More than 5,200km² of southwest Scotland has been designated a UNESCO Biosphere – a world class environment for people and nature.

One of the stops on Scotland’s award-winning UNESCO Trail, Galloway & Southern Ayrshire Biosphere is a place for adventure, discovery and inspiration, where vibrant rural communities and independent businesses offer truly immersive visitor experiences. Many have been awarded the Biosphere Certification Mark for sustainability, for local seasonal food and wildlife tours, gravel biking, creative arts, and more.

With nature reserves, coast-to-coast walking and cycling routes, and a Gold-Tier Dark Sky Park, Scotland’s first UNESCO Biosphere is both a living landscape and a magical place.

Where to Visit?

Start to explore at one of the Biosphere Communities: try Glentrool as a great access point for the Galloway Forest Park, Gatehouse of Fleet for circular wanders with panoramic views, or follow the historic pilgrimage route from Whithorn to Colmonell and beyond. Winter is especially beautiful, with unrivalled stargazing accessible right across the Biosphere region – book a bespoke experience with a Biosphere Guide.