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Industrial age

Dumfries & Galloway is built on granite, and its granite built the landmarks of an empire. Dalbeattie, often dubbed Galloway’s granite town, has had an influence far greater than its modest terraced houses may suggest. It was Dalbeattie granite that built the Thames Embankment and constructed Liverpool Docks and the Eddistone Lighthouse. Dalswinton Loch also had a hand in the Industrial Revolution with the maiden voyage of Patrick Miller’s steamboat engineered by William Symington of Wanlockhead. The first practical boat of its kind, and set to usher in a new age of ocean-going transportation, crossed the loch on October 14 1788, with none other than Robert Burns as one of its passengers.

  • 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

     
     
  • 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.

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

     
     
  • 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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  • Kirkdale Water Driven Sawmill


    Currently probably the only working water-powered sawmill in Scotland. (more…)

     
     
  • 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.  There is also an annual programme of temporary exhibitions.  On the ground floor the regional arts collective PA Pop Up representing artists and craft-makers from around the region has an outlet for their varied work.  On the top floor is a popular second-hand bookshop.

    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!

     
     
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