Devorgilla Bridge, River Nith, Dumfries

Dumfries is known locally as 'the Queen of the South', the perfect nickname for this pleasant county town prettily situated on the banks of the River Nith.

What can I expect?

  • Take your pick from a range of friendly, family-run B&Bs and guesthouses which promise home-cooked meals and cosy ambiance, or the town's beautiful period hotels.
  • Experience the old-world charm of a former country house alongside a range of contemporary amenities, or find your own little slice of rural heaven at one of the many delightful cottages, former farmhouses and restored steadings located in and around the town.
  • If it’s more of a no-frills, self-catering break you’re after, there are plenty of options available, from caravan parks and camp sites to comfortably appointed lodges and chalets.
  • You can even hunker down in the wonderfully quaint sandstone cottage next door to the Burns House Museum, the former abode of Robert Burns and his wife Jane Armour.

Why choose 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. 
  • It is also well-served by excellent public transport links including regular and reliable bus services, as well as its own train station.
  • Whether you're looking for a place with complimentary WiFi, vegetarian meal options or child-care facilities, you’re sure to find the place that’s right for you in Dumfries and the surrounding area.

Pay a visit to Burns’ favourite drinking haunt, The Globe Inn. Enjoy a pint sitting in his chair but beware – sit here and you’ll have to buy the whole pub a round!

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