Telephone - 01387 780663

Telephone - 01387 780663

Bar & Restaurant - 01387 780644

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All information correct as of January 2017.  Please be aware that some attractions are only open seasonally, this should be checked on the appropriate website before visiting.

 

Sweetheart Abbey        12 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG2 8BU

Admire this red-sandstone ruin and learn more about the famous history behind it.  The abbey was founded in the late 13th century by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway in memory of her deceased husband Lord John Balloil.  Lady Devorgilla was known to carry her deceased husband’s embalmed heart around with her in an ivory casket until her own death, after which she and the casket were buried together in the abbey.  The monks then decided to rename the abbey in honour of this act of love - it is thought that this was the origin of the word ‘sweetheart’.  The site has free parking, a small gift shop and is dog friendly; it is situated next to the Abbey Cottage Tearoom.  Opening times for the abbey vary during the winter and summer months.

Prices

Child - £2.70

Adult - £4.50

Concession - £3.60

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Threave Castle        17 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG7 1TJ

This 30m high tower house was built in the late 14th century on an island in the middle of the River Dee and is only accessible by boat.  Children especially enjoy ringing the bell to summon the boatman to come and help you with your journey across the water.  There are plenty of nice long walks around the castle, and at certain times of year you will be able to spot the nesting ospreys.  Due to the steep steps inside the castle and rough terrain on the path to the site, this would not be suitable for wheelchair users or those with poor mobility.

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Prices

Child - £2.70

Adult - £4.50

Concession - £3.60

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Drumlanrig Castle        35 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG3 4AQ

Spend a day exploring 600 years of family history in this 90,000 acre estate and 120-room castle!  Along with tours of the castle and gardens, you can enjoy walks through the estate, mountain biking & cycling trails, salmon fishing, Land Rover tours and an adventure playground.  Explore the gift shop and have a snack in the tea room.  The castle and/or gardens and estate are closed at certain times of year, it is advisable to check these dates before you plan to visit to avoid disappointment.

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Prices

Castle, Gardens & Estate (including castle tour)          

Under 5 - Free                                                                          

Child (5 - 16) - £6.00                                                                 

Adult - £10.00                                                                           

Concession - £8.00                                                                   

Family (2 adults & 3 children) - £28.00                                      

 

Gardens & Estate Only

Under 5 - Free

Child (5 - 16) -  £3.50

Adult - £6.00

Concession - £4.50

Family (2 adults & 3 children) - £16.00 

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Samye Ling Monastery & Tibetan Centre        47 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG13 0QL

A special opportunity to visit what was the first Tibetan Buddhist centre to be built in the West.  Founded in 1967, the Samye Ling Monastery is a large centre focused on preserving the Tibetan culture and running residential retreats.  Even non-religious people seem to find comfort in a visit to the Temple or a walk around the Peace Gardens.  There is also a shop and Tibetan tea room on site.  There is no smoking, consumption of alcohol or of non-prescription drugs allowed on site and it is requested that pets are not brought, in order to protect the many small wild animals on the grounds.

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Suggested Donations

Child - £3.00

Adult - £5.00

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Caerlaverock Castle        26 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG1 4RU

This is known as one of Scotland’s great medieval fortresses, with its unique triangular shape and moat.  You can learn about the castles role in the border conflicts and explore the nearby nature trails.  Kids can enjoy taking part in special quizzes, interactive displays and even dressing up before exploring the castle-themed adventure park.  If you time it right you might catch some battle re-enactments and jousting!  Dogs are welcome.

Prices

Child - £3.30

Adult - £5.50

Concession - £4.40

For further information please look at the website here.

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