Telephone - 01387 780663

Telephone - 01387 780663

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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.

 

Bainloch Deer Park        0.7 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG5 4NZ

Situated right next door to Barend, Bainloch Deer Park is the 3000 acre home to a number of red, roe, sika & fallow deer as well as a herd of feral goats.  Derek will take groups of 1-10 people on an hour long 4x4 tour of the grounds to see the deer close up - some even like to come up to the car to say hello!

Prices

Under 3 - Free

Child - £5.00

Adult - £7.50

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Threave Gardens & Estate        14 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG7 1RX

Explore these fabulous gardens including the rose garden, rock garden, secret garden, 1 acre walled garden, water features and glass houses.  Visit the bat reserve; enjoy woodland walks and a tour of Threave House.  There is a cafe and shop on site, dogs are not allowed in the gardens but can be walked around the Estate or along the 2.5km Estate Trail.

Please note that admission to Threave House is by guided tour only which only runs on certain days, booking in advance is advisable.

Prices

Garden Admission Only    

Adult - £7.50                        

Concession - £6.50          

Family - £16.50                    

Family (1 adult) - £11.00                            

 

House & Garden Admission

Adult - £12.50

Concession - £9.00

Family - £29.50

Family (1 adult) - £23.00

 

For further information please look at the website here.

 

RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve        4 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG2 8AH

Explore the wetlands, saltmarsh and beach to see if you can spot the various wildlife.  The trails and viewing hides will give you an excellent opportunity to see a number of species such as lapwings and skylarks as well as butterflies and wild flowers.  In autumn you will be able to witness the spectacular site of hundreds of barnacle geese arriving for the winter.  Dogs are welcome but should be kept under control during the breeding season of the ground-nesting animals (1 April - 15 August).  A range of family friendly events are put on throughout the year, hot drinks and ice creams can be purchased at the small visitors centre.

Prices

A £3.00 parking charge per car is to be paid at the visitors centre during opening hours, this includes the use of the visitors facilities such as the paths and toilets.

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Senwick Alpaca Trekking        28 Miles from Barend        Postcode:  DG6 4TR

For something a bit different why not visit Senwick Farm, where you will get to choose the herd of gorgeous Alpacas and take them for a leisurely trek around the land, you may even get a cuddle!

Treks begin at 10am and 2pm daily and last from 90 minutes - 2 hours, booking in advance is essential and treks are weather dependant as the Alpacas dislike the rain!

Children 16 and under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.  Children under 8 are free to accompany a paying adult on a trek and share the lead rein however it is preferred that this is kept to one child per adult.

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Prices

Child (under 8) - Free (if accompanying a paying adult)

Adult - £17.50

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Gray Mare’s Tail Nature Reserve        50 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG10 9LP

Enjoy the stunning scenery and wildlife of this mountainous landscape, featuring rare upland plants, a 200ft waterfall (the 5th highest waterfall in the UK) and archaeological evidence of iron-age settlers.  You can explore the moorland setting to find wildlife such as feral goats, otters and mountain hares or climb to the viewpoint atop White Coomb (the highest hill in Dumfriesshire).  Guided walks are available throughout July & August, dogs should be kept under control due to the presence of sheep, goats & ground-nesting birds.

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Galloway Forest Park        29 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG8 6AJ

Referred to as ‘The Highlands of the Lowlands’, this 75,00 hectare park contains ancient woodland, lochs & hills as well as 3 visitor centres and 2 of the world famous 7Stanes mountain biking trails.  Galloway Forest Park also holds the distinction of being the UK’s first designated ‘Dark Sky’ park, hosting numerous dark sky events and with a number of panoramic viewing points it is an excellent place to view not just stars, but planets, the Milky Way and even the Aurora Borealis!

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For further information please look at the website here.

 

Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park        23 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG6 4XX

Not your conventional ‘zoo’ setting, this conservation park covers 27 acres of woodland and is home to nearly 150 animals.  The park does not receive any external funding but relies on the income generated by the entrance fees to care for the animals.  You can spot animals such as red pandas, otter, meerkats, peacocks and Scottish wildcats, there are also animal encounters and handling as well as a small cafe and picnic area, although you are welcome to bring your own food.  Dogs are not permitted and some of the paths may not be accessible to wheelchair users although entry for wheelchair users is free.

Please not that the road leading to the conservation park has a number of large potholes which may not be suitable for smaller cars, you may wish to park at the end of this road and walk to the entrance.

Prices

Child (4 - 15) - £5.00

Adult - £7.50

Concession - £6.50

Family (2 adults & 2 children) - £23.00

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Galloway Red Kite Trail & Feeding Station        20 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG7 2PJ

Walk, cycle or drive to the various stops and numerous hides along the Red Kite Trail, including the ever-popular feeding station!  The red kites are fed every day at 2.00pm, although it is advised that you turn up before this (the viewing platform is open from noon) as the birds tend to gather in anticipation of their lunch!  The feeds take place in all weathers and usually attract up to 100 red kites, there is a small cafe serving hot drinks and cakes only, so pack sandwiches if you fancy a more substantial snack!  Maps of the Red Kite Trail are available from Barend Reception.

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Prices (entry to the kite feeding station)

Child - Free

Adult - £5.00

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Galloway Red Deer Range & Wild Goat Park        37 Miles from Barend         Postcode: DG7 2BL

Based in Galloway Forest Park, this is a great chance to get up close with Scotland’s largest land mammal!  The range is home to around 60 deer, which you will be able to feed and see from the various viewing areas and hides.  Between the months of June & September, the knowledgeable rangers can take you on a guided walk to meet the different characters and in October you will be able to see the ‘Roaring Stags’.  Don’t forget to keep some food for the 50 wild goats next door!  There is a great picnic area so remember to bring a packed lunch!

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Logan Botanical Gardens        72 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG9 9ND

Warmed by the wind of the Gulf Stream and on the South-West tip of the country, this is Scotland’s most exotic garden!  The unique weather conditions make it possible to see many exotic imported plants and trees such as eucalyptus and palms, the gardens also offer spectacular views over the Rhins of Galloway hills.  You can explore the walled garden, browse for plants or souvenirs in the shop and have something to eat in the Potting Shed Bistro.  The gardens host a lively programme of activities including family events, guided walks and exhibitions.  Pets are not permitted.

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Prices

Child (Under 16) - Free

Adult - £6.50

Concession - £5.50

Essential Carer - Free

For further information please look at the website here.

 

WWT Caerlaverock Nature Reserve        26 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG1 4RS

This 1400 acre wetland centre has a cafe and shop as well as hides and guided nature tours in which you can see the swans, geese and ducks and wander through the wildflower meadows.  You can witness the wild swan feeds between October and March.  There might be a bit more to see and do here, but if you’re on a budget, a trip to the Mersehead Reserve may be a better idea.

Prices (inclusive of an optional Gift-Aid donation)

Under 4 - Free

Child (4 - 16) - £4.10

Adult - £8.45

Concession - £6.50

Family (2 adults & 2 children) - £22.75

For further information please look at the website here.

 

Crawick Multiverse        45 Miles from Barend        Postcode: DG4 6ET

Transformed from a former coal mine, this 55 acre land restoration and art project uses a sculptured landscape as representations of exciting discoveries and theories of the universe.  You can explore the themes of space, astronomy & cosmology through landscape art and enjoy a picnic overlooking the Sun Amphitheatre.  Dogs are welcome.

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Prices

Under 5 - Free

Child (5 - 16) - £2.00

Adult - £5.00

Concession (60+) - £4.00

Family (2 adults & 3 children) - £12.50

For further information please look at the website here.

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