Relax with a quiet walk along nearby Sandyhills beach or a spot of bird watching at the neighbouring RSPB nature reserve.
Brush up your golf strokes on a range of local courses.
Or climb on your mountain bike and get the adrenalin going on the famous single-track trails of nearby Dalbeattie Forest.
Whatever you are after the chances are you will find it within a few miles of Oakwood Lodge -
RELAXATION - walking, beaches, cycling, local shops, pubs and restaurants.
WILDLIFE and HISTORY - bird watching and wildlife, history, Robert Burns
SPORTING CHALLENGES - golfing, tennis, fishing
ADVENTURE - 7Stanes mountain biking, horse riding, climbing, water sports
ENTERTAINMENT - local arts, theatre, music, films
Walking on lovely coastal path nearby, in local forests and on the farm. Enjoy the rich variety of wildflowers here including bluebells in spring and heather clad hills in summer.
In spring, bluebells carpet the hill
Lone pine and heather on the hill
Beaches - there is a fabulous sandy beach at Sandyhills (1 mile) ideal for families with small children due to the shallow paddling. Other secluded beaches and coves nearby to explore.
Cycling along a network of quiet local side roads. (The lodge comes with a lockable bike shed and floor mounted steel rings for secure storage)
Local shops, pubs and restaurants - locally there are a wide a range of hotels, pubs and tearooms including the Anchor in the scenic fishing village of Kippford (4 miles). There are shops at Colvend (2 miles) and Dalbeattie (6 miles). Visit the 'Food town' of Castle Douglas (12 miles) for locally produced specialities
WILDLIFE AND HISTORY
Bird watching and wildlife. The Lodge overlooks the RSPB reserve at Mersehead (2 miles) famous for 20,000 over wintering geese from Iceland and the arctic island of Svalbard! Spectacular flights of geese are often visible from the lodge.
Find out about the Mersehead Nature Reserve
The farm also has a rich variety of birdlife for you to enjoy. If you are lucky you may see our resident red squirrels, rapidly becoming a rarity elsewhere in the UK.
History - a wealth of history to explore nearby including the home of John Paul Jones the founder of the US navy in nearby Kirkbean. Other sites include Threave Castle, Sweetheart Abbey and Caerlaverock Castle
Robert Burns - Dumfrieshire is the home of the world famous Bard. Visit the award winning Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries
Golf locally at Southerness Championship course, Colvend 18 holes, Kippford 9 holes par 3, Solway links 9 and 18 holes (free club hire for Lodge guests).
For a guide to golf courses in Dumfries and Galloway-
Tennis - bring your racquets and try out the local grass courts (2 miles).
Fishing - the area is well known for its excellent river, loch and sea fishing. For a local stocked fishery try Kirkhouse Trout Fishery
L,N &P, Yorkshire
Mountain biking in the nearby Dalbeattie Forest, part of the famous Forest Enterprise Sevenstanes network, including a recently opened and specially constructed 20km series of 'single track' trails (3 miles) and also Mabie forest trails (12 miles). (The lodge comes with a lockable bike shed and floor mounted steel rings for secure storage. There is also a flexible hose to clean up after a muddy day in the forest!)
Mountain biking at Mabie Forest
7 Stanes network
Horse and collies helping to bring in the cattle!
Horse riding - the quiet local roads and forest trails also make the area ideal for riding. If you want to bring your own horse, we can provide grazing and stabling. Or visit nearby Barend riding school (Tel - 01387 780 533) (2miles).
Rock climbing on the farm's Clifton Crag including over 50 recognised routes for experienced climbers.
Rock climbing on the farm's crags
Watersports - sailing, kayaking, windsurfing and outdoor pursuits at Galloway Sailing Centre on Loch Ken (22 miles) Official RYA training centre and specialists in children's activities.
Waterskiing also available at Loch Ken
Yachting - Kippford and Rockliffe are two picturesque former fishing villages on the River Urr, with a bustling yachting marina, atmospheric quayside pub 'The Anchor' and scenic seaside walks.
For a wide selection of blockbuster and art house films visit the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre in Dumfries (16 miles)