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Destination Guide

Dumfries is the main town in South West Scotland

Dumfriesshire & Borders

Tourist Information

Often described as the "Unspoilt area of Scotland". In fact there is a host of things to see and do. It is a great place for Scotlands historical links as well as being an excellent area for outdoor activities. Many of Scotlands most well known gardens are in Dumfries & Galloway such As Threave Gardens. In total there are 20 specialised gardens, thanks to the balmy breezes of the gulf stream.

For the walker there is over 200 miles of coastline – stunning cliff top walks, leisurely walks through forest trails and on sandy beaches. The challenging Southern Uplands Way starts in Dumfries and Galloway stretching from coast to coast.

The area is popular for those of you like to cycle with mile upon mile of forest trails and quiet country roads, with the National Cycle network traversing the region with 130 miles of stunning scenery.

Golf is one of the main pastimes in this region, with a choice of 30 golf courses – e.g. Thornhill, Southerness, Stranraer, Colvend

Apart from the many outdoor activities, this is an area steeped in history, with many castles and historical sites, the most well known is Drumlanrig Castle and its magnificent gardens. Many people through the ages have left their mark in Dumfries & Galloway. The stories  behind the sites and are often more impressive than the sites themselves: Robert the BruceLochmaben Castle, John Balliol and Sweetheart Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots with Dundreddan Abbey, to name but a few.

There are many market towns and villages to explore such as Moffat, Dumfries, Castle Douglas, Portpatrick, Newton Stewart, Gretna Green, Lockerbie and Dalbeattie. Sample some of the local brews at Bladnoch Distillery & Sulwath Brewery, and there’s a great Smokehouse at Marrbury.

There is something for everyone, for the family, for the outdoor enthusiast, for those interested in Natural Heritage and wildlife, and for the fisherman with 5 major game fishing rivers. There are also some great deserted sandy beaches.

Surrounding Dumfries and Galloway is the Scottish Borders, with picturesque towns of Langholm, Kelso, Jedburgh , Melrose and Lockerbie. Hadrians Wall , Carlisle and the Lake District is less than 1 hours drive away.

The Scottish Borders

Covering approximately 1800 sq. miles, the Scottish Borders stretch from the Cumbrian coast to the Berwickshire coastline. A transformation of contour and colour from the rolling hills in the west, moorland and gentler valleys in the centre, where the River Tweed runs, providing some of the best fishing in Scotland. To the east where the 32 miles of coastline from Lamberton to Cockbur

Towns in this region