Biosphere Experiences for TRAVEL TRADE

Biosphere Experiences – Connect with Nature

Our Biosphere Guided Experiences are a unique offer, created in collaboration with local businesses and tour guides that support the ethos of our UNESCO Biosphere.

Our aim is to create Sustainable Tourism experiences where profits are re-invested into supporting our Biosphere Charities ongoing work in communities, conservation, education, and climate action.

Our selected providers give your clients the opportunity to meet local people, those who live and work in this region, who are passionate about Biosphere life, and who want to share their knowledge of our culture, nature and heritage.

From a tea drinking experience in ancient woodlands, to storytelling in the Galloway Dark Sky Park, Biosphere experiences allow guests to discover southwest Scotland’s world class locations, create unforgettable memories, and return home feeling happy and enriched.

We can help you plan immersive experiences in the Biosphere with our curated guided experiences for your customers.


  • Perfect for small tour groups (up to 12 people). Additional numbers are available for some experiences (Dark Skies and Sorbie Tower talk)
  • We focus on eco-experiences that make the most of slow tourism, sharing understanding and learning about our natural world, heritage and culture.
  • All tours are led by a Biosphere Guide or local ‘storyteller’ who specialises in the experiences described below.
    • Our guides and storytellers are drawn from local communities, adept in telling local stories and bringing history alive.
  • The experiences are predominately available for the shoulder seasons September – April and limited throughout the year.
  • The information below will give a short overview and description, proposed duration and points of interest for each experience.
  • Please check for multi-generational provision, or disability access.

Not included:

  • Transport: we do not provide transport and expect visitors/groups to undertake these arrangements themselves.


For prices and a Rate Card please send us an email or call us to request them.  Also more detailed information or to discuss facilities or special requirements, please get in touch.


How to book:

  • Please use the contact form below, or email us at
  • Tell us what experiences you are interested in and any particulars.

Payments, Terms & Conditions

  • Prices are NET prices, incl. UK VAT
  • No deposits
  • Full Payment: Full payment of agreed rates is expected latest 90 days before the arranged date of the experience

Payment can be made by bank transfers.  The bank details will be provided with the Booking Form.

Link to full Terms and Conditions can be downloaded: Travel Trade Archives – Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere (

Thank you. We look forward to hearing from you.

Coming soon

New experiences in the making

About us and sustainable tourism

The Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere Partnership is a registered Scottish Charity (SC044137) supporting conservation, learning, climate resilience and sustainable development in SW Scotland. The partnership works right across the UNESCO Biosphere region, more than 9,700km² that encompasses wild land and rolling hills, meandering rivers and peaceful lochs, a rugged coast and pristine sandy beaches. This is a place of contrasting landscapes, where everyone can find their place.

Biosphere Enterprises is the GSA Biosphere Partnership’s trading arm, a social enterprise which has created unique Biosphere Guided Experiences for the travel trade. All profits are reinvested in the Biosphere region through local projects and initiatives delivered by the GSA Biosphere Partnership.

Biosphere businesses are creative, passionate, and active in promoting our rural heritage. They can’t wait to share the richness of our history, the potential for adventure, the diversity of our culture, and the deliciousness of local food!

National Geographic Traveller (UK) named the Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere as the only Scottish destination in its prestigious global Cool List for 2024

The GSA Biosphere Partnership is fostering sustainable tourism in multiple ways, including providing Biosphere Guide Training, the only such course in Scotland. This allows us to connect the global travel trade with small businesses, independent guides and activity providers, and to offer visitors an experience like no other.

Explore our Guides, Self-Guided Discoveries and Shared Passions.

Our Location

How to get to us

The Galloway & Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere covers 9,720km² of southwest Scotland.
See Map here: Explore the Biosphere Map

  • It can easily be reached via road from Glasgow, Edinburgh, Newcastle and Manchester.
  • To the east access is via the M6 (Carlisle/England -Glasgow)
  • To the west access is via the M77/A77
  • There is easy access to Northern Ireland via the Cairnryan ferry, and the DFDS Newcastle Ferry terminal is about 2 hours by car from Dumfries.

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