is one of Scotland's best kept secrets with its unspoilt coast line, varied countryside, and mild climate influenced by the Gulf Stream. The roads are quiet, the towns and villages provide lots of things to do and see, but above all you will find the people friendly and helpful.
Whilst the Shieling is an ideal base for a relaxing and restful holiday, if you feel like something a bit more challenging there is lots available locally including, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, climbing, golf, fishing, walking, archery, horse riding, mountain biking, laser tag and zipwire to name a few. Maybe more challenging to your waistline! The Cocoabean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm or Cream of Galloway Ice Cream Centre near Gatehouse of Fleet. For those who like to potter we have Castles, Museums, Art Galleries & Craft Centres and many beautiful Gardens to explore.
Also to aid day to day life, several supermarkets, garages, post office, banks, pubs, and eating places are to be found locally. Highlighting a few of the local area's..
Around 6 miles away, with its wide streets, castle, harbour, galleries and museum. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, it is known as The Artist's Town and has attracted painters for generations due to the scenic landscape and the exceptional quality of light. The town plays host to lots of events throughout the year from the colourful jazz festival, Scottish nights, the brilliant tattoo, Spring Fling and the artists' trail. The historic High Street is lined by colourful Georgian houses and the ancient tollbooth is now an arts centre. It has a good selection of shops, pubs and eating places.
A little bit further, with its selection of Deli's, award winning butchers, coffee shops, and craft galleries. It also has the Scottish National Trust famous Threave Gardens, and the the ancient ruin of Threave Castle is a short ferry trip across the river away.
The Galloway Forest Park at three hundred square miles is a mixture of lochs, moorland, hills and a habitat for a variety of plants and animals. The forest provides an opportunity for everyone whatever age. Mile after mile of forest walks, horse riding, fishing, world class mountain biking at one of the 7Stanes venues and an opportunity to view one of the wonders of the world; the night sky.
Due to its remoteness, the Galloway Forest Park has been awarded the status of being a 'Dark Sky Park' and the first in the UK. It has been named one as one "of the best places in the world to gaze at the stars outside the US."
A great introduction to the forest park is to drive along the Queen's Way. This is a very scenic drive linking Newton Stewart with Scotland's smallest Burgh, New Galloway. The road holds lovely surprises as it winds its way through this magnificent scenery. Wild goats which thrive on the rocky outcrops, the red deer range allowing you to see these normally elusive animals up close. The Grey Mare's tail waterfall and the stunning Clatteringshaws Loch which has a visitor centre just perfect for a refreshment stop.