Historical Sites

Lochmaben Castle– Nr Lockerbie

Situated approximately 1 mile south of Lochmaben, by Castle Loch, this ruined 14th-16th century castle was once a seat of the family of Robert The Bruce.

Caerlaverock Castle– Nr Dumfries

Visitors can tour the castle itself, as well as view an exhibition of medieval seige warfare. The site also features a nature trail, popular with naturalists, a shop selling a range of local products, a cafe and an adventure play park for the kids.

Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace – Nr Lockerbie

The essayist and historian, Thomas Carlyle (born 4th December 1795), was one of the most profund influences on 19th century Britain. His birthplace, the Arched House, stands as a window unto domestic life in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Some of Carlyle’s belonings, and a collection potraits can also be viewed.

Burns House – Dumfries

This is the house where Burns spent the last years of life. Burns enthuisiasts come from all over the world to see the house, making it a popular place to visit.

Sweetheart Abbey – Nr Dumfries

Dating from 1273, the abbey was founded by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway to commemorate her husband, John Balliol. The abbey itself is named in memory of Lady Devorgilla, who was laid to rest in the abbey next to the embalmed heart of her husband.