If you're on a romantic visit to Dumfries, or indeed any other reason for a visit their, don't be surprised if the earth moves for you. While not the San Andreas fault, by UK standards Dumfries is something of an earthquake hot spot.
Dumfries has experienced two Boxing Day earthquakes. These were in 1979 and 2006. There were no serious consequences of either. There was a further earthquake on 7 June 2010.
Be afraid, be very afraid? I don't think so.
Of possible interest to some particularly Nordics especially Norwegians.
In World War II the bulk of the Norwegian Army during the years in exile in Britain consisted of a Brigade in Dumfries. When the army High Command took over, there were 70 officers and about 760 privates in the camp. The camp was established in June 1940 and named Norwegian Reception Camp, consisting of some 500 men and women, mainly foreign-Norwegian who had volunteered for war duty in Norway during the Nazi occupation in early 1940. Through the summer the number was built up to around 1500 under the command of General Carl Gustav Fleischer.
This was something a Nordic full circle. Within a few miles of Dumfries are the villages of Tinwald, Torthorwald and Mouswald all of which were settled by vikings.
Ignore the headings about favourite things and fond memories on this page. The following is basically a dump of info people may (or may not) find useful.
The following websites are useful for Dumfries and the surrounding area
Favorite thing: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-91) and Robert Burns (1759-96) were contemporaries, but while the birthplace of the former goes overboard in its celebration of its most famous son, the town where Burns spent the last few years of his life remembers him in a more Scottish manner: dour and understated. Okay, there is a statue of Burns at the end of the High Street, you can admire the gothic splendour of his mausoleum amid the crumbling gravestones at St Michael's Church, and there is a corner of the Globe Inn preserved forever as it was when he drank there - but where are the Scotland Burns tee-shirts, the haggis-to-go souvenir boxes, the Rabbie's Lowland Whisky? Dumfries obviously needs some marketing guru to help local traders separate tourists from their money.
Favorite thing: robert burns is the national scottish poet,who has worked and lived in dumfries;his statue is situated at the head of HIGH STREET