Dumfries Local Information: 10 top things to know... more
Dumfries is a town near the English/Scottish border, and much of its history is centred around this fact. The story of Robert the Bruce, the man who won Scotland’s independence, is told through various buildings, ruins, fields and caves in the area. Famous Scottish poet Robert Burns spent the latter part of his life in Dumfries and the town has many sites to visit relating t...Read more
Dumfries is a popular tourist destination. It is close to the Scottish border and Gretna Green – the mecca for young couples wanting a quick wedding. This market town is surrounded by stunning Scottish countryside and is considered the main town of the Dumfries and Galloway region. The town has a campus of the University of Glasgow and so has a lively student population.
The Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival runs for nine days at the end of May and includes music dance, theatre, literature, children’s events, visual arts and films. Performances take place in various venues throughout the town. The Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival runs for two weeks at the beginning of April and celebrates the great outdoors. Events include exhibitio...Read more
The National Museum of Costume takes visitors on a journey through fashion from the Victorian era to the present day. This attraction, in Shambellie House, is open from March to November. The Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum includes the restored Control Tower of a former WWII airfield, an aircraft collection and aircraft artefacts. Mabie Farm Park has an astroslide, boa...Read more
5. Things To Do
Visitors wanting to learn more about Robert the Bruce can follow a trail of all the sites that played a role in his life. The Robert the Bruce Trail takes you back 700 years to where he grew up, how he was influenced and where he forged his skills. A Dumfries Town Trail is also available. There are plenty of ways to enjoy the countryside around Dumfries, including cycle routes...Read more
The modern Loreburne Shopping Centre, in the heart of the town, is home to 21 stores, including many high street names. The town centre itself offers big names as well as many independent local traders offering specialist shopping. The town centre is the subject of an ongoing regeneration project that includes improving the shopping environment and encouraging more retailers t...Read more
By road, the A75 links Dumfries to the M6 leading south, and the M74 leading north. The A75 also leads to the east coast. National Express and Stagecoach offer coach routes from Dumfries to many other UK destinations. Local buses also offer good services within the Dumfries and Galloway region. Trains run to Dumfries from other major towns and cities in the region. The neares...Read more
The Robert Burns Centre doubles up as a film theatre in the evenings, showing all the latest releases. The Theatre Royal, in Dumfries, is the oldest working theatre in Scotland and is run by voluntary group the Guild of Players. It is used for the Guild of Players' own productions and for performances from visiting companies.
9. Famous Landmarks
The triangular-shaped Caerlaverock Castle is over 400 years old and includes a moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements. The castle has many stories to tell, including two major sieges. In the town centre itself is the regenerated Nith Viaduct, which links north west of Dumfries to the town centre.
10. Interesting Fact
Kirkpatrick Macmillan, born in Dumfriesshire in 1812, is the man credited with inventing the first pedal bicycle, which he rode into the town on its first test journey
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