Glasgow, Ayrshire, Arran, Dumfries and Galloway

Fields near Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway. Credit Lucy Hadley

Fields near Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway. Credit Lucy Hadley

Huge numbers of wading birds and wildfowl come to the Solway Firth from autumn until late spring.  South of Dumfries at Caelaverock thousands of barnacle geese over-winter, and there are barn owls and badgers to enjoy as well.

In spring, bluebells and other flowers adorn the River Cree. Galloway Forest Park with its rich mix of uplands, conifer forests, glens and lochs is an excellent place to see red squirrels, red deer, wild goats, goshawks and hen harriers.

The Isle of Arran is often referred to as ‘Scotland in Miniature’ with wildlife to match. There are guides waiting to show you all these wonders.

Also in the area:

  • Ailsa Craig: summer home to thousands of gannets and a few puffins
  • Airds Moss: moorland birds such as short-eared owl and black grouse
  • Grey Mare’s Tail: peregrine falcon and limestone-loving Arctic-Alpine plants.
  • Falls of Clyde: peregrine falcons, tawny owls, sparrowhawks, badgers and other woodland wildlife.

Still look for ideas@f0 Have a look at our self-drive itinerary for a weekend break in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway.

To hear why you should explore the area, listen to Forestry Commission Scotland ranger, Lucy Hadley’s podcast asking local people about the area’s wildlifeClick here to listen.

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