Dumfries & Galloway is a place to discover attractive, unspoiled countryside and historic ruins. It has Scotland's most Southerly point, at the Mull of Galloway. The west coast of Scotland is one of the country's loveliest regions. With a diverse habitat of plants and flowers and the Gulf Stream to warm it, the west coast makes the ideal habitat for nature lovers. On a clear day the coast of Ireland can be glimpsed on the horizon. Cardoness Castle, a well-preserved 15th Century tower house, Glenluce Abbey, a Cistercian monastery founded around 1190, and Loch Ken, a 9 mile long freshwater loch are just three of the many places which are well worth a visit if you decide to stay in this picturesque area.