Wildlife in Dumfries and Galloway

The Solway Firth and lochs of Galloway are a paradise for bird watchers.

RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes

Glenlochar, on the west shore of Loch Ken. 3 mile trail through woodland and farmland. Goose viewing platform over Loch Ken and main goose feeding areas. Open at all times.

B&Bs near RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes - Brookford B&B, The Waterside Rooms, Dornock, Torbeckhill B&B, Lockerbie, Nithbank Country Estate near Thornhill

Many of our recommended B&Bs have maps and guides of their local area that you can borrow

RSPB Mersehead near Caulkerbush

The farmland and mudflats on the Solway shore are full of birds in winter, including barnacle geese, pink footed geese, pintails and birds of prey. In spring, see lapwings, curlew and snipe display on the wet meadows and marsh. 

B&Bs near RSPB Mereshead - Brookford B&B, The Waterside Rooms, Dornock, Nithbank Country Estate near Thornhill, Torbeckhill B&B, Lockerbie

Red Deer Range

Enjoy spotting red deer in their natural environment in the Galloway Forest Park. Around 60 red deer live here and you can observe them from the viewing area and hide. Open all year. Admission is free. Rangers are on hand April - August. Look out for other wildlife including birds of prey such as buzzards. The Range is situated off the A712 between Newton Stewart and New Galloway.

B&Bs near RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes - Brookford B&B, The Waterside Rooms, Dornock, Torbeckhill B&B, Lockerbie, Nithbank Country Estate near Thornhill

RSPB Mull of Galloway

This is the most southerly point in Scotland. Excellent views from the cliffs over the Solway Firth and Irish Sea to the Isle of Man. Thousands of breeding seabirds. Best time to visit is April to July. Open at all times.

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