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What's Nearby? Southerness, Scotland

Southerness is the perfect spot for exploring Scotland’s southern coast. Whether you’re relaxing on the beach, that’s just metres from your door, or sightseeing the coastline’s picturesque harbour towns and wildlife-filled headlands, there’s so much to do.

A short distance inland you’ll find Dumfries. This vibrant town has special ties to Robert Burns and has a rich and varied history. Further afield lies Galloway Forest Park. Britain’s first-ever Dark Sky Park is ideal for an evening of stargazing or a day spent hiking, mountain biking and spotting wildlife.

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Sweetheart Abbey

Set on the eastern edge of the captivating little village of New Abbey, 12th Century Sweetheart Abbey is brimming with tales from times gone by and was made famous by an astonishing act of love.


Mabie Forest Dumfries and Borders

World class mountain bike trails, quiet picnic spots, stunning viewpoints and forest walks for all abilities. Definitely for the adrenaline junkies!


Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

Home to over 150 animals from every corner of the world and set in 27 acres of glorious mixed woodland. Observe endangered animals in replicas of their natural habitats.



Made famous by Robert Burns, this ancient town is full of history just waiting to be explored. Visit the museum dedicated to Scotland's favourite son or take a wander through the streets steeped in national heritage.


New Abbey

New Abbey village is packed with character and charm. Located at the heart of the village is the majestic Sweetheart Abbey. This village is a terrific place to learn about the history of the area and hear tales about Lady Devorgillas' life and loves in the 13th century.