If you are looking to venture out from Conifer Lodges, we have a few suggestions for places to eat, places to visit and things to do…

With the Galloway Forest right on the doorstep to Conifer Lodges, remember your walking boots and mountain bikes!

Conifer Lodges is also only 30 minutes from Stranraer, an hour from Dumfries and 2 hours from Glasgow if you would like to do some shopping!

If you come across somewhere that is not on our list, we’d love to hear about it.

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Family days out near...

The Riverbank Cafe

(Highly Recommended) The Riverbank Cafe is a popular venue for visitors and locals alike who just love the fresh baking, excellent coffee, paninis, toasties, salads, burgers, breakfast, soup, desserts, sandwiches and children’s menu.

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 403330 / 07974 702645
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Glenquicken Troutmasters Fishery

The lochan has varying depths of water (at its deepest, over 30ft while, at its shallowest, it's only 4ft) with an average depth of 16ft. The bed of the lochan consists of rock, sand and gravel, peat and clay and it has been dug out and left in ridges, thus creating different depths. This allows the trout to experience a more natural environment and also promotes a variety of natural insect food at different depths and allows you, the angler, more variation in the choice of flies and lines to use.

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 820593
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South West Coastal 300

The South West Coastal 300 route in South West Scotland is a stunning drive of just over 300 Miles. There is so much to explore, including a multitude of interesting towns and villages. You could easily spend a week or two on the South West Coastal 300 and only scratch the surface!

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Crafty Distillery

Our mission is to create tasty, honest spirits for everyone who likes a tipple. All served with a dash of humour and a slice of enthusiasm.

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 404040
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Newton Stewart Angling Association

In total there are six well stocked lochs, the Penkiln Burn and the River Cree, all of which provide superb fishing in unspoiled surroundings, for Salmon, Sea-trout, Brown and Rainbow trout.

  • Location: Various
  • Phone: 01671 403980
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Brew Ha Ha

A small friendly café offering home baking, coffee and a range of homemade snacks and meals (Dog Friendly)

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 404203
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House o’ Hill

Recommended by Conifer Lodges. Food is served between 12 noon and 2.30pm and 5:30pm to 8.30pm daily (Dog Friendly)

  • Location: Bargrennan
  • Phone: 01671 840243
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The Black Horse Hotel

Dog friendly pub with great food and atmosphere

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 403302
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The Scent o’ Galloway

Great food from local produce and home cooking at its best. Wide selection menu, Kids menu and senior citizen's menu's. Daily specials and additional weekend specials

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 402379
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Cinnamon

Coffee shop serving a range of delicious main courses, homemade soups, cakes and pastries using quality local produce and Fairtrade products

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 403333
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Knights Restaurant, The Crown Hotel

An excellent relaxed eatery using fresh local produce (Dog Friendly)

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 402727
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Cree Inn

A family run pub/restaurant serving meals tues-sun evening and fri-sun lunchtimes (Dog Friendly)

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 402743
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Creebridge House Hotel

Offering formal dining in the restaurant and informal dining in the bridges brasserie (Dog Friendly)

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 402121
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Turnberry Golf Course

Imagine rolling hills, sandy dunes, a stiff breeze blowing off the Ayrshire coast. Before designer courses, before manicured greens and major championships, these lands inspired local Scots to play the game of golf

  • Location: Turnberry
  • Phone: 01655 331000
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St Medan Golf Course

This is a course with a difference - 18 tees playing to 9 greens, giving the golfer new challenges and options on each 9 hole round

  • Location: Port William
  • Phone: 01988 700358
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Newton Stewart Golf Course

18-hole parkland course measuring 5,806 yards (par 69) with spectacular views from every hole and a Clubhouse for dining. A five minute walk from Conifers.

  • Location: Newton Stewart
  • Phone: 01671 402172
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Broughton House & Garden

Right in the heart of Kirkcudbright, a pretty artists’ colony on the Solway Firth, this 18th-century Georgian house is the former home of Scottish painter E A Hornel, one of the Glasgow Boys.

