Attractions

Top Choice Museum in Dumfries & Galloway

Museum of Lead Mining

‘Lead mining’: even the phrase has a sort of dulling effect on the brain, and you’d think it’d be a tough ask to make the subject interesting. But this Wanlockhead museum, signposted 10 miles off the motorway northw…
Top Choice Castle in Caerlaverock

Caerlaverock Castle

The ruins of Caerlaverock Castle, by Glencaple on a beautiful stretch of the Solway coast, are among the loveliest in Britain. Surrounded by a moat, lawns and stands of trees, the unusual pink-stoned triangular cast…
Top Choice Museum in Whithorn

Whithorn Trust Discovery Centre

The ruined Whithorn Priory (Scotland's earliest recorded church) is part of this excellent place, which introduces you to the history of the place with a good audiovisual and a very informative exhibition. There’s o…
Top Choice Monument in South of Dumfries

Ruthwell Cross

Seven miles east of Caerlaverock Castle, in tiny Ruthwell, the church holds one of Europe’s most important early Christian monuments. The 6m-high 7th-century Ruthwell Cross is carved top to bottom in New Testament s…
Top Choice Nature Reserve in The Rhinns of Galloway

Mull of Galloway

Scotland's southernmost point is a spectacular spot, with windswept green grass and views of Scotland, England, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland. The lighthouse here was built by Robert Stevenson, grandfather of…
Top Choice Museum in Dumfries

Burns House

This is a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts. It's here that the poet spent the last years of his life, and there are various possessions of his in glass cases, as well as manuscripts and, entertainingly, let…
Gallery in Kirkcudbright

Broughton House

The 18th-century Broughton House displays paintings by EA Hornel (he lived and worked here), one of the Glasgow Boys. The library, with its wood panelling and stone carvings, is probably the most impressive room. Be…
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…
Amusement Park in Gatehouse of Fleet

Cream o' Galloway

Ideal for families, this offers a plethora of activities and events at the home of that delicious ice cream you’ll see around the region. There are 4 miles of nature trails, a popular bouncy net, an all-ages adventu…
Ruins in New Abbey

Sweetheart Abbey

The shattered red-sandstone remnants of this 13th-century Cistercian abbey stand in stark contrast to the manicured lawns surrounding them. The abbey, last of Scotland's major monasteries to be established, was foun…