Follow the farm track through the bluebell wood and out into a vast open field to arrive at the eco-friendly Brockloch Bothy.
Surrounded by grazing Scottish Blackface sheep, you’ll wake up each morning to fluffy white clouds chilling by your door. The luxury boutique cottage – complete with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out onto 190 acres of untouched scenery – was designed by the farm owners themselves (and you’re more than welcome to watch them at work during your stay).
Built with sustainability in mind, the lodge is insulated using sheep’s wool and is filled with natural furnishings, like goose-down duvets. And it’s powered solely by the solar panels on the roof. There’s no TV or WiFi, but that’s not a bad thing – you’re here to unplug and unwind, after all.
Spanning 820 metres, the Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre’s zip line is one of the longest in Europe. After strapping in, you’ll step off the edge and fly over bright green fields with infinite views of the coastline and beyond. Reaching speeds of up to 45mph, this gravity-defying ride is sure to leave you breathless.
Photographer: Allan Devlin
Join Dumfries’ first paranormal investigation team on an entertaining and interactive ghost tour (with a bit of local history chucked in) through the town. Transporting you back as far as the 14th century, the award-winning guides reveal details on truly spooky deaths – the headless horseman is definitely an intriguing one.
Finlay’s Farm is known for its ethically and environmentally-friendly dairy farming – where mothers and calves are kept together after birth. Their revolutionary techniques have also resulted in some seriously tasty ice cream. Book onto an Ice Cream Tasting Experience to try 10 of their fabulous flavours like sticky toffee or whisky, honey and oatmeal.