Galloway Forest Park
300 square miles of forest and wild moorland with three visitor centres, lots of waymarked trails and some of the darkest skies in the UK - ideal for astronomers. www.forestry.gov.uk/gallowayforestpark
From stunning gardens to field sports, from the majestic castle itself to the mountain biking courses in the grounds - well worth a visit - or three - during your stay. www.drumlanrig.com has lots of details of events throughout the year.
Blackaddie Country House Hotel
Ideal for a romantic dinner or even for a cookery school class during your stay at Sanquhar Station. Ian McAndrew's restaurant has a great reputation in the area and beyond so it might be worth booking ahead for a dinner during your stay. www.blackaddiehotel.co.uk
Nicknamed the Queen of the South, Dumfries is a bustling market town with all the facilities you'd expect from a county town. Its Wikipedia page gives you all sorts of history, heritage and up-to-date information. www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/dumfries
Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway
An essential day out for rail or industrial heritage enthusiasts with diesel locomotives every weekend (check the website link for details) on the highest adhesion railway line in the UK and a lead mining museum, all set in fantastic upland scenery. www.leadhillsrailway.co.uk
New Lanark World Heritage Site
Another ideal destination for anyone with an interest in industrial heritage. New Lanark has a visitor centre, gardens, shops and local walks to explore the unique textile history of the area. www.newlanark.org
SLIGHTLY FURTHER AFIELD
This pretty coastal town is known for its artistic heritage - the www.spring-fling.co.uk - Spring Fling will almost certainly bring you this way if you follow a trail to open studios. And we'd highly recommend the Cream of Galloway ice cream farm - for obvious reasons but it is also a grand day out for families. www.kirkcudbright.co.uk is the best website for local information and links for visitors.
An easy train ride from the door of Sanquhar Station, Glasgow has everything for a day in the city - galleries and museums, shops and restaurants, bustle and energy. www.seeglasgow.com is the marketing site for the city and worth a browse.
Carlisle and Hadrian's Wall
A scenic train journey or drive from Sanquhar Station, Carlisle is a thriving shopping centre with heritage attractions and the impressive scenery and history of nearby Hadrian's Wall. www.discovercarlisle.co.uk is a good starting point for information.