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Dumfries & Galloway win Countryfile Award

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BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015/2016 – Holiday Destination of the Year!

It might come as a surprise to some but certainly not to us! Dumfries and Galloway may not have the isolated drama and or extreme views of the Highlands but it really is a stunningly region with wide expanses of real beauty!

Countryfile - Holiday Destination of the Year: Dumfries and Galloway (Website)

The region was nominated by the expert, Dixie Wells ( an author and journalist, mostly writing green travel pieces for The Guardian) who said this about Dumfries and Galloway,

“an overlooked corner whose time has come!”

We would certainly agree! Apparently there were over 18 000 votes in this category with the success being attributed to tranquil forests, astonishing wildlife, wonderful beaches, lochs and streams, plus the UK’s original Dark Sky Park. 

Here’s a selection of thumbnails highlighting the beauty of the region. To see more you can have a look at the “Dumfries and Galloway! What’s Going On?” Instagram Page:

Instagram - Dumfries and Galloway What’s Going On

Runner up in the holiday destination category was Snowdonia which was described as having vast mountains and action-packed offerings, from canoeing and kayaking to zip-lining (Europe’s longest) and now inland surfing.

Some of the winners in the other categories were:

  • Wildlife Success Story of the Year: Hen Harrier
  • National Park of the Year: Northumberland
  • Heritage Site of the Year: Hadrian’s Wall
  • Nature Reserve of the Year: Bass Rock
  • Garden of the Year: Holker Hall, Cumbria
  • Pub of the Year: Applecross Inn
  • Outdoor Brand of the Year: Berghaus
  • Beach of the Year: Sand Beach, Wester Ross
  • Landmark of the Year: Bamburgh Castle
  • Reader Photo of the Year: View Through the Wall by Lesley Hextall

You can read more about them on the Countryfile website:

Reader Photo of the Year - View Through the Wall (Photo credit: Lesley Hextall)

(Reader Photo of the Year – “View Through the Wall” by Lesley Hextall)