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
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.
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.
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.
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!
Bus and coach
Dumfries is small enough to comfortably explore on foot but also boasts excellent public transport links, including regular and reliable bus services.
You can certainly walk around Dumfries. Whether you're doing a bit of sightseeing, shopping or just going for a stroll, check out these useful links.
A tip from your local expert
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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