South of Dumfries attractions

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 Monument in South of Dumfries

Ruthwell Cross

Seven miles east of Caerlaverock Castle, in tiny Ruthwell, a 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 sce…
Farm in New Abbey

Mabie Farm Park

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…
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, the last of Scotland's major monasteries to be established, was …
Nature Reserve in Caerlaverock

Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

This protects 546 hectares of salt marsh and mudflats, the habitat for numerous birds, including barnacle geese. There are various activities, including badger-watching, dawn goose flights and child-focused events. …
Notable Building in New Abbey

New Abbey Corn Mill

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. On summer days it is often running.