DUMFRIES and GALLOWAY

 
 

 
Barsalloch FortMonreithPrehistoric Site
An Iron Age promontory fort, defended by a deep u-shaped ditch. A steep climb.

Bladnoch DistilleryWigtownDistillery
Attractive stone built distillery built 1817. Tours/adults £3, parking, large gift shop, camping £6 for 2 adults; forest walk, fishing, garden riverside picnic area.

Broughton House & GardenKirkcudbrightHouse & Garden
Behind the fine 18th century town house with its pink lime washed exterior lies a treasure trove of collections together with a magically secret garden. A little known treasure of a fine town house and garden nestling on the banks of the River Dee in Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway. Broughton House was the home of artist E A Hornel. Behind the pink limewashed walls a delightfully uplifting collection of art, ceramics, furniture and literature together with a magically secret garden lie hidden. This fine 18th century town house, bought by Hornel in 1901 became his home and studio.

Caerlaverock CastleBy GlencapleCastle
With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold. The castle’s turbulent history owes much to its proximity to England which brought it into border conflicts. Visitors can enjoy a siege warfare exhibition, a children’s adventure park and a nature trail.

Cairn Holy Chambered CairnsCarsluithPrehistoric Site
Two remarkably complete Neolithic burial cairns, of a type characteristic of Galloway. The cairns are situated on a hill offering fine views over Wigtown Bay.

Cardoness CastleGatehouse of FleetCastle
A well-preserved six storey tower house of the McCullochs dating back to the 15th century. Its battlements command excellent views over Fleet Bay.

Carlyle's BirthplaceEcclefechan, LockerbieHouse
In 1795 the great social historian, Thomas Carlyle was born in this humble house. The three rooms of the museum contain many of Carlyle’s possessions, providing a fascinating insight into nineteenth century life in a small Scottish town.

Carsluith CastleCarsluithCastle
The delightful and well-preserved ruin of a tower house of 16th-century date. The 18th-century ranges of outhouses are still in use by the farmer, reminding the visitor that such houses were originally linked to outbuildings. One of its owners was the last abbot of Sweetheart Abbey.

Castle Douglas Art GalleryCastle DouglasArt Gallery
Excellent venue which plays host to an annual programme of exhibitions ranging from fine art, craft to photography. Many exhibits displayed are for sale.

Castle of St JohnStranraerCastle
The Castle of St. John is alternatively known as the Chapel or Stranraer Castle and is located in the centre of Stranraer in Dumfries and Galloway. Restored by Wigtown District Council and open to the public since 1990, the castle was built in 1510 by Ninian Adair of Kilhurst, one of the most powerful Lairds of Wigtownshire.

Chapel FinianPort WilliamChapel
The foundation remains of a small chapel in an enclosure, built in the Irish style, probably as a chapel for pilgrims on their way to Whithorn, having landed at the nearby shore.

Cream O' Galloway Visitor CentreGatehouse of FleetVisitor Centre
Visitor centre based on organic dairy farm and producers of luxury home-made ice-cream. Adventure playground, nature trails and daily tours - fun for all!

Druchtag MotteMochrumCastle
A fine example of a motte castle in a part of Scotland where this type of early timber castle proliferated in the 12th and 13th centuries. A very steep climb.

Drumcoltran TowerDalbeattieTower
A well-preserved tower of mid16th-century simply planned and built, sitting within a busy modern farmyard.

Drumtroddan Cup and Ring Marked RocksPort WilliamPrehistoric Site
Three groups of well-defined cup and ring marks on bedrock probably carved in the Bronze Age. Part of an important prehistoric landscape.

Drumtroddan Standing StonesPort WilliamPrehistoric Site
An alignment of three stones, one of which has fallen. Together with Drumtroddan Cup and Ring Marked Rocks, they are part of an important prehistoric landscape.

Dundrennan AbbeyDundrennanCathedral - Abbey
Dundrennan Abbey was founded in 1142 by Fergus, Lord of Galloway, with the help of King David I of Scotland. The white-robed Cistercian monks came from Rievaulx Abbey, in North Yorkshire. For 400 years, the monks worshipped at Dundrennan. However, we know little about them. The names of abbots and other officials are known from grave-markers, charters and other legal documents. A hint of the abbey’s economy comes from papers dealing with the wool trade. But for the most part we have only its physical remains to tell its history.

Glenluce AbbeyGlenluceCathedral - Abbey
Glenluce Abbey was founded around 1192 by Roland, Lord of Galloway. The white-clad Cistercian monks who settled in this secluded valley of the Water of Luce most probably came from Dundrennan Abbey, near Kirkcudbright. They brought with them not only the austere way of life for which the Cistercians were renowned, but also the sombre splendour of their architecture. Monastic life lasted for 400 years, but because no cartulary – or register – for the abbey survives, its history is sketchy. We catch glimpses of a community going about its spiritual and temporal business much like Cistercian monasteries elsewhere.

Grey Mare's Tail Nature ReserveNr MoffatNature Reserve
A 60m waterfall tumbles into the Moffat Water Valley from the waters of Loch Skene, high above in the Moffat Hills. The property extends to White Coomb, the highest hill in Dumfriesshire.

