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  • Broughton House and Garden


    Broughton House and Garden

     

     

    Broughton House and Garden home of painter E.A. Hornel (a ‘Glasgow Boy’) from 1901 until 1933, and his sister Tizzy until her death in 1950. The house holds Hornel’s pictures, vast collection of artefacts and furniture. An extensive garden with all year interest. Research facility.

     

    Right in the heart of Kirkcudbright, a pretty artists’ colony on the Solway Firth, this 18th-century Georgian house is the former home of Scottish painter E A Hornel, one of the Glasgow Boys.
    Painstakingly preserved and recreated, Broughton House is  a living museum of Hornel’s life and work, packed to the rafters with his paintings and those of his contemporaries, as well as his vast library, which includes one of the world’s biggest collections of works by Robert Burns.
    Nestled behind the house, backing on to the River Dee, is Hornel’s beautiful garden. Greatly influenced by his love of Japan, it’s a curious and colourful mixture of Eastern and Western horticulture and sculpture that is a delight to explore.

    2019 OPENING: 29 March to 31st October, House & Garden 10am-5pm daily. See NTS web site for updates.

     
     
  • 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 making it the perfect venue for everything from weddings, concerts and exhibitions to corporate events, family celebrations and performing arts and music events and festivals.

    The Crichton Memorial Church is regularly used for weddings, funerals and weekly services as well as graduations, concerts, plays and ‘Wine & Dine’ events.

    The Crichton has over 85 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and parkland to explore and is easily accessible on foot, bicycle, car or bus from Dumfries town centre.

    It is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and an intriguing history.

    On site you’ll find The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses and an Academic Campus.

    For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

    As well as being a stunning location to explore, The Crichton is a very popular wedding venue, conference centre and tourist destination.

    It is an ideal training ground for those who like to run, cycle, walk, swim and keep fit and is the home to Crichton parkrun, which starts from outdside the Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning at 9.15am. The Crichton Golf Club welcomes visitors and is a 9-hole course located adjacent to The Crichton. For children and families there are plenty of green spaces and playing fields too.

    Car parking is free and there are electric charging points and bicycle racks too.

    Keep up to date with What’s On at The Crichton online at www.crichton.co.uk 

    #TheCrichton

     

     
     
  • Robert Burns’ Ellisland Museum and Farm


    Welcome to Ellisland Museum and Farm. From 1788-1791, Ellisland Farm was the rural home of National Bard Robert Burns. He built the house for his family. Its fabulous location by the river Nith inspired him to write some of his most famous poems.

    Today visitors can explore Burns’ farmhouse; the kitchen where meals were shared, his spence where genius was ignited. Then discover more about his life, work, and the setting that brought us Tam o’ Shanter, Banks O’ Doon and Auld Lang Syne.

    (more…)

     
     
  • Dunskey Castle near Portpatrick


    portpatrick dunskey castle south west scotland

    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 footpath for less than a quarter mile. (more…)

     
     
  • 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.

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  • 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 Cistercian monks with running water.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £6.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.60
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.80

    Opening Times

    1 April to 30 September 2019: Sunday to Tuesday, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    Restricted access Wednesday to Saturday.

     
     
  • The Crichton, Dumfries


    The Crichton, Dumfries

    The Crichton has over 85 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and parkland to explore and is easily accessible on foot, bicycle, car or bus from Dumfries town centre.

    It is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and an intriguing history.

    On site you’ll find The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses, as well as an Academic Campus.

    For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

    As well as being a stunning location to explore, it is also a very popular wedding venue, conference centre and tourist destination. It is an ideal training ground for those who like to run, cycle, walk, swim and keep fit and is the home to Crichton parkrun, which starts from outdside the Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning at 9.15am. The Crichton Golf Club welcomes visitors and is a 9-hole course located adjacent to The Crichton. For children and families there are plenty of green spaces and playing fields too.

    Easterbrook Hall is one of the largest auditoriums in the South of Scotland and has a regular programme of events, concerts and festivals and is regularly used for family celebrations and parties as well as charity events and corporate functions.

    Car parking is free and there are electric charging points and bicycle racks too.

    Keep up to date with What’s On at The Crichton online at www.crichton.co.uk 

    #TheCrichton

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
  • 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 late 1800s, some of the stones date back as far as 400-600 AD.

    The stones are displayed behind a glass door on the church building and, on a sunny day, the views from the churchyard are outstanding.

     

     
     
  • The Crichton Memorial Church


    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 making it the perfect venue for everything from weddings, concerts and exhibitions to corporate events, family celebrations and performing arts and music events and festivals.

