Welcome to Dumfries and Galloway

About Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway is an ideal holiday destination, providing something for all the family whether it is for relaxation, sporting pursuits, site seeing, bird watching or nature walks.  Click on things to do to find out more

This beautiful region provides a view of Scotland in miniature , it stretches, east to west, from Stranraer to Langholm and from just south of Glasgow in the north to the border at Gretna in the south. It is a large area with a very rich and colourful past. The many miles of rolling countryside and extensive attractive coastline makes this region a hikers dream. There are a number of smugglers caves on the Solway coast, smuggling was plied between the Solway Coast and England. This is what brought Rabbie Burns to Dumfries, he is known for his poetry but his day job was that of an exciseman sent to catch the smugglers.


Dumfries and Galloway was the home of Robert Burns, J. M. Barrie, author of “Peter Pan”, John Paul Jones, founder of the American Navy.  Also, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, a Scottish blacksmith, credited with inventing the bicycle, and many more interesting people. It is the location of a very interesting Aircraft museum, also,many fine houses, castles and gardens.


The county is made up of 4 areas; Wigtownshire (SE), Stewarty (SE Central) Nithsdale (N and Central), Annandale & Eskdale (SW).

Dumfries and Galloway activities and things to do

Dumfries and Galloway has 5 world renowned mountain biking courses, known as the 7 Stanes, making this a moutain biking Mecca.  The hubs of the trail, or central points, are at Dalbeattie, Mabie, AE, Glentrool and Kirroughtree, of which Glentrool and Kirroughtree are Forestry Commission visitor centres. The visitor centres each have cafes to refresh and re-generate the cyclists.

There is excellent hill walking in the Moffat Hills, Lowther Hills, the Carsphairn and Scaur Hills, all over Galloway Forest Parks and the Glenkens regions.

For stargazers, there is the Galloway Forest Dark Sky Park, there is a vast array of stars and planets which are visible with the naked eye. There is different display every night. The reason for this is that as we travel round the sun we get a constantly changing view of the stars.

The Southern Upland Way is a coast to coast walk starting near Port Patrick in the SE area of Dumfries and Galloway, through to Berwick upon Tweed (341km) away, on the northern border between Scotland and England.

The Annandale Way is 53 mile long, from the Solway Firth to the Moffat Hills. The coastal areas also offer fantastic sailing and windsurfing opportunities.

There is so much to love about Dumfries and Galloway and so much to see and do, we thoroughly recommend it for both relaxation and exploration.

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This was the last printed Dumfries and Galloway Guide produced in 2012.  A new Guide is hoped to be produced.
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