Other Dumfries Activities
Within the region of Dumfries & Galloway there is a fantastic range of activities and sports to enjoy. The area is a mecca for golfers, cyclists, walkers, and sea and game anglers. Here you will find a colourful Tibetan Buddhist monastery in the east, Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town in the west, Kirkcudbright Artists' Town and a real treat for the tastebuds in the Castle Douglas Food Town.
Below are some of the many things to see and do in Dumfries & Galloway. For more information on any of these activities please visit www.visitscotland.com. If you would like to arrange a tour or activity during your stay in Scotland, Visit Scotland will have an activity desk ready to assist you during the conference.
Pedal your way to the home of the bicycle with lots of off-road trails and miles and miles of quiet country roads. The National Cycle Network traverses the region taking in more than 130 miles of stunning scenery, rugged coastline and vast forests. The National Byway provides the opportunity to retrace the roots of the first pedal cycle to Keir Mill, where Kirkpatrick Macmillan first invented it.
If you would prefer an off road challenge then make sure you take time to visit the 7stanes. The 7stanes project is comprised of seven mountain bike centres in key Forestry Commission locations across the south of Scotland.
The Original Bicycle Festival
More information available here.
Scotland's National Bard spent much of his adult life in and around Dumfries, dying here aged just 37. Robert Burns is remembered fondly throughout Dumfries & Galloway and there are many places to visit today that celebrate historical connections with him. Travel the long coastline where he sought out smugglers in hidden coves or visit his home, his farm and his favorite inn.
Homecoming Scotland 2009
Homecoming will celebrate some of Scotland's great contributions to the world with a year-long, country-wide program of exciting and inspirational events and activities. Whether you're a Scot, of Scottish descent, or simply love Scotland, you are invited to join in the celebrations of the life and works of Robert Burns, celebrating the heritage of this lovely region.
Natural Heritage & Wildlife
In Dumfries & Galloway there are some of the most beautiful landscapes in Scotland. Over 200 miles of coastline, rolling hills, moorland, forest, mountain and river - these contrasting landscapes of un-spoiled beauty make enjoying the outdoors a pleasure whatever the weather. There are conservation centres, wildlife reserves and animal sanctuaries throughout the area with a huge variety of animal, bird, sea and plant life for you to discover.
With over 20 specialist gardens and nurseries of varying sizes, Dumfries & Galloway is certain to give inspiration to any garden lover. Tropical or formal gardens, walled gardens or those with sea views; gardens giving glorious settings for castles, stately homes or historic houses - all will inspire your own horticultural endeavors.
Arts & Crafts
The light and landscape of Dumfries & Galloway has been an inspiration to artists for centuries. Over 400 contemporary artists and craftsmen currently make the region their home. Living and working in small towns and villages scattered across the region, many artists incorporate the natural world around them into their work. The pretty harbour town of Kirkcudbright is the most well known haven for artists in the region and has acquired the title of Artist's Town for its historical artistic connections. Here you will find workshops and studios to visit, galleries and exhibitions to view and souvenirs to take home.
Historic Attractions & Museums
From stone circles and chambered cairns over four millennia old, to medieval castles and abbeys the region of Dumfries & Galloway is scattered with historic sites. At some sites see ancient battles re-enacted before you with authentic dress, weapons and craftsmanship on display.
If you would prefer a more descriptive account of the region's past, visit one of many museums. For example, see the collection of aircraft and aviation artifacts at the Aviation Museum, the first ever savings bank at Ruthwell, journey underground to leadmines at Wanlockhead and discover the story behind runaway brides at Gretna Green.
With so many rivers, lochs and reservoirs and a huge coastline, Dumfries & Galloway offers great fishing in relaxing surroundings.
Galloping over deserted beaches, open moors or dramatic forest, horse riding and pony trekking are great ways to see Dumfries & Galloway's un-spoiled landscape at a leisurely pace.
With a choice of 30 courses in the region, you can play serious golf or just a few rounds of holiday golf to your hearts content.
With over 200 miles of coastline you'll discover stunning cliff top walks or leisurely strolls along sandy beaches. Inland there are miles and miles of forest trails under natural canopies or gentle slopes and rugged hikes to the top of hills and mountains.