Gatehouse of Fleet is the perfect base for a wide range of holiday activities. Within the space of about 6 miles, the valley of the Fleet moves from the high moorland at the top of the valley through the pastoral landscape of the mid valley, to the beaches and open estuary of the bay.
The top of the valley is characterised by its wild landscape with great open expanses of moorland. Hill walking, both easy going and more rigorous, and long distance cycling along forest roads to scattered lochs amongst the hills are good options here. The mid-valley offers a gentler landscape of small fields and farms, walks along the river side and in the woods either side. At the foot of the valley the expanse of Fleet Bay opens up, and around its edge is a varied coastline of both sandy beaches and rocky shorelines - perect for family days at the beach. Both the valley and the surrounding area is full of historical interest from prehistory through the medieval period with castles and abbeys to the historic town of Gatehouse - a product of the industrial revolution. Many activities are available either organised or self-guided. As mentioned above the area is a walkers paradise with trails to suit every level and taste. Small roads and off-road tracks cater for cyclists, and the bay is a safe option for swimming, sailing, kayaking and other watersports. Within easy reach there are activity centres providing a fine range of options - everything from chocolate making to Scotland's longest zipwire.
The best place to start is The Mill on the Fleet which is a restored 18th century cotton mill in Gatehouse. It is now a visitor centre telling the story of Gatehouse and the surrounding area within its exhibitions. It is also the town's Tourist Information Centre and you can pick up information on many local attractions and activities including local walks leaflets and regional handbooks of what to see and do.