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Published June 20, 2022

From the rural landscape and the glittering seas, Burrowhead Holiday Village is the perfect place to create memories with your family and pets. Various local activities near Burrowhead will keep boredom away from your doorstep. Enjoy leisurely walks and ancient ruins, or drive to museums and visitor centres.

Activities and Shops near Burrowhead

Surrounded by small towns and villages, there are historical sites and local shops nearby where you might want to explore the area’s rich history, and nature or purchase local crafts and treasures.

1. The Whithorn Trust

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Address: George Street, Whithorn DG8 8NS

(6 miles away)

Contact: enquiries@whithorn.com / 01988 500508

Discover the history of Whithorn and see the earliest evidence of Christianity, which started from St Ninian’s pilgrimage to the area. The visitor centre offers audio or visual films presenting the Saint’s hideaway at the St. Ninian’s Cave. There is also a full sized Roundhouse to visit which was built to mirror a real iron age roundhouse following a local archaeological excavation of such a structure.

2. Galloway Astronomy Centre

Address: Whithorn, DG8 8NE

(7 miles away)

Contact: 01988 500594

Discover the dark skies and stars in one of the darkest locations in the UK. Whether with the naked eyes or equipment, the Galloway Astronomy Centre will be a rare stargazing break for the whole family.

3. Swallow Theatre

Address: Ravenstone, Whithorn DG8 8DR

(9 miles away)

Contact: 01988 850368

The Swallow Theatre has a unique performance space for actors and musicians across the globe. It presents drama, music, workshops, and other enchanted events. This is the smallest theatre in Scotland.

4. Bladnoch Distillery

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Address: Wigtown, DG8 9AB

(16 miles away)

Contact: 01988 402605

Bladnoch Distillery is one of the oldest Scotch Whiskey Distilleriesy. It offers a selection of whiskeys and other merchandise collections. The shop and café only accept visitors over 18 years of age and are open to dogs. Pre-booking is recommended.

5. Wigtown Market

Address: Wigtown, DG8 9BE

(16 miles away)

Stroll into the 20-year-old market every Saturday and find fresh harvests, local produce, and hand-made crafts.

6. Museum in the Wigtown County Buildings

Address: Wigtown, DG8 9JH

(16 miles away)

Contact: 01988 403450

The 1862 French Gothic County Buildings comprise a town library, museum, and prison cell remains. Their most significant collections are the bronze weights.

7. Merrick Leisure Centre

Merrick Leisure Centre, Corsbie Road, Newton Stewartcc-by-sa/2.0 – © Leslie Barrie – geograph.org.uk/p/4068562

Address: Newton Stewart, DG8 6JQ

(25 miles away)

Contact: 01671 404301

The Merrick Leisure Centre has facilities that include: a 4-lane 25m swimming pool, 16 station fitness suites, and three court game halls. It is open from Monday to Friday, 7 AM to 10 PM, Saturday from 8:30 AM to 4 PM, and Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.

8. Crafty Distillery

Address: Newton Stewart, DG8 6AS

(25 miles away)

Contact: 01671 404040

Crafty Distillery offers an onsite shop, gin and vodka tasting, and an engaging tour, running from Wednesday to Saturday. Quote BURROWHEAD 586 at the time of booking and get an exclusive 10% discount for Burrowhead visitors.

9. Stewart R Cunningham

Address: Newton Stewart, DG8 6BT

(25 miles away)

Contact: 01671 401115

Cunningham’s is a family-run independent outdoor shop offering brands from 360 Degrees to Zamberlan. The shop also offers an online shopping site for a selection of outdoor clothing, footwear, and accessories from both established and pioneering brands.

10. Kirroughtree Visitor Centre

Kirroughtree Visitor Centrecc-by-sa/2.0 – © Billy McCrorie – geograph.org.uk/p/4620328

Address: Forest Dr, Newton Stewart DG8 7BE

(26 miles away)

Contact: 01671 402994

Burn off some energy in the Kirroughtree Visitor Centre’s walking and biking trails, Wild Watch Hide, and playground. Popular walking trails include the Wild Watch Trail, Anniversary Cairn Trail, and Little Bruntis Trail, among many others. This is the home of the Seven Stanes cycle routes which visitors come from far and wide to experience. There is a bike hire shop and adventure playground as well as a cafe serving lunches, coffee, and cakes. There are events including dark skywalks and Halloween trails amongst others throughout the year.

11. The Break Pad Bike Shop & Hire

Address: Kirroughtree, DG8 7BE

(26 miles away)

Contact: 01671 401303

As an excellent bike shop and hire centre, The Break Pad Bike Shop & Hire can equip you for your adventure in Seven Stanes trails at Kirroughtree. The shop offers bike hires, repair services, and a selection of mountain bikes to kids bikes.

12. Gem Rock Museum​

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Address: Creetown, DG8 7HJ

(29 miles away)

Contact: 01671 820357

The Gem Rock Museum is one of the must-see activities and shops in Dumfries and Galloway. Purchase from this museum of beautiful crystals, gems, and fine-cut replicas. Don’t forget to taste their light bites and lunches in their popular tea room.

13. Creetown Heritage Museum

Address: Creetown DG8 7JE

(29 miles away)

Contact: 01671 820471

The Creetown Heritage Museum presents and preserves the rich 150-year history of Creetown. You can enjoy displays of photographs about the local history, the lives lost during the two world wars, and a 4-metre high model of the Wickerman from the film ‘The Wicker Man’.

14. Ryan Centre

Address: Stranraer, DG9 7AP

(35 miles away)

Contact: 01776 703535

The Ryan Centre is a 4-star facility situated near the Stranraer town centre. You can indulge in their pools and flumes, cafe, sports centre, theatre, and soft play.

15. Stranraer Museum

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Address: Stranraer, DG9 7JP

(35 miles away)

Contact: 01776 705088 / stranraermuseum@dumgal.gov.uk

Revisit Wigtownshire’s past and 3D photographs of Victorian Wigtownshire at the Stranraer Museum in the historic Old Town Hall. The displays include the local history, archaeology, dairying, and farming. It also offers themed exhibitions all year round.

16. Cream o’ Galloway

Address: Gatehouse of Fleet, DG7 2DR

(40 miles away)

Contact: 01557 814040

Satisfy your cravings and create your ice cream at Cream o’ Galloway. Enjoy their selection of tasty ice cream flavours made with organic milk from their renowned dairy farm. You can also enjoy their farm tours, crazy golf, and nature trails.

17. The Cocoa Bean Company

Address: Twynholm, DG6 4NP

(45 miles away)

Contact: 01557 860608

The Cocoa Bean Company is a chocolate factory that offers children and adult workshops and exciting play areas indoors and outdoors. Try your hand at chocolate making in the factory itself and be sure to buy their unique and delicious chocolate treats from their cafe.

18. Galloway Activity Centre

Address: Loch Ken, DG7 3NQ

(45 miles away)

Contact: 01556 502011

Seize the day through activities such as laser tag, sailing, windsurfing, archery, paddleboarding, and more under the guidance of Galloway Activity Centre’s expert instructors. Find a wide range of thrilling activities in this family-run activity centre near Loch Ken.

19. Forestry Commission

Contact: 01671 402420

Meet some red deer and wild goats in the Forestry Commission’s ranges and wild local lochs. You can also explore nature walks and forests in Glentrool, Clatteringshaws, Talnotry, Whitecairn, and more.


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