Experience Autumn in Dumfries and Galloway
A holiday or short break at Orroland should be about embracing the beauty of each season, there is so much to offer visitors throughout autumn and leading up to Christmas and New year.
Get close to wildlife
Autumn brings new colours to the magical landscape of Dumfries and Galloway. Abundant wildlife are busy topping up winter reserves for the months ahead and there is great anticipation for the homecoming of tens of thousands of geese, swans, ducks and wading birds to their winter homes on the Solway each October, all offering truly magnificent sights and sounds. Top tip from a previous guest: leave a camera out ready as first thing in the morning there's nearly always a wildlife treat in store just by looking out of your holiday cottage window. Sunrise and sunsets are also beautiful to catch on camera at this time of year.
Local autumnal activities can be researched via the Wild Seasons website, a great wildlife lovers resource for all seasons in Dumfries and Galloway. There is something for all ages and even contacts for local wildlife guides who can be booked for a private wildlife excursion. Returning geese populations such as Barnacle, Pinkfooted Greylag and White-fronted as well as wildfowl can be witnessed on the Solway at RSPB Mersehead and WWT Caerlaverock, returning to winter here in their thousands, it is quite spectacular to see them all together. The Solway is one of the top estuaries in the UK for numbers of geese making it home for the winter and they often fly in view of Orroland, you will most likely hear them before you see them.
Look out for red deer and wild goats on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park - a wilderness of wonder at this time of year. The rangers at the Galloway Forest offer guided tours throughout September also during the Rut in early October. If you are interested to find out more about the Red Deer Range activities more details about visiting on their website.
Our Wildlife topping up for months ahead
Flocks of returning Pink-footed Geese
Dig out your wellies for some outdoor activities
You can take advantage of seasonal activities at Orroland such as sea fishing where bass, cod and flounders are typical catches for an autumn sea angler around Orroland Bay. Just 15 minutes away from Orroland, the River Urr has its best run of salmon in September, October and November.
Foraging for wild foods is a hugely pleasurable and rewarding pastime for all ages. To make the most of the great outdoors you can organise a great day of foraging around Orroland with local expert Mark Williams from Galloway Wild Foods. The ancient woodland, fresh water courses and coastal environment of Orroland provide a varied natural larder to explore and autumn is a season of lavish pickings.
Experience beautiful sunrise and amazing sunsets
Sunsets are awesome at this time of year, who needs television?! We love heading to the shore or any of our local beaches and watching the sun hit the sea. During autumn, the beaches are usually really quiet so you are likely to have them all to yourself to explore.
Sunsets and sunrises are incredible sights
Autumn events and things to do
Dumfries and Galloway has some great annual festivals and there are many unique and enjoyable experiences for our guests.
How about a go at some of our sports and adventure activities? Choose to zip down the UK's longest zip wire at Laggan Outdoor or spend an afternoon horse riding around our scenic countryside - many of our local attractions are open all year round. If you like to visit historical attractions there are castles, cairns and abbeys as well as great places to visit for families; from secret gardens to adventure play areas to making your own chocolate at the chocolate factory. There is something for all ages and abilities to enjoy during your stay.
There are lots of events in our local towns and villages from food festivals, local farmer's markets, art exhibitions, Christmas craft fairs, theatre productions and film showings at our local picture house (the Fullarton Theatre in Castle Douglas or The Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries) and live classical music concerts (Absolute Classics). Visitors to the region are most welcome. A good place to find out more is on the 'Dumfries and Galloway Whats Going On' website or D&G online. At Orroland you are perfectly positioned with Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Dumfries within easy reach.
A glorious November sunrise
Zip wire at Laggan Outdoor
Classical music concerts in Kirkcudbright
Wigtown Book Festival Fri 23 September to Sun 2 October 2016. An increasingly popular 10 day literary event that has grown and grown over the past 17 years. Wigtown is Scotland's National Book Town and this unique event has something for everyone with a packed programme of events and activities around the town. It's approximately an hour and 15minutes drive from Orroland, along an amazingly scenic coastal route to Wigtown. There are many atmospheric cafes and more than a dozen book shops full of character open all year round. Interestingly, Wigtown has the largest second-hand book shop in Scotland, 'The Book Shop'. If you like books and stunning scenery as well as friendly locals - Wigtown is a great place to visit.
Secret garden at Threave Estate
Great options for places to eat
Popular local festivals; books, food, music
Dark skies with amazing stars
On clear nights you can gaze in wonder at our incredibly dark and starry night skies. Dumfries and Galloway is the best place in the country to stargaze; perfect setting for a romantic short break (did you know we offer a discount rate for couples?). The stary night sky offers an awe inspiring sight that you can see with the naked eye. There are guided opportunities within the Galloway Forest, the UK's first Dark Sky Park otherwise you can just take a walk outside into the garden on a clear night and look up!
No neighbours = No nearby fireworks= dog friendly!
As a farming region, so as not to scare the sheep and cows grazing in the fields, you won't hear fireworks on bonfire night or at any other time around Orroland (great news for wildlife and animals!). This is good news for dog owners who want to get away for a break to enjoy some peace and quiet.
Relax on a walk around Orroland
Those unlimited logs for the fire
Open fires / woodburners and unlimited heating
You'll have the option of doing as much or as little as you like during your autumn stay at Orroland, returning home and getting cosy by the fire in the evenings is a tremendous feel-good experience for your autumn break. The holiday cottages and Orroland Lodge are cosy and warm, with unlimited central heating and logs for the fire, offering a luxurious rural retreat from the hustle and bustle.
Bringing the town to Orroland
If you want to take the catering out of self-catering you can have home-cooked ready meals delivered to the door or the full catering experience with waiting staff and a kitchen team to clear up. Tempting. Several good local suppliers deliver a variety of quality local produce to Orroland so you don't have to fill your car with shopping on the way up. Find out about food deliveries and catering options.
Hot chocolate and eating out...
We have taken the pleasure of reviewing our local tearooms and cafes for their hot chocolate and cakes (it's a good time of year for those!) so you can get a taste of where to go for the best, find out the results of our hot chocolate challenge.
Local beaches have lots to offer in autumn
Autumn in Dumfries and Galloway. Experience the wildlife, fishing on the Urr and Nith, watching the return of the geese. Local events and activities during your holiday in south west Scotland.