The 10 Best Things to Do in Wigtown, United Kingdom (UK)

March 8, 2018 Tynisha Seiler

Wigtown (Scottish Gaelic: Baile na h-Ùige) is a town and former royal burgh in Wigtownshire, of which it is the county town, within the Dumfries and Galloway region in Scotland. It lies east of Stranraer and south of Newton Stewart. It is well known today as "Scotland's National Book Town" with a high concentration of second-hand book shops. It has a population of about 1,000.
Restaurants in Wigtown

1. Creetown Gem Rock Museum

Chain Road, Creetown DG8 7HJ, Scotland +44 1671 820357
Excellent
67%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 212 reviews

Creetown Gem Rock Museum

Reviewed By scourtnadge - Glasgow, UK

An 'oldy worldly' museum with some incredibly passionate and knowledge staff. The gems themselves are impressive and the 'cave' display is fun but thought it would really benefit from some more displays on the geological explanation behind how these are made. The explanations are there but they aren't as accessible as they might be from a more modern display. That said, your knowledge gap can be closed by just chatting to the staff. The quiz for the kids was good and the prize of a small stone or dinosaur bone was superb (highlight for the kids).
A note is that the shop is superb, arguably better than the museum. Some great bargains as well as impressive decorative mineral art.

2. Carsluith Castle

A75 Carsluith | By Marrbury Smokehouse At Carsluith Castle, Wigtown DG8 7DY, Scotland +44 1671 820476
Excellent
18%
Good
64%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4 based on 22 reviews

Carsluith Castle

Reviewed By pkpuri - Glasgow, United Kingdom

Came to visit the castle and found a Smokehouse/Bistro as you entered. What lovely combination.
Great views across to Wigtown Bay and Wigtown. the castle dates back to the 1400s. You can still see outlines of where the out buildings would have been. Built with storage on the ground floor with e hall on the first floor and probably 2 bedrooms on the 2nd floor. Very compact castle.
Free entry.
What was so nice was the Smokehouse. Never would have expected both in such a close proximity of each other
Worth seeing both.

3. Kirroughtree - 7stanes

7stanes Kirroughtree Kirroughtree Visitor Centre | Galloway Forest Park, Newton Stewart DG8 6AN, Scotland +44 300 067 6800
Excellent
71%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
4%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 231 reviews

Kirroughtree - 7stanes

Reviewed By Rubamoomoo

We (including our two dogs) thoroughly enjoyed our time spent here. There's a range of walks and cycle paths for all levels of fitness and the scenery is breathtaking. We stopped off at the visitor's centre for coffee and a piece of apple shortcake, which was devine, after our walk. We really enjoyed the experience.

4. Laggan Outdoor

Laggan, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2ES, Scotland
Excellent
84%
Good
12%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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5 based on 558 reviews

Laggan Outdoor

Laggan Outdoor offer indoor and outdoor adventure activities for all the family. We offer something for everyone be it one of Europes longest Zip wires or Archery, Grass Sledging and Jeep driving, to the more extreme Mountain Balling, Mountain Boarding, Segway tours or Clay Pigeon Shooting. We're open all year round, but please do book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Reviewed By Fiona L

What a place to arrive to! What a view outside our snug! A very enjoyable experience.
The solway Coast was spectacular; the Laggan Outdoor activity centre a fantastic place to explore with lots on offer; the Base Camp Cafe food was delicious & our sea view snug.... amazing!! Built to such a high standard, we had such a relaxing stay and would encourage everyone to come stay here.

5. The Book Shop

17 North Main Street, Wigtown DG8 9HL, Scotland +44 1988 402499
Excellent
63%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
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Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 92 reviews

The Book Shop

We don't serve soup. Or seafood platter.

Reviewed By 2wreckless - Apperley Bridge, United Kingdom

Visited this place simply out of interest and it was quite amazing just how many books there were! The shop is in an old house that just has room after room at each turning with books on just about everything you could imagine. Not a lot else going on in Wigtown, but worth a visit if you are in the area.

6. Cairnholy Chambered Cairns Ravenshall

Creetown, Scotland
Excellent
61%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 54 reviews

Cairnholy Chambered Cairns Ravenshall

Reviewed By The-Old-Scribe - Derby, United Kingdom

These ancient sites were constructed with amazing accuracy and are remote enough to remain reasonably well preserved. Their position aligns very specifically with features of the landscape and positions of the Sun and stars at various significant times of the year. It must have taken long observation and marking out over several seasons for our ancestors to arrange these stones so that they served as an accurate calendar which usefully predicts the changing seasons at a time when the changing day lengths would have seemed
We can only speculate how such sites were used, and the cliche "possibly ritual" is a cop out that limits our speculation.
The stones feature marks which align with shadows cast by the other stones. We met Joseph, a regular visitor to the stones (most days apparently) recording the position of the sun and shadows, to test hypotheses by observation. He was able to point out features we hadn't noticed and engage in lively speculation about how the great accuracy could have been so achieved.
These two monuments (and a less documented group of stones nearby) are essential viewing for those with antiquarian interests. Car parking is possible right by the sites but better at the foot of the hill, by the old bridge, better to enjoy the walk up, noticing the features of the landscape and enjoying the river and trees.

