Dumfries & Galloway is a region filled with fun activities and historical attractions to
keep the whole family entertained. We have listed below just a few of the places you
might want to visit during your stay.
Learn how to create better photographs with your digital camera from a
lifelong professional photographer. You will be based in a working studio using all
of the equipment and facilities, along with shooting at local locations. You will be encouraged to be more creative in your approach to the work. The emphasis will be on how to get the most out of your digital camera using natural and artificial lights. For guests staying at Overbells, courses can be arranged to suit your requirements.
Whether a complete beginner or a more experienced angler wishing to improve existing skills, Ed, a
dedicated fisherman with many years experience of game angling and course fishing, can tailor a package to suit your requirements during your stay at Overbells. All forms of instruction for game fishing
are available. Double-handed Spey casting, spinning and bait fishing for salmon. Single-handed fly for river and still water.
Dumfries and Galloway is famed for its stunning landscapes and coastline, and cycling
holidays are an ideal way to explore, with lots of off-road trails and miles and miles of
quiet country roads. If an off road challenge for your cycling holidays appeals, then
make sure you take time to visit one of the nearby
7 Stanes mountain biking centres.
The 7 stanes are seven mountain biking centres spanning the South of Scotland, five of
which are located in the beautiful region of Dumfries and Galloway. Overbells is situated
on the edge of Mabie forest, which is the original mountain biking venue in the South
West of Scotland. Mabie has 5 trails and caters for beginner's right through to the most
expert of riders.
The 7 stanes mountain biking centre at Mabie really is a beautiful forest to ride a bike
in, regardless of your ability. Many of the trails make the most of this and take you
past the lochs in the forest.
Mountain bike rental is available at
With a choice of many courses in Dumfries and Galloway, you can play serious golf or just
a few relaxing rounds of holiday golf.
One of the finest examples is Southerness, on the shores of the Solway Firth, truly one
of Scotland's hidden golf assets, with its spectacular views across the coast of Galloway
and to the mountains of the Lake District.
Enjoy a fun day out for all the family whatever the weather, with everything you and your
kids need for a great day out! Among the attractions at
Mabie Park Farm are a dirt buggy
track, a grass sledging slope, pedal go karts, a boating pond, lots of animals, and much
Visit DG One, the regional centre of excellence for sport in Dumfries, and enjoy the many
swimming pool areas including leisure water with swirling river and lightening flumes.
Have fun at
Dalscone Farm Fun in the huge indoor soft play area that is filled with ball
cannons, slides and other exciting features. Explore the outdoor play attractions
including trampolines, pedal karts, bumper boats and crazy golf! Or take a ride around
the Farmari where you can encounter llamas, donkeys, goats, pigs and more!
Drumlanrig Castle, otherwise known as "The Pink Palace" is a unique example of late 17th
century Renaissance architecture and is one of the principal visitor attractions in South
Drumlanrig Castle is the ancient stronghold and Dumfriesshire home of the Duke of
Buccleuch and Queensberry. Set amidst the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, Drumlanrig is
steeped in history, filled with treasures and boasts a beautiful Victorian Garden and
Country Park. The Estate offers excellent woodland walks, interesting wildlife,
way-marked cycle routes, championship mountain bike trails and a terrific adventure
playground for the kids.
Dumfries and Galloway is a region steeped in history.
Caerlaverock, one of Scotland's
finest castles, with a moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements is a fine
example of a medieval stronghold.
Robert Burns, the famous Scottish poet, lived, worked and died in Dumfries. The town and
surrounding area offer many places of interest to visit.
Ellisland Farm, a popular museum and visitor attraction, provides a wonderful insight
into the life of Robert Burns on a farm two hundred years ago.
The Globe Inn is an important historic pub, steeped in the history of Robert Burns and
Dumfries. Every corner is packed with fascinating memorabilia making The Globe a central
part of any visit to Dumfries.
The Robert Burns Centre, an award winning visitor centre, tells the story of the
connections between Robert Burns and the town of Dumfries. -
Burns House, home of the Bard until his death in 1796, is now a museum to the
featuring many original artefacts.
A treasure house of the history of South West Scotland,
Dumfries Museum is centred around
the eighteenth century windmill which stands above the town. On the topmost floor of the
museum is the Camera Obscura .This historic astronomical instrument gives
fascinating panoramic views over the town,
where on a clear day, the range is many
Enjoy mouth-watering dishes at an authentic Italian/Mediterranean family run restaurant
at The Pizzeria il fiume
and The Bella Roma. As guests of Overbells,
courtesy transport to and from the
restaurant is available if your meal
reservation is made in advance.
Bruno's restaurant in
Dumfries is a well established family-run
Italian eatery with an extensive menu.
The Casa Mia Restaurant has rapidly earned a reputation as one of Dumfries & Galloway's
finest restaurants, serving high-level cuisine with a decidedly modern European twist.
Have a night in with a delivered takeaway from The New Oriental Chinese Restaurant,
Experience the flavours of Dumfries and Galloway at the nearby country house hotel,
Dining at Mabie House is relaxed and informal and the food is always tasty and wholesome.
Little Italy restaurant in Dumfries offers excellent and affordable cuisine.The cosy setting is ideal for a relaxing family meal or that special, intimate occasion.