Dumfries and Galloway is one of 32 unitary council areas of Scotland. The Dumfries and Galloway region is composed of counties from, Wigtownshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and County of Dumfries.
The region is known as a stronghold for several rare and protected species of amphibian, such as the Natterjack toad and the Great crested newt.
Archaeological remains from the neolithic and Bronze Age include stone circles, tumuli and cairns, and sculptured stones. A number of bank barrows and cursus have recently been discovered. Folk history suggests that at Holywood, near Dumfries, there stand the relic of the grove of sacred oaks from which the place derived its name, and a stone circle known locally as the Twelve Apostles.
Things to do
Dumfries & Galloway has so much to offer from, nature reserves to art galleries. Make a stop at Dumfries, famed for its connections with Scotland's famous poet, Robert Burns.
In Dumfries & Galloway's there's something here to attract walkers of all levels. Moffat is the perfect base for walks nestled among some of the most stunning hills in southern Scotland. Dumfries & Galloway's coastline offers 200 miles of walking, from the sandy beaches of the pretty Solway Coast to the cliffs of the rugged far south west.
Cycle through the Galloway Forest Park, Even if you're not an extreme mountain biker, you'll relish a ride on the trails at Kirroughtree in the wild and scenic Galloway Forest Park.