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Discover nature and culture when you visit Dumfries and Galloway

© ShutterstockRiver Nith and Old Bridge in Dumfries, Scotland
Take in breathtaking sunset views when you visit Dumfries and Galloway.

This part of lowland Scotland is an adventure playground that offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy the great outdoors. It’s also popular for its arts and cultural activities.

So whether you’re ready to go cycling or to enjoy a dram at Robert Burns’ stomping ground, visit Dumfries and Galloway to find something special and memorable in store for you.

Kirkcudbright Galleries

the core exhibition at the Kirkcudbright Galleries is a must see when you visit Dumfries and Galloway © Supplied by various local destin
Kirkcudbright Galleries celebrates the local artist’s colony that flourished in the late 19th century. (Image provided by Ashleigh Building Limited.)

Kirkcudbright Galleries is a regional art gallery of national significance.

The Galleries, which opened in June 2018, is a high quality, architect-designed venue, presenting the story of Kirkcudbright’s art heritage in an innovative and engaging way, alongside temporary historical and contemporary art exhibitions.

The core exhibition on permanent display is a celebration of Kirkcudbright Artists, an artist’s colony that began in the late 19th century.

Kirkcudbright’s history as an artistic centre is unique in Scotland and in Scottish Art as it’s the only town where an artists’ community or ‘colony’ flourished for a long period.

The core exhibition consists of works from the Dumfries and Galloway Council Recognised collection.

Current Temporary Exhibition

Raymond Briggs: A Retrospective. A Touring Exhibition from Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration
30th July to 30th October 2022.

With never-before-seen artwork, this exhibition delves into the work of the author-illustrator behind some of the UK’s most influential children’s books and graphic novels. Raymond Briggs (1934-2022) is best-known for silent picture book The Snowman (1978). But over a 60-year career, Briggs created illustrated books on themes from family relationships and grief to social mobility and political satire.

Kirkcudbright Galleries is open all year and attracts around 50,000 visits per year.  The site is run by Dumfries and Galloway Council Arts and Museums service. The site also hosts the Kirkcudbright Galleries Café which is a local enterprise.

To know more, log on to Kirkcudbright Galleries’ website.

The Globe Inn

the nondescript facade of the Globe Inn belies the treasures inside when you visit Dumfries and Galloway © Supplied by various local destin
The Globe Inn was the favourite haunt of Scotland’s national poet, Robert Burns.

The Globe Inn, recently named the most historic pub in Scotland, has been a firm fixture on Dumfries High Street for over 400 years.

Established in 1610, it was the favourite haunt of Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns, who spent a great deal of time there.

Explore the rooms where Burns lived, loved, and entertained by taking the classic Burns tour – during which you can even sit on his chair and recite the words of Burns himself. Discover the windows with verses of poetry inscribed by the bard using his diamond tipped stylus.

You can even find out all about the traditional Scottish delights that Burns would have eaten at The Globe Inn, including sheep’s heid, haggis, and clootie dumpling.

Thankfully, the menu has moved on in the past few years. The Globe Inn now offers casual fine dining, serving up a creative and seasonally inspired menu using only the finest locally sourced ingredients.

Executive Chef Jonathan Brett and his team deliver an award-winning experience unlike anything else in the South of Scotland. The dishes are deliberately daring, delicately plated and delightfully served. It’s no wonder The Globe Inn was named Dumfries & Galloway Restaurant of the Year in 2021.

Visit the Globe Inn’s website for more information or to book your visit.

Annandale Distillery

the facade of the Annandale Distillery tells its history when you visit Dumfries and Galloway © Supplied by various local destin
Since it reopened its doors in 2014, the Annandale Distillery has been welcoming visitors who want to sample its unique whiskies.

For a real taste of the spirit of Scotland, a visit to the iconic Annandale Distillery in Annan is a must.

It’s one of the oldest distilleries in the country and visitors have been tasting world-class whiskies there since it reopened in 2014.

Enjoy a guided tour of the five-star working distillery and discover its fascinating past with a glimpse into its future.

With tours on the hour, every hour, visitors can learn about the distillery’s historic links with Johnnie Walker, the science behind its whiskies’ unique flavours, and its distillation process.

Buy a bottle, tasting pack or cask, and enjoy a spot of lunch in the award-nominated Maltings Coffee Shop.

Annandale Distillery has been recognised by Tripadvisor as a 2022 Travellers’ Choice award-winner. The award celebrates businesses which have received great traveller reviews from visitors from around the globe on Tripadvisor over the last 12 months. Annandale Distillery stood out by consistently delivering positive experiences to guests on tours and diners at its coffee shop, The Maltings.

Check out the Annandale Distillery’s website for more information or to book your visit.

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel

'magic hour' at Corsewall Lighthouse is a photo opportunity you can't miss when you visit Dumfries and Galloway © Supplied by various local destin
The Corsewall Lighthouse was designed by the grandfather of Scottish novelist, R.L. Stevenson.

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel is a unique destination. The foundation stone was laid on the same day as the battle of Waterloo and the lighthouse was designed by Robert Stevenson, the grandfather of Scottish novelist, Robert Louis Stevenson.

The lighthouse is still in operation today, run by the Northern Lighthouse Board.

Guests can anticipate an evening spent in the cosy restaurant, enjoying a traditional five-course Scottish dinner. The meal often includes lobsters caught right outside the hotel along with locally sourced fillet of Scottish beef.

The hotel is set in 20 acres of rugged coastline, home to deer, seals, otters, sea birds, hares and much more. Rooms in the hotel are cosy and welcoming, some with sea views, some facing the grounds, one with an impressive four-poster bed and private balcony.  The suites in the grounds offer spacious accommodations with impressive views of Alisa Craig, Mull of Kintyre and the Ayrshire Coast.

Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel is a place of quiet relaxation, the perfect spot for a coastal walk, bird watching, fishing or a quiet afternoon with a good book. No evening is complete without a trip outside, once it is dark, to stand under the beams of the Lighthouse looking out to sea.

Visit the Corsewall Lighthouse Hotel’s website for more details or to book your stay.

Cressfield Park

facade of a residential lodge at Cressfield Park © Supplied by various local destin
Stay for vacation or own a residential lodge at Cressfield Park near Brownmoor Wood and Solway Firth.

Cressfield Park is a peaceful rural park – the  perfect location to own a holiday static caravan, or stay short- or long-term with a tourer or motorhome.

The park is situated on the edge of Ecclefechan village, one mile from Junction 19 off the M74. Gretna Green, Lockerbie and Annan are just several miles away.

Set in 40  acres and nestled in the tranquil countryside, the park offers stunning views. And because it’s at the foot of Brownmoor Wood, it’s ideal for exploring south-west Scotland.

With Solway Firth within easy reach, visitors can enjoy fishing, leisurely strolls, cycling, or driving around the local area.

Shops are within walking distance while the local hotel and pub are also nearby.

New and used holiday statics as well as residential lodge homes are available.

Log on to Cressfield Park’s website for more information on the caravan and residential parks.