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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 Scottish in Kirkcudbright

Auld Alliance

Overlooking the heart of town, this restaurant's cuisine is true to its name, which refers to the historic bond between Scotland and France. Local produce is given a Gallic and Mediterranean twist, with dishes like …
Top Choice Seafood in Portpatrick

Campbell's

Fresh local seafood is the stock-in-trade of this unprepossessing local favourite, and it does it very well. Ask for whatever is good that day or choose one of the sharing platters and enjoy the flavour burst of loc…
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 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 …
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…
Pub Food in Dumfries

Cavens Arms

Engaging staff, 10 real ales on tap and a warm, contented buzz make this a legendary Dumfries pub. Generous portions of typical pub nosh backed up by a long list of more adventurous daily specials make it one of the…