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Published June 20, 2022

Burrowhead Holiday Village offers visitors and homeowners breathtaking views of the coast of Dumfries and Galloway. Besides exploring the nature, facilities, and restaurants within the community, you can visit different parks or gardens near Burrowhead. All parks and gardens listed below are a must-see in the region. If you want to explore the best of Scotland, check out these local parks and gardens.

Parks and Gardens near Burrowhead

1. Agnew park

Play Area on the Island, Agnew Park Stranraercc-by-sa/2.0 – © Billy McCrorie – geograph.org.uk/p/6486286

Address: Stranraer, DG9 7JZ

Visitors will enjoy Agnew Park’s large area and wide range of facilities for kids and adults. Enjoy play areas, pedalos, and a cafe. The park also boasts a miniature railway which allows you to ride around the park. They also have a play island with innovative play equipment, a mini car race track, and an 18-hole putting green.

Aside from these, Agnew Park is one of the parks in Dumfries and Galloway that allow plenty of opportunities for birdwatching. Look for local birds in the area and enjoy the scenery as you stroll through the number of walkways in the garden and along the shore.

The park is open for all, including pets and visitors with limited mobility. Agnew Park is open daily from 11 am to 5 pm and is accessible by private and public transport. Parking is also available next to the park.

2. Galloway House Gardens

Leslie Barrie / Galloway House, via Wikimedia Commons

Address: Garlieston, DG8 8HF

The Galloway House Gardens are historic seaside gardens located in Garlieston. It is one of the best gardens to explore near Burrowhead given its fascinating combination of formal garden paths and natural woodlands. Enjoy the various sceneries as you stroll through the gardens. Plus, see and explore a wide range of plants, from wildflowers to old trees and exotic species.

Aside from seeing flora and fauna in the area, you can also enjoy the seaside walks. The gardens lead towards Rigg Bay beach and offer stunning views over the Isle of Man. If you follow the coastal path, you can see the heights of Cruggleton Cliffs and the Cruggleton Castle ruin.

Although you can enjoy the garden year-round, the best time to visit is in early spring when the flowers and trees are blooming. The Galloway House Gardens charge a small amount for parking which is payable via the pay and display ticket machine on site. Season tickets are available for frequent visitors.

3. Castle Kennedy Gardens

John5199, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Address: Stranraer, DG9 8SJ

The Castle Kennedy Gardens welcomes visitors to their large gardens and occasional open-air theatre. The place is perfect for families, groups, or couples as they can enjoy a picnic by the loch, a stroll by the Gardens and Plant Centre, or an afternoon tea at the Tea Room. The gardens also include a gift shop for those who want souvenirs.

Castle Kennedy Gardens also hold workshops and special events, such as the Birds of Prey events and some Ranger Activities. The tickets for admissions, workshops and events can be purchased online or from the gift shops upon arrival.

Tickets cost £6.50 for adults, £5.50 for concessions, and £2.00 for children from 3-16 years old. Tickets are free for kids under three years old. Meanwhile, groups of over 20 people get a 10% discount. Plan your tours to enjoy the gardens.

4. Glenwhan Gardens

Potager Garden, Glenwhan Gardenscc-by-sa/2.0 – © Billy McCrorie – geograph.org.uk/p/6842145

Address: Stranraer, DG9 8PH

Don’t miss out on one of the most beautiful gardens in Dumfries and Galloway and the whole of Scotland. The Glenwhan Gardens offers a clear view of the Luce Bay, Mull of Galloway, and the Isle of Man. The garden has been transformed from a wild moorland to a stunning garden with various collections of plants from across the globe.

When you enter the gardens, you will be greeted by colourful plants, winding paths, seats, and sculptures placed around two small lakes. You can also walk through the 17-acre wildflower walk and see a Tree Trail and even red squirrels.

If you get tired and hungry, the Glenwhan Gardens also has a Tearoom on-site. Their Tearoom is known for its delicious home baking and homemade soups. They are open daily starting Mid March to 31 October from 10 am to 5 pm.

5. Mull of Galloway

Mull of Galloway LighthouseKrzysztof Hryniewski, CC BY-SA 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Address: Stranraer, DG9 9PH

Travel to Scotland’s most southerly point, and see one of the UK’s best-kept secrets. The Mull of Galloway is located at the end of the Rhins of Galloway, which remains an unspoilt paradise for visitors. You can enjoy the wide range of wildlife in the Mull of Galloway, including porpoises, dolphins, and sea birds. Plus, the area boasts stunning gardens filled with various plants and trees.

One of the attractions in the area includes climbing the 115 steps to the most southerly lighthouse in Scotland. Explore spectacular views from the Lighthouse’s balcony and lightroom. Aside from sightseeing, visitors can learn more about how the Lighthouse operates through an exhibition, including engine demonstrations. There is also a working fog horn on the headland which you can visit.

Meanwhile, if you need some refreshments, the area has the popular Gallie Craig Coffee House for meals, snacks and drinks. The Lighthouse and exhibition run daily from 11 am to 5 pm until 29 October 2022.

6. Logan Botanic Gardens

Christine Matthews / Tree ferns, Logan Botanic Gardens, Mull of Galloway, via Wikimedia Commons

Address: Port Logan, DG9 9ND

The Logan Botanic Garden is a five-star paradise filled with unique plants in the UK. The garden is situated on the south-western tip of Scotland where you can enjoy its subtropical climate. Thanks to its warm climate, the Logan Botanic Garden features plants from New Zealand, Australia, Southern Africa, South America, and Central America.

Some of the flora you can find include palm trees and tree ferns forming an antipodean forest, eucalyptus, giant Gunnera, and other exotic plants in its walled garden. Guided walks are available on the second Tuesday of every month from March until November from 10:30 am to 12 pm. When you get hungry, you can grab a bite at their on-site bistro. Note that dogs are not allowed in the gardens and that wheelchairs and scooters are available for hire.

7. Logan Fish Pond

Port Logan fish pondcc-by-sa/2.0 – © Dave Smethurst – geograph.org.uk/p/22631

Address: Port Logan, DG9 9NF

See the beauty of the Galloway coast in South West Scotland at the Port Logan Fish Pond. This 200-year-old sea fish larder boasts a variety of marine life and rich history. Aside from the pond, many visitors are fascinated by the whitewashed cottage seated on the rocks on the Galloway coast. The pond is open daily from March to October. 

Hopefully, this list will allow you to discover and enjoy the region of Dumfries and Galloway. If you don’t want to go farther from Burrowhead Holiday Village, you can explore the nature and wildlife within Burrowhead. Check out what to do and what to see in the local area. Meanwhile, check out other local activities near Burrowhead.

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