Explore this magnificent region in the northern part of Dumfries & Galloway, home to a range of beautiful towns and villages.
The little market town of Sanquhar nestles in the Nith Valley and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery. The nearby range of rolling hills offers great walking opportunities and the Southern Upland Way passes straight through the town. Send a postcard from the Sanquhar Post Office, the oldest post office in the world, or visit the town’s most notable building, the handsome Georgian Tolbooth Museum.
Wanlockhead in the Lowther Hills is Scotland’s highest village, standing at 1,531 ft above sea level. The former lead mining village is right on the Southern Upland Way, making it a good place to stop for walkers. If you are approaching by car, you’ll pass through one of the most beautiful and majestic glens in southern Scotland - the Mennock Pass. Wanlockhead is connected to neighbouring Leadhills via the charming Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway - a great way to see the countryside.
Just 14 miles north of Dumfries is the attractive and bustling village of Thornhill. Be sure to visit Drumlanrig Castle, which lies just to the north. Afterwards, head to Moniaive, which hosts a thriving calendar of art events and festivals, including celebrations of jazz, whisky, photography, walking and folk music, to name just a few. Moniaive and Glencairn Parish community has won a 2015 Creative Place Award in recognition of these exceptional contributions to Scotland’s cultural scene.
Don’t forget to pay homage to the birthplace of Kirkpatrick MacMillan, who invented the bike in 1839, by visiting Keir Mill, near Penpont.