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Dumfries and Galloway Holiday Guide

Travel to Dumfries and Galloway and set free your inner romantic – once the home of Scotland’s best loved poet Robert Burns, this area is well versed in charming its visitors. Dumfries and Galloway is also home to Gretna Green, one of the world’s most popular runaway wedding destinations. Along with the region’s charming towns and villages, travellers can immerse themselves in The Galloway Heartland – a series of mountain landscapes, sweeping stretches of coastline, tranquil lochs and atmospheric forests. Enjoy stunning walks and adventures like off-road mountain biking and horse riding in this diverse area. Golf is also popular in Dumfries and Galloway with many fantastic links and parkland courses to choose from.

Dumfries and Galloway Landmarks

Follow the Robert the Bruce Trail and travel back through the centuries to the time when one of Scotland’s most famous monarchs ruled the land. Four fascinating routes introduce travellers to the locations and events that shaped one of Scotland’s great historical figures. Visit Ruthwell Church to see the remarkable Ruthwell Cross, an elaborately carved Anglo-Saxon monument that stands 18 feet high.

Dumfries and Galloway is also home to many impressive castles, including the UK’s only triangular castle Caerlaverock Castle. Take time to relax and get back to nature at the Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve in Stranraer. Located at the most southerly point of Scotland, this dramatic cliff-top reserve is an excellent place to see wild sea birds in their natural habitat.

Dumfries and Galloway Museums & Galleries

Learn about Scotland’s National Bard at the thought-provoking Robert Burns Centre. Featuring original manuscripts and audio-visual exhibits, the museum paints a vivid picture of this charismatic Scottish poet. Explore the region’s military past at The Devil’s Porridge Museum in Eastriggs. Here you will learn the story of HM Factory Gretna, once the ‘greatest munitions factory on Earth’. For an introduction to arts and culture in Dumfries and Galloway pay a visit to Kirkcudbright. Known as ‘The Artist’s Town’ because of its popularity with 19th century painters, modern visitors can view selections of vibrant work at the Tolbooth Art Centre and Harbour Cottage Gallery.

Dumfries and Galloway Shopping, Restaurants & Nightlife

The towns and villages of Dumfries and Galloway offer visitors a chance to pick up some stylish and unique items. Browse the independent shops in the area for local arts and crafts, including knitwear and jewellery. The region also boasts a number of fantastic garden centres. For a stand-out culinary experience head to Castle Douglas, Scotland’s only designated Food Town. Try exceptional local produce from across Dumfries and Galloway in one of the town’s many distinctive eateries. There are many top restaurants in the region too, including busy town centre bistros and spectacular country house hotels venues. Enjoy your evenings in Dumfries and Galloway at a host of welcoming pubs and bars, and enjoy a night cap of Scotch whisky.

Gretna Green

This iconic village holds over 5,000 weddings every year including an estimated one in six Scottish weddings. The Gretna Hall Blacksmith’s Shop is the original precursor to the Las Vegas wedding chapel! If you’re thinking of eloping there’s no better place.

From Robert Burns' House to beautiful coastal walks and star gazing in Galloway Forest Park, Dumfries and Galloway is full of activities for romantic souls.


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Days Inn Gretna Green £32
Days Inn Gretna Green

Days Inn Gretna Green

Welcome Break Services Area A7, Gretna
     
    3.9
    of 5, from 394 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated in Gretna, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of The Sands Centre, Tullie House Museum and Gallery and Carlisle Cathedral. Carlisle Guildhall and Green Market are also within 12 miles (20 km).

    North West Castle Hotel £57
    North West Castle Hotel

    North West Castle Hotel

    Port Rodie, Stranraer
       
      4.0
      of 5, from 5 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Castle of St John and within 12 miles (20 km) of Castle Kennedy Gardens and Glenluce Abbey. Logan Botanic Garden and Port Logan Beach are also within 16 miles (25 km).

      Smiths at Gretna Green £75
      Smiths at Gretna Green

      Smiths at Gretna Green

      Gretna Green, Gretna
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 190 reviews
        4.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Gretna, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of The Sands Centre, Tullie House Museum and Gallery and Carlisle Cathedral. Carlisle Guildhall and Green Market are also within 12 miles (20 km).

        Best Western Station Hotel £62
        Best Western Station Hotel

        Best Western Station Hotel

        49 Lovers Walk, Dumfries
           
          4.4
          of 5, from 79 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Located in the heart of Dumfries, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Robert Burns Centre and Dumfries Museum. Ellisland Farm and Shambellie House are also within 9 miles (15 km).

          Friars Carse Country House Hotel £62
          Friars Carse Country House Hotel

          Friars Carse Country House Hotel

          Auldgirth, Dumfries
             
            4.4
            of 5, from 78 reviews
            3.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Auldgirth, this historic hotel is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Ellisland Farm and within 9 miles (15 km) of Robert Burns Centre and Dumfries Museum. Drumlanrig Castle is 11.7 mi (18.9 km) away.

            Greens at Gretna £48
            Greens at Gretna

            Greens at Gretna

            Glasgow Road, Gretna
               
              4.3
              of 5, from 192 reviews
              3.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Gretna, this hotel is within 12 miles (20 km) of The Sands Centre, Tullie House Museum and Gallery and Carlisle Cathedral. Carlisle Guildhall and Green Market are also within 12 miles (20 km).

              Days Inn Lockerbie Annandale Water £28
              Days Inn Lockerbie Annandale Water

              Days Inn Lockerbie Annandale Water

              Roadchef Motorway Svc Ar A74M, Lockerbie
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 214 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Situated in Johnstonebridge, this hotel is within 9 miles (15 km) of Lockerbie Ice Rink, Lockerbie Golf Club and Dryfesdale Lodge Visitor Centre. Lochmaben Golf Club and Lochmaben Castle are also within 12 miles (20 km).

                Holiday Inn Dumfries £38
                Holiday Inn Dumfries

                Holiday Inn Dumfries

                The Crichton, Bankend Road, Dumfries
                   
                  4.2
                  of 5, from 194 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Located in the heart of Dumfries, this hotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Dumfries Museum and 1.6 mi (2.7 km) from Robert Burns Centre. Caerlaverock Castle and Ellisland Farm are also within 9 miles (15 km).

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