Around and About

Why not bring your own bike, or hire one, and enjoy the breath-taking views and glorious landscape of the Dumfries countryside. Call by Drumlanrig Castle to see the only museum in Scotland that is totally devoted to cycling.

What's On?
Click on to Dumfries and Galloway Online to see what's going on in the area over the coming weeks and months.

Golf is easy to book. With a choice of courses, from championship links at Southerness to a more relaxed 18-hole club at Lochmaben, Dumfries and Galloway is a favourite destination for golfing parties. To find out more information on the golf courses in the region, click here.

Horse riding and trekking
There are many trekking and riding centres throughout Dumfries and Galloway allowing you to enjoy the lovely landscape in your own time. For more information on the centres throughout the region, click here.

Nature reserves
Dumfries' nature reserves are a big attraction for visitors. There are coastal wetlands that have bird reserves, coastal cliffs and heathland, forests and oak woodland and bog lands that all have many different animals. For more information on the nature reserves and bird watching areas in the region, click here. One of the most popular places to visit is the Mersehead nature reserve, which is allocated near the small town of Dalbeattie.

Caerlaverock Castle
One of Scotland's finest castles, Caerlaverock is everyone's idea of a medieval fortress. This moated castle, the scene of  two famous sieges,  has adventure park for the children, nature trail, siege exhibition and a cafe. To find out more information on Caerlaverock Castle click here.

Drumlanrig Castle 
The castle is the Dumfriesshire home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KT. It has a renowned  art collection, Victorian gardens, adventure playground, craft centre, cycle museum and woodland walks. Check out the Drumlanrig Castle website here.

Dumfries Museum
The museum is a treasure house of history which tells the story of the land and people of the Dumfries and Galloway region. Look at fossil footprints left by prehistoric reptiles, the wildlife of Solway, tools and weapons of our early ancestors and stone carvings of Scotland's first Christians. To find out more information on Dumfries Museum and the Camera Obscura click here.

Dumfries Aviation Museum
This volunteer run museum charts aviation history since World War I. There is a large collection of aviation artefacts and an active restoration area including a Spitfire. Several aircraft are open for inspection. To find out more information and news on the museum, check out their website here.

Sweetheart Abbey
The splendid remains of a late 13th and early 14th century Cistercian abbey founded by Devorgilla, Lady of Galloway in memory of her husband John Balliol. Devorgilla is buried in the presbytery with a casket containing her husband's embalmed heart.

Robert Burns
Historical links with Robert Burns makes Dumfries a must for your visit, The writer of Auld Lang Syne and many others - there are no fewer than 6 local places of interest to visit connected to Burns. Some of the places to visit include Ellisland Farm and the Burns House.

Moffat Woollen Mill
Watch the fascinating process of weaving on the Hattersley Looms and then visit the clan tartan centre and trace your tartan. The mill offers quality clothing, cashmere, knitwear, food, gifts, whisky shop, conservatory restaurant and coffee shop. To find out more information on the Moffat Woollen Mill click here.