Head up to Scotland and cross the border in the west and you'll be greeted by glorious green countryside, rolling hills and friendly towns. Welcome to Dumfries & Galloway.

The views

The first thing you'll notice about Dumfries & Galloway is just how beautiful this lowland part of Scotland is. From the rocky and sandy Solway Coast looking out for miles across the sea, to the lush green inland forests and hills, it's simply amazing. And it's not just us that think so - writers such as Robert Burns, artists and many more have been inspired by these lands.


As much as the people love their landscape, the animals love it too. From the red squirrels and the red deer in the forests to the ospreys and red kites in the sky, there's plenty for you to see and photograph - if you're quick!


Want the rush of flying through the trees on a mountain bike? Or why not splash about on the water windsurfing and yachting? There are lots of activities in Dumfries & Galloway to choose from, and you don't have to go mad - you can just go for a gentle walk or cycle. Or, take to one of the country's longest zip wires? Go on. We dare you.

Ready for a road trip?

Explore Dumfries & Galloway's hills, glens, forests and lochs as you hit the open road and follow the South West Coastal 300 route. Take a look at our blog for visual inspiration!

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Castle Douglas

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Castle Douglas is an 18th century market town that is also a designated Food Town with lots of local produce.


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Dalbeattie is known as the Granite Town of South West Scotland and sits in the Urr Valley, about 15 miles from Dumfries.


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Dumfries, ‘the Queen of the South’, is a historic country town, famed for its connection with Scotland's National Bard Robert Burns.


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Gatehouse of Fleet is a village situated near the mouth of the Water of Fleet, ten miles west of Kirkcudbright.

Gretna and Gretna Green

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Gretna is a planned town built during the First World War while nearby Gretna Green is famous for being the marriage capital of the UK.


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Kirkcudbright is a harbour town on the Solway coast that has always been popular with artists. Located 10 miles from Castle Douglas and 6 miles from the A75.


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The ‘Muckle Toon’ of Langholm is the birthplace of the legendary poet Hugh McDiarmid and is famous for its annual Common Riding festival.


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Lockerbie is the first sizeable town north of the Scottish Border and is on the main road and rail routes between Glasgow and Carlisle.


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Moffat is a historic spa town in the Annandale Valley, 21 miles from Dumfries, and just 3 minutes from the M74.

New Galloway

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New Galloway is a picturesque village close to Loch Ken and on the edge of Galloway Forest Park.

Newton Stewart

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Newton Stewart is a small market town on the banks of the River Cree, surrounded by the Galloway hills, around 25 miles from Stranraer.


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Portpatrick is a seaside town on the western shore of the Rhins of Galloway peninsula.


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Sanquhar is a small market town in the Nith Valley and is surrounded by striking scenery. Located almost directly half way between Ayr and Dumfries on the A76.


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Stranraer has a long history as a ferry port and the town is situated at the head of Loch Ryan.


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Thornhill is a village between Dumfries and Sanquhar and its focal point is the Mercat Cross.

Whithorn and the Isle of Whithorn

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Whithorn has a strong association with St Ninian, who brought Christianity to Scotland, while the nearby Isle of Whithorn is a pretty coastal village.


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Wigtown is Scotland's National Book Town and is the gateway to the Machars.

Dumfries iCentre

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Dumfries iCentre is situated overlooking the River Nith. We can be found at: 64 Whitesands, Dumfries DG1 2RS

Gretna iCentre

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Gretna VisitScotland iCentre, on the Scottish-English border at the Gretna Gateway Shopping Outlet Village, is the gateway to Scotland via Dumfries & Galloway. Close by is Gretna Green, famous for runaway marriages.

Kirkcudbright iCentre

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Kirkcudbright iCentre is located in the Harbour Square car park close to the town centre where our staff are always on hand to give friendly help and advice ensuring you make the most of your time in this lovely part of Scotland.

Stranraer iCentre

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Stranraer iCentre is located just down from the town centre, only a few minutes from the harbour front where we offer local information and advice for this hidden gem in the South West of Scotland.

Did you know?

Much of the area is home to the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere, and has been recognised internationally as a world-class environment for people and nature.  

Travel in Dumfries & Galloway

Getting here

Dumfries & Galloway is really easy to get to - fly into Glasgow or Prestwick, just a short distance away - or take the ferry over from Ireland in just a couple of hours. Drive along the main motorways from England and across Scotland, or take a train or coach and sit back and enjoy the journey.

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Getting around

There's a local bus service or trains between Gretna Green through Annan, Dumfries, Sanquhar and Kirkconnell, or to Stranraer from Glasgow. Or you can bring or hire a car and set your own pace.

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