Sun Foundry Fountain in Dumfries town centre


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 & 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.

Map of Dumfries

Explore Dumfries


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How to travel to and around Dumfries

Just under two hours from Edinburgh by car, an hour and a half from Glasgow, and a mere 30 minutes from Gretna Green on the Anglo-Scots border, Dumfries is easy to reach whichever direction you’re travelling from. 

Getting to


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. 

Train travel Dumfries & Galloway

Edinburgh Waverley to Dumfries tickets


Bus and coach

Getting around


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! 

Find more travel information to get to Dumfries

Bus and coach


A tip from your local expert

Moat Brae House and Garden

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Experience for yourself the magical setting that inspired J.M. Barrie to create Peter Pan! Moat Brae House and the Neverland Discovery Garden is also Scotland’s National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling.


Assistant iCentre Manager, Dumfries

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