    The Crichton Memorial Church is regularly used for weddings, funerals and weekly services as well as graduations, concerts, plays and ‘Wine & Dine’ events.

    The Crichton has over 85 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and parkland to explore and is easily accessible on foot, bicycle, car or bus from Dumfries town centre.

    It is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and an intriguing history.

    On site you’ll find The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses and an Academic Campus.

    For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

    As well as being a stunning location to explore, The Crichton is a very popular wedding venue, conference centre and tourist destination.

    It is an ideal training ground for those who like to run, cycle, walk, swim and keep fit and is the home to Crichton parkrun, which starts from outdside the Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning at 9.15am. The Crichton Golf Club welcomes visitors and is a 9-hole course located adjacent to The Crichton. For children and families there are plenty of green spaces and playing fields too.

    Car parking is free and there are electric charging points and bicycle racks too.

    Keep up to date with What’s On at The Crichton online at www.crichton.co.uk 

    #TheCrichton

     
     
  • 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 of Peter Pan. Author JM Barrie played pirate games as a child in the 1870s. Featuring: Neverland Discovery Garden, Exhibitions, Darling Children’s Nursery, Home Under the Ground, Nana’s Kennel, Pirate Ship, Mermaids Lagoon, Play Features, Centre For Children’s Literature and Storytelling, Restored Georgian House, Heritage Tours, Riverside Views, Events, Activities, Café, Shop.

    Opening to the public June 2019

     

     when shades of night began to fall, certain young mathematicians shed their triangles, crept up walls and down trees, and became pirates in a sort of Odyssey that was long afterwards to become the play of Peter Pan. For our escapades in a certain Dumfries Garden, which is enchanted land to me, were certainly the genesis of that nefarious work, Peter Pan.”

    JM Barrie – creator of Peter Pan

     

     
     
  • 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 insight into the History of Scotland which will create memories and smiles that last a lifetime. We seek to provide our customers with positive travel experiences delivered with a sense of warmth, friendliness, pride and a passion for promoting Dumfries and Galloway as a high quality tourist destination. We are very confident that you will thoroughly enjoy all aspects of our guided tours and be in awe of the majestic countryside and impact which South West Scotland has had on shaping our global community.

    We are more than happy to create a flexible itinerary to suit your areas of interest. Our website gives more suggested areas to visit and we will arrange a bespoke and personalised tour for each party.

     

    Our tours offer an individually tailored and unique insight into the historical and cultural delights of South West Scotland and beyond. We provide a personalised, chauffeur-driven, high quality service which will allow you to experience the most majestic countryside whilst visiting some of the most important historical and cultural sites in the country.

    Lesley and Mark, your Solway Tours guides, offer a range of flexible, tailor-made tours for families or small groups to experience the charms that Dumfries and Galloway has to
    offer. We are both experienced historians with specialist backgrounds in secondary education at a senior managerial level and will delight and regale you about the historic and cultural importance of Dumfries and Galloway and beyond.

    Your tour experience will be enhanced further by being chauffeur driven in our comfortable and stylish seven seater Renault Grand Scenic.

     
     
  • Mull of Galloway Experience


    Mull of Galloway

    Mull of Galloway Experience

    Visit ScotlandThe 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 Visitor Centre and Reserve and the stunning Gallie Craig Coffee House comprise the Mull of Galloway Experience, a Four Star Visit Scotland Visitor Attraction. The Mull of Galloway Trust purchased the land and buildings at the Mull of Galloway, with the exception of the tower, in a community buyout in 2013. The Mull of Galloway Trust is a Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation (SCIO) Charity Number: SC043557.

    The Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

    The Lighthouse at the Mull of Galloway is perched on the end of a 260 foot cliff. It was built by Robert Stevenson and first lit on 26th March 1830. The Lighthouse remains operational and is managed and monitored by Northern Lighthouse Board.

    The Lighthouse Tower is open to the public during the main season by kind permission of the Northern Lighthouse Board. A climb up the narrow, spiral staircase with its 115 steps to the viewing platform is rewarded by stunning views over Luce Bay to the Galloway Hills, the Fells of the Lake District, over the Irish Sea to the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland – four countries from one viewpoint! Friendly and knowledgeable staff from South Rhins Community Development Trust are at the top of the tower to answer any questions you may have and you will be awarded with a certificate of achievement for climbing the 115 steps. For members of the Association of Lighthouse Keepers’ the Mull of Galloway participates in the Lighthouse Passport Scheme.

    The Lighthouse and Exhibition open for the 2018 season on Good Friday. Please check the calendar on the website for the days of opening.

    Opening times are 11am until 5pm with last entry to the top of the Lighthouse Tower at 4.30pm.

