Mabie Farm Park

Dumfries & Galloway

If your kids are complaining about historic sights and Robert Burns, pack up the clan and get down to this spot, between Dumfries and New Abbey off the A710. It's a brilliantly run complex with plenty of animals and activities, including petting-and-feeding sessions, donkey rides, go-karting, slides, a soft play area, picnic spots…the list goes on. Put a full day aside.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Dumfries & Galloway attractions

1. Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura

2.98 MILES

This museum covers local history and prehistory with a wide range of displays from fossils to farm implements. In the tower is a camera obscura, built in…

2. Robert Burns Centre

3.08 MILES

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…

3. 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…

4. Robert Burns Mausoleum

3.12 MILES

Burns' mausoleum is in the graveyard at St Michael's Kirk. It's in the far corner (ie eastern corner) from the entrance. There’s a grisly account of his…

5. Burns House

3.13 MILES

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…

6. New Abbey Corn Mill

3.14 MILES

This 18th-century watermill in the centre of the village is very well preserved. A video sets it in context, and cordial guides will show you the workings…

7. Devorgilla Bridge

3.16 MILES

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…

8. Sweetheart Abbey

3.16 MILES

The shattered red-sandstone remnants of this 13th-century Cistercian abbey stand in stark contrast to the manicured lawns surrounding them. The abbey, the…