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Queensland Holiday park is situated on the borders of South Ayrshire and Dumfries so it makes an excellent base to explore South west Scotland and the many attractions it has to offer.

The Park is situated on the edge of Barrhill. This historic 'martyrs' village has a shop, public house (serving meals and welcoming of families), a bowling green and a large redeveloped play park with an all weather multi-user games area and picnic/ bar-be-que area which must be one of the best play parks in South Ayrshire. With the Barrhill train station only 2 miles from the park and having the advantage of the buses stopping at the entrance, you can enjoy a relaxing day travelling taking in all the Scottish scenery.
Play Park

For more information about Barrhill and what it has to offer visit www.barrhill.org.uk

Towns

Girvan
Girvan is an unspoilt seaside town with a lovely sandy beach where many activities take place in the Summer. In the town you will find shops, amusements and cafés. For more than a snack there are Chinese, Indian and Traditional restaurants and as befits a seaside town a number of quality Fish & Chip shops as well as a variety of takeaways. A range of sporting pursuits can be found and during the summer months family events are held. A boat trip to Ailsa Craig is a must for anyone interested in wildlife or curling. The paddle steamer "The Waverley" also runs trips out of the harbour along the Clyde coast during the season.
The new Leisure Complex, with swimming pool, is due to open in spring 2017.

Newton Stewart
Newton Stewart is the Gateway to the Galloway Hills. The leisure activities are endless in and around this market town. You will find a leisure complex with a swimming pool, gym and sports hall and there is also a community run cinema which shows recently-released films and provides a venue for "live" theatre. As a long established tourist location their are many cafés in the centre, One of these "The Belted Galloway" is also a tourist information point with video displays as well as the usual leaflets.

Please click on the links to the towns for more info.

Girvan
Newton Stewart
Carrick

Beaches
The park is only 20 mins drive to the nearest sandy beach at Girvan. Ballantrae's shingle beach is a similar distance. There are also nice beaches at Ayr and Troon.

The Galloway Forest Park is right on our doorstep.

Situated in the heart of Galloway, southern Scotland, the Galloway Forest Park, managed by Forestry Commission Scotland, offers spectacular views and a diversity of dramatic scenery. Three hundred square miles of wild beauty are waiting to be explored, here, in Britain's largest forest park.

The Galloway Forest Park offers plenty for you and your family to see and do.

 

Whether you choose to explore the rugged yet majestic grandeur of the mountains, the extensive forest floors in search for the snuffling of animals, or even gazing at the sky - for either spotting birds of prey on patrol or for the incredible experience of watching far away galaxies and standing in awe of the darkest sky in Europe, peppered with stars.

Whichever way you choose to spend your time; meandering through the forest, hiking up the high summits or racing downhill on a mountain bike for an adrenaline rush, there is most certainly something for everyone, for more information go to gallowayforestpark.com


Action Adventure Activities.....
For the more adventurous the South West of Scotland has endless possibilities with outdoor activity centres offering the Europe's longest Zip wire, Segway's, Kayaking, waterskiing, SUP Boarding, Coasteering, Gorge scrambling, Mountain balling and mountain biking. These are just a few activities which can be enjoyed in this uncrowned part of Scotland.
For more information....
Adventure Centre For Education 
Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre
Galloway Activity Centre
Loch Ken Water Skiing
Turnberry Adventures

Dark Skies

 
Galloway Forest Park has been officially unveiled as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.
Once the sun sets on the three hundred square miles of rugged wilderness that is the Galloway Forest Park, under an inky-blue sky they become the darkest in all of Europe. It is here that enthusiasts come to stand in awe, wonder and amazement at the vast universe which is revealed above them. Onlookers are given the rare chance to witness shooting stars; the Andromeda Galaxy, the Aurora Borealis and stellar nurseries, where new suns of distant planets are born.
Visit the website: scotland.forestry.gov.uk/forest-parks/galloway-forest-park/dark-skies

 

Walking

 
A short drive from the park brings you to the unspoiled Galloway Forest park .
Glen Trool home of forest trails and the Merrick Hills. The Merrick is the largest of the southern upland range at 2,740 ft with an ascent of 4 Miles. There are many more excellent locations within the area.
For the serious walker the Southern Upland Way passes close by. 

Further information: Galloway forest parks
Galloway forest park walks
Southern Upland Way
Walking Ayrshire
Walking Galloway
Newton Stewart Walking Festival

Mountain Biking   7 Stanes
For off road and mountain biking in the Galloway National Forest the Glentrool and Kirroughtree Visitors Centres are a good starting point. The 7 Stanes trails are internationally renowned and very popular.
For more information visit mountain biking in the Galloway Forest
Bike hire and repairs: The Break Pad


Golfing
For the golfer there are many superb courses within easy distance.
Excellent public courses can be found at nearby Girvan and Ayr. Private courses such as Newton Stewart and Wigtonshire County both welcome visitors.
For the more discerning golfers there is of course the magnificent Turnberry complex with its world famous championship course located just north of Girvan.

Use these links to World Golf's website giving details on the courses in South Ayrshire and Dumfries and Galloway.

Fishing
Fishing is one of the most popular pursuits in Scotland. Whether it is fly fishing, coarse fishing or sea fishing you will find them all offered at reasonable prices and within easy distance of the park.
Further information: www.stincharfishing.co.uk/
River cam on the Stinchar at Colmonel

Bird Watching
The region around Queensland Holiday Park is rich in wildlife and birds in particular.
Buzzards, Red Kite, Sparrowhawk, Peregrine, Goshawk, Hen Harrier, Kestrel and Merlin are all to be seen and a rare sighting of Osprey over nearby lochs.
On the smaller scale there are Owls, Crossbills, Pied Flycatcher, Spotted Flycatcher, Whitethroat, Grasshopper warbler, Redstart, Wheatear, Treecreeper, etc. over 70 varieties recorded within Barrhill and many more to be seen when visiting the coast.
The RSPB has reserves at The Wood of Cree, Mull of Galloway and Ailsa Craig.

Related links:
Ayrshire birding
Galloway kite trail

Other attractions near by:

Culzean Castle and Country Park with its beautiful country gardens, swan lake, deer park, trails, guided walks and regular shows and events.
Heads of Ayr Farm Park - fun for all the family
The Electric Brae - where you can defy gravity
Cream of Galloway, a must for the ice-cream lover and great fun for the kids
Logan Botanic Gardens
Boat trips to Ailsa Craig, home to 40,000 pairs of gannets and puffins and where curling stones come from.
Day trips to Ireland and Isle of Arran
Horse riding
Robert Burns birthplace museum and the Robert Burns museum
And many more ...........