    Lighthouse Exhibition at the Mull of Galloway

    The Exhibition is based in the former fuel store workshop and engine room next to the Stevenson Lighthouse. The original diesel engines that powered the fog horn can still be seen in the engine room.

    There are many interesting artefacts on view along with a wealth of fascinating information about the life and work of the Lighthouse Keepers’ in such a remote place and their families that lived there with them.

    Please check the website for the days of opening.

    Entry Charges for the Lighthouse & Exhibition for 2018

    Admission charges: Lighthouse Exhibition – £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for children under 14.
    Lighthouse Tower – £3.00 for adults and £1.00 for children under 14. Access to the Lighthouse Tower is by guided tour only.
    Combined visit to both the Lighthouse and Exhibition– £5.00 for adults and £1.50 for children under 14.

    Please note the tower tour is not suitable for anyone suffering from heart, breathing or balance difficulties and that any person under 1m in height will not be allowed access, this includes carried children. Visitors must wear sensible footwear to climb the tower.

    RSPB Nature Reserve at the Mull of Galloway

    The nature reserve at the Mull of Galloway is a 30 acre site and contains a huge variety of wildlife. There is a visitor centre where you can view the colonies of sea birds on the cliffs from cliff mounted cameras including guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes. You may even see a puffin or two. On the nearby Scare or Scaur Rocks are enormous colonies of gannets

    On the clifftop heathland, there is much to be seen as well. Rare butterflies, birds such as the linnet and the stonechat and maybe some hares or a deer. Peregrines are also regular visitors.

    Guided walks are held every  Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm throughout the open season (April to the end of October).

    Opening Times –   The nature reserve and walks are open all year round. The RSPB Visitor Centre is open from Easter to the end of October.

    Gallie Craig Coffee House

    Gallie Craig is Scotland`s most southerly coffee house and gift shop and is named after the Gallie Craig Rock protruding from the sea south of the Mull of Galloway.

    The coffee house and gift shop have been designed in a most environmentally manner with a grass roof and predominantly glass walls enabling it to blend into the cliff side into which it is set.

    There is also a viewing platform right on the cliff edge from which you can enjoy a coffee whilst admiring the views and watch the seabirds and tides swirling below you.

    Visit the Mull of Galloway Experience at Scotland’s most Southerly Point in the far west of the region of Dumfries and Galloway. Dumfries and Galloway has been voted BBC Countryfile Magazine Holiday Destination of the Year for 2015/16.

     
     
  • Scottish Industrial Railway Centre


    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 in the south west of Scotland.

    Travel behind one of our restored steam engines along a short section of track.
    Want to come and visit?

    See our website and select ‘Steam Days’ for more information on open days, times and admission costs.

    http://www.scottishindustrialrailwaycentre.org.uk

     

    Scottish Industrial Railway Centre is located at Dunaskin, Waterside, Patna, near Dalmellington, KA6 7JF

     

     
     
  • 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. From activities for kids to salmon fishing, you’ll find a raft of activity awaiting you. The Castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers and from your very first glance you’ll know you’re entering a special place. Special enough, in fact, that the producers of Outlander recently used the Castle for filming their second series!

    You will discover Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, landscapes by Paul Sandby and the Dutch masters, and cartoons by Rowlandson amid the finest furnishing and antiques.

    The 90,000 acre Estate boasts miles of beautiful walks and acres of gardens. Launch yourself down one of our championship mountain biking trails, or hook yourself a salmon, fishing on the river. Activities for kids include everything from the adventure playground to ranger-led wildlife walks and a host of events.

    The Castle is the stunning Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and they hope you find it as inspiring as they do.

     
     
  • Dundonald Castle


    DUNDONALD CASTLE

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    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 the Bruce; it’s where the formidable Stewart dynasty was born. The 14th century Castle, its ancient hilltop and surrounding woodland hold their secrets and those of the powerful Cochrane family, favourites of King Charles I.
    Experience impressive barrel-vaulted ceilings, enjoy spectacular coastal views and join the Castle Team for stories and rare finds from the site’s 2000-year-old past. The Castle’s rich history is illustrated for all ages, through initiatives in Education, Archaeology, Events and Exhibitions.
    Dundonald Castle’s legacy is just beginning. It’s a vibrant ‘living’ monument and holds a special place in the heart of its village. The busy Visitor Centre and welcoming café are the focal point for the famous Dundonald Highland Games and a unique place for local residents and their children to make memories for years to come.

