Dumfries Transportation

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  • Getting to / from Dumfries

    by socheid Updated May 29, 2008

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    Getting to Dumfries

    By air:-

    Since the demise of Heathhall Aerodrome there are no facilities for arriving directly at Dumfries by air. At time of writing no documents have been published regarding the feasibility of the construction of an airport (domestic, international nor both) to serve Dumfries directly in the foreseeable future. Thus the nearest airport to Dumfries is Prestwick on the Ayrshire coast. Other airports within 1 1/2 to 2 hours drive of Dumfries are Glasgow, Edinburgh to the North and over the border to the East is Newcastle upon Tyne in North East England.






    By train:-

    For train information




    Dumfries is located on the rail line that links Carlisle in North West England with Glasgow to the North via Kilmarnock and West via Kilmarnock to Stranraer for the ferries to Northern Ireland.

    Dumfries station is located only a few minutes walk from the town centre.

    For trains to and from Edinburgh the nearest station to Dumfries is Lockerbie 12 miles away along the A709 road. Dumfries and Lockerbie are joined not joined by train but by bus service 81.


    By bus:-

    There is a bus service linking Dumfries and Edinburgh directly without the need to travel to Lockerbie.

    For this and other bus times to and from Dumfries



    By car:-

    The principle roads connecting Dumfries with elsewhere are:-

    A701 / M74 - The A701 goes Northbound from Dumfries and connects with the M74 motorway near Beattock. The M74 is then sign posted for drivers travelling to Glasgow and Edinburgh (via the A702 through Biggar). The M74 also connects with the rest of the Scottish Motorway network. The A701 also present the option of scenic route direct to Edinburgh via Moffat and Penicuik bypassing the M74. The A701 from Moffat to Edinburgh is not recommended when the weather presents dangerous driving conditions. The A701 presents panoramic views of the glen known as 'The devil's beef tub' to the North of Moffat.

    A further scenic alternative if travelling between the M74 and Dumfries is to take the A702 through the magnificent Dalveen Pass. The Dalveen Pass is not recommended when the weather presents dangerous driving conditions. The stretch of the A702 through the Dalveen Pass runs between Elvanfoot on the M74 and Thornhill on the A76.

    A76 - This road links Dumfries with Ayrshire via the Nith Valley.

    A75 - The A75 Euroroute connects Dumfries with Galloway and Stranraer to the West. To the East the A75 joins the M74 which then runs South to Carlisle in England. If travelling between Dumfries and England an alternative to the A75 is the A709 that connects Dumfries with the M74 at Lockerbie.


    By boat:-

    Dumfries has longed since ceased to function as a port. The nearest ferry crossings to and from Ireland run from Stranraer and Cairnryan. If you are planning to sail your own boat there are harbours nearby on the picturesque Solway Coast (Costa del Solway for Spanish speakers) at places such as Kippford. Dumfries and the Solway Coast are by connected by the A710 via New Abbey.


    Getting around Dumfries:-

    At time of writing Dumfries has neither of a tram, metro / underground, trolley bus nor urban rail network. Further no such documents have currently been published to suggest that any of these such modes of transports will be introduced to Dumfries in the foreseeable future. Thus the only public transport options for getting around Dumfries are bus and taxi. Dumfries is an excellent size for getting around by bicycle.



    For local times




    The only taxi rank in Dumfries is on Munches Street just off Queensberry Square There are plenty of private hire firms who you can ring up that will send a cab to collect you at an agreed time and place. See the link below for phone numbers


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    Currie European

    by CliffClaven Written Sep 4, 2002

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    Although they don't quite have the cult following of Eddie Stobart's trucks among lorryspotters, the distinctive yellow and white trailers of Currie European are a familar sight to anyone who drives the motorways of Europe. But not so many people know that the family-run company started some 30 years ago as Currie's of Dumfries. With 300 tractor units and 900 trailers, the company is a major player in European road haulage.

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