Dumfries and Galloway Shopping
Wide streets of Thornhill
Finding Your Way
The world famous Moffat Toffees
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Thornhill: Olde Worlde
Thornhill is a surprisingly large town,with wide open streets and is sited on the A76 trunk road from Dumfries to Glasgow. It was a planned village, built in 1714 for nearby Drumlanrig castle on the Queensbury Estate and to take advantage of the said new road that was being built at the time.It became an ideal staging post and an inn was quickly established, even having windows, which was a rarity in those days. More coaching inns were built in the early 1800's as well as a brewery which led to the building of some dozen pubs.Today, a scant few remain in business with the George Hotel, the Farmers Arms and the Buccleuch and Queensberry Hotel the more obvious.The village has an amazingly high number of retail businesses, ranging from boutiques to ironmongers and they are all housed in the pleasant, local red sandstone buildings of the era.The focal point of the streets is the roundabout...
Cream O' Galloway Ice Cream: Ice Cream
The cows of this region make exceptional ice cream. I haven't been to the Cream O' Galloway farm, but I do love the their ice cream. You can purchase their products throughout the region.
Oatmeal, Whisky and Honey ice cream is my favorite. Their website says that luxury vanilla, caramel shortbread and sticky toffee are the best selling ice creams.
The Bookshop: Second Hand Books
Scotland's largest second hand bookshop, it has 9 well organised rooms, with over 1km of shelving.They have books on all subjects and stocks are continually replenished.A good place to browse for that long forgotten book or present.
Safeway: Shops, Few and far between.
On the Rhinns of Galloway you must come fairly well supplied as there aren't many villages with shops. Portpatrick has a few as does Drummore in the south. For big grocery shopping you'll have to travel to Stranraer which has a Safeway and most of the other usual shops. It's the biggest place for many a mile.
THE BOOKSHOP, Wigtown
This was definitely my favourite of the bookshops we went into in Wigtown. It looks small from the outside and even when you first walk in. Until you realise its a lot of small rooms, like someone just turned their house into a bookshop!! You can find books on all kinds of subjects as well as fiction and there is a Scottish section in one of the rooms. If you go out into the garden [where I took this picture] there is another room full of books in an outbuilding.
Lighthouse Pottery: Pottery in Portpatrick
Its difficult to pick a theme for this shopping tip since the shop stocks a wide range of items from jewellry to bath & beauty products, candles, insense, clothes, cuddly toys, ornaments and even water features! Its the sort of shop I can spend ages just browsing through.
The Moffat Toffee Shop: Moffat Toffees
The Moffat Toffee Shop is a great place to look around for all kinds of sweets, but particularly the famous Moffat Toffee with its unique sweet and sour flavour.
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