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River Nith, Dumfries
Home to the oldest multiple-arched bridge still surviving in Scotland.

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Dumfries is a historic market town that more than lives up to its local nickname, the Queen of the South. Located in the southern region of Dumfries and Galloway and connected by lovely russet-hued sandstone bridges which straddle the banks of the River Nith, this former royal burgh has an interesting history and special connection to Scotland’s National Bard.

A holiday in Dumfries is one to remember. The town boasts more than its fair share of historic gems, including one of Scotland’s oldest bridges. There is also the town’s Greyfriars Church, the site of the monastery where Robert the Bruce participated in the infamous murder of John III Comyn, Lord of Badenoch. The town has also been home to a number of famous individuals throughout its history including Peter Pan author JM Barrie and British Formula One racing driver David Coulthard, but its most famous former resident is Robert Burns who spent his final years here.

Dumfries Travel Information

How to get to Dumfries 

Just under two hours from Edinburgh by car, an hour and a half from Glasgow, and a mere 33 minutes from Gretna Green on the Anglo-Scots border, Dumfries is easy to reach whichever direction you’re travelling from.

Travelling by car is pretty straightforward, with many major and minor roads connecting larger towns and cities to Dumfries. Follow the A701 from Edinburgh or the M74 from Glasgow and you'll arrive in Dumfries in no time at all.

If you are travelling by train, there are frequent services running from Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as from towns and cities further north, including Aberdeen and Inverness. There are often deals and cheap tickets for many train journeys across Scotland.

How to get around Dumfries

Dumfries is small enough to comfortably explore on foot but also boasts excellent public transport links, including regular and reliable bus services.

You can also make use of the great cycle paths around the town. It's a quick, efficient and eco-friendly way to get around Dumfries. Make sure you pick up a cycling guide from the local information centre too!

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