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Mini guide to Dumfries


Situated on the wide banks of the River Nith, a short distance inland from the Solway Firth, Dumfries is by far the largest town in southwest Scotland. Characterized by its red sandstone buildings, the town is famous for its association with Robbie Burns, one of Scotland's literary icons. It's also a great base for exploring the Solway coast and Southern Uplands.

Most visitors to Dumfries are on the trail of Robbie Burns (1759 - 1796), and the town is liberally sprinkled with sites having historical links to the famed gentleman. On High Street is the Burns Statue, dating from the Victorian era, while nearby is the eclectic Midsteeple building, where Burns' body lay in state before burial. The Globe Inn was Burns' favourite pub, while Burns' House and the Robert Burns Centre feature memorabilia and displays devoted to the poet. Burns was originally buried in a simple grave at St Michael's Church, but was later moved to a special Mausoleum nearby.

There are a number of other interesting attractions around the town. Down on the shallow and fast-running Nith is the pedestrian-only Devorgilla Bridge, built in 1431 and one of the oldest bridges in Scotland. Attached to its southwest end is the town's oldest house, built in 1660, now housing the tiny Old Bridge House Museum. For great views across the town, head up to the Dumfries Museum which is housed partly in an 18th century windmill and features a camera obscura on its top floor.

Dumfries abounds in guest houses and bed-and-breakfasts, and there are a couple of decent hotels. There is a wide variety of dining options as well, with some quality restaurants, cafés and bistros spread around the town. To wind up the evening, try one of the many bars such as the Hole in the Wa' pub or the smoky, oak-panelled Globe Inn, both old haunts of Burns.

The southwest corner of Scotland, now known as Dumfries and Galloway, is a region set apart from the rest of Scotland and features stately homes, deserted hills and ruined abbeys. The long, indented coastline of sheltered sandy coves that makes up the Solway coast has been touted as the 'Scottish Riviera,' and offers dramatic cliffs interspersed with tiny fishing villages. West of Dumfries is charming Kirkcudbright, once a bustling port thronged with sailing ships, later an artists' retreat, and now a tranquil, well-preserved little 18th century town. Contrasting with the essentially gentle landscape of the Solway coast, is the brooding presence of the Galloway Hills to the north, their beautiful moors, mountains, lakes and rivers centred on the 150,000-acre Galloway Forest Park, with peaks reaching to over 2000 feet and a seriously underused network of hiking and mountain-biking trails.

Dumfries is easily accessible from Cumbria via the M6, then A74, then A75 from M24 Junction 22. Dumfries train station is 5 minutes walk east of the town centre and trains run frequently to Glasgow and northern England. The bus terminal is at Whitesands beside the River Nith, and there are regular local and long distance services. The nearest airport is Carlisle.


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