The region of Dumfries and Galloway has served as inspiration to many, including national poet Robert Burns. This is the most southerly region in Scotland, an unspoilt place, where you will find scenery and wildlife that you will not see anywhere else in the country. You can enjoy spectacular experiences, like seeing immense flocks of starlings coming in to roost, or take a soothing walk in an ancient oak wood carpeted with bluebells. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, this is the mildest region in Scotland, a phenomenon that has allowed the development of some famous gardens such as Threave Garden and Castle Kennedy Gardens. From the rocky and sandy Solway Coast looking out across the sea where you can sail and fish, to the lush green inland forests and hills, this area is simply amazing. Galloway Forest has sublime views, lochs, mountain-biking and walking trails, red deer, squirrels, kites and other wildlife. You can visit the ruins of Caerlaverock Castle or Robert Burns House in Dumfries. Adding to the appeal of this enticing region is a string of idyllic towns and villages with very friendly locals. Scotlands southernmost point is a spectacular spot, with windswept green grass and views of Scotland, England, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. The lighthouse here was built by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of the writer, in 1826. The Mull of Galloway RSPB nature reserve, home to thousands of seabirds, is also important for its wildflowers.