Things to Do

thomas carlyle birthpalce
Carlyle’s Birthplace

The Arched House, in which Thomas Carlyle was born on 4 December 1795, was built by his father and uncle (who were both master masons) in 1791. Carlyle was a great writer and historian and one of the most powerful influences on 19th century British thought.

The interior of the house is furnished to reflect domestic life at Carlyle’s time and also on show is a notable collection of portraits and his belongings.

newbie fisheries
Newbie Fisheries

The Broom Fisheries coarse angling facility has become one of the most popular fishing locations in Scotland.

You can fish the recently refurbished coarse loch, or try your luck in the purpose built canal. Either way you have an excellent opportunity to catch roach, tench, perch, bream, carp and chub. These waters are well stocked with quality fish.


When Robert Burns exchanged the role of farmer for that of Exciseman he moved with his family from Ellisland Farm into a tenement flat in Bank Street, Dumfries. He developed the habit of taking walks along the banks of the River Nith, perhaps to replace the outdoor life he had previously led.

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Dumfries & Galloway Golf Clubs

Hoddom is an outstanding 9 hole golf course par33.The course is landscaped with natural woodland and man made features and is surrounded by the River Annan making it quite a challenging course. Powfoot was founded in 1903, Powfoot Golf Club is a private members club with a warm welcome for visitors.

Although covering less than 100 acres, this links course on the Solway shore has established itself as a formidable Championship challenge and, among other major competitions, has recently hosted the Senior Ladies British Open.

Lockerbie is a 18 hole parkland course in an open agricultural setting with delightful views of the surrounding coutryside. There are two or three water hazards which make for some interesting scores! The course was extended in 1988 from 9 holes to 18 holes and now provides a very reasonable challenge for golfers of all abilities.

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Mabie Farm Park

Mabie Farm Park is a Fun Day Out for all of the family, whatever the weather. Our Farm Park at Mabie near Dumfries opened in May 2000 and has grown every year since with many new attractions being added each year. The Farm Park nestles against Mabie Forest and covers an area of over forty acres. Among the many attractions at the Farm Park we have a Dirt Buggy Track, a Grass Sledging Slope, Pedal Go Karts, a Boating Pond, lots of animals and a 5000 square foot Indoor Playbarn, these are only a few of our many attractions at the park. Picnic areas are scattered throughout the farm park and we have an area set aside for you to enjoy your own barbecue. Our popular Tearoom serves a range of snacks, drinks and Ice Cream. Due to its popularity the Tearoom was greatly extended in 2005, we have also increased the size of the patio so that our visitors can enjoy the local scenery. Our Farm Shop carries a range of Berg, Siku and other Toys also gifts, children’s waterproofs and food.

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Mabie Forest

Today, it is one of the most popular destinations in the area for outdoor recreation and offers something for everyone from world-class mountain bike trails to quiet picnic areas and stunning viewpoints. All of the walks start from the main car park and cross the Mabie Burn towards the Old Sawmill where picnic areas, barbecues and toilets can be found. The cycle trails start at the top of the car park and head up to the ‘Bike Shed’ where bike hire, trail information and a cafe can be found.

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Gretna Gateway Outlet Village

At Gretna Gateway Outlet Village you will find a glittering array of world famous designer fashions at outlet prices. Scotland and the North of England’s only L K Bennett, Episode, Polo Ralph Lauren outlets plus many other famous stores, all conveniently located off the M74 motorway at the Gretna exit.

drumlanrig castle
Drumlanrig Castle

Surrounded by the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, Country Park and grand Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle was completed in 1691 by William Douglas, 1st Duke of Queensberry and is one of the first and most important Renaissance buildings in the grand manner in Scotland. Steeped in history this unique and historic Scottish Castle, filled with treasures, its Estate and Gardens is one of the principal visitor attractions in South Scotland, offering Castle tours, guided walks and terrific sports opportunities.

dalton pottery
Dalton Pottery

Enjoy delicious home-baking & fresh coffee in the art cafe at this working pottery and view our porcelain giftware being made & hand decorated or make and take home your own pot ...

No need to book - there’s something for all ages, children’s party’s and painting party’s for the grown-ups!, with a children’s play park and wheelchair access throughout.

hoddom castle caravan park
Hoddom Castle and Caravan Park

Situated in a convenient location in the heart of south west Scotland, Hoddom Castle Caravan and Camping Park can be found in partially wooded parkland in the grounds of a 16th Century Border Keep forming part of the 10,000 acre Hoddom and Kinmount Estates. To the north and east is the River Annan and Hoddom Castle Golf Course - providing just some of the many activities available.

Caerlaverock Castle- With spectacular views over the Solway Firth and the distant Lakeland fells, Caerlaverock Castle is among the most impressive in Britain. There are in fact two castles here. The present castle replaced an earlier one, dating from the 13th century, which lies around 200 metres to its south-east, in an area of wooded marshland.

cressfield caravan park
Cressfield Caravan Park

Cressfield Caravan Park is a friendly family run Holiday Park catering for Static and Touring Caravans, Motor Homes and Tent Campers, with first rate amenities Cressfield Caravan Park is set in 40 acres of private grounds next to the village of Ecclefechan just one mile from junction 19 on the M74 motorway.The award winning Cressfield Caravan Park is close to the Galloway coast in the picturesque southern Scottish county of Dumfries and Galloway; an area steeped in history and romance once frequented by the infamous Border Rievers, Robert the Bruce and Scotland’s bard Robert Burns as well as runaway romantics from ‘over the border’.