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Gardens There are many gardens open to the public in due season. To describe the environment as semi-tropical is an exaggeration, but sites such as Logan Gardens on the Mull of Galloway, a dependency of the Botanical Gardens in Edinburgh, do exhibit exotic plants and trees from warm climates such as South Africa and South America.Castle Kennedy (pictured) on the A75 towards Stranraer, is worth a visit, not so much for the romantic, ivy clad ruins of the 1607 castle, destroyed by fire in 1716, but for the gardens.Run entirely by volunteers, to provide an informative, memorable and entertaining experience for visitors and locals alike.Help with local family history and group visits can be arranged with Mrs R Wood on 01671 402677.Good examples lie on the main A75 road and can be found at Carsluith, Cardoness, Threave (), Glenluce and Stranraer.

The South West Scotland Screen Commission, part of Dumfries and Galloway Council, has a web site listing films that have been shot in the area and a Wicker Man trail section.These gardens are renowned for their display of rhododendrons and azaleas and for the monkey puzzle avenue.Many gardens on the acid soils of this area are particularly noted for azaleas and rhododendrons in early summer.Cream o Galloway, Gatehouse of Fleet Fabulous adventure play for adults and children to play together with Flying Fox, Pedal Karts, Go Boing and indoor play area with an 'under 6s' corner. Kirkdale Water-driven Sawmill and Nature Trail Restored estate sawmill, dating from the 1800s, driven by an over-shot water wheel. The Cat Strand, New Galloway - Arts, Community & Visitor Centre film, theatre, live music, local arts & crafts, tourist information, cafe, shop and more ... Latest news & events on Facebook: History and Archaeology The long history of human inhabitation of this part of the country and the fact that so little of it has been built over, means that Galloway has a wealth of historical and archaeological sites, ranging from prehistoric cairns and stone circles to old castles, abbeys, churches and ancient gravestones.

Famous for luxury homemade ice cream, the centre has a tearoom, garden and nature trails. Visitors can enjoy a walk up the wooded glen alongside the mill lade to the mill pond. Ordnance Survey maps identify the major sites and many of them are open to the public, with descriptive leaflets or display information boards.

A fully interactive museum in Creetown, 6 miles from Newton Stewart, with lots to see and do for all the family.