebrating the distinctive character, heritage and natural features of our marine and coastal area….

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Home Office Design Ltd

Home Office Design Ltd offers a valuable single resource office furniture and accessories dedicated to the corporate office and home office. Established since 2004 with many years’ experience of the…

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Glenapp Castle

A fairytale Scottish Baronial castle, hidden in 36 acres of glorious garden and woodland on the rugged and beautiful Ayrshire coast. Glenapp Castle has spectacular views across the Irish Sea to…

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The Knowe B&B

The Knowe B&B is nestled amongst stunning rural countryside at the edge of The Galloway Forest Park in Carsphairn, and holds the prestigious ‘Visit Scotland 4 Star Gold’ rating..

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Castlewigg Lodge B n B

Castlewigg Lodge was built around 1830, a beautiful dower house, listed with Historic Scotland.  Castlewigg is located between Sorbie & Whithorn, and is surrounded by fields and woods.  The rural…

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Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle is the perfect place for a day out whether you’re a keen walker, enjoy admiring gardens, have an interest in architecture or just enjoy soaking up some history.With…

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Galloway Activity Centre

Located on the banks of Loch Ken Galloway Activity Centre offers loads of great activities including Sailing, Stand up Paddle Boarding, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Combat Laser games, Archery, Mountain Biking, Climbing and…

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Leeming + Patterson Photography

Ted Leeming and his wife Morag Paterson are landscape photographers based in Dumfries and Galloway in southwest Scotland. In addition to our fine art prints and workshops we also undertake…

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Glentrool

A village in the heart of Biosphere / Galloway Forest. Glentrool and Bargrennan Trust support the community to the benefit of people and nature..

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SW Scotland Branch DSWA

The South West Scotland Branch of the Dry Stone Walling Association work to preserve, improve and advance education in the craft of dry stone walling for the benefit of people…

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Wigtown Festival Company Ltd

Wigtown Book Festival is now one of the UK’s best-loved literary events with more than 200 events and activities for all ages, including music, theatre, food and visual arts. The Guardian…

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Creetown Initiative

Creetown Initiative Ltd is a Development Trust focussing mainly on rural regeneration. As well as home based projects such as the conversion of a former pub to create an Enterprise…

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4×4 Treks Galloway

4×4 Treks Galloway is Scotland’s first off-road adventure holiday company set up to allow visitors access to large areas of this stunning and relatively undiscovered corner of Scotland. Using 4×4…

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The Stove Network

The Stove Network is an artist collective that uses the arts to engage the people of Dumfries in the future of their town and supports the creative arts sector across…

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Forestry Commission Scotland

Forestry Commission Scotland manage Galloway Forest Park. Famed for its dark skies, this forest is equally as picturesque during the day. It’s the perfect place for a family day out thanks…

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Southern Uplands Partenership

The Southern Uplands Partnership was started by local people keen to keep the communities and countryside of the south of Scotland alive and healthy. The Partnership represents all sorts of…

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The Biscuit Box and More

In our shop located in the centre of Girvan you will get a warm welcome. There is something for everyone. You will find a selection of biscuits and traditional sweets…

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Crichton Carbon Centre

The Crichton Carbon Centre is an independent, not-for-profit applied research establishment which is focused on understanding the challenges and promoting the benefits of a low carbon society..

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Euchanfoot B & B

A warm welcome awaits you at Euchanfoot Bed and Breakfast Sanquhar, a former mill house, located 10 minutes walk from the historic town of Sanquhar. Euchanfoot is ideally situated in…

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Brookford B & B

Brookford B&B, situated in the picturesque village of St. Johns Town of Dalry near Castle Douglas on the edge of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere, offers VS 4 star…

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Mill on the Fleet

The Mill is one of the largest dedicated exhibition spaces in the Biosphere and provides an important resource by signposting visitors to explore Gatehouse and the surrounding countryside..

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Galloway Chillies

Galloway Chillies is a small business that grows chilli plants, from the mild through to the super hot, and produce a range of chilli based preserve products for sale to trade…

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Upland

Upland CIC is a visual art and craft development organisation nurturing, professional, emerging and aspiring artists and makers working in Dumfries and Galloway by producing and delivering  festivals, events, experimental…

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Girvan Early Growers Ltd

Girvan Early Growers is a potato-growers co-operative specialising in the production of early Ayrshire potatoes. Based around Girvan, the environment is naturally ideal for growing, with light sandy soils warmed…

Nocturnal Wildlife Tours

Nocturnal Wildlife Tours offer an amazing night time tour experience. Detect animals as small as rabbits at up to 600 metres away or get close enough to see badgers and…

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Viridian Skies

Viridian Skies run creative night sky workshops in and around the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park. Join them to learn how to capture the wonders of the cosmos in your…

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