Kirkmadrine Early Christian StonesSandheadAncient Monument
Three of the earliest Christian memorial stones in Britain, dating from the 5th or early 6th century, displayed in the porch of a former chapel.

Laggangairn Standing StonesNew LuceAncient Monument
Two stones carved with early Christian crosses. Difficult access signposted through Forestry Commission land on the Southern Upland Way.

Lincluden Collegiate ChurchDumfriesChurch
The remains of a collegiate church and the accommodation for its canons founded in 1389 by Archibald the Grim, 3rd Earl of Douglas on the site of an earlier nunnery. The splendid chancel was probably added by his son Archibald, the 4th Earl, and houses the exquisite monumental tomb of his wife, Princess Margaret, daughter of Robert III.

Lochmaben CastleLochmabenCastle
The much reduced remains of a royal castle originally built by the English in the 14th century. The castle was extensively rebuilt during the reign of James IV (1488-1513). Largely dismantled after its capture by James VI in 1588. View exterior only. The extensive remains of earthworks, including a rectangular ‘peel’ (timber palisaded enclosure) built by Edward I of England, are visible around the masonry castle.

MacLellans CastleKirkcudbrightCastle
The remains of this late 16th century noble residence demonstrate how architecture evolved from the heavily defended tower house to a new more domestic, if grand, scale. MacLellan’s Castle is named after Sir Thomas MacLellan of Bombie (d. 1597). Sir Thomas was provost of Kirkcudbright and a powerful man in local politics. Following the Protestant Reformation in 1560, he acquired the site and buildings of the convent of Greyfriars, established in the town by James II in 1449, and set about building himself a new residence in its place. By 1582, MacLellan’s Castle was sufficiently complete for him to move in. Five years later, he and his second wife, Grissel, entertained their sovereign, James VI, in this spacious house.

Marrbury SmokehouseCarsluithSpeciality Foods
Luxury smokehouse shop and speciality cafe. Free entry to restored castle on site. Hand Producers of elite smoked foods. Wild Salmon available in season

Merkland CrossKirkpatrick FlemingAncient Monument
A fine carved wayside cross of the 15th century.

Morton CastleThornhillCastle
A fine late 13th-century hall house, a stronghold of the Douglases.

New Abbey Corn MillNew AbbeyMill
The three-storey whitewashed mill building was built around the end of the 18th century by the Stewarts of nearby Shambellie House. In full working order, the water-powered New Abbey Corn Mill has been carefully restored and is operated regularly in summer months to demonstrate to visitors how oatmeal is produced.

Orchardton TowerPalnackieTower House
A charming little tower house of the mid-15th-century. The property is, uniquely, circular in plan.

Rispain CampWhithornAncient Monument
A rectangular settlement defended by a bank and ditch. The site dates from the 1st or 2nd century AD.

RockcliffeRockcliffeCoast
Rockcliffe is a beautiful coastal landscape in the sheltered Urr estuary. A network of small paths running through a mosaic of woodland, meadow and heather-topped granite outcrops, offer walkers fantastic views out to Rough Island and the Solway.

Ruthwell CrossRuthwellStone Cross
This Anglian Cross dates from the end of the 7th century AD and is considered one of the major monuments of early medieval Europe.

Stewartry Museum, TheKirkcudbrightMuseum
Founded in 1879, it’s collections chiefly relate to human and natural history of the Stewartry (Kirkcudbrightshire). Permanent collection includes Siller Gun and works by Jessie M King.

Sweetheart AbbeyNew AbbeyCathedral - Abbey
Sweetheart Abbey was founded in 1273 by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway in memory of her husband John Balliol. On her death, she was laid to rest next to her husband’s embalmed heart and the monks named their abbey in memory of her.

Threave CastleCastel DouglasCastle
On an island in the River Dee stands Threave Castle, a massive 14th century tower built by Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway. The stronghold of the Black Douglases, it has at its base an artillery fortification built before 1455 when James II besieged the castle. The castle is accessible only by boat.

Threave GardenCastle DouglasGarden
This Scottish Baronial-style house, located only a mile from Castle Douglas, commands superb views over the magnificent gardens and surrounding estate, owned in the 14th century by the Black Douglas family and now a renowned wildlife habitat. William Gordon, a successful Liverpool businessman, bought the estate in 1867, and built the impressive sandstone house that dominates the 64-acre garden. Today Threave is famous for its spectacular gardens, beautiful house and superb Visitor Centre, all of which can be used for corporate and private events.

Tolbooth Art CentreKircudbrightArt Gallery
Find out about Kirkcudbright's famous artists, and see their works on permanent display. Top floor gallery used for ever changing exhibitions. Cafe and gift shop.

Torhouse Stone CircleWigtownPrehistoric Site
A Bronze Age stone circle consisting of 19 boulders. This type of stone circle is most commonly found in north east Scotland and is therefore unusual for this area.

Wanlockhead Beam EngineWanlockheadBeam Engine
An early 19th-century wooden water-balance pump for draining a lead mine, with the track of a horse engine beside it.

