Museums

Dumfries Museum– Dumfries

Details the history of Southwest Scotland from prehistoric times onwards. Also features a Camera Obscura, which gives vistitors the chance to see panaormic views of the town.

Ellisland Farm – Nr Dumfries

The farm once leased by Burns for three years, is now a museum and visitor centre providing a unique insight into Robert Burns and his life at the farm.

Lead Mining Museum – Wanlockhead

Have a guided tour around a former working lead mine. Or how about trying to pan for gold? Have a lesson with a local gold panning expert, and experience the thrill for yourself.

The Devils Porridge – Eastriggs

‘The Devils Porridge’ was the name given to the explosive paste which was fashioned into ammunition for British troops during the First World War. Discover the tale of the largest munitons factory the world has ever seen.

Visitor Centres

Dryfesdale Lodge Visitors Centre Trust – Lockerbie

Formerly a cemetary workers cottage, the Visitors Centres’ aim is to provide visitors and the general public information and advice regarding the history and area of Lockerbie, as well as local recreational facilities.

Old Blacksmith’s Shop – Gretna

Built around the original Blacksmith Shop, the world famous destination for eloping couples looking to be wed, the visitors centre contains a shops, an exhibtion detailing the story of Gretna Green and the Blacksmith’s Shop itself.

Caerlaverock Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust – Nr Dumfries

Excellent place to visit for naturalists and bird lovers alike.

Mabie Farm Park – Nr Dumfries

A fun day out for all the family! Whether feeding the animals, tearing around the quad track, or even just relaxing in the tea room there is something for everyone young or old.

Robert Burns Centre – Dumfries

This eighteenth century watermill, found on the west bank of the River Nith, houses an exhibition telling the story of Robert Burns’ time in Dumfries. The centre also features a restaurant, and in the evenings the film theatre shows the best in contemporary cinema.

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.