The south-west of Scotland has lots to offer – in this article, we list eight things you might not know about Dumfries and Galloway…

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1. It’s beautiful

It’s sometimes overlooked compared to the other parts of Scotland but Dumfries and Galloway really shouldn’t be. It features acres of forest and green space, along with a stunning rocky shoreline and sandy beaches.

The South West Coastal 300 is a fantastic drive of just over 300 miles, which allows you to take in some of the fantastic scenery there.

2. There are lots of activities on offer

Thanks to plenty of open space, Dumfries and Galloway is home to lots of outdoor activities. So, whether you’re into walking, cycling or watersports, there is likely something that will pique your interest.

3. Robert Burns lived there

Our national bard spent his final years in a simple sandstone house in Dumfries. The Robert Burns House in Dumfries now attracts many people from all over the world.

4. It’s home to Scotland’s “Artists’ Town”

From the mid-19th to mid-20th century, Kirkcudbright was an established artists’ colony and is home to a number of galleries today. It is said that the quality of light brought painters there and the town hosts an annual Festival of Light.


5. And Scotland’s National Book Town

Wigtown is the perfect place for bookworms, with lots of lovely independent bookshops and an annual book festival.

6. The first Tibetan Buddhist Centre established in the west is there

Kagye Samye Ling is a Tibetan Buddhist Monastery and Centre for World Peace and Health located in a peaceful valley on the banks of the River Esk. It is currently closed to visitors due to COVID-19 but normally offers courses and retreats.

7. It's well-connected

Good road and rail links mean Dumfries and the nearby towns and villages are relatively well-connected with one another, along with Glasgow. Its position on the English border means access to Carlisle and other places down south is easy. And it’s also handy for visiting Northern Ireland, as you can get a ferry from Cairnryan to Belfast.

8. There’s a great choice of property

Whether you’re after a rural retreat or a house in the centre of a town, Dumfries and Galloway has a good range of property to cater for many tastes and budgets. You can search houses and flats for sale in Dumfries and Galloway to see if there's something for you. 

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