Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway

Blessed by the balmy breeze of the Gulf Stream which gives Dumfries & Galloway its surprising warm weather, the gardens of the region are some of Scotlands best. From the palm-fringed west coast to tropical gardens, formal gardens, hidden gardens and specialist nurseries tending rare and unusual plants. Visit a few of these and you’ll find Dumfries & Galloway a very colourful place at any time of year, inspiring you with ideas, advice, and specimens to take back to your own floral refuge.

Threave Gardens is one mile west of Castle Douglas and its displays of daffodils, herbaceous beds, trees, heather garden, and Plant Centre are an all-year-round attraction. Threave House offers an insight into life in the 1930s. Threave Estate is a wildfowl refuge with walks, nature trails and a countryside centre.

Logan Botanic Garden, Port Logan, is 14 miles south of Stranraer. A fabulous array of bizarre and beautiful plants that flourish out of doors in Scotlands most exotic garden. There is a shop, café, self-guided tours, and Discovery Centre.

Logan House Garden, Port Logan is 14 miles south of Stranraer. Set in 20 acres, Logan House and its surrounding grounds and gardens form a perfect beauty spot. First created in 1869 there are many fine species of trees and shrubs.

There are many more public gardens in the surrounding area, and there are also many private gardens that open their doors to share their special places with visitors once a year. To find out more visit

Explore the area while staying at The Ken Bridge.

The Ken Bridge, a 10 bedroom Georgian hotel, has a spectacular river bank location close by Loch Ken, in an area renowned for its tranquility and picturesque views. This 18th Century Coaching Inn was originally built to provide food, ale and shelter for travelers and coaches on the Old Edinburgh Road between Ireland and Edinburgh.

The hotel is a superb centre for fishing, golfing, hill walking, cycling on the surrounding quiet country roads, mountain biking on the world famous 7 Stanes routes, bird watching, photography, clay pigeon shooting, field and water-sports or for simply relaxing and taking in the wonderful scenery.

We are on the edge of the UNESCO Dark Skies Park created in 2009, which at the time was the only one in Britain and only the 5th worldwide. The river beside the hotel is a seasonal host to Osprey, Kingfisher and Oyster Catcher, there is also a healthy population of Otter and the hotel gardens receive regular visits from Red Squirrels. Early risers may see deer in the meadows across the river, as well as fox and badger.

The woodland to the west of the hotel is used as a roost by up to as many as 35 Red Kite which frequently soar and wheel spectacularly over the hotel.

The Ken Bridge Hotel is ideally situated enabling you to explore the whole of Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries and Galloway has so much to offer from Castles and Historic attractions to numerous outdoor activities. Here are just a few to help you choose when planning your holiday.

Castles and Historic Attractions

Dumfries & Galloway


Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway

Blessed by beautiful gardens.


Museums & Visitor Centres

In Dumfries & Galloway


Outlander and
Sam Heughan

Sam's Homeland



In Dumfries & Galloway


Bird Watching

in Dumfries & Galloway



Dumfries & Galloway is great for cycling



Golf in Dumfries & Galloway



Fishing near The Ken Bridge


Horse riding

In Dumfries & Galloway


Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities not too far from the Ken Bridge Hotel



Shooting, Stalking & Clay Pigeon in Dumfries & Galloway


10 en-suite bedrooms offering single, twin, double, triple or family accommodation.

Campsite is featured on the Cool Camping website & received the highest rating by the Tiny Campsites Book

The Ken Bridge kitchen prides itself in providing chef created meals using local produce wherever possible.

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“ Really enjoyed our meal. Proper pub food was just what we needed and this didn't disappoint. The staff went out of their way to open doors and get a highchair for our little one. The place was clean and reasonably priced.”

Rachael MacLeod

"Everything was really good from the staff, facilities, atmosphere & mostly the good. The children's ice cream with miniature smarties, wafer & chocolate sauce went down a treat with our daughter.
Definitely will return in the future if over in that direction."

David Harkness

"Stopped by on the off chance of food and were blown away! We are lactose intolerant and the menu was very easy to navigate for all allergies, the owners even went the extra mile to make sure we had a desert,
not something we are used to!"

Ben Jones

"Had a Sunday roast there today, it was first class and would recommend, welcome and service was really good and coffee by the river (about ten yards from the restaurant) was so peaceful and beautiful."

Freddy Matthews
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