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Things to do in Dumfries and Galloway

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Museum
“A museum to commemorate Robert Burns, Scotland’s famous poet. Renowned for poems such as Tam O’Shanter and the song sung the world over- Auld Lang Syne. Burns was born in Ayr.”
  • 29 locals recommend
Park
“This is a great family attraction. Historic castle, private sandy beaches, woodland walks, children’s play area, large duck pond, deer, coffee and ice cream shops. Dog friendly, this makes great day out for everyone! ”
  • 29 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Explore the rolling Galloway glens and hills to discover picturesque forest trails, three friendly visitor centres, wonderful wildlife and a long and colourful history. Here you can enjoy great walking, easy family cycling, exhilarating mountain biking or just sit back and soak up breathtaking loch and mountain views and starry night skies.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Castle
“Carlisle castle is a must see attraction for visitors to Carlisle. It was built during the reign of William II of England (William Rufus) who was the son of William the Conquerer who invaded England in 1066.”
  • 20 locals recommend
History Museum
“Worth a visit, exhibits a lot of Carlisle's Roman history, also has a cafe and close to the shops for shopping ”
  • 18 locals recommend
Nature
“A stunning country park and castle nearby on the cliff top with stunning views across to Ailsa Craig and the Isle of Arran. A former Kennedy stronghold now run by the NTS.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Store
“If you love ice cream then this a must for everyone! Cream o’ Galloway Visitor Centre is the home of luxurious dairy Cream o' Galloway Ice Cream, made with organic milk from our award winning cow with calf dairy farm. We are open from spring till autumn for play in our adventure playground, E-karts and pedal karts, toddler Mini Play Zone and deliciously tasty events.”
  • 25 locals recommend
Health and wellness
“Enchanting and exceptional in every way, Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection Resort Scotland, has long been an iconic landmark on the spectacular Ayrshire coastline and most recently named #16 in Golf Magazine's “Top 100 Courses in the World” 2017. Immediately upon arrival, experience warm Scottish hospitality as our attentive and friendly staff welcome you through our legendary doors of our luxury hotel in the UK. Take in the fresh Scottish air while enjoying the surrounds of wonderful scenery with horse riding, our very own beach allows for invigorating rides and breath-taking views. With our stunning coastal views, distinct dining options, indulgent spa treatments, exhilarating outdoor pursuits, and championship golf, we ensure that your time at our luxury hotel in Ayrshire will be truly memorable in every way.”
  • 16 locals recommend
Castle
“Really unique three sided castle close to the coast. Excellent visitors centre and cafe . Has events throughout the year that bring the castle's history to life. ”
  • 15 locals recommend
Recreation Center
“Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre offer adventure and recreational experiences for all the family. Set in the heart of Dumfries & Galloway, on the hills above the solway coast, you really will struggle to find a more stunning location.”
  • 18 locals recommend
Place to eat
“The Lakes Distillery, Bassenthwaite, Nr Keswick, CA13 9SJ. brew Gin, Whiskey and Vodka. They have free parking, amazing hand crafted gates, great cafe with outdoor seating in the courtyard and garden, cosy indoor seating, very good toilets, Lamas (or they may be Alpacas!), brewery tour and gift shop.”
  • 14 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Home of the Duke of Buccleuch. 25 minutes drive from Leadhills. Fabulous grounds and woodland to walk in. You can hire bikes here and ride the the off-road bike tracks through the forest. There is also a fantastic adventure playground here. Castle open occasionally for visits. ”
  • 10 locals recommend
Food
“The children can enjoy outdoor and indoor adventure play. Everyone can have a Funtime with chocolate activities and then enjoy something to eat or drink at the cafe, having visited the shop to take home a chocolate treat.... heaven!”
  • 18 locals recommend
Natural Feature
“A walk up skiddaw will offer spectacular views from the top on a nice day. ”
  • 9 locals recommend
Other Great Outdoors
“Home of our National Bard. Robert (Rabbie) Burns is recognised the world over as one of the finest poets who ever lived. ‘O wad some Pow'r the giftie gie us To see oursels as ithers see us!’ Traditional Scottish cottage. They used to sleep next to their animals for warmth........ We hope Woodside is cosier than that!”
  • 6 locals recommend
Food
“Castle Brewery, Castlegate, Cockermouth, CA13 9NE. Local brewed Ales, Brewery Tour and cosy Pub... tucked away just before the old Castle, on the left hand side, up Castlegate.”
  • 10 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Pub
“Local Pub that offers a relaxing place to eat good food, enjoy a drink and meet the locals.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Still retaining many of the old features from its monastic days including a tunnel that once ran under the city to the Cathedral, the Thin White Duke has became one of Carlisle's favoured eating and drinking establishments.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Amazing restaurant in Castle Douglas with a focus on local and foraged produce. Early evening menu is good value Mon-Thur, also open for lunch.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Recently renovated and beautifully decorated. Good food and drinks. There is a nice bar next door (T-Bar) with live music most nights.”
  • 3 locals recommend
Hotel
“This is our favourite restaurant in the area, the lunchtime menu is great value! One of the famous Ayrshire Restaurants its varied and changing menus takes full advantage of the wealth of local vegetables, meat and fish from the lush countryside and beautiful coastline. After a day playing Turnberry and the worlds best golf courses or enjoying all that South Ayrshire has to offer the sunsets to the West are spectacular and unique backdrop to good food and pleasant company.”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“Great food and a lovely place for lunch or dinner. Really lovely atmosphere. ”
  • 8 locals recommend
Bar
“One of our favourite places to eat I would highly recommend the chicken skewers, food is amazing as is the atmosphere. ”
  • 6 locals recommend
Restaurant
“Quince and Medlar, 13 Castlegate Drive, Cockermouth, CA13 9EU. Amazing vegetarian and vegan food. Pre booking essential.”
  • 9 locals recommend

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