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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.

  • 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 …

     
  • John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum And Visitor Centre


    John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum And Visitor Centre     The John Paul Jones Cottage Museum is located on the Arbigland Estate near Kirkbean in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. The cottage is where John Paul Jones, hero of …

     
  • Historic Scotland - Dundrennan Abbey


    Enjoy the peace of this beautiful Gothic abbey set in tree-fringed pastures where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last hours in Scotland. This was the major abbey of the Cistercian order, which was founded on …

     
  • Historic Scotland- New Abbey Corn Mill


    See a beautifully-restored village mill in action and learn about how oatmeal, a staple of the Scottish diet, was once made. A mill was probably built here by the monks of nearby Sweetheart Abbey, but …

     
  • Sorbie Tower


    sorbie tower on SWC300

    Sorbie Tower is a striking ancient keep and dates back to the 16th century. The Tower and surrounding land is owned by the Clan Hannay Society and is gradually being restored. The Tower was built on …

     
  • Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum


      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 …

     
  • Historic Scotland- Glenluce Abbey


    Tucked in a tranquil valley is one of Scotland’s best-preserved monasteries. A highlight is the magnificent chapter house, with its ornate windows and grotesque carvings. There is also a remarkable plumbing system that supplied the …

     
  • NTS Threave Garden


    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'. …

     
  • 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 …

     
  • Loch Skerrow Halt


    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 …

     
  • Kirkdale Water Driven Sawmill


    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 …

     
  • NTS Broughton House & Garden


    Cross the threshold of Broughton House and enter the world of wellknown Scottish artist E A Hornel, one of the ‘Glasgow Boys’. Open to the public from April 2005 after a period of conservation, this …

     
  • St Ninian`s Cave


    st ninians cave whithorn galloway

    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 …

     
  • 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 …

     
  • Armstrong Border Tours


    Experience the Scottish Borders like never before with Armstrong Border Tours   Tours of the borders for the enthusiastic traveller who wishes, to learn more about the history of borders. From stone age man right through to modern …

     
  • Historic Scotland- MacLellan's Castle


    Explore the impressive residence of a powerful family in the heart of Kirkcudbright and the vaulted ground floor rooms in which their servants once worked. Look for the laird’s lug, a spy hole in the …

     
  • Culzean Castle & Country Park


    culzean castle visit south west scotland

    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 …

     
  • Solway Tours


    Solway Tours   Solway Tours offer Five star, bespoke guided historic and ancestral tours of Dumfries and Galloway and across Scotland. DandG Life Tourism Champion Winner 2016     We aim to provide unforgettable experiences through our extensive knowledge and …

     
  • Kirkmadrine Stones


    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 …

     
  • Historic Scotland- Cardoness Castle


    Cardoness was built in the 1400s by the notorious McCulloch family, as a demonstration of their status. The well-preserved prison shows the kind of reception their most unwelcome guests might expect. Admission Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE Adult: £6.00 Child …

     
  • Criffel Coaches


      Welcome to Criffel Coaches.  At Criffel Coaches our aim is to provide high quality mini coach travel at affordable prices without compromising on safety. We are a small, family run, concern, operating quality 16 seat Mercedes …

     
  • Historic Scotland- Threave Castle


    Cross the River Dee by boat to visit this enchanting castle set on its own island. Rich with wildflowers in summer; you might see ospreys and otters hunting in the river. The castle was besieged by …

     
  • Moat Brae, Birthplace of Peter Pan


    Peter Pan stands on a tree stump and looks out across a green enchanted land

    Moat Brae is the Birthplace of Peter Pan. New Family Attraction set in the 'enchanted land' that inspired the story of Peter Pan. Discover a world of children's stories in the enchanted land that inspired the story …

     
  • Savings Bank Museum


    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 …

     
  • Scottish Industrial Railway Centre


    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 …

     
  • Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop


    Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop and Visitors Centre

    Famous since 1754 and family run since 1885, the Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is one of Scotland's most popular visitor attractions. From its historical beginnings as the home of runaway weddings, Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop …

