Sport & Outdoor

The beautiful countryside in the Scottish Borders allows you to take advantage of a wide range of outdoor activities and sports...

Walking This is a popular part of the world with walkers, there are some suggestions to get you started here

Road cycling Quiet roads, rolling hills and spectacular scenery make this a lovely area for a ride. Route 7 of the National Cycling Network passes right by the front door of the flat! link

Mountain biking The region offers a large choice of graded mountain biking routes suitable for both novices and experts alike. The 7stanes are world-class mountain biking centres and we are lucky to have five of them nearby at Kirroughtree, Glentrool,  Mabie, Forest of Ae and Dalbeattie.

Golf There are over 30 clubs in the region offering a variety of linked and parkland courses. Click here for an independent course review blog.

Fishing In the area it's possible to fish for Salmon, Sea trout, Brown trout and Grayling during different times of the year. Check here for details, maps and permits.

Horse riding and pony trekking are both popular - visit here for contact details of some nearby centres

Orienteering Solway Orienteers (website) is a small friendly club that encourage newcomers.

Adventure sports Kayaking, Canoeing, Sailing, Rock climbing, Abseiling, Hillwalking and Mountaineering can be tried at Carlingwark Outdoor Centre, Galloway Activity Centre and Stronord Outdoor Centre, Newton Stewart

Swimming There are several pools to choose from link

Spectator sports
If you prefer to watch, here are some options for clubs based in Dumfries:

• Queen of the South Football Club (website)

• Dumfries Saints Rugby Club (website)

• Solway Sharks Ice Hockey (website)

• Curling (website)

• Rallying (website)

• St Michael's Cricket Club (website)


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