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Top Choice Cafe in Castle Douglas & Around

Designs

This excellent cafe under a gallery and shop is the best spot in town for a coffee, with cosy wood fittings offset by a garden space out the back. There's a nice line in ciabatta and bruschetta options complemented …
Lake in Castle Douglas & Around

Loch Ken

Stretching for 9 miles northwest of Castle Douglas between the A713 and A762, Loch Ken is a popular outdoor recreational area. The range of water sports includes windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, power-boating and kay…
Castle in Castle Douglas & Around

Threave Castle

Two miles west of Castle Douglas, this impressive tower sits on a small river island. Built in the late 14th century, it became a principal stronghold of the Black Douglases, including the excellently named Archibal…
Greek in Castle Douglas & Around

Nikos Greek Restaurant

On the main street, it's quite a surprise to find authentic Greek food here in provincial Castle Douglas. The charismatic, welcoming host prepares delicious, authentic meze, seafood and other dishes, with cheaper lu…
British in Castle Douglas & Around

Mr Pook's Kitchen

This converted bank on the main street had just opened when we last passed by. It was still finding its feet but we liked the way it was shaping up: solid British produce served with a bit of style and flair, with s…
Brewery in Castle Douglas & Around

Sulwath Brewery

You can see traditional brewing processes at this main-street alemaker's. Tours, which include a pint, only run twice a week, at 1pm on Monday and Friday (ring ahead), but the brewery functions as a sort of speakeas…