  • Location: Kirkcudbright
  • Phone: 01557 330437
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Aviation Museum

The Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum is a volunteer-operated aviation museum located in and around the World War II-era watch tower at the former RAF Dumfries

  • Location: Dumfries
  • Phone: 01387 251623
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Caerlaverock Castle

Visitors to Caerlaverock are sure to enjoy exploring our castle - one of Scotland's great medieval fortresses

  • Location: Dumfries
  • Phone: 01387 770673
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Cardoness Castle

Cardoness Castle is a wellpreserved ruin where you can admire the exquisite architectural detail of this still magnificent structure

  • Location: Gatehouse of Fleet
  • Phone: 01557 814427
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Gem Rock Museum

A naturally inspiring display of gems, crystals, minerals and fossils with a fantastic gift shop and superb tearoom

  • Location: Creetown
  • Phone: 01671 820357
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Loreburne Shopping Centre

The Loreburne Shopping Centre in Dumfries provides quality shopping in a modern air conditioned environment. There are twelve external shops on the busy High Street with a further twenty one shops inside the Shopping Centre itself

  • Location: Dumfries
  • Phone: 01387 267201
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Newton Stewart

There is a wide range of shops in Newton Stewart, including 4 supermarkets and other national retailers such as Boots, Semi-Chem and Wright Home Hardware. These, together with independent retailers, cater for the everyday needs of locals and visitors alike, as well as providing interesting browsing for holiday gifts, souvenirs, crafts and clothing.

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Dumfries & Galloway Farmers Markets

Farmers' and community markets are the perfect way to discover and enjoy a wealth of delicious local food and drink and beautiful hand made crafts, all created by producers and craft makers living and working in Dumfries & Galloway

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Newton Stewart

Whether you are looking for an afternoon stroll, woodland or coastal walks, hill-walking, or rock-climbing , you'll find Newton Stewart offers a wide choice of scenic outings for all ages and abilities.

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Newton Stewart WalkFest

Our festival is more than a walk in the hills, along the coast or amongst wonderful woodlands - we aim to provide you with a unique and complete WalkFest experience.

  • Location: Various
  • Phone: 07421 312 056
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Mabie Farm Park

Nestled beneath the magnificent Mabie Forest with views over the Solway Firth, Mabie Farm Park is original farm fun that’s delightful for all ages in all types of weather

  • Location: Dumfries
  • Phone: 01387 259666
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The Cocoa Bean Company

Kids make chocolate creations in our interactive workshops and explore the extensive indoor play areas, outdoor play areas and soft play

  • Location: Twynholm
  • Phone: 01557 860608
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Kirroughtree

In a league of its own, Kirroughtree boasts trails for all, from gentle family walking routes to technically challenging singletrack for the pro mountain bikers as well as a cafe and visitor centre

  • Location: Kirroughtree
  • Phone: 0300 067 6800
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Galloway Activity Centre

Laser quest, climbing wall, archery, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and canoeing

  • Location: Loch Ken
  • Phone: 01556 502011
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Laggan Outdoor

Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre offer adventure and recreational experiences for all the family.

  • Location: Laggan
  • Phone: 01557 840217
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Red Deer Range

The Red Deer Range was established in 1977 to give our visitors the chance to see these beautiful creatures up close in a natural environment. Around 60 red deer live here today – watch for them from the viewing area and hide. Whatever the weather, you can enjoy spotting deer and other wildlife from the shelter of the hide.

  • Location: Galloway Forest
  • Phone: 0300 067 6800
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Walk Highlands

Walkhighlands' mission is to encourage the enjoyment of walking through being the best information source and social network for walkers in Scotland

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Cream O’ Galloway

Visitors centre, country walks, café, award winning ice cream & play areas

  • Location: Castle Douglas
  • Phone: 01557 814040
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