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The Original Mountain Marathon

A true test of endurance, the Original Mountain Marathon is not for the faint-hearted! This time the event returns to Scotland for the 49th edition. Participants are entirely self-reliant over the course of the race, and need to carry all supplies including tent and food for two days. There are no phones and no GPS! If you think you have what it takes to conquer the Scottish wilderness over two days, check the website for more details on how to enter.


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Wigtown Book Festival

This popular book festival in Dumfries & Galloway takes ‘island life’ as its theme this year. With 236 authors and 281 events taking place over the duration of the festival, it is sure to be a big draw. The explorer Jason Lewis will head up a canoe trip to an island in the Solway Firth, while many other adventuring authors will be giving readings from their books or will be in discussion.
See the website for full details.


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Wild Swim

If you haven’t discovered the excitement of wild swimming, then here’s your chance to try. This charity event in aid of Barnardos’s Scotland returns to Loch Ken in easy to digest 1km, 2km or 4km swims. See website for more information.
Photograph: Keith Kirk


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Tough Mudder

web_Tough Mudder 2016

The muddy obstacle race returns to Scotland – so Neil Braidwood has a trial run. Read more ›

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Night Ride

This is mountain biking in the dark! This year, why not try opening your senses to a night time MTB trip in Galloway Forest Park. Instructors will be on hand, and remember to charge your batteries. There’s food afterwards for an extra £5.


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Night Ride

This is mountain biking in the dark! This year, why not try opening your senses to a night time MTB trip in Galloway Forest Park. Instructors will be on hand, and remember to charge your batteries. There’s food afterwards for an extra £5.


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Galloway Activity Centre Open Day

Lots of things to do over the course of the day at Galloway Activity Centre. Tokens are £2 each, and get you a taster of things like archery, climbing and mountain biking. A great, gentle introduction for the kids to outdoor challenges. There’s a cafe on site, so afterwards you can relax with a coffee and some home-made cakes.


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Galloway Activity Centre Open Day

Lots of things to do over the course of the day at Galloway Activity Centre. Tokens are £2 each, and get you a taster of things like archery, climbing and mountain biking. A great, gentle introduction for the kids to outdoor challenges. There’s a cafe on site, so afterwards you can relax with a coffee and some home-made cakes.


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Boxing Day Walk

Part of the Dumfries & Galloway Wild Winter season of events.

Grab some fresh air and much needed exercise after your Christmas festivities and enjoy the opportunity to take part in a guided walk along the shore, organised by the local RSPB.

Booking is essential.


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New Year Walk

A new year’s walk with Paul Tarling from RSPB Scotland – a great way to start the new year.

Booking is essential.


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Ne’erday Bird Race

Part of the Dumfries & Galloway Wild Winter festival

Welcome the new year with a walk around Caerlaverock with a guide from the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust.

Booking is not essential.


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Dumfries & Galloway Wild Autumn 2013

The first event of it’s kind in Dumfries & Galloway, the Wild Autumn Festival features of 50 different events – many hosted by local wildlife guides and delightfully free of charge.

The area sports some terrific scenery and is a great opportunity for wildlife fans as well as a families to get out and about with the chance of spotting Red Kites, Badgers, Red Squirrels and many other iconic creatures great and small.


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