Take a walk to Kingholm Quay
The footpath running from Dock Park down to Kingholm Quay is good for a sunday stroll, once you get to this silted up quay you can grab a bit to eat at the local pub before walking it off on your way home.
The local council have been renovating the riverbanks and footpaths making them more attractive to wander down, there was also plans for a pedestrian bridge but am not sure if this has gone ahead.
Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum
The following is from http://www.dumfriesmuseum.demon.co.uk
Based in the control tower of R.A.F Tinwald Downs the museum has an extensive indoor display of memorabilia which strives to preserve aviation heritage, much of which has come various recovery activities. During the second world war, aerial navigation was taught at Dumfries also at Wigtown and nearby Annan was a fighter training unit. R.A.F Dumfries doubled as an important maintenance unit and aircraft storage unit. The museum is run by the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Group and is the only private aviation museum in Scotland, the museums has cosiderably increased in size in recent years making room for a new shop display area, picnic area etc. The control tower has been reroofed, the pathways given metalled surfaces and much other work has been done.
The following is from http://www.dumfriesaviationmuseum.com/
The restored Control Tower of the former WWII airfield at Dumfries, Scotland is the centrepiece of the Museum and is now a listed building. The Museum is run by volunteers and houses a large and ever expanding aircraft collection, aero engines and a very impressive display of artefacts and personal histories relating to aviation, past and present. Both civil and military are represented. There is also a small, but ever expanding collection of memorabilia honouring airborne forces, a new display representing aviation in Scotland and a mock-up of a WWII living room are now complete.
Aviation enthusiats may also be interested to know that nearby Moffat has a recreation park with a boating pond and a memorial to Air Chief Marshall Hugh Dowding, commander of RAF Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain, who was born in Moffat in 1882.
More than Meets the Eye
"The World's Natural Wonders"
It's a lovely area. We loved the peaceful, rolling farm hills. The people were so friendly in Dumfries - always so helpful. We found a lot of our information and a big link in our family heritage tree in the library there.
If someone goes to Dumfries, you have to go to meet the wonderful people - not see some spectatular natural wonder, necessarily - because you'll miss it. It's in the people - they're wonderful!
It's a marvelous area in a way that matches it's gentle, rolling farm-hills decorated with trees. You'll find that I mention a lot about Lochmaben here on the Dumfries page... they're very close to each other.
"Family Roots Grow Deep"
Lochmaben Town Hall has a statute of Robert the Bruce in front - they say Lochmaben is his birthplace.
I'm grateful we began doing a little big of family history research the year before we took our first trip to Europe. One of our family roots extends to the Dumfries/Lochmaben area. I know I've said this before, but there is a wonderful experience in traveling back to the lands where your ancestors lived, worked, and walked. It gives you an understanding of your family as nothing else can.
Our ancestors emigrated from the Dumfries/Lochmaben area. They worked on/in Rose-something mansion nearby. We met someone whose mother used to play tennis there many years ago, but it stood until just after WW2 when it was torn down. Evidentally the out-buildings still stand, but we weren't able to find it.
"The Family Farm"
They also lived on the farm Esbie there in Lochmaben. (Believe it or not, Esbie Farm is marked on the Scotland map we have!) Very nice area - pleasant rolling farm hills, trees. We visited Esbie, which is still a dairy farm. Nice people live there now, and some of the buildings from the 1800's still stand.
The photo is of a memorial stone garden (I don't think it is a graveyard.) There is a record of each stone in the Dumfries library. The stones contain a lot of family information - for instance, our ancestor erected one of these huge stones for his children who had come to America and described some of what was happening in the family here in America - even some of what they did before they came! To get to the memorial yard, go to Robert the Bruce's right hand by the small pub there. (The yard is behind the pub.)
In Dumfries - the big town- you will find Robert Burns' house and his church, where you can see the family grave. Just a nice walk around town, visiting the shops and talking to the people was quite fun!