Dumfries Travel Guide

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    Whooper Swans waiting for feeding time
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    Barnacle Geese grazing on land at...
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    Swan Hide at Feeding time
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Dumfries Things to Do

  • Caerlaverock WWT Reserve

    The Wildfowl and Wetland Trust has their Scottish reserve at a location about 9 miles south of Dumfries at Caerlaverock. I had wanted to visit the reserve in the winter for a long time because I knew it was a hotspot for the thousands of Barnacle Geese that overwinter there; migrating from Svarlbad in the Arctic Circle.Like the other UK based WWT...

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  • Wanlockhead Mining Village

    Wanlockhead, hidden away in the bleak Lowther Hills up a narrow winding road indicated by a small sign on the A76 road to Dumfries, represents a slice of Scotland’s past search for riches. Standing 1541 feet above sea level the clusters of small white washed cottages interspersed with grander buildings owes its existence to lead, gold zinc, copper...

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  • Drumlanrig Castle

    The magnificent 'Pink Palace' of Drumlanrig is one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland. Built by William Douglas, the first Duke of Queensberry, it overlooks the breathtaking Nith Valley. Being only an hour’s drive away for me it called for a visit.Set on the 80,000 acre Queensberry Estate the castle is...

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  • Caerlaverock Castle

    With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle, owned by the Maxwells, is the picture perfect image of the medieval stronghold. Surrounded by a double moat and hundreds of acres of flat marshy willow woods it controlled the southwest entrance to Scotland from England.Building began in 1277. In 1300 Edward I of...

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  • Rabbie Burns

    Dumfries is packed with history related to Rabbie Burns (or Robert Burns if you prefer to call him by that name). The following is copied from the following weblink.http://www.undiscoveredscotland.co.uk/usbiography/abc/robertburns.htmlIf you click the weblink you can also see photos as well as the text pasted into this...

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  • Scotland's Bard, Robert Burns' final...

    Rober Burns died young. In his 37 years he published only 4 collections of his work, led a wild and wacky life, and wrote some of the wittiest, most romantic and insightful poetry of his time. He moved to the Dumfries are from his native Ayshire as an adult, and to Dumfries town in 1791. He ended his days here, an ill man, in 1796, on the same day...

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Dumfries Restaurants

  • Cool!

    I buy a lot of yoghurt from my local farm shop in Fife which is produced at Loch Arthur Farm, close to Dumfries.It's natural, pure yoghurt - nothing in and nothing out. Just perfect. The farm is a charity, providing training and work for people with learning difficulties. I buy the yoghurt because it's wonderful, but knowing the background adds a...

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  • Defo among the better restaurants in...

    I went here in Sep 2011 back as part of a family meal. The organiser contacted the management in advance to ask if arrangements could be made for special diets. I expected to be offered the usual dull offerings that I get presented with. I was stunned to be given an imaginative choice of options that made me feel spoiled and easily surpassed my...

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  • Very enjoyable

    I had a main course of an enchilada and a sundae for desert with berries and pistacio nuts. Both were excellent and in the same league as the standard of food I had when I went to Casa Mia. Its aimed at the pricier end of the restaurant market in Dumfries so may not be the best choice if you are on a very tight budget. My brother and nephew both...

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Dumfries Nightlife

  • The New Bazaar

    This is a traditional style pub / bar that has been won awards from camra as a real ale joint. It also has a big selection of whiskies if you like a dram.There's a Queen of the South FC fan club based here and sometimes they have events in here. There's some great old style QoS team photos on the wall.Doesn't get too hectic. Wear what you want.

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  • Nightlife in Dumfries

    A night out in Dumfries seems to revolve around a Friday and Saturday night in bars and pubs - there is no shortage. Options for nightclubs are more limited but depending on your taste there may be something to suit you from the small choice available.There is 1 theatre (Theatre Royal) (see elsewhere in VT on Dumfries) and 2 cinemas:-* the Robert...

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  • A Burns hangout

    Lounge & public bar that is always fairly popular.There are several bars in town that lay claim to have been a hangout for the nations poet and given his preference for drink they are all probably justified.

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Dumfries Transportation

  • Getting to / from Dumfries

    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...

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  • Currie European

    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...

