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Dumfries

Explore Dumfries set 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 has  been restored after a campaign by another local worthy, Joanna Lumley, who has a holiday home nearby

Moat Brae finally opened as a new visitor attraction for Scotland on 1st June 2019.  This was a new beginning, the start of the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling and the first chapter in the great adventure to create a world where storytelling is integral to growing up.  https://www.peterpanmoatbrae.org/

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 2021
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Langholm Common Riding 2020
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Dumfries Show 2021
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Doonhame Festival 2021
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Castle Douglas Soap Box Derby 2021
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Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival 2021
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Drumlanrig Offroad Motorsport Festival 2021
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Dumfries Market Festival 2020
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Big Burns Supper 2021
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Moniaive Michaelmass Bluegrass Festival 2020
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Attractions

D & G College- Complete Training Solutions
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Solway Tours
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South of Scotland Golf
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The Love Bug D&G
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Ae Forest
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Southerness Golf Club
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Criffel Coaches
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Theatre Royal Dumfries
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John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum And Visitor Centre
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The Globe Inn
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Mabie Forest Park
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Climb Criffel Hill
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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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South West Coastal 300 #SWC300
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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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NTS Rockcliffe Coastline
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Robert Burns’ Ellisland Museum and Farm
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Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
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Armstrong Galloway Hills Rally
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Savings Bank Museum
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Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum
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Gracefield Arts Centre
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7Stanes Mountain Biking
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Robert Burns Centre
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Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre
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Food and Drink

A’ The Airts
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Kilnford Farm Shop
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Abbey Cottage Tearoom
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Bladnoch Distillery
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The Frothy Bike Co
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The Crichton Memorial Church
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The Boathouse, Glencaple
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The Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club
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Cavens Country House
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The Crichton, Dumfries
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Rik’s Bike Shed
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Moat Brae Birthplace of Peter Pan
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Easterbrook Hall
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Broom Fisheries
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Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa
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Annandale Distillery and Visitor Centre
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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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Loch Arthur
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