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    24 Things About Dumfries And Galloway That Will Seriously Surprise You

    Human slingshots and a tropical climate: What's not to love?

    1. You can spend a day at the (sheep) races in Moffat.

    2. You can watch a Shakespeare play at the UK's only equilateral triangular castle.

    3. There's a human slingshot in Gatehouse of Fleet.

    4. You can make your own ice cream at Cream O'Galloway.

    5. We're home to the western world's first-ever Tibetan Buddhist Centre.

    6. You can take a trip along Scotland's most haunted road.

    7. Or stay in an Iron Age roundhouse at Marthrown of Mabie.

    8. We're home to the UK's first Dark Sky Park.

    9. And one of the oldest distilleries in Scotland.

    10. You can try a burger topped with a battered haggis in Gatehouse of Fleet.

    11. We have a surprisingly tropical climate.

    12. You can hunt for gold in the Lowther Hills.

    13. We have an amazing bird of prey trail that you can follow to see spectacular red kites.

    14. Bored of seeing wildlife during daylight hours? Then head out on a nocturnal wildlife tour.

    15. We lay claim to having Scotland's highest village.

    16. Not to mention Scotland's most southerly point.

    17. You can get your music fix at The Wickerman Festival.

    18. Or perhaps a book festival is more your cup of tea?

    19. There's a set of hills called The Range of the Awful Hand.

    20. You don't have to travel to the National Gallery of Scotland to see a Rembrandt.

    21. And if that isn't enough, there's also an entire town full of artists and artist studios.

    22. We're home to five of the seven mountain biking trail centres in the south of Scotland.

    23. You can go mountain biking at night as well.

    24. Last but not least, Dumfries and Galloway was voted destination of the year by BBC's Countryfile magazine.