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Local activities to enjoy in the surrounding area

Enjoy a variety of local activities to enjoy during your stay at Knockinaam. There is something for everyone whether it be family fun activities, outdoor adventures and distillery tours.

Westby’s Electric Bike Hire

Family run business run in Leswalt, Stranraer. Will deliver. 

Tel: 07508 521245


Pitch & Putt Portpatrick

No booking required. Cash only.

Stranraer Watersports Association

Paddle boarding, Kayaking, Sailing, Coastal Rowing or hire of equipment.

Call 07719 176965 for more details.

Ryan Centre

Fairhurst Road, Stranraer, DG9 7AP.

Swimming pool, fitness and health suite and four court games hall. 

Tel: 01776 703535

Golden Sands Trekking Centre, Sandhead

Hand lead Alpaca walking with breath-taking scenery along a beautiful beach. Pony trekking also available. 
10.2 miles from Knockinaam. From April 1st – A Farm Park too

Tel: 07789 216338


Green Vally Golf Range

Family owned and operated. Year round practice for your golf game. 20 covered and heated stations. Golf lessons available. 

Tel: 0630 2896600 


Logan Fish Pond – Port Logan

Port Logan, DG9 9NF. 13miles from Knockinaam.

A naturally formed blow hole from the last Ice Age was adapted by the Laird of Logan as a fish larder for storing live fish in 1800.  Now visitors to the pond and shop can feed the stock of local sea fish and are educated with touch pools and a cave aquarium.  Open daily 10am to 5pm from 1st of March until the 31st of October. 

Tel: 01776 860606

Kitchen Coos & Ewes

High Airyolland, New Luce, DG8 0AU, 16.1 miles from Knockinaam.

Guided experience of farm animals in their natural environment.  Walking tours and tours from a purpose built trailer among a herd of Highland cows, finish of by enjoying traditional farmhouse baking with your hosts.  Booking essential. 

Tel: 0794 485 0823

Kirroughtree 7 Stanes

Mountain bike trails for all abilities. The Break Pad bike shop offers bike hire and advice on the trails, open 10am until 5pm daily, 01671 401303. The visitor centre is open from 11am until 5pm daily, there is also a café where you can enjoy some refreshments after your bike ride. Car parking charges apply. DG8 7BE, 0300 067 6900 (option 2). 32.2 miles from Knockinaam.

Creetown Gem Rock Museum

Chain Road, Creetown, DG8 7HJ. 34.7 miles from Knockinaam.

A collection of many fine and rare examples of crystals found in Britain. Open daily 10am until 4pm, booking essential.  Excellent stop off from A75 enroute to Knockinaam.

Tel: 01671 820 357

Iron Age Roundhouse – Isle of Whithorn

 Bruce St, Whithorn, Newton Stewart DG8 8PY

Tel: 01988 500508

Risparin Camp – Whithorn

The remains of a fortified farmstead.  One of the major Iron Age archaeological sites in Scotland.

Whithorn Story Visitor Centre & Whithorn Trust Museum

Set up in 1986 to explore the archaeology and history of Whithorn & examine its role in the evolution of Christianity in Scotland.

Kirkcudbright Gallery

Kirkcudbright Galleries is a modern art museum located in the town of Kirkcudbright, about an hour away from Knockinaam. The museum is housed in a rec refurbished building that was formerly the town’s town hall and courthouse.

The galleries showcase a range of art collections, including a permanent collection of works by local artists such as EA Hornel and Jessie M. King, as well as temporary exhibitions featuring contemporary artists from Scotland and beyond. The collection focuses on the art and artists who have lived and worked in Kirkcudbright and the surrounding area, including the Glasgow Boys and the Scottish Colourists.

The museum also features a range of interactive exhibits, including a large touchscreen display that allows visitors to explore the museum’s collection in detail, as well as a workshop space for art and craft activities. The building itself is an impressive example of Victorian architecture, with a striking clock tower and ornate stone carvings.

Cream O’Galloway

Rainton, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, DG7 2DR. 48.3 miles from Knockinaam.

Fantastic all round visitor centre with an ice cream parlour, a tearoom and shop. Holds ice cream making and cheese making workshops, farm tours, please check with website for when they are held, and book in advance. Closed on Fridays and Mondays 10am until 4pm from March until November, booking essential. 
Excellent stop off from A75 enroute to Knockinaam for ice-cream.

The Cocoa Bean Company

Ashland, Twynholm, DG6 4NP. 50 miles from Knockinaam.

Provides luxury hand crafted chocolate treats and a fun day out for all the family. Fun chocolate making workshops are provided for children and adults alike with children taking priority at busy times. Coffee is available for you to enjoy while the kids are in the workshop and gifts can be purchased at the shop on site or afterwards via the website. Open every day from 9am until 5pm, workshops available from 10am until 4pm, booking essential. 
Excellent stop off from A75 enroute to Knockinaam if children are on board.

Tel: 01557 860608. 

Senwick Alpaca Trekking

Upper Senwick Farm, Borgue, DG6 4TR. 51.2 miles from Knockinaam

Enjoy a completely unique experience getting to know the super friendly and playful alpacas whilst taking in the splendid surroundings of Dumfries and Galloway.  Open all year except 20th of December until 9th of January, booking essential. 

Tel: 01557 870199.

Galloway Activity Centre

Loch Ken, Parton, Castle Douglas, DG7 3NQ. 53.8 miles from Knockinaam.

