Orroland Holiday Cottages

Adventure activities and sports near Orroland Holiday Cottages Dumfries and Galloway

Lots of activities within easy reach of Orroland holiday cottages plus special discounts available for our guests!

Galloway Activity Centre (GAC), Loch Ken, Castle Douglas DG7 3NQ  01556 502011

Another fantastic adventure centre is Galloway Activity Centre, Loch Ken (35 minutes from Orroland). GAC offers a wide range of water-based and land-based activities which are available all year round; sailing, windsurfing, powerboating, kayaking and canoeing on the loch. There's also a wobbly waterpark for over 12s (think Total Wipeout). Their land activities include; combat laser games, archery, mountain biking, orienteering and a climbing wall. The centre is popular with adults, children, groups and corporate groups. Our children started enjoying Galloway Activity Centre aged 7 and 9; aim for 8+ to get the most out of it. If only your children are interested in activities you can leave them at the centre in the care of the instructor by arrangement. Activities must be booked in advance, the centre is open 7 days a week all year round. GAC kindly offer a 10% discount for our guests on all activity taster sessions or sailing/windsurfing courses (mention Orroland on booking). The waterfront cafe offers stunning views over the loch and is open April - October, plus their Friday night gourmet burger night is not to be missed! Check updates on the GAC Facebook page.

Wobbly water park

The climbing tower

Loch Ken Waterski & Wakeboard School, Loch Ken DG7 3NF   01644 470333

For specialised sessions in water sports, a thrilling day or half day can be had at Loch Ken Waterski & Wakeboard School. The school operates thoughout the summer season with a selection of water sports and fun activities to choose from; waterskiing, wakeboarding, banana boating - which children love, and boat rides. The waterski school was started by Roddy Clarke; Roddy has over 20 years' experience in tournament waterskiing and has skied to a high level in all disciplines. Roddy has also coached all around the globe and is very friendly and helpful in making sure you get the most fun and improvement out of your Loch Ken experience. You can hire wetsuits from Roddy or take your own. Please contact 01644 470 333 to speak to him about arranging your visit - it is such fun and there is something for everyone to try.

Children and families welcome

Ringos and banana boating for adults and children

Tuition is second to none for all levels of experience

Forrest Estate Experiences  Dalry Castle Douglas DG7 3XS  07747 691447

Forrest Estate is a professional country sports venue offering year round and all weather instruction for all abilities in clay pigeon shooting, trout fishing, rifle shooting, game shooting and deer stalking.  In the stunning surroundings of the 11,000 acre Forrest Estate, this is a great place for couples, families or large groups staying at Orroland Lodge to have a go at country sports with expert tuition. Ideal for corporate groups, Dads and Lads, birthday celebrations, stag or hen holidays. Booking is essential, call Andrew Case on 07747 691 447 to arrange your experience before your visit.

 Rifle range in stunning location

Purpose built country sports centre

Target crossbow shooting

Swimming - our favourite local pool is in Kirkcudbright

Kirkcudbright Swimming Pool, Kirkcudbright DG6 4AW  01557 331881

Our nearby pool is Kirkcudbright swimming pool (15 minutes from Orroland). It is a clean and welcoming family friendly pool, 20m x 8.5m. The water depth is 0.9m, graduating to maximum depth of 1.5m. There is a programme of activities such as 'fun time' when there are floats out for non-swimmers and inflatables for older children and aquacise classes for adults, otherwise the pool is generally quiet and enjoyable for adults swimming lengths. You can purchase swimming nappies, goggles and armbands at the reception as well as a small selection of swimwear. Within the pool building there is a small fitness suite and pool viewing area with good coffee and hot chocolate to sit and watch those in the water. The pool is managed by volunteers from the local community and is open all year round. The pool timetable is on the website and it is sometimes closed for short periods for school or party bookings - please check the programme before visiting.

Fun time at Kirkcudbright pool

Kirkcudbright pool - clean and well kept
Kirkcudbright Pool gets thumbs up


Golf courses near Orroland

Tongland Family Golf Centre, Kirkcudbright DG6 4NE 01556 680226

Set in the picturesque Dee Valley near Kirkcudbright, the Tongland Family Golf Centre has stunning views surrounding their driving range and 9 hole par 3 parkland course. The driving range is a popular option for families of all abilities to spend time together having some fun hitting balls. The golf centre is open 10am - 6pm every day, all year round. The driving range is a good option for a wet day activity as it is all under cover. There is also a small café providing toasties for lunch and a selection of hot drinks and snacks. A relaxed and family friendly atmosphere, just 25 mins from Orroland.

Kirkcudbright Golf Club Kirkcudbright DG6 4EZ 01557 330 314

A beautifully situated golf course and club house overlooking the artists town of Kirkcudbright and the Galloway hills. This 18-hole, par 69 (ladies 72), parkland course requires accuracy and skill over hard hitters. Guests at Orroland Holiday Cottages can get a special rate: one round for £20 (normally £28).  Please book in advance, payment is taken on the day.

Golf Club overlooking the Dee estuary

Kirkcudbright Golf Club fairway

Kirkcudbright parkland course

For more golf courses view the VisitScotland Dumfries and Galloway golf guide online.

Horse riding in Dumfries and Galloway

Lochhill Equestrian & Trekking Centre, Ringford, Castle Douglas, DG7 2AR

Lochhill welcomes visitors for hacking and lessons, with hacks varying according to experience and riding preferences, between 1-2 hours duration. Lessons range from beginner to show jumper/working hunter types including cross country field. There is a half lesson, half hack option.

Please call them to find out what is available during your stay at Orroland as they have something different for all ages and levels of riding ability. For any information on lessons and hacks please contact Lochhill office on 01557 820225.

Barstobrick Equestrian Centre Ringford Castle Douglas DG7 2AT   01557 820112 or 07842 056 097

Barstobrick Equestrian Centre offers riding lessons and pony trekking for all abilities. The centre has many scenic trails and bridleways taking you over the rolling Galloway Hills, they can range from half hour treks to two hours. They have an indoor and outdoor arena and provide hats and boots. Ideal for groups or couples to enjoy at any time of the year. Booking essential.

Tennis courts near Orroland

Kirkcudbright Tennis Courts  Kirkcudbright DG6 4AG  01557 500 218

The tennis courts in Kirkcudbright are managed by Kirkcudbright tennis club. Members have regular coaching sessions and public access to the courts is possible outwith the club's timetable. The courts are opposite the Stewartry Museum, from where it is possible to gain access or booking information. The museum is free entry and open all year round, contact 01557 331 643 .

Walking in Dumfries and Galloway

Walking in Dumfries and Galloway is very popular because there are so many beautiful walks and many options for all abilities. We recommend one of the coastal walks found in our beaches guide.