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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…
Cafe in Dumfries


The best eating option in Dumfries is this cosy space upstairs at the Robert Burns Centre. For lunch there’s wraps, melts and ciabattas, but come dinner time it’s inventive angles and interesting cuts and combinatio…
Museum in Dumfries

Robert Burns Centre

A worthwhile Burns exhibition in an old mill on the banks of the River Nith; it tells the story of the poet and Dumfries in the 1790s. The optional audiovisual presentations give more background on Dumfries, and exp…
Bridge in Dumfries

Devorgilla Bridge

The red sandstone bridges arching over the River Nith are the most attractive feature of the town. Devorgilla Bridge (1431) is one of the oldest bridges in Scotland. Built into its southwestern end is the city's old…
Cafe in Dumfries


This buzzy cafe in the centre of town doubles as a bookshop. It does tasty fair-trade coffee, has big windows for observing Dumfries life passing by and serves toothsome sweet things, breakfasts and filled rolls.
Pub in Dumfries

Globe Inn

A traditional, rickety old nook-and-cranny pub down a narrow wynd off the main pedestrian drag, this was reputedly Burns' favourite watering hole, and scene of one of his numerous seductions. It's not an upmarket pl…
Museum in Dumfries

Ellisland Farm

If you're not Burnsed out, you can head 6 miles northwest of Dumfries and visit the farm he leased. It still preserves some original features from when he and his family lived here, and there's a small exhibition. I…
Tomb in Dumfries

Robert Burns Mausoleum

Burns' mausoleum is in the graveyard at St Michael's Kirk. It's in the far corner from the entrance. There’s a grisly account of his reburial on the information panel.
Church in Dumfries

St Michael's Kirk

When visiting Robert Burns' mausoleum in the cemetery, it's worth ducking into the squarish 18th-century church, where he used to worship, to admire the stained glass.