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.
Things to do in Dumfriesshire
Dalbeattie Forest is a center of mountain biking, walking, horse riding, and beautiful scenery. Various activities are held in the forest, from wildlife walks to study building.
Dulce Cor Abbey, commonly known as "Sweetheart Abbey," is a Cistercian monastery built-in 1275.
Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
Explore the world-famous traditional Sanquale knitting, the mines, and miners of Sanquale and Kirk Cornell, the history and customs of the Royal Castle of Sanquale.
Dundrennan Abbey, at Dundrennan in Scotland, is a Cistercian monastery in the Romanesque style, founded in 1142 by monks from Rievaulx Abbey with the support of Fergus of Galloway and King David I of Scotland (1124-1153).
Cardoness Castle is a well-preserved 15th-century tower house located southwest of Gatehouse of Fleet in the historic county of Kirkcudbrightshire, Scotland. The MacCullochs of Myreton initially owned it. They abandoned the castle in the late 17th century after Sir Godfrey McCulloch was executed for the murder of a Clan Gordon neighbor. It is now under the care of Historic Environment Scotland and is a listed monument.
Threave Castle is a mid-4th century keep situated on an island in the River Dee, two and a half miles west of Castle Douglas, in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. It served as a fortress for the Black Douglas until their fall in 1455.
Caerlaverock Castle is a 13th-century castle with a triangular plan and moat. It is located in the National Nature Reserve of the same name, south of Dumfries, in the Dumfries and Galloway area of south-west Scotland.
Drumlanrig Castle is a Scottish castle in the Dumfries and Galloway district of Scotland and is a UK-listed building. The Duke of Buccleuch owns it. The building, built between 1679 and 1689 in pink sandstone, is typical of late 17th century Renaissance architecture. It was built on the site of a former Douglas fortress overlooking Nith Valley. The present castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets, and four towers. It houses one of the two original versions of the painting The Madonna of the Spindles by Leonardo da Vinci and his workshop, stolen in 2003 but recovered and returned in 2007.
Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve
Grey Mare's Tail is a great example of a hanging valley and is essential for its rare upland plants and wildlife. The region has also a rich human history, dating back to at least the Iron Age. It has close links with the 17th century Covenanters, who used Watch Knowe as a vantage point in the valley to watch for government troops.