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Thomas Telford, the man who made travel possible

 
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Glendinning

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.

A contemporary of Robert Burns, for whom he wrote a touching poem on his death, Telford has been just as influential as his creative counterpart.

As you cross Telford’s Tongland Bridge driving into Kirkcudbright Artists’ Town or watch the great beam of Telford’s lighthouse as the stars come out over The Mull, remember you are only where you are because Telford made it possible.

 

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The Scottish Borderland Reiver Trail 60

The wild, chaotic and disorganised natural depressions that complimented the sinister heather and moss-covered moorlands between Canonbie, Langholm, Newcastleton Find out more

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Dumfries
We are pioneers in saving threatened wetland wildlife, a centre for excellence in conservation science and experts in wetland management and creation. Find out more

RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve

Dumfries
Mersehead is an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area, a haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl. Find out more

Southerness Golf Club

Southerness
Southerness Golf Club with its level terrain, allows for easy walking and no hills to climb; meaning you can simply relax and concentrate on your golf. Find out more

Colvend Golf Club

Colvend, Dalbeattie
Our testing parkland layout offers a challenge to all abilities and is one of the area’s most popular golfing experiences. Find out more

Climb Criffel Hill

New Abbey
Criffel Hill may be less than 2000 feet high, but as this is the highest hill for some distance it is prominent in views of the Solway Coast, from the Lake District. Find out more

Powillimount Beach

Powillimount
It is a great beach to visit with curious kids as it is full of shells, rock pools and huge rock formations. Find out more

Southerness Lighthouse and Beach

Southerness
Southerness beach is a vast expanse of sand and rocks offering breathtaking views across the Solway Firth towards the Lake District. Find out more

Sandyhills Beach

Sandyhills
The beach lives up to its name and at low tide has a vast expanse of sand, backed by gentle sand dunes. The beach is the perfect spot for a walk, a paddle or a picnic. Find out more

Historic Scotland- New Abbey Corn Mill

New Abbey
See a beautifully-restored village mill in action and learn about how oatmeal, a staple of the Scottish diet, was once made. Find out more

NTS Rockcliffe Coastline

Rockcliffe
Part of a National Scenic Area, the National Trust for Scotland nature reserve is fringed with wildflowers and dotted with sailing village Find out more

Thomas Telford, the man who made travel possible

Glendinning
A contemporary of Burns, for whom he wrote a touching poem on his death, Telford has been just as influential as his creative counterpart. Find out more

John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum And Visitor Centre

Kirkbean
The cottage is where John Paul Jones, hero of the American Revolutionary War and founder of the United States Navy, was born in 1747. Find out more

Historic Scotland- Sweetheart Abbey

New Abbey
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. Find out more

Historic Scotland- Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock
Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the castle. Find out more

The Gretna Inn

Gretna
At The Gretna Inn we believe that good food makes helps make good times and good memories and we try very hard to make our food the best it can be for you. Find out more

The Green Frog Moffat

Moffat
As with the whole project at The Green Frog, we will endeavour to adapt and change. To “go with the flow” in an attempt to refine what we offer and cater for what our customers are looking for. Find out more

Colvend Shop and Treats & Eats Tearoom

Colvend
Colvend Store is open all year round, seven days a week. Adjacent to the store is the Treats & Eats Tea Room serving delicious meals, baguettes, paninis, rolls and home-baked cakes and scones Find out more

Abbey Cottage Tearoom

New Abbey
The kitchen in this family-owned business is busy from early morning producing home-cooked food. Find out more

John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum And Visitor Centre

Kirkbean
The cottage is where John Paul Jones, hero of the American Revolutionary War and founder of the United States Navy, was born in 1747. Find out more

Cavens Country House

Kirkbean, by Dumfries
Following an excellent meal, you are then welcome to sink into an easy chair and enjoy a liqueur with coffee and chocolates by a real fire place. Find out more

Historic Scotland- Sweetheart Abbey

New Abbey
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. Find out more

Historic Scotland- Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock
Due to access restrictions in place as a precautionary measure while we undertake high level masonry inspections, there is currently no visitor access to the castle. Find out more
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