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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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North West Castle Hotel
North West Castle Hotel

North West Castle Hotel

Port Rodie, Stranraer
     
    4.2
    of 5, from 11 reviews
    3.0 out of 5.0

    Situated near the beach, this hotel is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Castle of St John and within 6 miles (10 km) of Castle Kennedy Gardens and Cairnryan Port. Glenluce Abbey and Ardwell Gardens are also within 12 miles (20 km).

    Days Inn Gretna Green £35
    Days Inn Gretna Green

    Days Inn Gretna Green

    Welcome Break Services Area A7, Gretna
       
      3.9
      of 5, from 431 reviews
      3.0 out of 5.0

      Situated in Gretna, this hotel is in the same region as Annandale Distillery, Clan Armstrong Centre and Carlisle Castle. Regional attractions also include Bitts Park and The Sands Centre.

      Cairndale Hotel £60
      Cairndale Hotel

      Cairndale Hotel

      English Street, Dumfries
         
        3.8
        of 5, from 149 reviews
        3.0 out of 5.0

        Situated in Dumfries, this spa hotel is close to Robert Burns Centre, Dumfries Museum and Dumfries Ice Bowl. Local attractions also include Dalscone Farm Fun and Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum.

        Greens at Gretna £51
        Greens at Gretna

        Greens at Gretna

        Glasgow Road, Gretna
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 203 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0

          Situated in Gretna, this hotel is in the same region as Clan Armstrong Centre, Carlisle Castle and Annandale Distillery. Regional attractions also include Bitts Park and The Sands Centre.

          Days Inn Lockerbie Annandale Water
          Days Inn Lockerbie Annandale Water

          Days Inn Lockerbie Annandale Water

          Roadchef Motorway Svc Ar A74M, Lockerbie
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 225 reviews
            2.0 out of 5.0

            Situated in Lockerbie, this hotel is in the same region as Lochmaben Golf Club, Southern Upland Way Trailhead and Lockerbie Ice Rink. Regional attractions also include Lockerbie Golf Club and Moffat Community Nature Reserve.

            Hamilton House £60
            Hamilton House

            Hamilton House

            12 Moffat Road, Dumfries
               
              4.8
              of 5, from 208 reviews
              4.0 out of 5.0

              Situated in Dumfries, this guesthouse is within 1 mile (2 km) of Dalscone Farm Fun, Dumfries Museum and Robert Burns Centre. Dumfries Ice Bowl and Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum are also within 3 miles (5 km).

              The Portpatrick Hotel and Apartments
              The Portpatrick Hotel and Apartments

              The Portpatrick Hotel and Apartments

              Heugh Road, Stranraer
                 
                4.0
                of 5, from 33 reviews
                2.0 out of 5.0

                Situated by the sea, this hotel is in the same area as Castle of St John. Regional attractions also include Castle Kennedy Gardens and Ardwell Gardens.

                Gretna Hall Hotel £46
                Gretna Hall Hotel

                Gretna Hall Hotel

                Gretna Green, Gretna
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 199 reviews
                  3.0 out of 5.0

                  Situated in a shopping district, this hotel is in the same region as Clan Armstrong Centre, Annandale Distillery and Carlisle Castle. Regional attractions also include Bitts Park and The Sands Centre.

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