The Castle Douglas Treasure Trail Explore outdoors as you solve the clues on this self-guided treasure hunt themed Treasure Trail around Castle Douglas. Find all the answers along the route to reveal where the long lost treasure is buried!
Threave Castle Cross the fields from the car park to the River Dee, and ring for the boatman. . . A small boat will take you to the island to explore the 14th century ruins.
7stanes Dalbeattie Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area plus local bike hire.
Lochhill Equestrian Centre BHS approved facility offering lessons, scenic hacks, trekking and cross country, plus Pony Club, Loan-A-Pony, floodlit outdoor arena and indoor school too.
The Cocoa Bean Company A unique and interactive experience for children that is truly unforgettable! Under supervision kids from 2+ can forge their own chocolate creations and then enjoy the play areas.
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park A varied collection of nearly 150 animals from all over the world can be seen within the peaceful and natural settings where the woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures.
Galloway Activity Centre is an Outdoor Activity Centre based on the banks of Loch Ken in South West Scotland. We offer a range of outdoor activities that include, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, wobbly water park, laser quest, climbing, archery and mountain biking. We offer anything from a family fun day to a week’s residential.
Gatehouse of Fleet
Cardoness Castle A well-preserved six storey tower house of the McCullochs dating back to the 15th century. Its battlements command excellent views over Fleet Bay.
Brighouse Bay Trekking Lessons from 7 plus, Weenie Rides from 5, starter and walking treks from 8 years, plus fast and beach hacks, and own a pony days.
Cream o Galloway Our fabulous adventure playground includes the indoor 'Smugglers Warren' with underground tunnels and climbing towers, and the Pirate Ship for Under 6s.
Outside, explore an extensive Play Area including Pedal Karts, Flying Fox, 3D Maze and Viewing Tower.
Choose from 30 ice cream flavours made here...
Mabie Farm Park Farm Park with animals and pet handling, rides including Donkey Rides, Train and Paddle Boats. Also we have two indoor play barns!
Laggan Outdoor Offering zorbing, archery, clay pigeon shooting, dirt scooters, Segways, mountain boarding, grass sledding and the UK's longest Zip Wire! Spanning 820 metres, the double line zip allows 2 people to 'zip' at the same time next to each other up to 45mph.
Dumfries Ice Bowl Competition standard facilities here for skating, curling and ice hockey, plus open skate, lessons, penguin support aids, special family impaired session and cool ice disco! Something for everyone!
Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura Look out for, amongst other things: fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway, tools and weapons of our earliest people, stone carvings by Scotland's first Christians and the everyday things of the Victorian farm, plus learn Robert The Bruce's secret from his skull!
Farmers Den A countryside themed adventure play facility with great classic features in a bright and colourful, clean and safe environment.
Odeon Dumfries Friendly little one screen cinema with its own private car park, showing all the latest flicks, including some great ones for kids. Reduced tickets on Bargain Tuesdays and Super Saver Days before 5pm.
Castledykes Park A great children’s play area within its picturesque grounds and a range of other activities are available whatever your age, including tennis, bowling, putting and trampolining.
DG One Closed until late 2016.
Caerlaverock Castle Visitors to this quintessential stronghold can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children's adventure park and a nature trail.
Red Deer Range Trail Follow this short trail for wonderful views of red deer in their natural environment. If it's raining you can now take shelter in their new hide which is located at the viewpoint!
Dalscone Farm Big indoor and (seasonal) outdoor play areas, trampolines, crazy golf, go carts, loads of little rides and a friendly animal farm. Sweet!
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum An ever expanding aircraft collection, aero engines and a very impressive display of artefacts and personal histories relating to aviation, past and present.
Creetown Gem Rock Museum Regarded as one of the finest private collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils in Great Britain, this is also a fully interactive experience with lots of things to do as well as to see.
Kirroughtree Visitor Centre Calling all explorers! 300 square miles of hills and woodlands, cycle and hiking trails, with scattered sculptures and features for the kids to discover. Also has a great woodland play area.
7stanes Kirroughtree Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre and local bike hire.
Garlieston Beach and Wigtown Bay Glorious seaside gardens, several connecting beaches (as listed plus Rigg Bay AKA Cruggleton Bay) and woodland walks, sandy shores and safe paddling. House not open to public.
7stanes Ae Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a skills and warm up area, uplift service plus cafe and bike hire on site.
The Gincase Farm Park Farm Park made up of 16 paddocks where you can see and pet familiar, rare and unusual farm animals and poultry plus a huge Play Barn with Crazy Town soft play area, Blacksmiths Shop playhouse, an outdoor Playground, an Animal Barn, a pedal go-kart track, and motorised Quad Bike track.
