Barlochan is centrally placed for exploring the delights of Dumfries and Galloway.
Within walking distance is the small village of Palnackie with its Harbour, Restaurant, Village Inn, Glassblower and its wonderful little shop that sells all sorts of souvenirs'. In July the village hosts the World Flounder Tramping Championships along with car boot stalls and later on a dance in the village hall, an event not to be missed, a great day out for all the family.
Nearby is the small town of Dalbeattie with its quaint little shops, hotel's, cafe and park, the town was founded in 1793 as a mill town, port and granite quarrying centre, the granite quarry remains to this day. If you are a keen mountain bike rider one of the 7 Stanes courses is just outside Dalbeattie.
The food town of Castle Douglas is within 15 minutes drive from the Park and it is like stepping back in time with all its individual little shops, Butcher's, Baker's, Greengrocer, Fishmonger, Deli plus, Hotel's, Cafe's, Bar's, Restaurant's and even its own Brewery and Theatre by the Loch.
Threave Gardens are one of the many that you could visit, it was created over the years by students of the Trust's School of Practical Gardening. There is an abundance of flowers, shrubs, trees and vegetables to see and after that you can visit the house and restaurant. Nearby there is Threave Castle where you are taken by boat over the river Dee.
There is so much to see and do in Dumfries and Galloway, castles, gardens, potteries, museums, craft shops, farm parks, ice cream makers, these are just a few - it is well worth a visit to this forgotten little corner of Scotland.