     

     

     
     
  • Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace


    Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace

    Childhood home of one of Britain’s most influential thinkers

     

     

    Little did anyone know that the boy born here in 1795 would go on to become one of the most prolific writers and social commentators of the 19th century.
    The unassuming exterior of this wee house in Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, belies its significance in Scottish history. The house was constructed by Thomas Carlyle’s father and uncle – both local stonemasons – and is a fine example of Scottish 18th-century vernacular architecture.
    When Thomas Carlyle was 13, he left Ecclefechan and walked 84 miles to Edinburgh, to attend university.
    The Arched House has remained virtually untouched since 1881, when it first opened to the public with the Carlyle House Memorial Trust, started by Carlyle’s niece soon after his death.
     
     
  • 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 aged 5–15: £3.60
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.80

    Opening Times

    1 April to 30 September 2019:
    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    Closed

    1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020

     
     
  • 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 love, Sweetheart Abbey was named for its founder, Lady Dervorgilla, who was buried here with the embalmed heart of her beloved husband. The abbey church, with a stone effigy of the founder, survives almost intact.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £6.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.60
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.80

    Opening Times

    1 April to 30 September 2019:
    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020:
    Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm, last entry 3.30pm

     
     
  • 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 austere principles but became very wealthy from farming – especially sheep farming. The abbey’s surviving
    stonework includes beautiful carvings.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £6.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.60
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.80
    Opening Times

    1 April to 30 September 2019:
    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    Closed 1 October 2019- 31 March 2020

     
     
  • 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 Cave. (more…)

     
     
  • 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 mini coaches from our base near Dumfries.

    We take pride in providing a friendly, caring and professional service to all our customers, being committed to serving you to the highest standards possible. Whatever your travel requirements, please feel free to contact us and we will try our best to assist you.

    Dumfries and Galloway is ideally situated within a reasonable travelling distance of places of interest across the north of England, the Central Belt of Scotland and the Borders, returning again on the same day.

    The local area has much to offer those following active pursuits in the countryside, as well as quiet roads, attractive towns to visit, historic locations, and high quality accommodation

     
     
  • Sorbie Tower


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    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 the site of an even older wooden fort – 12th century the foundations of which can still be seen. There are guided tours of the tower one day a week during the summer and visitors are always welcome to view the tower, its gardens and picnic in the grounds.

    In November 2017, Sorbie Tower hit the headlines displaying a “weeping window” of thousands of hand knitted and crocheted poppies which were hung from one of the tower’s windows. This attracted thousands of visitors and it is planned to repeat this for 2018.

    Sorbie Tower is approximately half way between Sorbie and Garlieston.

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     
     
  • 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, follow in the footsteps of Robert the Bruce or picnic beside a peaceful loch. This is also Scotland’s first Dark Sky Park – one of the best places to stargaze in Europe!

    Start exploring from one of our three visitor centres. Kirroughtree is the gateway centre for the Galloway Forest Park and perfect for active adventures. Discover wonderful woods, water, hills and history at Glentrool and enjoy tranquil views over lochs and hills at Clatteringshaws.

    Kirroughtree and Glentrool are also home to two of the world-famous 7stanes mountain bike trail centres.

     

     
     
  • 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 History at Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre.

    Gilnockie Tower is a stunning example of a Scottish pele tower. Built some 500 years ago, it was home to Johnnie Armstrong, a notorious border reiver. In 1530 this powerful chieftain was hanged by a Scottish king, his story romanticised by Walter Scott.

    Gilnockie Tower has five floors, including vaulted chamber, banqueting hall and spiral staircase. The entrance stone is thought to be two thousand years old. Once a roofless ruin, the place has been completely refurbished and is open as a clan and visitor attraction. The Clan Armstrong Centre houses reiving artefacts and the world’s largest collection of Armstrong archives.

    Many times recognised by historians, students and visitors alike as: the Gilnockie Tower; Armstrong’s Tower; Hollows Tower; or Holehouse Tower and believed to be from the period circa 1490-1520 as a rubble built, carved stone, Medieval Period Scots Tower House.

    Clan Armstrong Centre

    Ancestral Home of the Clan Armstrong

    Gilnockie Tower Reiver Centre Phone: 013873 71373

    Gilnockie Tower Mobile: 07733 065587

    Hollows Phone Intl: +44 13873 71373

    Canonbie Mobile Intl: +44 7733 065587

    Dumfriesshire Website: www.gilnockietower.com

    Scotland Email: gt@gilnockietower.com

    DG14 0XD Newsletter Email: gilnockietower@gmail.com

    Instagram: gilnockietowerreivercentre

    Registered Charity Company No. SC104156 (Scotland)

    Gilnockie Tower is open all year round.

    10.00 am until 4.00 pm 7 days Easter to end October 2018.

