What we do...

The Galloway Gundog Association will be 20 years old this year. We were first formed as a small group of friends in the Castle Douglas area to help train their own dogs. The Association has come a long way since then and now attracts a large and enthusiastic following from all over Scotland and the North of England.

Now known as “Galloway Gundogs” or simply “The Galloway”, our aim is to provide opportunities for regular competitive tests for all standards of gundogs from the beginner to the well trained. We are proud and pleased to be known as the “Friendly Club” and newcomers are always welcomed. Regular training days and nights are also held throughout the summer.

We run twelve tests between February and September, six of which are in the Annual Gundog Competition, a two day event at Drumlanrig Castle, which includes a Team Competition. We also organise a Gundog Scurry, Spaniel Test and a Retriever Test at the Galloway Country Fair.

Although the tests are competitive nothing is taken too seriously and the real aim is to promote good Gundog practice. No matter what stage you and your dog are at, you will be welcomed, helped if need be, and made to feel part of the club.

Our Competitions...

At our regular gundog events in Dumfries and Galloway each competition is made up of four separate tests, one of which is normally a water test. Each test has a maximum of 25 points. There are four classes - Novice Spaniels, Novice Retrievers, Open Spaniels and Open Retrievers. The judges are always friendly and are particularly helpful to Novice dogs and trainers.

Many of our members go onto compete in Kennel Club Tests and Trials and a lot shoot, beat or pick-up with their dogs during the season, but quite a few just like to have a well-trained dog and enjoy the camaraderie that Galloway Gundogs provides.


Jul 11, 2020

Covid 19 Update

Hope everyone is well and staying safe during this current situation we all find ourselves in.

Due to the Covid pandemic all the GGD Test for the 2020 season have unfortunately had to be cancelled and with the Galloway Country Fair also being cancelled this year we find the Test season a write-off.

The Club office and Committee members will hold a meeting later this year (when it's safer to do so) to discuss going forward with the club and 2021 events.  Once that meeting has taken place I will get in contact with your all via this page and the website to advise what happens next.

For anyone that already paid their membership fee for the 2020 season, please be advised that this will be transferred to 2021.  This also applies to any new members that have sent their membership form into Andy Gray along with membership payment.

Hope to see you all very soon.

Thanks & Regards
GGD Secretary

May 22, 2020

Galloway Country Fair Cancellation

Important Notice


Dear Susan,

It is with regret that I am writing to you to let you know that we have taken the difficult decision to cancel this year’s Galloway Country Fair.

At a time such as this, however, the safety and wellbeing of those involved and local communities must be prioritised. We have a duty of care to protect the most vulnerable and continuing with the Fair would not allow us to do this.

The team at Drumlanrig Castle pride themselves in the quality of Galloway Country Fair and we look forward to welcoming you again next year, when Galloway Country Fair is scheduled to take place on 21st and 22nd August 2021.

With kind regards

Erin & The Galloway Country Fair Team

Jul 13, 2019

Buccleuch Test Sunday 14th July 2019

​​Results from the recent test held on the 14th July 2019

Jun 29, 2019

Dunscore Test Sunday 30th June 2019

​​Results from the recent test held on the 30th of June 2019. 

Jun 01, 2019

Barnmuir Test Sunday 2nd June 2019

​​Results from the recent test held on the 2nd of June 2019. 

May 27, 2019

Mr Cameron Watt former chairman

It’s with a very heavy heart and great sadness that we have to announce the death of our much loved friend and former Chairman Mr Cameron Watt.

He died at home on Tuesday 28th May 2019 surrounded by his loving family.

May 18, 2019

Mossdale Test Sunday 19th May 2019

​Results from the recent test held on the 19th of May 2019. 

May 07, 2019

Galloway Country Fair

Forms are available for entry into the Galloway Country Fair on the Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th August

Click the link to access the entry forms for the Galloway Country Fair.

This is available for both members and non-members.

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