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Things to do in Dumfries

The Queen of the South is the county town of Dumfriesshire, located on the River Nith as it enters Solway Firth

Known for...   Dumfries Museum and camera obscura



 

  Attractions

New Abbey Corn Mill

In full working order, the water-powered New Abbey Corn Mill has been carefully restored and is operated regularly in summer.
New Abbey, south of Dumfries
DG2 8BX

 

Caerlaverock Castle

With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold.
Shore Road
Shearington
DG1 4RU

 

Threave Garden

Threave is a teaching garden with a very wide range of attractions - something to interest every gardener, in fact.
Castle Douglas
Dumfries & Galloway
DG7 1RX

 

Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

The unassuming exterior of this wee house in Ecclefechan near Lockerbie belies its significance in Scottish literary history.
The Arched House, Ecclefechan
Lockerbie
Dumfries and Galloway
DG11 3DG

 

Lincluden Collegiate Church FREE

The remains of a collegiate church and the accommodation for its canons founded in 1389 by Archibald the Grim, 3rd Earl of Douglas.
On the western outskirts of Dumfries in Abbey Lane on A76
DG2 0DG

 

Lochmaben Castle FREE

The much reduced remains of a royal castle originally built by the English in the 14th century.
On the shore of Lochmaben Loch
DG11 1JE

 

Sweetheart Abbey

Sweetheart Abbey was founded in 1273 by Lady Dervorgilla of Galloway in memory of her husband John Balliol.
New Abbey
DG2 8BU

 

Threave Estate

One of the National Trust for Scotland’s top 10 most visited attractions, Threave Estate is the perfect place for a family day out.
Castle Douglas
Dumfries & Galloway
DG7 1RX

 

Threave Castle

On an island in the River Dee stands Threave Castle, a massive 14th century tower built by Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway.
near Castle Douglas
DG7 1TJ

 

Mabie Farm Park

A wonderful day out for all the family.
Burnside Farm
Mabie
Dumfries and Galloway
DG2 8EZ

01387259666

 

Drumcoltran Tower FREE

A well-preserved tower of mid16th-century simply planned and built, sitting within a busy modern farmyard.
7m north east of Dalbeattie, among farm buildings off the A7
DG2 8LF

 

Morton Castle FREE

A fine late 13th-century hall house, a stronghold of the Douglases.
Morton Loch
1.5m east of Carronbridge off the A702
DG3 5EJ

 

Orchardton Tower FREE

A charming little tower house of the mid-15th-century.
6m south east of Castle Douglas on the A711.
DG7 1QH

 
 

  Museums

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura

Local history museum with the oldest working camera obscura in the world, contained in an 18th century windmill.
The Observatory
Rotchell Road
Dumfries
DG2 7SW

01387253374

 
 

  Beaches

Rockcliffe FREE

Rockcliffe is one of Scotland's prettiest stretches of coastline. It is perfect for exploring, with a network of paths.
Dumfries & Galloway
DG5 4QQ

 

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