Things to do

PMC Photography

Phil McMenemy is an award-winning photographer based in the small village of Laurieston in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway, south-west Scotland. His images portray and depict his love of nature, the outdoors and this wonderful region.

His gallery is in Laureston which is situated about six miles north-west of Castle Douglas on the popular and very scenic New Galloway to Kirkcudbright road.

The Gallery is open every Sunday (and most Saturdays throughout the summer months), it is best call in advance if travelling any distance to ensure the Gallery is open - however, please feel free to call to arrange a convenient time for your own private viewing.


Dark Sky Park

Dumfries and Galloway now have the first award winning Dark Sky Park in the UK.  The Forest Park has around 75,000 hectares of land, where limited numbers of buildings means we can keep light pollution to a minimum.

With over 7000 visible stars to look at you are spoilt for choice. The Milky Way is clearly visible with the naked eye as are near objects. With observing instruments there is no limit other than the instrument itself. 

If you would like more information on the Galloway Dark Sky Park, please visit their website at



There a various trout lochs in the area all within 30 mins drive to offer a varied choice of venue offering some exciting sport. Pike fishing is renowned in Galloway especially on Loch Ken which is the venue for many course fishing competitions over the year. Loch Ken is some 11 miles long and tickets are available from various sources.
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It is often remarked upon by visitors how quiet our roads are and how appealing they are to cycling. Endless country roads with stunning views of the countryside and wildlife provide an excellent opportunity to get on your bike and explore the area.
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Scotland is generally known as the home of golf and Southern Scotland offers some challenging courses. With a mixture of fun and serious courses, coastal winds can add to the demands of the game. The Smithy currently sponsors a hole on the New Galloway golf course.
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The Smithy is ideally situated to enjoy an abundance of walking from local riverside walks and village strolls to Scotland's 212 coast to coast long distance route, the Southern Upland Way. So after a stroll down the river bank or tackling an 18 mile section of the Southern Upland Way The Smithy is the ideal location to take a break.
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Bird Watching
For years bird watchers have visited the area to experience many species of birds from wild geese to birds of prey. The Galloway Red Kite Trail is extremely popular with many visitors where these fantastic birds can be seen throughout the area plus at close quarters at the feed station at Laurieston.
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Game Shooting – Scotland and in particular Galloway is renowned for its country sports and many shooters visit the area throughout the season. Pheasant and Partridge shooting as well as duck and geese and the abundance of rabbits make this a popular area from visitors from all over the world.
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Deer Stalking – Deer are in abundance in Galloway and this attracts visitors from home and abroad. There is a tradition of providing hospitality to hunters in Galloway and the diverse countryside plus the fact that we are situated on the edge of the Galloway Forrest Park makes exciting stalking for both Red and Roe Deer.
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Water Sports
Loch Ken offers fantastic water sports from sailing to water-skiing and several venues are available to take care of you. For a complete range of facilities we suggest that you contact Galloway Sailing Centre.
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