Last year, 2018, the number of tourists to Scotland were up by 17% as more people came to enjoy the beautiful rural countryside and the huge range of things to do and see throughout Scotland.
Galloway in the South-west Scotland provides one fo the most beautiful rural locations to go on holiday in Scotland. With an outstanding 80 mile long southern coastline called the Solway Firth, Britain’s 4th largest estuary providing stunning coastline scenery, secluded natural beaches, cliff top walks and traditional fishing villages to visit.
Galloway not only has beautiful beaches, but also it is one of the most rural counties in Scotland, miles upon miles of livestock farming dominate the landscape. These mainly small family owned farms provide a picturesque countryside of walled fields, traditional beef breeds such as the Galloway and more famous belted Galloway, site alongside sheep and dairy cattle throughout the Galloway countryside.
The farmed and natural landscapes are shaped by the granite geography which shapes the farmland and other types of land use. Farms are traditionally small, family run and holidaying on these is an exceptional way to stay in traditional Galloway black and white stone house. Glenstocken Holiday cottages is a great example of this type of traditional holiday. Set within the Glenstocken 450 acre farm both Old Glenstocken self-catering holiday home which sleeps up to 8 people and Rushcroft Self-catering holiday cottage which sleeps up to 5 people are traditional Galloway stone houses set within a working beef farm.
Wildlife is at the heart of things to do and see in Galloway, from large forest areas in the uplands around the Galloway Hills which Red Kite and Red deer can be seen, Galloway also has strong pockets or Red Squirrel populations throughout the region. The range and diversity of wildlife reflects the geography of Galloway, from granite mountains cut through by glacial valleys, such as the Urr and Nith supporting such as diverse living landscapes.
Galloway has year round activities, from more active sports such as sailing, focused at recognised sailing communities at Kippford and Kirkcudbright, to mountain biking the world-class 7Staines mountain bike trails. For more leisurely activities such as Golf and walking, Galloway provides unparalleled backdrop for low level sporting activities through to more challenging opportunities to stretch yourself.
If you are looking for a holiday in Galloway then do look at Glenstocken self-catering holiday cottages, based on the Solway coast, and ideally located to experience the Glenstocken farmland and local countryside and with a shot of nearby attractions it is an ideal base for a family holiday.