Nithsdale

Nithsdale

Dumfries, the capital of the region, is a historic market town with all the attractions and amenities of a modern town. There are lots of things to see and do, from shopping to swimming! Pay a visit to Robert Burns House, which is where Scotland's famous bard spent his last few days before his death in 1796. Camera Obscura provides a panoramic view of the town and tells the history of its residents over the centuries. Why not enjoy a leisurely stroll along the River Nith, stopping at Dock Park for a coffee and delicious cupcake!

Thornhill was created in 1714 as a planned village to be a staging post between Dumfries and Glasgow. The wide main street boasts both lime trees and rather opulent Victorian villas, making shopping and stopping for a bite to eat in Thornhill a delight! Just up the road from Thornhill is the spectacular Drumlanrig Castle. A massive 17th Century mansion, still home to the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry.

Not far from here is the popular and interesting Hidden Treasures Lead Mining Museum in Wanlockhead; Scotland's highest village. Lean about how the mining families lived, explore a typical miner's cottage and try your hand at gold panning (July, August and Bank Holiday's).

Nestling in the spectacular Nith Valley, Sanquhar is a charming little market town. One of Sanquhar's tiniest residents is the Post Office - the oldest in the world, having first opened its doors in 1712. The Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum is fascinating inside and out, housing the stories and history of Sanquhar and its people in a notable Georgian Tolbooth, Stop by at the A' the Airts to browse their range of local crafts, arts, music and books. View the gallery, or enjoy a bite in the café.