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Superb Castles

From battered and time-worn fortresses like Threave on its river-island and moated Caerlaverock, to grand and stately homes such as Drumlanrig, Dumfries and Galloway offers a superb choice.

Castles & Stately Homes in Dumfries & Galloway

Great Gardens

Gardens of every size, from the Edinburgh Royal Botanic Garden’s outstation at Logan, famed for its cabbage-palms, to the vast scale Castle Kennedy and its 18th century landscaping.

Gardens & Nurseries in Dumfries & Galloway
 

Abbeys

The poignant ruins of the Dumfries and Galloway's abbeys carry a certain romance - from Dundrennan and Mary, Queen of Scots’ last night in Scotland, to Sweetheart, built as a testament to love itself.

Abbeys, Churches & Cathedrals in Dumfries & Galloway

Gretna Green

Scotland’s marriage laws were once more lenient than those of England. Gretna Green, just across the Border, was for 200 years, the place for eloping couples from the south to get married. It remains a popular wedding venue today.

Old Blacksmith's Shop

Speciality Shops

Small towns in Dumfries & Galloway are the place to find businesses supported by the community - lots of bookshops in Wigtown, while food is the theme for Castle Douglas

Shopping in Dumfries & Galloway

Festivals & Events

You’ll find some of the goings-on here a little bit different – there are ‘Alternative Highland Games’ a Food Town Week and Gold Panning Championships for a start.

Events in Dumfries & Galloway

Historic Towns

Not just colourful and neat, typically with their wide main street and market place, the Dumfries & Galloway towns also have a real sense of history.