Enjoy the Dumfries Gateway to Golf Pass that allows you to benefit from reduced rates on the best courses in the area for further info go to Visit Scotland’s Golf Pages.
Alternatively feel free to book your itinerary from the many courses on offer or we would be happy to do it for you just give us a call, we can even book you on some of the top courses when you arrive.
We have it all with over 200 miles of coastline and acres of forest hikes and walks. The region always rewards you with spectacular views and breathtaking scenery. The Southern Upland Way which is the longest in Scotland starts in Dumfries and Galloway and stretches all along the coast for 212 miles.
We take the credit in Dumfries and Galloway for the invention of the first modern day bicycle by a local blacksmith Kirkpatrick Macmillan in 1839. We certainly have the beautiful scenery and quiet roads and trails to ensure a cycling holiday is the ideal way to explore the region. We even have Scotland’ s only museum dedicated to bicycles at Drumlanrig Castle.
If you are feeling more energetic you are in the perfect place to tackle the famous off road world class mountain biking challenge of the 7 Stanes for further info go to www.7stanes.gov.uk/
For your peace of mind our secure basement at Glenaldor House allows you to leave all your valuable bikes and sporting equipment in a safe and protected area.
You will be spoilt for choice with our coastline, rivers and lochs which offer great fishing in relaxed surroundings.
Our local coastline has attracted sea anglers for years with great fishing and fantastic views of the Lake District, Ireland and the Isle of Man.
Our many rivers such as the Nith, Annan and Cree are a magnet for the run of sea trout and Solway salmon.
Our many lochs are a haven for dedicated course fishers looking for sport in landing Carp, perch and pike.
Born in 1759 our most famous son came to Dumfries in 1778 and lived and worked here until his untimely death in 1796 at the age of 37. Scotland’ s National Bard lived life to the full and was a famed womaniser who loved to hold court in his favourite watering hole the Globe Inn which today still retains much of its former atmosphere having been a hostelry since 1610.
Rabbie is buried in a Grecian Mausoleum in St Michael’ s Kirkyard in Dumfries with his wife and 5 of her family. On the 25th July, the day of his funeral his widow Jean gave birth to their last son Maxwell. His historical legacy is apparent in many locations around Dumfries today.
Make time to discover some of the famous names and places associated with Dumfries and Galloway. Names like Lady Devorgilla and John Balliol at Sweetheart Abbey, which Lady Devorgilla built in 1273 as a lasting memorial to her true love John Balliol. She carried his heart in a Silver casket close to her bosom until she died and was buried along with him at the abbey.
The famed Robert the Bruce who was born in 1274 at the family castle in Lochmaben surrounded by the beautiful Castle Loch. Also explore his cave in Kirkpatrick Fleming where in 1306 after suffering a heavy defeat he went into hiding for 3 months. Whilst there he happened to watch a spider relentlessly try and try again to spin a web until it succeeded, thus giving him the strength to raise an army and win the historic Battle of Bannockburn . It is also said to be the birth of the saying If at first you don’ t succeed try and try again
Wildlife / Natural Attractions
With its 200 miles of coastline Dumfries and Galloway welcomes huge numbers of migrant wading birds and wildfowl through Autumn and Winter. You can see them gather en-masse in places such as Caerlaverock and Wigtown Bay.
Head inland to our many woodland and forest trails, extremely popular with walkers, cyclists, horse-riders and drivers. Red Squirrels and Pine Martins use the woods along with roaming Red Deer and Wild Goats. You also get the opportunity to watch various birds of prey such as Merlin, Hen Harriers and even the occasional Golden Eagle.
Galloway has recently reintroduced Red Kite back into the area and in the region of Loch Ken there are various observation points provided to educate nature lovers and ensure the long term future of the species in the area.
To finish a personal favourite visit the Grey Mare’ s Tail East of Moffat to see the spectacular waterfall and the fabulous view of the surrounding area.