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In South West Scotland we like to have fun. And why not? We want you to feel good about, well, everything. So, whether it is high art or walking, food or jazz or books or kids or country and western or poetry or sailing or singing or Robert Burns or biking or running or rallying or mining or weaving or gardening or cycling or tree-felling or baking or growing or dancing or star-gazing or bird watching … there’s always something fun to do for everyone of any age.

  • Solway Books


    The Solway Books shop is located in the pretty harbour town of Kirkcudbright in South West Scotland, known as the Artist's town and home of many talented artists past and present. In the 20th Century …

     
  • The Devil's Porridge


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    The Secret Story of the Solway;  an amazing exhibition tells the story of 30,000 women and men who came to Eastriggs and Gretna to work in the greatest factory on earth during WW1 There is also …

     
  • Dunskey Castle near Portpatrick


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    Dunskey Castle is a spectacular ruin on the cliff tops a short distance from Portpatrick The castle can be reached by climbing a flight of steps to the cliff top above Portpatrick and following a good …

     
  • Joseph Thomson Local Heritage Centre


    Joseph Thomson Local Heritage Centre

    The Joseph Thomson Group manages the Local Heritage Centre in Sundial Cottage, Marrburn Road, Penpont, the birthplace of Joseph Thomson, Victorian African Explorer. The story of Joseph Thomson's  life and legacy is told as well as …

     
  • John Paul Jones, adventurer and American hero


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    The John Paul Jones museum at Arbigland is situated in the grounds of Arbigland Estate near Kirkbean.  The cottage has two rooms, restored and furnished as they might have been during John Paul's childhood - …

     
  • RSPB Crook of Baldoon Reserve


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    The view that opens up in front of you as you approach the car park is breathtaking. Cairnsmore of Fleet and the Galloway Hills act as a backdrop to wild saltmarsh and mudflats and the …

     
  • Kirkdale Water Driven Sawmill


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    Currently probably the only working water-powered sawmill in Scotland. The Kirkdale Sawmill, near Gatehouse of Fleet is driven by an overshot water-wheel and dates from the early 1800's. It was used as an estate sawmill and …

     
  • St Ninian`s Cave


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    St Ninian`s Cave - a journey back in time. On the shores of Luce Bay in the Machars of Galloway, slightly to the north of Burrowhead (famed for the burning of The Wickerman) lies St Ninian`s …

     
  • Kirkmadrine Stones


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    Some of the oldest early Christian memorial stones in Britan are to be found at Kirkmadrine Church just a few  miles from Sandhead on the Rhins of Galloway. While the current church was built in the …

     
  • Savings Bank Museum


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    Duncan, Dr Henry (1774 - 1846), led to the founding of a great banking movement. If one were looking for a man out of Scotland's past to serve as an object lesson for her present he …

     
  • Solway Aviation Museum


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    Solway Aviation Museum is home to a collection of aircraft, aviation artifacts and displays reflecting Britain’s position as a world leader in aircraft design and innovation at the dawn of the jet age. The museums’ primary …

     
  • The Covenanters


    Under the wide sky, high on the moors of Dumfries & Galloway and in tombs in its ancient kirkyards lie The Covenanters. These religious people were persecuted for their beliefs by the Stuart Kings in …

     
  • Mull of Galloway Experience


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    Mull of Galloway Experience The Mull of Galloway is Scotland's most Southerly Point. At the end of a narrow peninsula with stunning views in every direction, the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, the Lighthouse Exhibition, the RSPB …

     
  • Loch Skerrow Halt


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    One of the most remote and isolated points on the line from Dumfries to Portpatrick, and later Stranraer, Loch Skerrow halt is accessible only via the trackbed from either Mossdale or Gatehouse Station. When the line …

     
  • Heritage sites


    The heritage of Dumfries and Galloway is rich and varied. We have the memories of St Ninian at Whithorn the founder of Christianity as well as the Tibetan Buddhist Monestary and Meditation Centre in Eskdalemuir. We have Drumlanrig …

     
  • Caerlaverock Castle


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    Caerlaverock Castle in Glencaple, near Dumfries is most unusual having a unique tri-angular ground plan. Caerlaverock Castle is one of the most popular castles and historic sites to visit in Dumfries & Galloway. Much of …

     
  • Kirpatrick Macmillan, man on wheels


    Thornhill, set in the picturesque Nith Valley saw the beginning of the transition of transport from legs to wheels. As you cycle the traffic free roads of Dumfries & Galloway, remember Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the man …

