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Dumfries

 
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Dumfries

Dumfries

Explore Dumfries our county town, along the banks of the winding Nith; steeped in the history of Scotland, Robert Burns and a delight for historians, shoppers and golfers. Read on for details of places to stay and things to do in Dumfries.

The historic town of Dumfries, the Queen of the South, is the largest town in South West Scotland and is firmly on the tourist map.Dumfries is the county town of Dumfries & Galloway, a Royal Burgh since 1186 and it is believed to have flourished as a market town and port since Roman times. Amongst its many visitors in past times were Bonnie Prince Charlie, William Wallace and Robert the Bruce!

At the heart of Dumfries is the River Nith, with fishermen often to be seen up to their chest in its waters.  Dumfries has Scotland’s largest independent store in Barbours, a great shopping experience. This can be accompanied by a visit to CAMRA’s Stewartry pub of the year at the Cavens Arms, next door, which is famed for both food and drink.

Dumfries has many associations with Robert Burns who lived here in the 1790s. The Robert Burns Centre is situated in an 18th century watermill on the west bank of the river. It tells the story of Burns’ last years in the town, shows films, and has a bar and restaurant – the Hullabaloo. Above the mill there is an 18th century windmill tower which houses Dumfries Museum and the Camera Obscura Observatory. The Museum has exhibits about prehistoric times, the wildlife of the Solway saltmarshes, stone carvings of Scotland’s early Christians, and the Victorian farm. You can go and eat and drink at the Globe Inn in the town as Rabbie Burns did!

Dumfries  was home to J M Barrie, the creator of Peter Pan, from 1873 – 1878 when he was in his early teens. Moat Brae,  the Georgian house at which he played with friends is currently being restored after a campaign by another local worthy, Joanna Lumley, who has a holiday home nearby. You can follow progress with the restoration of Moat Brae in Dumfries on PeterPanMoatBrae.org  Although not fully open as at August 2014, guided tours are regularly available.

For sport, as well as the Queen of the South Football club, Dumfries has an ice rink, which is a  centre for enjoyment and also the host of international curling competitions featuring Dumfries & Galloway’s Olympic medal winners. Dumfries is host to three golf clubs, with more than twenty other courses within easy reach.

The Camera Obscura, originally an astronomical instrument installed in 1836, has a table top screen with panoramic views of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside. Across the 15th century Devorgilla Bridge there is Old Bridge House, Dumfries’ oldest house, dating from 1660 and built into the sandstone of the bridge itself. In Dumfries you can sense more of the history of Scotland by visiting the ruins of Lincluden Abbey, and within a few miles see Sweetheart Abbey and Caerlaverock Castle.

Photo Credits:- Main Image, John Dickson

 

Events

The Eden Festival 2018
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Langholm Common Riding 2019
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Dumfries Show 2019
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Historic Environment Scotland 2018
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Big Burns Supper 2019
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Attractions

Solway Tours
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Scotland In A Snapshot
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Clience Studio – Angela Lawrence
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The Crichton Gardens and Church
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Theatre Royal Dumfries
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Kippford Classic Car Hire
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Mostly Ghostly Tours
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The Gallery at Laurieston
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Burns Country Run
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Easterbrook LIVE
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Broom Fisheries
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Findlay Design
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Historic Scotland- Caerlaverock Castle
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Historic Scotland- New Abbey Corn Mill
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Historic Scotland- Sweetheart Abbey
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Nocturnal Wildlife Experience
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NTS Rockcliffe Coastline
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Robert Burns’ Ellisland Farm
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Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
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Shortridge Ltd
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Alderneuk Fishery
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Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally
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Caerlaverock Wetland Centre
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Crichton Golf Club
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Dalscone Farm
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Savings Bank Museum
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Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum
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Dumfries and County Golf Club
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Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club
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Dumfries Theatre Royal
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Gracefield Arts Centre
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MMV Art
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Motorparty Classic Car Hire
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Mountain Biking
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Odeon Cinema Dumfries
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Robert Burns Centre
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Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre
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Strands
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The Cocoabean Company
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Food and Drink

A’ The Airts
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Del Amitri Restaurant @ The Powfoot Hotel
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The Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club
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Moat Brae, Birthplace of Peter Pan
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Rik’s Bike Shed
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Criffel Coaches
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Easterbrook Hall
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Neuros Bar, Restaurant and Spa
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Annandale Distillery Company Ltd
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Sulwath Brewers Ltd
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Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop
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Moffat Mill
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Abbey Cottage Coffees & Crafts
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Auldgirth Inn
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Casa Mia
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Cavens Country House Restaurant
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Drummuir Farm Ice-Cream
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Hullabaloo
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Kilnford Farm Shop and Restaurant
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Loch Arthur
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Mabie Farm Park
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Pancake Place
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Pizzeria IL Fiume & Bar Milan
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Rose of India
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Sawney Bean`s Restaurant
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The Cavens Arms
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The Swan
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NTS Threave Garden
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