Mossburn Animal Centre Mossburn Community Farm was originally set up in 1987 to provide help for misused, abused, unwanted and neglected horses and ponies as well as young people with physical and mental problems. This original remit was later widened, and we now care for most animals (e.g goats, pigs, sheep, rabbits, guinea pigs,...
Lake District Coast Aquarium A well stocked aquarium showcasing the Cumbrian coastline, plus cool adventure playground, radio controlled boats, 14 hole mini golf and educational displays in the Wild Solway Centre.
West Coast Karting Karting is for anybody so long as you're aged 8 or above! They even have a kart dedicated for the disabled. Ideal for building coordination and confidence. Give your child the edge when older.
Drumlanrig Castle This ancient Douglas stronghold is surrounded by the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, Country Park and grand victorian gardens.
Whithorn Cradle of Christianity The ongoing archaeological excavation is partially open to visitors. In the museum itself is a significant collection of early Christian stones. Founded by St. Ninian in the 5th century this is the site of the first Christian church in Scotland, later becoming the cathedral church of Galloway.
Eclipse Leisure Centre Family friendly tenpin bowling plus laser tag, American themed Bar, video games and more.
Quasar Eclipse Played in an immersive and atmospheric arena, this is a mix of tag with hide and seek played with infra red laser phasors! Loads of fun, zero contact. Plus bowling and arcade!
Monkey Madhouse A bright, colourful and safe environment for the kids to run themselves ragged on the custom equipment. Suitable for 0 to 10s, Height Restriction 1.40 metres.
Funtastic 10,000 square feet of play time, with ball cannons, a daring 9m slide, plus all the classic indoor play features.
Lockerbie Ice Rink Great ice rink that offers loads of frozen family fun with skating and curling available. Figure skating and ice dance club, plus Junior Curling group. All curling equipment supplied free and skates for hire.
7stanes Glentrool Family friendly mountain biking trail with a wide range of gentle to exhilarating rides and with a Visitors Centre and local bike hire.
Monreith Animal World Set in 12 acres of scenic countryside, the animals are placed in a circular route around the park, taking in a peaceful pondside walk. Best suited to younger kids and ideal for an afternoon adventure!
Wordsworth House and Garden Step back in time at Wordsworth House and Garden, the C18th century home of poet William Wordsworth. Hands on rooms and fun for all the family.
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum Museum telling of life in the past in Sanquhar. Open April to September.
Jordans Jungle Fun House Imaginative jungle themed indoor adventure play, with lifesize animal characters and tonnes of cool features to entertain and exhaust under 12s.
Cockermouth Sports Centre Offering junior sports courses, football courses, climbing, gymnastics, Sky High activity camp and swimming pool.
The Devils Porridge Exhibition tells the story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on Earth, when 30,000 volunteers came from around the world to make explosives and win a war! Plus collect stamps and see the fireless locomotive!
The Beacon This is a large museum next to the harbour and has changing exhibitions and activities for children. Several floors to explore, with amazing views from the top. Discover the Sellafield Story; explore the history of the area, and more.
St Bees Beach The beach is a magnificent shingle with dozens of varieties of rock sloping down to good red sand. Safe for swimming but no lifeguard cover. Terrific new adventure playground too with play galleon and more!
The Rum Story Museum transporting you back to 1785 and the story of Rum, with sights, sounds and smells from its Caribbean origins, on the Slave Ships and to the shops and cottages it would have bought and consumed.
Jungle Jacks Located within Whitehaven Sports Centre. Bright, safe and colourful adventure soft play for under 10s. Creche also on site.
Museum of Lead Mining Visit a real lead mine and learn about the processes and experience. Guided tours down a former working mine. Situated in The Lowther Hills at Wanlockhead, Scotland's Highest Village. Gold Panning available during July and August each year!
Thanks for all the great things to do in Castle Douglas with kids you keep sending in.
Now we have the easter and summer holidays fast approaching, we're trying to find the best days out and as many fun things to do with kids as possible, especially cheap and free family friendly places to visit this year - theme parks, waterparks and swimming pools, museums, indoor playcentres and softplay for toddlers, petting farms, wildlife parks and zoos, aquariums, horse riding, castles, steam railways, pottery making and ceramic cafes, roller and ice skating rinks, karting tracks, snowdomes, dry and indoor ski slopes, climbing walls, activity centres, outdoor play at the best local parks, ten pin bowling alleys and all the other best family tourist attractions, that you can visit at the weekend.
Also teachers may find the site useful for ideas for the best places to take their classes on school journeys with many historical and educational atractions listed
So, if you've been for great days out with the kids, or a school trip, which isn't shown above, just send in an email and we'll add it on so people visiting on holidays and all the other children in Dumfries and Galloway can enjoy the great day out as well.
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