‘The Queen of the South’
Dumfries is a historic market town that more than lives up to its local nickname. Connected by lovely russet-hued sandstone bridges which straddle the grassy banks of the River Nith, this former royal burgh has an interesting history and special connection to Scotland’s National Bard.
Dumfries boasts more than its fair share of historic gems including one of Scotland’s oldest bridges. Originally built by Lady Devorgilla, a great noblewoman and patron of the town, this Gothic arched structure dates from the 12th century. There is also the town’s Greyfriars Church, the site of the monastery where Robert the Bruce committed his infamous murder of John Balliol.
Dumfries has 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. His former house is now a museum and you can enjoy a pint in his favourite drinking hole, the Globe Inn.