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Influencers and Inventors

This is a land of inspiration. Engineers, thinkers, scientists and inventors abound.

Furthermore, Dumfries & Galloway has inspired courage and leadership in many people throughout its long and turbulent history. Whether in battle or in faith, it has led the way for the Scottish nation. It’s fierce, independent spirit has also helped other countries win freedom.

  • 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 the mid-seventeenth century.  (more…)

     
     
  • 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 man who led the Scottish troops was Robert the Bruce, recently made King Robert the first of Scotland after killing his only rival at Greyfriars Kirk in Dumfries. (more…)

     
     
  • 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 the presence of one of history’s greatest civil engineers, Thomas Telford. Famous for his extraordinary bridges, aqueducts, roads, canals and docks, Telford was born in Glendinning, Dumfriesshire in 1757.

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  • Easterbrook Hall


    Full of grandeur with a historic soul, the Easterbrook Hall and Crichton Memorial Church is a hidden treasure situated on the 100 acres Crichton Estate in Dumfries, South West Scotland.

    The red sandstone buildings on the estate date back to 1834 with the Easterbrook Hall dating back to 1938. The building has been lovingly modernised whilst retaining its original charm and Art Deco features. The Crichton Memorial Church is more like a mini Cathedral and is considered to be one of the finest examples of ecclesiastical architecture in South Scotland. The ceiling is of carved oak and the floors a remarkable pattern of white, red, green and black marble imported from Italy and Ireland

    Established from the very beginning of the estate, acres of beautifully manicured lawns and impressive flower beds are maintained by our dedicated grounds keepers. The Rock Gardens have a wide variety of plants, miniature waterfall, ornamental pond and numerous seats and alcoves. Visitors are more than welcome to walk around our grounds, there are Heritage leaflets available from reception detailing walking routes around the estate. Why not have lunch at Neuro’s afterwards? www.neuros.co.uk

    Should you have an occasion to celebrate, our team has a wealth of experience in event management ranging from intimate family events to large scale celebrations, the talented and creative Kitchen brigade will tantalise your taste buds and our friendly events team will be on hand to make sure your event is everything you’ve dreamed of.

    Perhaps you are looking for live entertainment whilst visiting the region? Please see our sister site www.easterbrooklive.co.uk for details of upcoming events.

     
     
  • 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 wouldn’t be Burns, or even Robert Bruce. He would be someone like Henry Duncan … who typifies the Scots in one of his greatest epochs. (more…)

     
     
  • Robert Burns’ Ellisland Farm


    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 were all penned within its walls.

    Enjoy the audio visual story of the three and a half  years that the Burns family spent at Ellisland, explore the story of the Burns family and wander the bonnie banks of the Nith that inspired Scotia’s national Bard.

     
     
  • 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 February 2019, with exclusive and preview events from December 2018.

     

     
     
  • 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 who had the vision to put the wheel and the pedal together and give us the bicycle.

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  • 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 to bring Christianity to Scotland (more…)

     
     
  • John Paul Jones, adventurer and American hero


    The John Paul Jones museum at Arbigland is situated in the grounds of Arbigland Estate near Kirkbean.  (more…)

     
     
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