     
  • RSPB Mull of Galloway Reserve


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    Everywhere you turn there's a stunning view. To the west is the Solway Firth and Irish Sea, with the Isle of Man in the distance.  In summertime, all around you is the frenzied activity of …

     
  • Culzean Castle & Country Park


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    Culzean Castle is on the Ayrshire Coast of South West Scotland between Turnberry and Ayr. This magnificent castle and country park is extremely popular with visitors staying in the towns and villages in the west …

     
  • Robert Burns' Ellisland Farm


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    Discover Robert Burns' family home "His Domicile for Humility and Contentment", built for him in 1788 and where many of his greatest works were inspired. Tam o' Shanter, Auld Lang Syne and Ae Fond Kiss …

     
  • Thomas Telford, the man who made travel possible


    As you drive along the quiet roads of Dumfries & Galloway, over its elegant bridges that span rivers and valleys, even to the land’s end lighthouse on the Mull of Galloway, you will be in …

     
  • Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum


    Discover Sanquhar's world famous knitting tradition and the story fo the mines and miners of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel. What it was like to be a prisoner in Sanquhar jail, how did the ordinary people of …

     
  • Robert the Bruce, father of a nation


    In the heart of the Galloway Forest Park, near Loch Trool, is a stone. It marks the place of a battle that took place in the First War of Scottish Independence in March 1307. The …

     
  • NTS Threave Garden


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    Threave’s spectacular gardens have been created over the years by students of the National Trust’s School of Practical Gardening. It was recently voted second in The Independent's '10 Best Gardens to Visit in the UK'. …

     
  • Threave Castle


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    Threave Castle Visit the Castle on an Island - former home of Archibald 'the Grim' On an island in the River Dee stands Threave Castle, a massive 14th century tower built by Archibald the Grim, Lord of …

     
  • Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum


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      The restored Control Tower of the former WWII airfield at Dumfries, Scotland is the centerpiece of the Museum and is now a listed building. The Museum is run by volunteers and houses a large and …

     
  • Scottish Industrial Railway Centre


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    The Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is a 'living museum'.  Here unique and historically significant industrial steam and diesel locomotives are restored and can be seen working in an authentic setting. We are the only Steam Railway …

     
  • Sweetheart Abbey


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    Sweetheart Abbey is on the eastern edge of the village of New Abbey, just 5 miles from Dumfries. Sweetheart Abbey is very photogenic. It is one of the main historical attractions for those on holiday …

     
  • Galloway Red Kite Trail


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    The Galloway Red Kite Trail (or Galloway Kite Trail) is an exciting nature watching opportunity to view the spectacular red kite in lovely scenery. Situated around beautiful Loch Ken, the trail promotes the population of …

     
  • Saint Ninian, the first Christian missionary


    Not much is known about Saint Ninian, his story comes from the mists of time, but he is perhaps the most influential person in Scotland’s history. A fourth century missionary saint, he was the first …

     
  • Carsphairn Heritage Centre


    Carsphairn Heritage Centre is open daily from Easter until the end of September. Monday-Saturday 10:30 - 17:00, Sundays 14:00 - 17:00 (Closed on Wednesdays) The Centre is manned entirely by volunteers, who provide a warm welcome, an …

     
  • The Globe Inn


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    Established in 1610, The Globe Inn, Dumfries has long been associated with Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. In 1796, Burns wrote: "... the Globe Tavern here, which these many years has been my Howff ...", …

     
  • Cardoness Castle


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    Cardoness Castle is set in an imposing position above Gatehouse of Fleet. This six storey tower house is well preserved and dates back to the 15th century. The building is managed by Historic Scotland and Cardoness …

     
  • Robert Burns Centre


    Robert Burns Centre

    Award winning Visitor Centre telling story of connections between Robert Burns and the town of Dumfries. Situated in the town's eighteenth century watermill on the west bank of the River Nith, the Robert Burns Centre tells …

     
  • Robert Burns House


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    The simple sandstone house in which Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, spent the last years of his brilliant life. It was in this simple sandstone house in a quiet Dumfries street that Robert Burns, Scotland's national …

     
  • Wigtown Festival Company


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    Wigtown Festival Company runs the annual Wigtown Book Festival every autumn in Scotland's National Book Town. The 10 day festival features author talks, music, visual arts, film, and performances for the whole family. There are …

     
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