Things to see, things to do in and around Wigtown

Wigtown is the perfect base to explore the Machars in Mid Galloway. The Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve, the UK’s largest, is just a short distance from the town centre and is home to thousands of overwintering geese, with a bird hide at Wigtown Harbour. 

The imposing Wigtown County Buildings house a Public Library with internet access and the Wigtown Bay Viewing Gallery with spectacular views across the bay and a CCTV video of local ospreys nesting in the area. 

Historic Newspapers, based in Wigtown, houses the largest private newspaper archive in the world, while the town’s many book shops will keep book-lovers inspired for days. The Glaisnock Cafe also stocks thousands of books in our very own book cave.

The nearby town of Whithorn is the cradle of Christianity in Scotland with a museum and interpretation centre whilst Newton Stewart, also close by, is the Gateway to the Galloway Hills and Forest Park, Britain’s largest forest Park and Dark Skies Park as well as home to the world-renowned 7Stanes Mountain Bike Trails.

The area also has some spectacular coastline and coastal walks and plenty of great cycling opportunities for the family to enjoy. There is hill-walking for all abilities, a wide range of beautiful gardens to visit and many historical sites of interest including standing stones and castles.

In nearby Bladnoch is Scotland's most southerly distillery where Galloway's only single malt is produced.