At the heart of the Robert Burns Trail, riverside Dumfries along the River Nith is the largest town in the Dumfries & Galloway region, brimming with arts centres, fine inns, heritage sites and buildings linked to Scotland’s National Poet. Burns spent his last years in Dumfries – his Mausoleaum sits in the churchyard yard of St Michael’s, with other Burns sites and museums in Dumfries essential visiting including Burns House where the poet died and his favourite watering hole, The Globe Inn dating from 1610 – a combined inn and visitor centre with on-site shop and tour. Another former home of Burns in his younger days, Ellisland Farm, sits just outside Dumfries in Auldgirth village and also features an on-site museum and tour.
Base yourself in a Dumfries guest house or holiday cottage for the perfect Dumfries & Galloway touring base. Attractions all within easy reach include the fantastic National Museum of Costume at Shambellie House in beautiful New Abbey village, also home to the magnificent ruins of Sweetheart Abbey and a selection of craft shops, inns and cafes. Visit the beautiful moated Caerlaverock Castle, only 8 miles southeast of Dumfries and one of Scotland’s most spectacular castles. The delights of the Solway Coast with wetlands centres and prime birdwatching territory, and the beautiful beaches of the Colvend coast are right on your doorstep.
Head off out into local forest parks – the Galloway Forest Park to the west and Kielder Forest Park to the east – which together offering everything from mountain biking to water sports. The spectacular Southern Uplands and high-up heritage mining villages including Sanquhar and Thornhill are nearby via the scenic A76/ B797 roads leading to Scotland’s highest village Wanlockhead with a mining museum and the adjacent Southern Upland Way. Browse Dumfries accommodation, stay in Burns Country and book online with iknow.
Michelle is an experienced travel writer with iknow and has travelled extensively across the UK, Spain, Portugal and the USA. When she’s not busy writing for iknow she enjoys spending time touring museums and art galleries and seeking out the best independent shops in Manchester and Leeds.