Galloway boasts an impressive range of tourist attractions. Most places have a small visitor centre of some description, or a small local museum. Bigger attractions are listed below:
Bruce's Stone at Glen Trool - marks one of the early victories of Bruce in the Wars of Independence. Also a starting point for many hiking trails, including the path up the Merrick, the region's highest hill.
Cream of Galloway visitor centre - there is an assault course and various farming related activities, all aimed at families. For the less adventurous, there is also ice cream tasting and tours of the ice cream factory.
Bladnoch Distillery - tour a whisky distillery.
Wigtown - Scotland's national book town, with a wide range of book shops.
Whithorn - the first church in Scotland was established here by St Ninian. Nearby is St Ninian's cave, a place of pilgrimage.
The Port Logan Fish Pond - a natural rock fish pond where visitors can feed a range of deep sea fish and view a small aquarium.
The Port Logan Botanic Gardens - an impressive gardens with a wide range of tropical plants. Perfect for a picnic.
Walking, pony trekking, mountain biking are all popular and easy to access here.
Visit the vast plantation forests of Galloway, which have various access points and amenities for visitors. Glen Trool is a forest park close to Newton Stewart with forest walks, a circular walk around Loch Trool, and a path up Merrick, the highest hill in southern Scotland.
Fishing is a popular sport here. Local tackle shops can provide advice on or sell permits for loch and river fishing. Sea fishing is also good fun, but be careful on the Solway Coast as the tide comes in quickly along the sandy, flat inlets.
Those interested in history can visit sites related to the Scottish Wars of Independence, the Covenanters and various other historical events.
Galloway is famous for dairy produce, including a variety of local cheeses and Cream of Galloway ice-cream, a luxury brand produced near Kirkcudbright and widely available throughout the region.
Disappointingly, it can be difficult to get hold of freshly landed local fish, however there are fishmongers at the Isle of Whithorn and the Galloway Smokehouse near Creetown.
Speaking of smokehouses, the Galloway Smokehouse supplies a range of excellent smoked meats, cheeses and fish. Marberry Smokehouse has an outlet close by - the company supplies many top restaurants in Glasgow and further afield.
In early summer, new pototoes are available either local or from Ayrshire, and are something of a local delicacy.
Local game is sometimes available from butchers and restaurants.
Castle Douglas styles itself as the region's food town - both locally produced and more exotic foodstuffs are available there.
Pub food is generally above average; most villages have at least one pub that serves excellent meals.
There are train stations in Dumfries and Stranraer. While travelling between the two major towns by train is not recommended as there's no direct line, both have several trains a day heading north to Glasgow.
Intercity buses from all over the UK terminate at Stranraer.