In Scotland’s southernmost region and on the banks of the River Nith lies the market town and former royal burgh of Dumfries. Locally known as the “Queen of the South”, this historic town has close ties with Scotland’s National Bard Robert Burns and is home to lots of quaint hotels and pubs, and a number of important cultural sites.
The towns numerous monuments and historical offerings range from the grounds of Greyfriar’s Church where Robert the Bruce murdered John Comyn on his way to claiming the Scottish throne, to the ruins of nearby Sweetheart Abbey, built by Lady Devorgilla in 1273 in honour of her late husband.
Visit the Robert Burns Centre
For those looking to best understand the cultural heart of Scotland, there is no better place to start than with their most cherished son, the poet and songwriter Robert Burns. Visit the Robert Burns Centre, located in an 18th century watermill, where you can learn about Burns’ life, read from original manuscripts and see some of his personal belongings.
Book Your Stay in Dumfries
Dumfries is home to a number of Scottish hotels, B&Bs and guesthouses, all of which can provide you with a great base for your local explorations. So be sure to start planning your Dumfries adventure using the Expedia search tool, and you’ll soon be discovering the beauty of Scotland’s “Queen of the South”.