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Best Things To Do & Days Out In Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway

Here at Day Out With The Kids we've found 128 fun things to do in Castle Douglas for you and the family to discover, including museums and art galleries, beaches and indoor and soft play areas. What's more, the weather shouldn't be a problem – 74 of the attractions are indoors. Finding the right Castle Douglas day out for your family is easy – simply explore the links below or use the filters at the top of the page to plan your next adventure.

Want to know what to do with the nature lovers in your family? Walk on the wild side and visit our Animals listings for zoos, safari parks and wildlife parks. Or are you looking for nearby places to visit in Castle Douglas with a culture vulture? We've picked the best children's museums, discovery centres and historic locations in the Sightseeing section.

If you're after a big day out during the school holidays, we can tell you where the nearest theme park, water park or ski slope is. For quieter days near home in term time, we can help you find the best soft play, leisure centre or pottery cafe.

For teachers planning the next class trip, many places are educational and suitable for all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens. Never be stuck for what to do with the kids again!

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The Castle Douglas Treasure Trail

  • Castle Douglas
  • Outdoor
  • Tourist Attractions

The clear directions on the Castle Douglas self guided themed Treasure Trail, will lead you on an intriguing walk of discovery. The whole family, fro...

Threave Castle5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Castle Douglas
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Threave Castle On an island in the River Dee stands Threave Castle, a massive 14th century tower built by Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway. The s...

7stanes Dalbeattie

  • Dalbeattie
  • Outdoor
  • Cycling

7stanes Dalbeattie is defined by the granite in the area and with a broad range of mountain biking trails on offer you can look forward to a great ex...

Lochhill Equestrian Centre

  • Castle Douglas
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

BHS approved Lochhill Equestrian Centre was established is set in beautiful countryside and offers a wide range of equestrian services for all abilit...

Rockcliffe Beach

  • Dalbeattie
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Discover this picturesque beach in South Scotland, Rockcliffe Beach is a great spot, not only for the family photos, but for little ones to explore a...

The Cocoa Bean Company5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(2)

  • Twynholm
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

The Cocoa Bean Company is a interactive, child friendly workshops, kids make and decorate chocolate slabs, marshmallow treats and shaky shape animals...

Galloway Activity Centre

  • Castle Douglas
  • Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

The Galloway Activity Centre is situated on the glorious banks of Loch Ken and offers a vast range of outdoor activities and accommodation ideal for...

Cardoness Castle

  • Gatehouse of Fleet
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

Cardoness Castle Highlights include the tower house, which is a well preserved example of a 15th century Scottish nobleman's residence, plus The Hall...



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Brighouse Bay Trekking

  • Kirkcudbright
  • Outdoor
  • Horse Riding and Stables

Brighouse Bay Trekking offer trekking, hacking and tuition on a variety of well mannered mounts. Lessons are available from 7 years upwards on trustw...

Cream o Galloway

  • Castle Douglas
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Theme Parks and Funfairs

Cream o Galloway welcomes every member of the family, from 8 months to 88 years old! There's action and adventure for big kids with the adrenaline pu...

Southerness Beach

  • Dumfries
  • Outdoor
  • Beaches

Looking for a great sandy beach to bring the whole family to? Head down to Southerness beach, where not only will your little ones love it, but your...

Mabie Farm Park5 out of 5 starstotal reviews(1)

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Children's Farms

Zoom down an astro slide and hop aboard the Choo Choo express at Mabie Farm Park. At a farm with animals and activities galore your family can go qua...

Laggan Outdoor

  • Castle Douglas
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Activity Centres

If your little action stars can’t sit still, they don’t have to with zip wires, waterballing and grass sledging! Laggan Outdoor is the fitness kick f...

Dumfries Ice Bowl

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor
  • Ice Skating and Rollerskating

At Dumfries Ice Bowl the facilities here include the main Ice Pad (a whopping 56 x 29m) for Skating and Ice Hockey plus a 6 rink curling pad, so ther...

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor
  • Museums and Art Galleries

The locally treasured Dumfries Museum tells the unique story of the land and people of Dumfries and Galloway, with points of interest including the f...

Farmer's Den

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor
  • Indoor and Soft Play Areas

Farmers Den is Nnew from the owners of Mabie Farm Park, this is a super country themed adventure play facility with great classic features in a brigh...

ODEON Dumfries

  • Dumfries
  • Indoor
  • Cinemas and Theatres

Get the whole family together, grab a bucket of popcorn and strap in for a night out at the movies at ODEON Dumfries. With 1 giant screen of multimed...

Dock Park

  • Dumfries
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

Castledykes Park, now known as the Dock Park since it underwent a massive regeneration in April 2014, is a great children's play area set within pict...

Caerlaverock Castle

  • Dumfries
  • Outdoor
  • Castles and Palaces

With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold. The castle's turbulent...

Red Deer Range Trail

  • Newton Stewart
  • Outdoor
  • Parks and Playgrounds

There’s no better place to get up close with one of the largest deer breeds than at the Red Deer Range. Shh, you’re so close you'll scare off them of...

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