The historically rich and scenically beautiful country of Scotland is packed with wonderful opportunities for visitors to enjoy an array of thrilling outdoor activities and cultural events. Booking a hotel in the Scotland's most southern region of Dumfries and Galloway will provide you with the opportunity to explore everything from its wooded forest and rolling grass hills, to its magnificent Solway Coast that features both hidden beaches and diverse wildlife. For those after a more adventurous holiday, the Soloway Coastal Heritage Trail provides a 190 mile trekking route that winds its way amongst historic castles, quaint coastal villages, museums, beaches and more. Whether you’re looking for an idyllic landscape to relax in or are after some active fun, the region of Dumfries and Galloway makes for a perfect holiday destination.
Visit the Sothern Capital of Dumfries
Referred to as “the queen of the south”, the historic town of Dumfries is home to a number of important sites and relics that have played a major role in Scottish history, such as the Greyfriars monastery (the site of today’s Grefriars Kirk) where Robert the Bruce murdered John Comyn en-route to taking the Scottish throne. For those with a literary interest, you’ll be eager to know that the town has housed a number of famed literary figures including the author of Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie, as well as Scotland’s most acclaimed man of letters, Robert Burns, who penned the internationally recognized Auld Lang Syne at his home here, now the Robert Burns Centre. Dumfries is a great place to base your regional exploration from, and to book your stay at a hotel or guesthouse, simply use Expedia's handy search tool.
The Galloway Heartland and Kirkcudbright
The town of Kirkcudbright sits in the Galloway Heartland and boasts a stunning mix of Georgian and Victorian architecture along with MacLellan’s Castle, a 16th century fortress overlooking the harbour. To view some natural sites, head-out of town along the Galloway Red Kite Trail, which features 24 miles of road along with 14 miles of walking trail in Galloway Forest Park—don’t miss your chance to catch a peek of the rare and spectacular Red Kite bird species. Other wonderful natural spots worth discovering include the Wildlife and Wetlands Centre and National Nature Reserve, which are found along the Solway Coastal Heritage Trail.