Private House Stays defines Dumfriesshire as the Eastern half of the Dumfries and Galloway area that includes the spectacular Bird watching and beauty spots along the Solway Firth and stretches North along the A76 through Sanquhar until you meet up with Southern Ayrshire. It is a much under-rated part of Scotland except by the North-west English who have holidayed here for generations. The Northern coastline of the Solway is a magnet for artists and the Kirkcudbright and Wigtown Book festivals are highly rated.
Apart from the Beauty Spots listed as more famous as Bird-watching or wild-flower locations, other Beauty spots in Dumfriesshire worthy of consideration are: Balmaghie Deer Park, Southwick coast near Dalbeattie, Knowetop Lochs near Corsock, Brow Well, The Burns Mausolleum and Plantain Loch and Dalbeattie Forest Walks
In addition to the Art Galleries and Museums with links below, Private House Stays also lists the following for your consideration: Gracefield Arts Centre, Mill on the Fleet Art Gallery, North Glen Gallery, The Christian Heritage museum, Ellisland Farm, The Glenluce Motor Museum and The Moffat, Newton Stewart and Wigton Museums.
- Museum of Lead Mining
- Robert Burns Centre
- Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum
- Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura
- Old Bridge House
- John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum
- The Stewartry Museum
- Harbour Cottage Gallery
- Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
- The Whitehouse Gallery
- Crichton Museum
- Dalbeattie Museum
- Annan Museum
- Burns House
- Carlyle's birthplace
The locations identified by Private House Stays that are significant for Birdwatching are listed below but the whole Solway firth is considered to be a twitchers paradise: Mershead RSPB Nature reserve, Rough Island Nature reserve, Grey Mares Tail, Threave and Rockcliffe and Fountainbleau and Ladypark Nature Trail.
Botanists looking for wildflowers do get to areas that Private House Stays also considers to be beauty spots, but those we have identified as particularly worthy of consideration are: Grey Mares Tail, Ae Forest Walks, Mabie Forest Walks, Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve, Threave and Rockcliffe and the whole area of foreshore along the Solway Firth. Carstramon Wood beside the Water of Fleet also has the most stunning display of bluebells in May and many ancient oak trees. Stenhouse Wood near Thornhill is also famous for its Dog's mercury, ramsons, honeysuckle, bugle, goldilocks buttercup and toothwort.
The Heritage and Archeological sites identified by Private House Stays in Dumfriesshire are: Birrens Roman Fort, Burnswark Hillfort, Mote of Mark, Rispain Camp, Twelve apostles Stone circle, Kirkmadrine Stone, Laggangairn Standing Stones, Nith Bridge Cross-shaft and Robert the Bruces Cave.
Dumfriesshire is a great area for finding interesting ancient castles, some still functioning dwellings and others ruined from begone wars against the English or between clans. However ancient castle sites are nearly always in interesting locations and many of the ruined ones can be visited for free. In addition to those with links below, Private House Stays recommends the following for your consideration: Drumcoltran Tower, Drumwalt Castle, Gilnockie Tower, Kirkconnel Tower, Lochmaben Castle, Morton Castle and Orchardton Tower.
In addition to the Galloway Wildlife Conservation park that is linked below and Broughton House and Garden, there are two more Dumfriesshire gardens that Private House Stays has identified as worth visiting: Craigieburn garden and Maxwelton gardens
In addition to the two significant ancient Abbeys linked below, the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre is worth consideration.
Mansion houses open to the public often have fantastic gardens that go with impressive interiors or significant architecture. You will often find in them some valuable furniture, paintings, huge tapestries and examples of curios that illustrate life from previously opulent times. The two such houses within Dumfriesshire are linked below.
Although it is unlikely that any Monument would be a sufficient attraction to warrant an expedition on its own, they can be quite interesting, located in spectacular spots and be valuable for combining with visiting other things. There are a number of such monuments, statues or commemorative locations in Dumfriesshire which include the following: The Merkland Cross, The Renwick Monument, The Hugh MacDiarmid Memorial Sculpture and The Bruces stone
The attractions within Dumfriesshire that Private House Stays recommends as being suitable for entertaining children include: The Galloway Hydros Visitor Centre, The New Abbey Corn Mill, The Galloway Wildlife Conservation park, Barholm Mains Open Farm, Kelton Mains Open Farm and Monreith Animal World
Wallamhill House B&B
A large, modern, country house in 1.5 acre garden, only 3 miles from Dumfries. Lovely views to front and rear and spacious, en suite bedrooms all on ground floor. - Find out more
Scaurbridge House is a charming old rose stone manse set in a tranquil garden near the peaceful rural village of Penpont, Thornhill, in Dumfriesshire - Find out more