With artists, crafts people, makers, performers and writers all hailing or making their home in this beautiful part of Scotland, it's little wonder that Dumfries & Galloway in the south west boasts more than its fair share of culture.
Enjoy a trip in the spring time to see the forests and farmland springing into life and re-awaken your cultural side with a few of these must-do experiences.
THINGS TO SEE AND DO
Book tickets for the Knockengorroch World Ceilidh from 19 - 22 May 2022. Enjoy roots and world music at this unique family festival.
Running in May 2023 (dates TBC), Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival is Scotland’s largest rural performing arts festival. Enjoy live performances from theatre, music, dance, comedy and much more.
Another festival to look out for is Dumfries & Galloway's arts and crafts open studios event, Spring Fling, which will take place from the 27 - 29 May 2023. Get an exclusive behind-the-scenes look when artists and makers showcase their work. Expect unique insights into the work they create and demonstrations, as well as the opportunity to buy pieces directly from the makers.
Spring 2019 saw the arrival of Moat Brae, the house that inspired JM Barrie to write Peter Pan opening as the National Centre for Children's Literature and Storytelling. Pay it a visit this Easter.
To search for some other great reads, head to Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town, to browse the book shops and see what rare finds you'll come across.
Other cultural attractions to visit include the Kirkcudbright Galleries, which houses a nationally significant collection of artwork, as well as the Theatre Royal and the Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre, which are both in Dumfries.
Places to check out include Brodies in Moffat, Casa Mia in Dumfries, Marrbury Smokehouse in Gatehouse of Fleet, the Selkirk Arms in Kirkcudbright and Connor's in Portpatrick. Be sure to also consider the great range of places to eat in Castle Douglas Food Town.
Taking Dumfries in the east of the region and Stranraer in the west as locators, from Edinburgh it's 2 hours by car to Dumfries and 3 hours 25 minutes to Stranraer. From Carlisle in north England it's 50 minutes to Dumfries and 2 hours 20 minutes to Stranraer by car.