Self Catering in Dumfries And Galloway

A creative and cultural history meets natural beauty in Dumfries and Galloway. A fantastic place for a family holiday, Dumfries and Galloway has long been a magnet for artists and writers.

There are strong connections to Robert Burns who lived and farmed in the region. Two of his former homes at Ellisland Farm and Robert Burns House in Dumfries are now museums celebrating Scotland's national bard's short life and enduring works. You can even visit his reputed favourite 'howf' (pub) at The Globe Inn in Dumfries. Wigtown - Scotland’s national book town - hosts the annual Wigtown Book Festival each autumn attracting authors and enthusiasts alike from far and wide while the excellent selection of bookshops can be enjoyed all year round.

It may be at the southernmost end of Scotland but Dumfries and Galloway still offers those characteristically Caledonian glens and mountains. Explore around Loch Trool and take a trip to see Bruce's Stone; climb the Merrick - standing at 2764 feet – or walk part of the Southern Upland Way. Beginning at Portpatrick and taking in a section of the west coast before heading east, the walking route continues into the Scottish Borders.

Galloway Forest Park includes the UK's first Dark Sky Park allowing perfect views of the night sky untarnished by light pollution. There are many impressive stellar sights which even the naked-eyed novice stargazer can enjoy while serious watchers of the sky might like to visit to the Scottish Dark Sky Observatory which has research-grade telescopes available for hire by amateur astronomers.

If - even with the wonderful countryside the county has to offer - the allure of the city is simply too great then you are only a couple of hours from Glasgow with its fantastic selection of shops, restaurants, museums and other attractions.

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