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.


Dumfries and Galloway has much to offer the visitor, including many local attractions and activities. The BEST WESTERN Dryfesdale Country House Hotel is perfectly located for visitors to explore the South of Scotland.

For more information on Dumfries and Galloway, the following websites provide information on the area, including events and attractions.

You can also contact local Tourist Information offices on the following numbers.

  • Moffat – 06183 220620
  • Gretna Green – 01461 337834
  • Dumfries – 01387 253862

Conference Facilities

At the BEST WESTERN Dryfesdale Country House hotel we can boast three purpose built Conference and banqueting suites, each independent of each other allowing the privacy and facilities required for the launch of a new product or service through to one to one interview rooms requiring intimacy and peace and quiet.

The following equipment is also included:

  • Flip chart and pens
  • OHP and screen
  • TV and video
  • Digital audio projector (available on request – carries a surcharge)
  • Wireless Broadband Internet Complimentary to all guests

The kirkhill suite can host a conference for 200 theatre style or 150 classroom style

The Glenlouis suite can host theatre style for 150 guests and 90 Classroom style

The Glenfarclas Lounge can cater for 20 boardroom style or 30 theatre syle

In addition to this, we also offer the following services:

  • Fax
  • Photocopier
  • Secretarial Services
  • Data projector

Day Delegates rates are available from £39.50

24 hour Delegate rates are avaialble from £139.00

Please contact reception to organise a personal viewing of our facilities or discuss your own conference or meeting requirements.


Once at the hotel you will be greeted with light refreshments on arrival to set you up for the day’s business. Coffee and pastries for midmorning break followed by a 2-course business lunch consisting of homemade soup of the day with homemade bread, pasta, stew or traditional bake with a large selection of salads and vegetables, and then your afternoon tea/coffee will be served with homemade shortbread.

If you require further refreshments a member of staff will always be at hand, and special dietary needs will also be catered for.

In addition to this, our 24 hour delegates will be treated to a 3-course meal in our award winning Kirkhill Restaurant followed by a good nights sleep in one of our luxurious bedrooms.