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Dumfries Local Customs

  • Dumfries - Noteable people & twin towns

    The following is copied from Wikipedia so please excuse any inaccuracies-------------------------------------------------------"Dumfries was the hometown of Robert Burns from 1791 until his death in 1796. The poet is now buried in St. Michael’s Churchyard in the Burns Mausoleum.A number of well-known people were educated at Dumfries Academy, among...

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  • Guid Nychburris

    Guid Nychburris` HistoryScottish communities granted Royal Burgh status by the monarch gaurded the honour jealously and with vigour. And Riding the Marches maintains the tradition of an occasion that was, in it's day, of great importance. Dumfries has been a Royal Burgh since 1186 its charter being granted by King Robert III a move that insured the...

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  • People from Dumfries - Doonhamers

    The nick name for a person from Dumfries is a "Doonhamer". This comes from when people from Dumfries when in towns and cities to the North of Dumfries (almost everywhere in Scotland due to Dumfries' position on the Southern edge of the country) would refer to Dumfries as, "Doon hame". "Doon hame" means, "Down home".

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Dumfries Warnings and Dangers

  • Watch where you step... quick sands

    I'm serious. If you thought life threatening quick sands were a thing of steamy jungle, think again. The banks of the river Nith, as they approach the Solway Firth can be treacherous for the unwary... there are warnings about the quick sands posted all over the place, but we still manage to lose a few birdwatchers and tourists along the way.Even...

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  • If you are a clubber dont bother!

    Dumfries has three local clubs, all of shich equally bad, if you like dancing to anything apart from rave you should probably stay away - the queues are always ridiculously long to get into which ever place you want to get into or the other ones are dead with sticky carpets! For an indication of this the tag line for one of the clubs in "Chancers...

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  • Don't Forget Insurance

    If your current health insurance doesn't cover you while your abroad, you should consider getting international travel insurance just in case something should go wrong.

Dumfries Tourist Traps

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    by Ruthy2001 Written Sep 4, 2002

    This is not so much a tourist trap as an anyone danger. Dumfries town centre is over run by sea gulls - this is for a variety of reasons, one of which is messy school kids whose healthy diet includes chips which get dropped on the floor - these things are massive and disgusting. One of the counil's plans had been to cull them by enticing them all into a local skip (!!) I dont think this has happened yet but you might want to take an umbrella to avoid any unpleasant bird muck landing on your head!

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Dumfries What to Pack

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    by Ruthy2001 Written Feb 25, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Dumfries is in the gulf stream from the Solway Coast so it isnt normally too cold - however it rains lots and lots! It may be home to the Gates rubber factory which makes fab welly boots but I'd bring your own just in case...

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Dumfries Off The Beaten Path

  • Council vandals

    Older DoonHamers may recognize this picture of Carruther's Aerated Water WorksThis was my playground as a kid. My father was manager here during most of the period that it was owned by the SCWS, later Henry's. The Loreburn Hall , and the old Scaffy Depot are just off to the right. Sadly the building was demolished many years ago to make way for car...

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  • 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...

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  • Haaf netting - fishing the old-fashioned...

    The solway firth is one of very few locations where an ancient form of salmon fishing is still practiced. Haaf netting, imported, along with the name, from the nordic countries, involves stringing a net across the river at full or low tide, and clubbing any unsuspecting salmon that get caught in the nets when the tide turns. Tradition dictates that...

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Dumfries Sports & Outdoors

  • Ice Hockey

    After several trips to the town over the years on account of my son's ice hockey and a couple on business, in March 15 I was there for ice hockey again.Women's World Championship - Division II A. A week long round robin tournament involving Croatia, Poland, Korea, Kazakhstan & New Zealand. Fascinating to see a small town facility transformed into...

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  • Queen of the South football club

    The team in the Scottish football league representing Dumfries and the surrounding area is named after the town's nickname - Queen of the South.Queens or QoS (as they are affectionately known) due to the relatively small size of the town will never be a giant of world football. They do though provide an important outlet for those in Dumfries who...

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  • Golfing in and around Dumfries

    Visitors to Dumfries with a passion for golf could go mad with happiness at the golfing options that Dumfries presents. In Dumfries itself there are:-Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club - http://www.dandggolfclub.co.uk/Dumfries and County Golf Club - http://www.thecounty.org.uk/The Pines Golf Centre - http://www.pinesgolf.com/There is also Crichton...

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Dumfries Favorites

  • Earthquakes

    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...

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  • Nordic connections

    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...

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  • Dumfries - The Queen of the South

    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...

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