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Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

Housed within an 18th century windmill located on a hilltop overlooking to town, Dumfries Museum is certainly unique. It contains a large number of artefacts of local and national importance, such as fossil footprints left by prehistoric reptiles and tools and weapons from early inhabitants of the area. The top floor of the building is dedicated to a camera obscura which dates back to 1836 and offers panoramic views of the town and surrounding countyside.

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Caerlaverock Castle

Caerlaverock Castle is a medieval stronghold with a turbulent history. Home to the Maxwell's and dating back to the 13th Century, it’s unique triangular shape, imposing sandstone walls and defensive moat makes it one of the most impressive looking castles in Scotland. Today, the castle is a five-star visitor attraction with a siege warfare exhibition, nature trail and children’s adventure park.

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Theatre Royal

The Theatre Royal in Dumfries, opened in 1792, is Scotland’s oldest working theatre. It has played host to some illustrious visitors, including Robert Burns, Charlie Chaplin and Stan Laurel. Today, it is owned and operated by Dumfries’ Guild of Players who put on a regular season of plays including a Christmas pantomime.

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Guid Nychburris

Not so much an attraction as an event, the Guid Nychburris Festival takes place annually in Dumfries, generally on the third weekend in June. Deriving its name from the Middle Scots words meaning “good neighbours”; the festivities include a pageant, the coronation of the Queen of the South and the Riding of the Marches.

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Eating out

Dumfries has a superb choice of restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets. Local favourites include Primo Piano for fresh Italian food, Caven's Arms for traditional pub grub and Mrs Green's Tea Lounge for the best afternoon tea in town. Easterbrook Bistro, Bar and Spa is now open within the grounds of UWS Dumfries Campus, and Pizzeria il Fiume is virtually next door to UWS Accommodation at Dock Park.


If you fancy a night on the tiles, Dumfries has some lively pubs and clubs that are worth a visit. The Globe Inn, established in 1610, was frequented by Robert Burns. The room and chair which Burns used are still in use today and if you want to sit in his chair you must recite at least one line from his poems. Complete with its own ghost that is said to make an appearance at parties and special events, the Globe offers quality drinks and a great atmosphere.

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Dumfries & Galloway offers an extensive range of recreational facilities and is home to internationally-renowned mountainbiking facilities. The region has five of the seven internationally-renowned 7Stanes mountain biking centres



As the home of golf, there is lots of choice if for the keen golfer. Dumfries & Galloway has several 9 and 18-hole competition-grade golf courses. The Crichton Golf Club is adjacent to UWS Dumfries Campus, and other clubs including Dumfries & Country and Dumfries & Galloway offer affordable golfing to students

Crichton golf Club


Galloway Activity Centre, situated on the banks of Loch Ken, specialises in outdoor activities including archery, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, mountain biking, rock climbing, zip wire and much more. You can visit for the day or stay onsite in a variety of different accommodation including eco pods, yurts and Lochside cabins.

Galloway Activity Centre

Galloway Forest Park

Galloway Forest Park, located a short distance from Dumfries, is the largest forest park in Britain with over 300 square miles of forest to explore. The ancient woodland is home to a great variety of wildlife including deer, red squirrels, otters and wild goats in the Galloway Goat Park. The park is perfect for a day out, whether it be walking, cycling, fishing or just sitting back and enjoying the stunning scenery.

Galloway Forest Park
Last updated: 20/09/2017