Wheelchair Accessible Attractions
near Kirkennan self catering cottages, Dumfries and Galloway
This page highlights accessible attractions within an hour or so drive from Kirkennan self catering cottages, Dumfries and Galloway. It is not exhaustive, and we welcome input to improve it. Don't forget that much of Kirkennan's own gardens are accessible and you can borrow our mobility scooter to enjoy them! As commented by a visitor in March 2016 'For anyone who falls into the category of having limited mobility and owning a dog, it is difficult to imagine they could find anywhere better suited'.
- Bladnoch River Walk: This is a linear riverside walk, the first section of which is wheelchair accessible.
- Caerlaverock Castle: According to disabled holiday info 'access to the castle for wheelchair users is good, but assistance will be needed to negotiate a steep ramp down into the interior of the castle'.
- Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre: Access throughout the site is via paths that may be muddy and uneven in places. The Peter Scott Observatory is within wheeling distance of the car park. To access the other hides blue badge holders should ask permission to drive to them where there is turning space and room to park.
- Clatteringshaws Visitor Centre: A recent visitor to Kirkennan commented 'The visitor centre cafe is accessible. There are disabled loos and a nice picnic area by the river. No accessible trails though.'
- Claymoddie Gardens: According to the website ‘Most of the garden is accessible to wheelchairs’.
- Cream of Galloway is a visitor centre on a working organic dairy farm. They have a teashop with excellent ice-cream. There are various children's activities and equipment though access for children with reduced mobility is limited. There is a nature trail with 2 wheelchair accessible routes and an accessible bird hide with views over Megan's Lochen.
- Dalbeattie Forest Easy Access Trail
- Drumlanrig Castle: The Cycle museum and the Stableyard shopping area are all accessible for wheelchair users with access to the upper floor in the castle via a lift. The gardens are down a steep slope and have gravelled paths so to explore these, manual wheelchair users would need the assistance of a very able pusher. Landrover tours of the estate can be arranged for those who can transfer.
- Dumfries Museum: Generally accessible with the exception of the camera obscura (reached by spiral staircase).
- Galloway Wildlife Park is said to have wheelchair access to 'a reasonable proportion of the site' though there are inclines to navigate. Wheelchair users get free entrance as they can't access the whole site.
- Glenwhan Gardens at Dunragit near Stranraer. This is about an hour and a quarter drive away but has been recommended by a visitor who comments 'These gardens were absolutely stunning. Good access around the lake pathways. Not all the gardens are wheelchair accessible, but since anyone in a wheelchair gets in free it is well worth a visit just to enjoy sitting around the lake. Access into cafe up a sloped ramp and there is an accessible toilet'.
- Kippford - a nearby village that has a very quiet road that runs along the edge of the Estuary which is very pretty.
- Kirroughtree Visitor Centre in Galloway Forest Park. A recent visitor comments 'There is a wheelchair accessible trail through part of the park and forest - not very long but the bird/animal hide is accessible too en-route. The whole centre is very geared up for all disabilities. The disabled toilet has to be seen to be believed! It must be the best one in the whole of the UK - shower and every gadget imaginable. Worth a visit just to see the loo!'.
- Lochmaben has an accessible trail alongside the Loch, a small parking area by the castle ruins with views over the loch and an accessible fishing pier.
- Mabie Forest has an all ability trail with nearby designated parking. However the trail has several steep inclines that manual wheelchair users may find challenging.
- Mersehead RSPB has an accessible wetlands trail with two bird hides with low level viewing.
- Penninghame Pond, Newton Stewart
- Portpatrick near Stranraer. A recent visitor to Kirkennan commented 'A lovely harbour town. Good pathways round the harbour. Worth a visit.'
- Rockcliffe: 'I found Rockcliffe beach to be disabled friendly and enjoyed our picnics there followed by scrummy ice-cream' (Sep 15). See also this review on Euan's Guide.
- Sweetheart Abbey has level grass access but would be hard work when the ground is wet. There is a accessible radar key operated toilet in the car park. Abbey Cottage Tearoom just by the car park has flat access to garden and tearoom with table service.
- Threave Castle Trail has an all ability access path to one riverside hide from the Threave Castle car park. At Threave House and Gardens the house tour has lift access to all but the top floor. The paths throughout the gardens are said to be generally good however there are several long inclines and it is suggested that manual wheelchair users might find it advisable to either book Threave's mobility scooter or borrow the one from Kirkennan. A recent visitor to Kirkennan commented 'there is really good access round the majority of the gardens- and they are definately worth visiting, absolutely beautiful... Excellent access to cafe, shop and wheelchair accessible toilet. Parts of the gardens have some steep to moderate slopes so it's an advantage if you do have an electric chair/scooter'.
- The Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse of Fleet was built in 1788 as a cotton spinning mill and is now restored as a visitor centre with an exhibition about the local area and a gift shop and tea room. It is reported that access in the 3 floors is good but the lift has inner folding doors which might not allow access for larger wheelchairs and mobility scooters.
- The Tolbooth Arts Centre in Kirkudbright is wheelchair accessible and provides an introduction to the story of the town's artists' colony.
- The Usual Place Community Cafe in Dumfries has a Changing Places Toilet and is fully accessible. It sometimes has exhibitions on. Open 9am - 4pm Mon - Friday.
Thanks to Bronwen and Dave and the Disabled Holiday Information website for help in compiling the above.
Please do inform us if any of this information is out of date or if we have missed interesting information out. We will endeavour to update it on a regular basis.