Unique Places in Dumfries and Galloway

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Most Viewed Off The Beaten Path in Dumfries and Galloway

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    Rough Island

    by stevezero Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Rough Island is an island just offshore from the village of Rockcliffe. it can be reached on foot at low tide, but be careful not to get cut off!
    It is 20 acres in size, a bird sanctuary, with many nesting sea birds.

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    Southerness

    by stevezero Written Apr 26, 2005

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    Southerness is a small seaside settlement. Its's quite a trek to get there, but once there you find shops, a pub, and a huge caravan site. There is the lighthouse of course and a nice baeach. you also gat views over to Cumbia and the Lake District

    About 25 kms south of Dumfries, just off the A710

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    Glencaple

    by nickandchris Updated Mar 31, 2005

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    This was an old fashioned little place with not much going on. It is on the river Nith, about 4miles south of Dumfries, on the B725. A large fishing boat was anchored by the jetty. We thought this was a cockle dredger but weren't too sure. There was also a hovercraft lying looking abandoned in the grass. I hope this wasn't the inland rescue boat!
    Interesting looking beach, southwards.
    Here, there was also an old fashioned brazier (to guide the boats in???)

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    Brow Well

    by nickandchris Written Mar 30, 2005

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    I suppose this isn't off the beaten track so much as not being known very well. It is a chalybeate spring (a natural spring containing iron in it's waters)
    Robbie Burns is supposed to have bathed in it when he knew he was dying.
    It is not too an exciting sight but you can park easily so it's worth looking at.
    On the B725 between Cummertrees and Caerlaverock Castle.

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    Mull of Galloway Point

    by nickandchris Updated Mar 2, 2005

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    To visit this beautiful area you need to drive to the very south of the Rhinns Peninsula. It's a bird- lovers paradise and is an R.S.P.B. reserve on a wild cliff top. There is a lighthouse , built in 1828, that you can walk round the outside of and is open for guided tours Sats. and Suns. April to Sept.

    It is Scotland's most southerly point.

    There is a visitor's centre with maps and information.

    A tea-room with a peat roof was in the process of being built. Looked interesting.

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    Corsewall Point

    by nickandchris Updated Mar 1, 2005

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    This is about the most northerly point on this peninsula, approx. 10miles north of Stranraer, the last 3miles narrow single track road. There is Coarswall Point Lighthouse,(1815) a working lighthouse that guides vessels through the head of Loch Ryan and is now also a hotel. There are some beautifully wild cliff top views. St. Columbas Well is featured on the O.S. Landranger map 82.
    It is very popular with ornothologists, particularly in Autumn.
    We sat for ages just watching the action of the sea on the cliffs and my favourite pastime, seal watching. Mesmerising.

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    Coastal Path near Portpatrick

    by nickandchris Updated Feb 28, 2005

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    From Castle Bay Caravan Park we could join a coastal path that took us over the cliffs and into Portpatrick. We passed the precarious looking ruins of Dunskey castle,(built in the early 1500's) which of course we had to explore.
    The rugged coastline is quite wild and spectacular .

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    Port Logan Fish Pond and Marine life Centre

    by nickandchris Written Feb 24, 2005

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    We visited here a good few years ago and really enjoyed the experience. In those days the man who ran the place gave an interesting talk, we thought he sounded just like Fred Dibnah!!

    A natural tidal pool created by a blow-hole formed in the last ice-age.

    It is a fully restored Victorian Fish Larder complete with fish which you can watch being fed.

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    Ardwell Bay (West)

    by nickandchris Written Feb 21, 2005

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    There are actually two Ardwell Bays on the Rhinns peninsula, an east and a west. Far prettier and more remote is the westerly. The last part of the road is a rutted track which ends at the bay. There is a decent free car park looking over the bay with footpaths through the marram grass to the beautiful silver sand beach. The road continues a little to a small slipway and more sheltered little bay.

    Take a right off the A716 just after the end of Sandhead.

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    The Ae Inn

    by biggeorge Written Dec 3, 2003

    Just outside Dumfries is the Ae inn , in the village of Ae. It's half house half bungalow and you may need to knock on the window to get the old dear to open the pub. Sometimes have lock ins fri-sat nights

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    Exploring Dumfries' south coast

    by Alice-Kees Updated Sep 17, 2003

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    Along the coastal road leaving from Dumfries towards the south, we came across some beautiful scenery, a ruine abbey, an old corn mill and a lonely lighthouse (great picknick spot!). Driving on through Dalbeattie we finished our tour in the scenic artist's town of Kirkudbright which also has a nice little harbour.

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    SANQUHAR

    by hevbell Written Aug 10, 2003

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    My home town for 5 years of my childhood! Its just a small town but it boasts the oldest working Post Office in Great Britain [dating from 1712] as well as a Tollbooth built in 1735 which now serves as a local museum.

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    CASTLE KENNEDY

    by hevbell Updated Aug 10, 2003

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    The grounds actually contain two lochs and two castles. The Earl and Countess of Stair now live in Lochinch Castle which was built in 1864 and is not open to the public although you can see it on the other side of Loch Inch as you drive up to Castle Kennedy. The grounds are known for the rhododendruns in particular.

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    CASTLE KENNEDY

    by hevbell Updated Aug 10, 2003

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    Owned by the Earl and Countess of Stair, Castle Kennedy is most well known for its gardens which cover 75 acres [£2]. The castle itself was burnt in 1716 and is now just a ruin.

    location: 3 miles east of Stranraer

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    DUNSKEY CASTLE

    by hevbell Updated Aug 10, 2003

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    A ten minute walk along the cliff path to the south of Portpatrick and you come to the ruins of 16th century Dunskey Castle. I remember being able to go inside and look around when I was in my teens but unfortunately it now must be too dangerous to do so as its closed off.

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