Castle Douglas is an 18th century market town that is also a designated Food Town with lots of local produce.
There are around 50 local businesses in and around Castle Douglas that either produce or sell quality food and drink. The town has many independent shops selling a great variety of goods in addition to food. There are also a variety of establishments providing meals and snacks, and several supermarkets/grocery stores. The town also has a Post Office and filling station.
Located around 18 miles from Dumfries along the A75, the town is a thriving centre for prosperous local farming. The Stewartry Agricultural Show is an annual event that takes place nearby in August.
Beside Castle Douglas is Carlingwark Loch, dotted with islands and great for boating and learning to sail and picnicking. There is a caravan park and kids' playground by the loch and at the far end of the loch is National Trust for Scotland's Threave Garden, House and Estate open to visitors all year.
On an island in the River Dee stands 14th century Threave Castle, the great fortress of the Douglases, which can be reached by ferry. Nearby is Threave Wildfowl Reserve, an important place for wintering wildfowl, where visitors can watch the birds from hides.