Dumfriesshire & Borders Tourist Information & Hotels
Often described as the "Unspoilt area of Scotland". In fact there is a host of things to see and do. It is a great place for Scotlands historical links as well as being an excellent area for outdoor activities. Many of Scotlands most well known gardens are in Dumfries & Galloway such As Threave Gardens. In total there are 20 specialised gardens, thanks to the balmy breezes of the gulf stream.
For the walker there is over 200 miles of coastline – stunning cliff top walks, leisurely walks through forest trails and on sandy beaches. The challenging Southern Uplands Way starts in Dumfries and Galloway stretching from coast to coast.
The area is popular for those of you like to cycle with mile upon mile of forest trails and quiet country roads, with the National Cycle network traversing the region with 130 miles of stunning scenery.
Golf is one of the main pastimes in this region, with a choice of 30 golf courses – e.g. Thornhill, Southerness, Stranraer, Colvend.
Apart from the many outdoor activities, this is an area steeped in history, with many castles and historical sites, the most well known is Drumlanrig Castle and its magnificent gardens. Many people through the ages have left their mark in Dumfries & Galloway. The stories behind the sites and are often more impressive than the sites themselves: Robert the Bruce – Lochmaben Castle, John Balliol and Sweetheart Abbey, Mary Queen of Scots with Dundreddan Abbey, to name but a few.
There are many market towns and villages to explore such as Moffat, Dumfries, Castle Douglas, Portpatrick, Newton Stewart, Gretna Green, Lockerbie and Dalbeattie. Sample some of the local brews at Bladnoch Distillery & Sulwath Brewery, and there’s a great Smokehouse at Marrbury.
There is something for everyone, for the family, for the outdoor enthusiast, for those interested in Natural Heritage and wildlife, and for the fisherman with 5 major game fishing rivers.
Surrounding Dumfries and Galloway is the Scottish Borders, with picturesque towns of Langholm, Kelso, Jedburgh , Melrose and Lockerbie. Hadrians Wall , Carlisle and the Lake District is less than 1 hours drive away.
The Scottish Borders
Covering approximately 1800 sq. miles, the Scottish Borders stretch from the Cumbrian coast to the Berwickshire coastline. A transformation of contour and colour from the rolling hills in the west, moorland and gentler valleys in the centre, where the River Tweed runs, providing some of the best fishing in Scotland. To the east where the 32 miles of coastline from Lamberton to Cockburnspath has tall sandstone cliffs 500 feet/160metres in height in places, inter dispersed by small coves and natural harbours.
The Scottish Borders provides some excellent golf (21 golf courses), riding, walking and cycling, and there is plenty to do for all the family. You'll discover friendly towns like Melrose, Jedburgh, Wetherall, Lockerbie, Keslo, Berwick on Tweed, Gretna Green and Langholm. Castles – Floors Castle being the most well known, abbeys such as Melrose Abbey, stately homes and museums, illustrating the turbulent and often bloody history throughout the Scottish Borders.
There are many signposted routes for cyclists along quiet country lanes. Glentress near Peebles is rated as the "best dedicated mountain bike centre in Britain" by Mountain Bike Rider magazine.
For those who appreciate gardens, or a walk round some of the many stately homes with gardens, then Classic Britain can recommend Dawyck Botanic Gardens near Peebles, Abbotsford House – home to Sir Walter Scott, Queen Mary's Gardens near Jedburgh and Floors Castle Garden. Floors Castle is one of the most beautiful castles in Scotland and has featured in many films, the most well known being "Tarzan".
Getting some fresh air in your lungs, then the Scottish Borders offers some of Scotland's most leisurely walks. 1500 miles of paths, through hills, valleys, along rocky coastline and passing secluded coves. It is little wonder that walking is the preferred pastime of both locals and visitors to the Scottish Borders. For the more experienced backpacker the Southern Uplands Way offers a more challenging coast to coast walk from Portpatrick in the west to Cockburnspath in the east. A total distance of 212 miles. Another recommended walk is the St Cuthberts Way from Melrose and its famous Abbey to Holy Island ( Lindisfarne). All the walks can be done in stages as part of your Scottish Borders holiday experience