    Last tour 30 minutes before advertised closing time.

    Personalised guided tours of the tower available at 12.15 pm,

    13.15 pm, and 14.15 pm by booking through our phone number

    Open: 11.00 am until 3.00 pm daily end October until Easter 2019.

    Cafe now open

     
     
  • Scotland In A Snapshot


     
     
  • 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. (more…)

     
     
  • 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 great hall through which the lord could eavesdrop on his guests.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £6.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.60
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.80

    Opening Times

    1 April to 30 September 2019:

    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    Monument may close for lunch.

    Closed

    1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020

     
     
  • 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 King James II for two months in 1455, and fell after the king bribed the garrison to surrender.

    Admission

    Tickets are available from the NTS Osprey Centre (closed 12pm to 12.30pm), and not on the island. Last tickets available at 4.15pm.

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £6.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.60
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.80

    Opening Times

    1 April to 30 September 2019:
    Daily, 10am to 4.30pm (last outward sailing)

    1 to 31 October 2019:
    Daily, 10am to 3.30pm (last outward sailing)

    Closed 1 November 2019- 31 March 2020

     
     
  • 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 the American Revolutionary War and founder of the United States Navy, was born in 1747. Jones’ father was a gardener for the estate.

     

     

     

    The cottage has two rooms, restored and furnished as they might have been during John Paul’s childhood – he added the “Jones” later. An extension to the cottage houses a recreation of Jones’s cabin on his ship the “Bonhomme Richard”.

    “I wish to have no connection with any ship that does not sail fast, for I intend to go in harm’s way.”

    John Paul Jones is famous in the United States as the ‘Father of the American Navy’. He was born in poverty and through his skills became a distinguished naval officer fighting for both the USA and Russia. He travelled the world and even raided his home county when he landed on St Mary’s Isle near Kirkcudbright, stole the Earl of Selkirk’s silver and was captured and imprisoned in the Tolbooth – now Kirkcudbright’s arts centre. He was awarded a gold medal and a gold sword for his exploits but he was buried in an unmarked grave for over a century, having died, perhaps appropriately, in revolutionary Paris, France, in 1792.

    In Britain he is remembered as a pirate and adventurer. Indeed, Benjamin Disraeli, an early biographer, wrote that the nurses of Scotland hushed their crying charges by the whisper of his name. In Holland, a Dutch song “Here comes John Paul Jones, that fine fellow” is still sung by school children.

     

     
     
  • 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 and houses core displays about the development of the town of Gatehouse and the natural history of the Fleet Valley.

    The main exhibition floor houses displays focusing on the history and heritage of Gatehouse, and exploring the Fleet Valley and surrounding areas.  The Fleet Valley is a designated National Scenic Area – one of three in this part of Scotland.  The displays introduce the valley and provide orientation and resources to help visitors explore the area.

    The temporary exhibition galleries, have a programme of exhibitions running throughout the season.

    Also on the top floor is a pop-up shop run by twenty regional artists and makers working in a range of disciplines – ceramics, textiles, prints, paintings and more.

    The Mill Bookshop is on the second floor.  Come and enjoy searching through our 20,000 plus books on a wide range of subjects.

    The café offers a range of home-cooked fare – soups, paninis, salads, sweets and a selection of cakes and bakes.  On a fine day the riverside terrace is the perfect place to relax.

    The Mill on The Fleet also welcomes well behaved dogs!

     

    The Mill on the Fleet houses the Gatehouse Tourist Information Centre.  The Information Desk is open seven days a week 10am – 5pm during the Mill’s open season from Easter to the end of October.
     
     
  • 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 in a siege.
    Despite the castle’s rugged appearance, its walls conceal a stunning Renaissance residence of the 1630s. See bluebells in spring, dragonflies and wildflowers in summer and barnacle
    geese in winter.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £6.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.60
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.80

    Opening Times

    1 April to 30 September 2019:
    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020:
    Daily, 10am to 4pm, last entry 3.30pm

    Café opening hours

    The café is situated within the visitor centre and is open:

    April to September, daily from 10am to 4.30pm October, daily from 10am to 3.30pm November to March, closed Tuesday and Thursday, 10am to 3.30pm

     
     
  • 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 parts of the present building probably date from the late 1700s.

    Admission

    Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
    Adult: £6.00
    Child aged 5–15: £3.60
    Child under 5: FREE
    Concession: £4.80

    Opening Times

    1 April to 30 September 2019:
    Daily, 9.30am to 5.30pm, last entry 5.00pm

    1 October 2019 to 31 March 2020:
    Daily except Thursday and Friday, 10am to 4pm, last entry 3.30pm

     
     
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