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Best things to do in Dumfries and Galloway

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

“Stunning Castle set on the coastal cliff. Lovely place to visit and set in beautiful grounds with cafes, lakes, coastal paths, animals, etc. Lots to do.”
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“Robert Burns is Scotlands National Bard (Poet). The Robert Burns Museum is located in his birthplace of Alloway Village which adjoins Ayr to the South. As well as the Museum there is also Burns Cottage, where he was born, Burns Monument with it's beautiful gardens,the Brig O' Doon which featured in one of his most famous poems, Tam O' Shanter and the Auld Kirk ruins where his parents are buried (and rumoured to be haunted). If you are ready for a refreshment the Burns Monument Hotel offers food and drink at reasonable prices.”
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Other Great Outdoors
“Galloway Forest is a national 'Dark Skies' park. Enjoy stunning views throughout the day, or spend an evening stargazing over Clatteringshaws Loch for a unique experience (weather permitting), one of the best places in Europe to see the nights sky. Take a drive along the A75 following the Solway Coastline heading toward Newton Stewart, then take the A712 route through the forest park making sure to stop at some of the following points of note: Glen of the Bar Red Deer sancuary Wild Goat park Grey Mares Tail Black Loch Murrays Monument Clatteringshaws visitors centre”
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“The castle is over 900 years old and has been the scene of many historical episodes in British history. Given the proximity of Carlisle to the border between England and Scotland, it has been the centre of many wars and invasions.”
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“There are guides in most rooms of the castle, who are always happy to answer questions. Information sheets are provided in each room, which detail the architecture, furniture, objects and paintings. Highlights of the castle include Adam’s sweeping Oval Staircase and a fine collection of paintings and furniture. Children love to spot the Lego figure hidden in each room. Explore the grounds of Culzean by following the waymarked trails. From shingle beaches to soaring cliffs, a towering pagoda to a huge Deer Park filled with deer, llamas and Highland cows, there really is something for all the family to fall in love with there.”
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History Museum
“Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery is Carlisle's finest visitor attraction, and houses considerable collections of fine and decorative art, human history and natural sciences. It also boasts a wide range of exhibitions and events, brought together in one impressive museum and art gallery.”
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“Caerlaverock Castle (from "caer laverock", "lark castle") is a moated triangular castle first built in the 13th century. It is located on the southern coast of Scotland, 11 kilometres (6.8 mi) south of Dumfries, on the edge of the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve. Caerlaverock was a stronghold of the Maxwell family from the 13th century until the 17th century when the castle was abandoned. It was besieged by the English during the Wars of Scottish Independence, and underwent several partial demolitions and reconstructions over the 14th and 15th centuries. Today, the castle is in the care of Historic Scotland and is a popular tourist attraction. It is protected as a scheduled monument.”
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“This is a visitor attraction which indoor and outdoor activities for all ages. The Ice Cream is pretty good too.”
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Recreation Center
“Fantastic outdoor activity centre which is around a 20 minute drive from Cot”
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“The chocolate factory is great for a wide range of kids ages. Indoor soft play to outdoor activities. Also chocolate making workshops and a cafe with lovely home baking and lunches”
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Historic Site
“Home of the Duke of Buccleuch. 25 minutes drive from Leadhills. Fabulous grounds and woodland to walk in. Castle open occasionally for visits. ”
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“The Famous Turnberry Hotel lovely place to have tea or visit Spa, Stunning views. A must visit Activities also”
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Bed & Breakfast
“When Dumfries House was saved for the Nation in 2007, the purchase included 2,000 acres of wider estate. Today, the core Estate is an oasis of wonderful parkland, gardens and woodland walks that connect our estate buildings, many of which are home to our Educational Programmes. There is also 500 acres of mature woodland to explore, and a 900-acre Home Farm run in partnership with Morrisons supermarket.”
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Other Great Outdoors
“You can't come to Ayrshire and miss Robert Burns. My luve is like a red red rose fame......”
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“This brewery has been brewing Ale in Cockermouth for hundreds of years and is right next door to the Castle. Worth a trip if you have time and the public footpath goes right through it to the riverside in the town centre if you just want a stroll passed.”
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“It is an exceptional place, full of tropical plants and palms with an award-winning cafe, visitor centre and lovely calming surroundings.”
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