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Things to do

Whatever the weather – come rain or shine – there’s plenty to do right on your doorstep – from fabulous walks, hikes and climbs                   that show south Scotland at its finest to top-class fishing spots, farm parks and adventure playgrounds,

world-renowned tourist attractions, lovely pubs and local museums.  

Annan Distillery, Northfield, Annan
Traditionally run whiskey distillery in a beautifully restored building. Visit for whiskey
tours and tastings or stop by for tea and delicious homemade cake at The Maltings
Coffee shop.

Caledonia Park (formerly Gretna Gateway), Glasgow Road, Gretna
Scotland’s top outlet village, you’ll find a range of high-end brands and designer
labels here – fashion, beauty, homeware, sport and dining - all selling products at
discount prices.

Devil’s Porridge Museum, Annan Road, Eastriggs
Excellent locally-run museum commemorates the HM Factory Gretna (the largest,
female-staffed munitions factory in the world during WWI).

Gretna Green Famous Blacksmith Shop & Museum, Gretna Green
The world-renowned home of the anvil wedding; explore the Blacksmith Shop’s
Museum, luxury food hall, Scottish gift shop, café, restaurant, children’s play area
and courtship maze.

Hoddom Castle & Coach House
Wander around the ancient parklands of this historic castle, visit the adventure
playground, stop for lunch at on-site restaurant The Coach House.

Londsdale Cinema
Cosy, retro-style cinema in Annan showing latest releases and streamed shows.

Lovely walks on your doorstep:

The Solway Coast is just a ½ mile from Moorside Farm. To reach the coast, follow
the track path back towards the main road, taking a left turn at the first main corner
(two farm houses on the left). From there, follow the track all the easy down to the
coast (wellies advised!). From here you can complete a circular walk, bringing you
through the village of Dornock.

Grey Mare’s Tale Nature Reserve & Waterfall, Moffat

St. Mary’s Loch (the Border’s largest loch), Selkirk

Talkin Tarn’ Country Park (ancient woodlands, glacial tarns, nice tea room)

Powfoot Beach Walks

Castle Loch Circuit, Lochmaben:

Family-friendly things to do and see
Mabie Farm Park (40 minute’s drive)
A great farm park set in the countryside with animal paddocks, barns and fields and
plenty of farm animals to pet and feed. There’s also lots of outdoor activities – slides,
bouncy castle, boating pond, play park and slides and an indoor area should it
happen to rain with a play barn and pet’s corner.

Dalscone Farm Fun (25-30 minute’s drive)
Another farm park that our little girls love, with both indoor areas (soft play, ride on
tractors, go-carts etc) and the opportunity for plenty of outdoor fun – gaint slides,
bouncy castle, sandpit, bumper boats, as well as lots of animals to pet and feed –
donkeys, goats, meerkats and tortoise included!

Walby Farm Park (25 minutes drive)
Excellent farm park and activity center with lots to do. Indoors there’s a soft play area
and undercover wooden castle play park with climbing walls and ropes, slides,
tunnels, as well as a covered petting/feeding barn. Outdoors there’s masses going
on: playpark, adventure playground, animal paddocks, train, tractor and mini Land
Rover rides, JCB ‘Dig & Play’ area and more.

Dino Park at Hetland Garden Centre (20 minutes drive)
A nice nearby garden centre with farm shop and café, soft play area and outdoor
Dino Park, where little ones can dig for dinosaur bones, walk alone the dino mine
and spot the T-Rexs and stegosaurus lurking in the trees.

The Cocobean Chocolate Company (1 hours drive away)
A great option for little chocolate lovers! This place runs chocolate workshops and
tasting for children and adults and has a really good outdoor play area with pirate
ships, maze, slides and swings and an indoor soft play area.

Places to eat/drink
Our Place, popular buzzy restaurant in Annan, 10 mins drive away, 01461 380390
Chainmail Restaurant, Smiths at Gretna Green. A 2-rosette restaurant serving
modern bistro food. 15 mins drive away – 01461 337007

Graham Arms, Eastriggs – Cosy atmosphere & traditional pub food. 15 mins walk or
5 mins drive – 01461 40244.

Lounge on the Green, Houghton – Relaxed modern fine dining restaurant. 25 mins
drive – 01228 739452 (Open Wed-Sat evenings, lunch served Fri-Sat).

The Royal Oak, Scotby - Charming traditional county pub serving homecooked
meals – 20 mins drive. 01228498117.

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