The village of Carsphairn is situated in South West Scotland on the A713 in between Ayr (25 miles) and Castle Douglas (25 miles) and is on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park so is ideal for walking, cycling, fishing and bird watching. It is close to the Southern Upland Way, the Red Kite Trail and is on the Galloway Tourist Route from Gretna to Ayr and the Burns Trail from Dumfries to Ayr.
It is also possible to visit Glasgow, Edinburgh or the Isle of Arran for a day trip.
In the village itself there is a General Store/ Tearoom and a Heritage Centre with local history information. Both of these keep information on the many places of interest and walks in the local area as well as local maps and transport information.
There is a river running behind the village which is excellent for trout fishing in season, by private arrangement with the land owner. Permits are available from Carsphairn Post Office for other local fishing areas.
Galloway Forest Park is now a designated Dark Sky Park so is ideal for anyone interested in astronomy.
A new observatory has been built nearby on the Craigengillan Estate (approximately 10 miles). There will be many events taking place, mainly from October - March which is the main dark sky season. More information is available at: www.scottishdarkskyobservatory.co.uk
This is an area very popular with walkers and cyclists and there are many trails and cycle routes in the surrounding area. Carsphairn is also on the Lands End to John 0’ Groats cycle route.
Other websites providing information on tourist attractions in the area include:
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