Visit an organic farm

Cream o' Galloway, Dumfries and Galloway

Cream o' Galloway is based at Rainton, a 329 hectare farm lying amongst the rolling hills of Galloway. It has been run by the Finlay family since 1927. The farm has a dairy herd and sheep and has recently converted to an organic system. A walk around the farm trail will lead you through a beautiful landscape of rugged pasture, ancient woodlands and ponds. Rainton is also home to Cream o’ Galloway ice cream - what better incentive to visit the farm!

Organic cows and sheep

Rainton has a herd of 85 traditional Ayrshire dairy cows. Sheep are alternated with the cattle on the lush pastures and the farm has a flock of 500 breeding ewes including Scottish blackface, Shetland and crossbreeds. The livestock gained organic status in July 2001.

Ice cream, shop and cafe

Around 30 different flavours of award-winning ice cream can be sampled in the shop. There are eight flavours including vanilla, chocolate, cappuccino and strawberry pavlova. A range of fairly-traded ice creams was launched in 2007. The farm also have their own soups and home bakes made on the premises which can be enjoyed while the children play in the adventure playground. Organic snacks are also available.

Wildlife

Organic farming methods are good for wildlife and the farm provides habitats for many important species. Some of the ant-hills found in the grassland are over 100 years old, demonstrating a continuity of careful management. There are birds of prey such as tawny owls and buzzards, and mallard ducks and herons on the pond. If you are very lucky, you may glimpse the shy red squirrels in the woodland.

Education, group visits, and open days

A choice of waymarked trails including the 'smuggler’s trail', ‘bug hunt’ and ‘explorers’ trail’ can be followed around the farm. An all-ability trail takes in a wildlife hide and a dog walking trail allows 7 acres of freedom for dogs within a fenced area. Guided tours are available for groups by prior arrangement and members of the public may join a daily ‘farm & creamery tour’ and ‘the ice cream tasting experience’. (Booking recommended)   

Arranging a visit   

Farm shop and café open Easter - 31 October. Please contact the farm to book group visits.   

How to get there   

By road: Heading west on the A75 towards Stranraer, go past the first turn for Gatehouse of Fleet. Shortly you will see a signpost for Sandgreen and a brown tourist sign for Cream o’ Galloway on your left. Follow these signs to the farm.  
By bike: Find your route on the Sustrans website          

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