Southerness Caravan

Out & About

This is just a small selection of the things you can do in and around the caravan park and surrounding areas.

Southerness is approximately 16 miles from the centre of Dumfries and all its amenities.
At the resort itself there is an indoor swimming pool, restaurant with take away service and a bar. Indoor soft play area for small children, amusement arcade and gift shop. The club is where the evening’s entertainment is held, and it has its own bar but joins onto the rest of the complex, so older children can play in the arcades whilst everyone else sit’s and watches the shows. There is fun for all the family, regardless of your age, the resort has various events happening on a daily basis. Pick up a timetable from reception.  There are several children’s outdoor play areas around the resort.  A 10mph speed limit is in use, so that your children can play outside freely. There are plenty of open spaces for riding bikes or walking your dog.
Just outside the resorts main entrance you will find the John Paul Jones pub and restaurant, the 19th hole pub and a fish & chip shop.  About ½ a mile down the road there is a 18 hole golf course.
There is an old lighthouse just down the road from the caravan park within easy walking distance. It is the oldest lighthouses in Scotland.

A regular bus service is also available to take you to the centre of Dumfries

Mabie Forest:
A lovely forest full of nature trails, walks, and dog walking roots, It has picnic tables, toilets and a barbeque area. Onsite parking and a large outdoor adventure playground.  You can also hire mountain bikes and ride round the many mountain biking routes. There is a sensory garden which has a variety of butterflies. There are several different walking trails, and dogs are very welcome.

http://www.forestry.gov.uk/website/recreation.nsf/LUWebDocsByKey/ScotlandDumfriesshireForestsoftheSolwayCoastMabieForest

Mabie Farm Park:
Situated a few minutes from Mabie forest, this is a must if you have small children. It has a massive outdoor play area with some amazing rides for both young and old, giant toboggan runs, bouncy castles and much more. There is also an indoor soft lay area. There are loads of animals that the children can get really close to, feed and handle.

http://www.mabiefarmpark.co.uk/

Kirkconnell Nature reserve:
It’s also in the same area as Mabie forest and Farm Park. It’s a beautiful natural big, full of plants and wildlife. There are trails to walk along. It’s a very peaceful place to visit and an excellent place to go for the budding nature photographer.

http://www.nnr-scotland.org.uk/reserve.asp?NNRId=50

Chocolate factory:
This is a great place to visit for the chocoholics amongst you. It has an outdoor play area for children, as well as a tour of the chocolate factory you can also make your own chocolate treats to take home and indulge in later.

http://www.thecocoabeancompany.com/.

Newton Stewart:
A picturesque market town. A beautiful place to visit with lots to see and do.
http://www.newtonstewart.org/

Sweetheart Abbey:
http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/newabbey/sweetheartabbey/index.html

Lighthouse:
The oldest lighthouse in Scotland,
http://www.scottish-places.info/features/featurefirst17134.html

Caeverlock castle:
A twin towered medieval castle with moat. Adventure playground and natures trails. Tea & coffee shop.
http://www.historic-scotland.gov.uk/propertyresults/propertyoverview.htm?PropID=PL_047&PropName=Caerlaverock Castle
Additional tourist information can be found here:
http://www.welcometoscotland.com/things-to-do/dumfries-galloway

Have a look at a local photographer flickr page to see some of the amazing photographs she has taken around the dumfries & galloway area, all the photographs displayed on this website were also taken by her.
www.flickr.com/photos/jennycaseyphotography