7. Cream O' Galloway

Rainton, Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2DR, Scotland +44 1557 814040
Excellent
58%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
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4.5 based on 642 reviews

Cream O' Galloway

Deliciously good fun for all. Taste our range of luxury dairy ice creams and dairy-free sorbets, visit our organic farm and explore the nature trails to see beautiful scenery and wildlife. There's action and adventure with our adrenaline pumping slides, pedal karts, Go Boing - our fabulously bouncy nets, our unique woodland adventure playground and indoor play areas.You can explore the nature trails, do some wildlife spotting in our hide or take part in one of our special wildlife events. There's a designated dog walk where your canine friends can run free and walkers with dogs under control are welcome on the green or purple waymarked nature trails. There are events taking place every day we're open at Cream o' Galloway and lots of special events that run at particular times of the year, such as Meet the Lambs in Spring or Ready Steady Freeze in Summer where you get to make your own ice cream from scratch. Our most popular events are the Farm & Creamery Tour and the Ice Cream Tasting Experience which are available each day we are open. Open daily from end of March to October.

Reviewed By Mr-J-Berg - Cowdenbeath, United Kingdom

On arrival we were told that the adults could supervise without cost and that we would have to pay for the child, which was fine.
But discovered after paying that you only needed to pay if you wanted to use the zip slide, the drop slide and the go carts. Then to pay extra for crazy golf... think the pricing structure needs to be looked at and the disorganised description of paying clearly and concisely described.
The play area was good and we all had an enjoyable time.
Lunch was a disappointment. We walked in to the cafe to be told to take a seat. Which we did to discover we still had to go up to the till to order. The food was disappointing.
We had a snack box for the child which consisted of a small roll that was definitely not fresh. The adults chose a hot dog and the cheese and tomato quiche.
The hotdogs were poor containing two plain beef sausages smothered in a yellow orange coloured substance... definitely not cheese unless it was cheep fondue style stuff. The cheese and tomato quiche wasn’t any better as it lacked cheese.
The biggest disappointment was the ice cream. The woman server was not customer friendly as she was grumpy when given more than one order of ice cream at a time.
I asked for vanilla but don’t think the scoop was cleaned as I had a salted caramel style taste throughout.
Definitely won’t be back in a hurry.

8. Bladnoch Distillery

Bladnoch, Wigtown DG8 9AB, Scotland
Excellent
41%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
5%
Terrible
12%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 40 reviews

Bladnoch Distillery

Scotland's most southerly distillery. Currently closed to visitors and distillery tours whilst an extensive distillery refurbishment is underway. Distillery shop only open weekdays with limited stock supplies until new malt releases later on in 2016.

Reviewed By JOHN G - Holmfirth

Hopefully it will shortly be in new ownership.
So nice to see it still in business.
Well worth a visit if you are in the area and a great dram.
Also there is a good distillery shop.
Currently open Mon - Friday
Looking forward to tasting the new spirit.

9. The Museum, Newton Stewart

York Road, Newton Stewart DG8 6HN, Scotland +44 1671 401048
Excellent
83%
Good
17%
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5 based on 17 reviews

The Museum, Newton Stewart

Reviewed By SamCro47 - Newbury, United Kingdom

Fantastic! A great visit if you've got an hour to spare! I loved the collection and I will definitely visit again.

10. Cardoness Castle

Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2EH, Scotland +44 1557 814427
Excellent
57%
Good
40%
Satisfactory
2%
Poor
1%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 72 reviews

Cardoness Castle

A fine example of a Scottish tower-house castle, Cardoness Castle was built in the later 15th century as the fortified residence of the McCullochs. Cardoness Castle is a well-preserved ruin where you can admire the exquisite architectural detail of this still magnificent structure, including the splendid fireplace and wall-cupboard where the family's best silverware was displayed, touch the intricate stone carvings and soak up the superb views over the beautiful Fleet Bay to the Solway Firth beyond. Open summer only

Reviewed By bookmiller - Boston, Massachusetts

Cardoness is an interesting tower house, not least because it was built by my ancestors, the McCullochs. It is nicely and simply marked throughout the castle, and as others have noted, the view from the top of the tower stairs is spectacular. The visitor center, where you enter the grounds, have some nice explanatory signs about the house and the family. Well done. Expect to stay about an hour.

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