     
  • Beltie Books and Cafe


    Come and visit BELTIE BOOKS & Café Browse our selection of Books. Then, have a well earned leisurely cup of Coffee, tea or chocolate accompanied by a delicious cake, scone or a bowl of soup or a snack. We …

     
  • Scotland In A Snapshot


     
  • 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 …

     
  • 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 …

     
  • 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 …

     
  • Dundonald Castle


    DUNDONALD CASTLE AND VISITOR CENTRE   War and romance, smuggling and heroism, tales of the supernatural and more – Royal Dundonald Castle is one of Scotland’s most unexplored and fascinating treasures. Home to Scots King Robert II, grandson of Robert …

     
  • Robert Burns House


    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 …

     
  • 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 …

     
  • Robert Burns' Ellisland Farm


    Welcome to Ellisland Farm, the house that was built by Robert Burns in 1788 as his home and to bring his family together for the first time. Today Ellisland is a much celebrated Museum housing one of …

     
  • Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre & Cafe


      Whithorn Trust Visitor Centre & Cafe The Whithorn Trust runs the exhibition and museum detailing the town's 1600 years of Christian history. Coffee and gift shop with locally sourced products. The Whithorn Trust manages the archaeological site associated …

     
  • Wanlockhead Lead Mining Museum


    The Visitor Centre is situated in the heart of the village of Wanlockhead, which is Scotland's highest Village at 1531 ft./468.08 m. above sea level. Robert Burns had his horse shod here when it threw a …

     
  • Historic Scotland- Sweetheart Abbey


    *Due to concerns with about some areas of the stonework following a routine survey,Sweetheart Abbey is closed until further notice. Please refer to the Historic Environment Scotland website for updates* A monument to human and divine …

     
  • Dumfries House


    Dumfries House You wouldn’t think it to look at it now, with its tranquil grounds and elegant drawing rooms, but the fate of one of Scotland’s grandest country houses hung in the balance not so long …

     
  • Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate


    Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside – or adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking – you’ll love a day at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate. …

     
  • Wigtown Festival Company


    County Buildings and marquee during Wigtown Book Festival

    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 …

     
  • Galloway Forest Park


    Anytime is a great time to visit The Galloway Forest Park has everything you need for a great day out, whatever the time of year. Meet red deer and wild goats, choose from two scenic Forest Drives, …

     
  • Historic Scotland- Caerlaverock Castle


    The epitome of the moated, medieval stronghold, Caerlaverock’s great triangular defences guard the Solway shore. This site has had a turbulent past. In 1300, its 60-strong garrison was defeated by Edward I’s vast English army …

     
  • The Mill on the Fleet


    The Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse

    The Mill on the Fleet is a restored 18th century cotton mill on the bank of the River Fleet in Gatehouse of Fleet. Now an exhibition centre The Mill on The Fleet is spread over three floors …

     
  • Mull of Galloway Experience


    Mull of Galloway

    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 …

     
  • Clan Armstrong Centre


    Gilnockie Tower The Esk Valley Clan Armstrong Reiver Centre The Clan Armstrong Ancestral Home History, Mystery and Discovery while exploring the far-reaching lands of the Anglo-Scottish Border Reivers, join us for an enthralling 500 years of Clan Armstrong …

     
  • Easterbrook Hall


    Easterbrook Hall and The Crichton Memorial Church sit proudly within the grounds of The Crichton in Dumfries in the South West of Scotland. Easterbrook Hall is one of the largest auditoriums in the South of Scotland …

     
  • Creetown Gem Rock Museum


      Creetown Gem Rock Museum The Gem Rock Museum is very easy to find. Located in Creetown we are 7 miles from Newton Stewart and 11 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet on the A75 Carlisle to Stranraer …

     
  • 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 …

     
  • 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 …

     
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