Situated on the shores of Loch Ken the Galloway Activity Centre provides Family Activity packages for groups of four or more people. Activities generally run from 10am until 5pm with a stop for lunch and can be taken as full or half day packages or a quarter day taster. Packages are tailored to suit the group and may involve Sailing, Windsurfing, Kayaking, Canoeing, Climbing wall, Leap of Faith, Zip wire, Archery, Off-road Buggies or Outdoor Laser Quest in the woods. 

All equipment and safety gear is included in the rate and you may expect to enjoy 4 or 5 activities in a full day session, booking essential. A full day’s activity.

Tel: 01556 502011

Galloway Canyoning

Based in Castle Douglas but many sites in Dumfries & Galloway.

Tel: 07399 348585

Heads of Ayr Farm Park

Dunure Road, Ayr, KA7 4LD. 55.4 miles from Knockinaam

Over 50 different breads of animal to meet, touch or even feed along with an adventure play barn, trampolines, super diggers, quad bikes, aerial slide and other activities. Open from Easter until October from 10am until 5pm every day, booking essential. Excellent day activity or stop off enroute to Knockinaam on A77 from Glasgow.

Tel: 01292 441210

Dalscone Farm Fun

Edinburgh Road, Dumfries, DG1 1SE. 77.1 miles from Knockinaam

Inside is a huge soft play area with slides, ball pools and more, with a café selling tea, coffee, juice and cakes. Outside are trampolines, pedal karts, go karts, crazy golf, more play equipment and also some farm animals to say hello to. Open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 4.30pm. Excellent stop off from A75 (Gretna ) if children are on board.

Tel: 01387 254445

The Devil’s Porridge History Museum

Annan Road, Eastriggs DG12 6TF. 95 miles from Knockinaam. 

The story of the greatest Munitions factory on earth and extraordinary lives of munitions girls. Open daily 10am – 5pm. Excellent stop off via A75 enroute to Knockinaam.

Tel: 01464 700021

Gateway to Galloway

Stranraer’s Visitor & Community Hub. Tours – Lighthouses of the Rhins Explore the Rhins coast by boat tours or E-bike. Portpatrick to Killantringan Lighthouse & Corsewall Lighthouse and Portpatrick to Killantringan Lighthouse depart from Portpatrick Harbour. The boat is called the Optimist, also available for private charters by arrangement.

By E-bike – booking includes everything you need to get started. Go to website to see availability / booking.
Stranraer -Corsewall, Corsewall to Killantringan, Killantringan to Portpatrick  and then back.

Tel: 01776 748778

Galloway Cycling Holidays

Bike Hire & Tours and Gravel Cycling, supported or Guided Based near Castle Douglas but travel the region. 300 square miles of forest and open moorland & coast to explore.

Ester has been paramount in bringing the Raiders Gravel, 25 -28 August 2022, to the Galloway Forest Park. Four days, 3 routes around the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere. This will be amazing to watch and teams can tackle Raiders Gravel as a team of two or solo entrant. See website for more details.

Tel: 07787 748008

South West Scotland Tours  – Craig Murray

One to– three day high quality guided experiences within the Biosphere and beyond for groups of up to seven people. Whether it is wildlife spotting, industrial heritage, historical tours or just a general mooch around all our itineraries can be customised and flexible to suit all needs and abilities. Alternatively, tell them where your must see destinations are and they will do their absolute best to accommodate. Also dog friendly for up to 2 furry family members. 

Tel: 07378 768776 


Kirkcudbright Art Tours – Art Tour Agency

Guided walk to introduce you to the artists that lived and worked here both in the past and today. Find them on Facebook.


Tel: 07972 275388

Bladnoch Distillery – Whiskey

Bladnoch, DG8 9AB,  31.5 miles from Knockinaam.

Scotland’s most Southerly Distillery nestles on the banks of the River Bladnoch, the distillery has been producing the “Spirit of the Lowlands” since 1817.  Distillery tours include a tasting of three of their products.  There is also a shop and a café on site. Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am until 5pm, booking essential. 

Tel: 01988 402605

Crafty Distillery – Gin

Wigtown Road, Newton Stewart, DG8 6AS. 28 miles from Knockinaam. 

Produces the Hills and Harbour Gin along with Galloway Gin and Vodka and the Smokey and Citrus distilled cocktail. They offer tours of the distillery finished with a guided tasting of three of their spirits (booking only) and they also have a shop and a café. Open Wednesday to Saturday 11.30am-3pm. Excellent stop off enroute to Knockinaam as just off A75 or on way home.

Tel: 01671 404040

Annandale Distillery – Annan

Northfield, Annan, DG12 5LL. 93 miles from Knockinaam,

Only recently reopened after being closed for almost 90 years, they produce 6 different brands and sub brands of Whisky. They offer tours and have a coffee shop and are open form Monday to Sunday 10am until 4pm (booking essential). Excellent stop off from A75 enroute to Knockinaam or on the way home.

Tel: 01461 207817

Ninefold Distillery – Dalton

Dormont Home Farm, Dalton, Lockerbie, DG11 1DJ. 86 miles from Knockinaam

Ninefold Distillery is the first and only rum distillery in the South of Scotland, making rum from scratch in our Scottish-made copper pot still. The distillery currently produces an unaged pure single rum (aka white rum). Owned by the Carruthers family, and run by youngest son Kit, the distillery marks the latest chapter in the 450-year history of Dormont Estate in the rolling hills of southwest Scotland.

From dairy to distillery, renewed life is being breathed back into the home farm. Not open to the public except for specific tour dates (see website for available dates), booking essential. 

Tel: 01387 840116

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