Whithorn Priory and MuseumWhithornPriory
One of the earliest Christian sites in Scotland, Whithorn was traditionally held to be founded by St Ninian in the 5th or 6th century. In the 12th century a priory for Premonstratensians was built here and became the cathedral church of Galloway. Whilst little of the Priory survives today, visitors may still follow the pilgrimage route taken by medieval pilgrims to visit the shrine of St Ninian located in the vault of the Priory.


 
Arbigland GardensKirkbean
Ardwell House GardensArdwell,Stranraer
Armstrong Clan MuseumLangholm
Barnbarroch PotteryKippford
Barwinnock HerbsBarrhill
Bennan WoodNew Galloway
Brighouse Bay Golf and Leisure ClubBorgue, Nr Kirkcudbright
Broom FisheriesNewbie
Burns HouseDumfries
Burns MausoleumDumfries
Cairnsmore NurseryCastle Douglas
Carsphairn Heritage CentreCarsphairn
Castle Douglas Tourist Information CentreCastle Douglas
Castle Kennedy GardensStranraer
Clan Armstrong CentreCanonbie
Clatteringshaws Forest Wildlife CentreNew Galloway
Clog and Shoe Workshop, TheBalmaclellan
Colfin SmokehousePortpatrick
Comiongon CastleClarencefield, Dumfries
Craigieburn Wood Car ParkMoffat
Creetown Gem Rock MuseumCreetown
Creetown Heritage MuseumCreetown
Dalbeattie Town Wood Car ParkDalbeattie
Dalton PotteryDalton
Deanston NurseryDumfries
Designs Gallery and CaféCastle Douglas
Drumlanrig CastleThornhill
Dumfries Ice BowlDumfries
Dumfries MuseumDumfries
Dumfries Tourist Information CentreDumfries
Dunskey Garden and Woodland WalksPortpatrick
Earshaig Picnic AreaBeattock
Ellisland FarmHolywood, By Dumfries
Flo'er O' Eskdale Information CentreLangholm
Galloway Country StyleGatehouse of Fleet
Galloway Forest ParkCastle Douglas
Galloway House GardensGarlieston
Galloway Hydros Visitor CentreKirkcudbright
Galloway Sailing CentreLoch Ken
Garden Wise Plant & Garden CentreDumfries
Gilnockie TowerHollows, Canonbie
Glentrool Visitor CentreNewton Stewart
Glenwhan GardensStranraer
Gracefield Art CentreDumfries
Gretna Gateway Outlet VillageGretna Green
Gretna Green Tourist Information CentreGretna Green
Gretna Hall Blacksmith's ShopGretna Green
Guided Fishing on Loch KenCastle Douglas
Harbour Cottage GalleryKirkcudbright
Historic Resources CentreAnnan
John Paul Jones MuseumKirkbean
Jubilee PathDalbeattie
Kelton Mains Open FarmCastle Douglas
Kirkcudbright Tourist Information CentreKirkcudbright
Kirkdale SawmillCarsluith
Kirroughtree Visitor CentreCreebridge
Langholm Golf ClubLangholm
Loch Ettrick FisheryCloseburn, By Thornhill
Logan Botanic GardenPort Logan
Logan Fish Pond Marine Life CentrePort Logan
Mabie Farm ParkMabie, Dumfries
Mabie Seven Stanes Main Car ParkDumfries
Maxwelton HouseMoniaive
McDiarmid MemorialLangholm
Mill on the FleetGatehouse-of-Fleet
Moffat MuseumMoffat
Moffat Tourist Information CentreMoffat
Moffat Woollen MillMoffat
Monreith Animal World, Shore Centre & MuseumMonreith
Mossburn Animal CentreHightae
Mull of Galloway Visitor CentreNr Drunmore
Museum of Lead MiningWanlockhead
Nether Cassock Cottage CraftsEskdalemuir
New Galloway Golf ClubNew Galloway
Newton Stewart MuseumNewton Stewart
Newton Stewart Tourist Information CentreNewton Stewart
North Glen GalleryPalnackie
Old Bridge House MuseumDumfries
Old Lifeboat HousePortpatrick
Rammerscales HouseLochmaben
Red Deer Range Car ParkNewton Stewart
Robert Burns CentreDumfries
Ryan Leisure CentreStranraer
Sanquhar Tolbooth MuseumSanquhar
Sanquhar Tourist Information CentreSanquhar
Savings Bank MuseumRuthwell, By Dumfies
Scotland's Outdoor CentreGlenluce
Sculptural WoodturningBoreland
Shambellie House Museum of CostumeNew Abbey
Sophie's Puppenstube & Doll's House MuseumNewton Stewart
St Ninian's CaveWhithorn
Steading Gallery, TheBorgue
Stranraer MuseumStranraer
Stranraer Tourist Information CentreStranraer
Stroan Loch Car ParkNew Galloway
Tropic HouseNewton Stewart
Water of Ae Picnic SiteAe, Parkgate
Westland ActivitiesAnnan
Whithorn Story, TheWhithorn
Wig Bay Sailing SchoolKirkcolm
Wildlife & Wetland CentreDumfries
Wildlife ParkKircudbright
WWT Caerlaverock Wetlands CentreCaerlaverock

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