Dalbeattie is known as the Granite Town of South West Scotland and sits in the Urr Valley, about 15 miles from Dumfries.
Dalbeattie was established in the 1790s as a planned town beside the water-power of the Dalbeattie Burn and thrived on granite that was extracted from local quarries and exported across the country.
The town makes an ideal base for exploring the Colvend Coast and the region’s castles and gardens. Around Dalbeattie there are plenty of country walks and great opportunities for golfing, fishing and mountain biking, with the internationally famous 7Stanes Mountain Bike Trail in Dalbeattie Forest.
Dalbeattie’s best-known historical figure is Lt William McMaster Murdoch who was First Officer aboard the 'Titanic' and played an active - and controversial - role in the great ship's last moments.