Things to see & Do
There is so much to see and do in Dumfries and Galloway, here are just a few ideas to help you get started. We’ve also recommended a few places to eat!
The Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust
Where Peter Pan began…
Moat Brae in Dumfries, South-West Scotland was acknowledged by J.M. Barrie as the inspiration for Neverland.
“… when shades of night began to fall, certain young mathematicians shed their triangles, crept up walls and down trees, and became pirates in a sort of Odyssey
that was long afterwards to become the play of Peter Pan.
For our escapades in a certain Dumfries Garden, which is enchanted land to me, were certainly the genesis of that nefarious work, Peter Pan.” JM Barrie
The Greatest Munitions Factory on Earth
Discover the remarkable wartime story of the Greatest Munitions Factory on Earth and the extraordinary lives of the Munitions Girls who worked there.
Built during WW1, HM Factory Gretna stretched nine miles along the Solway Coast and produced more cordite explosive than all the other factories combined. Through unique objects and interactive displays, our museum brings to life the secret wartime history of Southwest Scotland and Cumbria.
Stay and enjoy our Café and free wifi.
Where adventure waits…
Set on the spectacular 80,000 acre Queensberry Estate complete with Country Park and Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle presents one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland and an internationally renowned art collection.
Beyond the castle are over 40 acres of enchanting gardens and a wide range of activities including walking, mountain biking, adventure playground, wildlife watching, Scottish Cycle Museum, Landrover tours, Ranger-led walks, events programme as well as shopping and catering
AE 7Stanes –
Ae 7stanes has a superb variety of green, blue and red graded trails, an extreme downhill section for the serious experts, and a skills area for honing your technique. Here the emphasis is on fun – where the trails can be described as gorgeous.
The Forest of Ae – named after the tiny village it sits beside just north of Dumfries – has been a popular downhill venue for many years. You’ll find a superb variety of green, blue and red graded trails, an extreme downhill section for the serious experts, and a skills area for honing your technique.
The Ae Line is notably different to the other red routes in the area. The influence of downhill mountain biking in the design is obvious: there is a huge emphasis on fun, with numerous jumps and drop offs, none of which are as dramatic or as thrilling as the final section of single-track descent known as the Omega Man.
Ae is also a well-established downhill centre, with a competition downhill course some 1.6kms in length and featuring the infamous 22ft Coffin Jump. During events it finishes with the 20ft Field Drop, and the whole course takes the top downhillers only about three minutes!
For those wanting to develop their skills, there is a downhill skills/freeride route called “The Shredder”. This provides a route down the same hill but with less intimidating features than the real thing.
With a bike shop (complete with bike hire) and cafe, Ae is developing into the complete mountain bike trails centre.
Caerlaverock Wetland Centre
This spectacular wetland reserve is home to thousands of wildfowl in winter, including barnacle geese and whooper swans.
The beautiful 1,400 acre Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust reserve is situated on the north Solway Coast. The entire Svalbard breeding population of barnacle geese winter on the Solway and can be seen best from the hides, towers and observatories at Caerlaverock which is considered one of the best wildlife watching sites in the UK. Daily swan feeds at 11am and 2pm from October to March bring whooper swans and ducks in very close and the warden gives a running commentary whilst feeding the birds. In summer, walk through wildflower meadows full of butterflies, bees and dragonflies, do some pond dipping, watch ospreys hunting over the Solway Firth and take part in special events such as wildlife safaris.
The Visitor Centre has a gift shop, coffee shop, gallery with regular exhibitions by local artists and large screen where CCTV footage is shown live from the reserve. Friendly knowledgeable staff and volunteers are there to guide and engage visitors and provide a year round programme of special events for adults and families. The Cathan Coffee Shop offers tea and coffee, delicious homemade cakes, soup of the day, sandwiches and a variety of other snacks. The gift shop stocks an extensive selection of books on natural history and sustainable living. There’s also a good selection of the latest binoculars and telescopes, children’s gifts and a variety of bird feeders and bird food.
The Eastpark Farmhouse provides self-catering accommodation at the heart of the nature reserve year round. Spend long summer evenings watching badgers feeding from the comfortable viewing lounge and in winter see the amazing dawn flight of thousands of geese flocking in to the reserve.
The Kinmount Hotel
Main Street, Carrutherstown, DG1 4LD
4.3 miles on the A75 (left at the bottom of Rockhall drive) 7 minute drive.
T: 01387 840268
46 Buccleuch Street, Dumfries, DG1 2AH
6.7 miles (right) 15 minute drive.
T: 01387 266644
3 Balmoral Road, Dumfries, DG1 3BE
4.9 miles (right at the bottom of Rockhall drive) 10 minute drive.
T: 01387 255757
Glencaple Road, Dumfries, DG1 4RE
8.7 miles (right) 19 minute drive.
T: 01387 770673
3 Nunholm Road, Dumfries DG1 1JW
6.6 miles (right at the bottom of Rockhall drive) 13 minute drive.
T: 01387 269619
FB: Casa Mia
New Oriental Chinese
54 Friars Vennel, Dumfries, DG1 2RL
6.8 miles 15 minute drive. (best of a mixed bunch in Dumfries)
T: 01387 251316
FB: New Oriental Chinese
Tel: +44 (0)1387 750 751