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  • 1 Grey Mare's Tail Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Crosslaw Graver GB - Moffat DG10 9LP

    Grey Mare's Tail is a spectacular waterfall where the Tail Burn plunges 60m to join the Moffat Water in its heavily glaciated valley. Two paths lead to the waterfall. The one on the left is the easier one and leads to the bottom of the waterfall. The..

  • 2 Drumlanrig Castle Recommended Recommended

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Thornhill DG3 4AQ

    The 17C Drumlanrig Castle is a particularly majestic castle with four square towers quartering the courtyard structure in the native tradition. The main façade is innovative with its terraces, horseshoe staircase, dramatic turreted skyline and rich s..

  • 3 Threave Garden Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Castle Douglas GB - Castle Douglas DG7 1RX

    Given to the National Trust for Scotland in 1948, the estate is made up of four farms, 48 ha of forest, a manor and a 26 ha park. The Victorian manor houses a school and has a garden that is the work of practical exercises by the students themselves...

  • 4 Tweed Valley Recommended Recommended

    Nature and gardens

    Kay Brae GB - Moffat DG10

    The long and beautiful course of the River Tweed takes it past a great many monuments and superb natural landmarks, beginning with the waterfall known as Grey Mare's Tail. Next in line come Traquair House (12C-17C); Bowhill, home of the Duke of Buccl..

  • 5 Caerlaverock Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    GB - Bankend DG1 4RU

    Protected by moats and earth ramparts, the substantial ruins of Caerlaverock Castle are situated in pleasant verdant landscape on the north side of the Solway estuary. This formidable medieval fortress (13C) has an attractive inner façade (1634), its..

  • 6 Galloway Forest Park Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    GB - Newton Stewart

    This forest park is one of Britain's largest (800 km2). Situated in one of the prettiest parts of the southen uplands, where wooded hills and mountains are skirted by rivers and lakes, the park is 60% forestry (mainly Sitka pine) inhabited by deer, s..

  • 7 Logan Botanic Garden Interesting

    Nature and gardens

    B7065 GB - Port Logan DG9 9ND

    This annexe of Edinburgh Botanic Garden has a large variety of exotic plants that flourish in the warmth of the Gulf Stream. The perfectly kept garden has a closed area and a wood. The names of many plants from warm climates are well indicated; note ..

  • 8 Threave Castle Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B736 GB - Castle Douglas DG7 1TG

    Situated on an island on the Dee, the impressive and sinister ruins of this castle symbolise the troubles and insecurity that reigned in medieval Scotland. This stronghouse was the citadel of the very powerful and aristocratic family of the Black Dou..

  • 9 Sweetheart Abbey Interesting

    Religious buildings

    st. Main GB - New Abbey DG2 8BU

    The beauty and charm of the ruins of Sweetheart come from the colourful contrast between the warm red sandstone and the green lawns. Founded in 1273 by Dervorgilla, wife of John Balliol, Sweetheart was the last Cistercian foundation in Scotland. The ..

  • 10 Midsteeple Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    st. High GB - Dumfries DG12

    An imposing building with an angular silhouette, softened by the fine openwork balustrades and delicate ironwork of the outer staircase railings. The front of Midsteeple bears the royal arms, a yard-stick and a map of the city at the time of Burns.

  • 11 Castle Kennedy Gardens

    Nature and gardens

    A75 GB - Castle Kennedy DG9

    The natural beauty of this site, standing between two lochs, is the major attraction of these gardens where you can look along the lawns and tree-lined paths. The ruins are those of the Kennedy castle, former seat of this powerful Ayrshire family. Do..

  • 12 Kirkmadrine Church

    Religious buildings

    A716 GB - Sandhead

    The porch was protected under glass to preserve one of the oldest Christian monuments in Scotland. Three of the tombstones carry the chrismon and Latin inscriptions. Dating from the 5 and 6C, these stones from the first Christian mission in Whithorn ..

  • 13 Scottish Lead Mining Museum

    Museums and art

    GB - Wanlockhead ML12 6UT

    The Scottish Lead Mining Museum, standing in a mine forge, presents the history of lead mining in Scotland with mementos from local mines. The open air part includes a mine road with an unusual wooden balance wheel. You can visit an 18C lead mine wit..

  • 14 Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

    Museums and art

    st. High GB - Ecclefechan DG11 3DG

    Carlyle was born one year before Burns died in this 18C house, built by his father. Two of the rooms have been arranged in the simple style of the 19C with a few objects belonging to the family. In one of the rooms are photos, manuscripts and other d..

  • 15 Ecclefechan Cemetery

    Religious buildings

    GB - Ecclefechan DG11 3BU

    The "Sage of Chelsea" (one of the names given to Carlyle) refused to be buried in Westminster Abbey, wishing instead to lie in rest next to his mother. The cemetery also contains the grave of Dr Archibald Arnott, who administered to Napoleo..

  • 16 Cardoness Castle

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    B796 GB - Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2EH

    This mid-15C fortified house stands on a rock overlooking the Fleet Estuary. The rectangular tower was raised at a time when builders took care to add fine detail to their constructions (jambs, capitals and headings). A spiral staircase linking the v..

  • 17 Ruthwell Cross

    Religious buildings

    B725 GB - Ruthwell DG14

    This fine 7C specimen of early Christian art is visible in this country church. The flanks of this cross carry lively and realistic sculptures telling the story of the life and Passion of Christ.

  • 18 New Abbey Corn Mill

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Main Street GB - New Abbey DG2 8BX

    This 18C whitewashed building produced flour and feed for animals until World War Two. Its machinery is still in working order. The water that turns the wheel comes from a pond higher up.

  • 19 Glenluce Abbey

    Religious buildings

    GB - Glenluce DG8 0AF

    The abbey was founded in the late 12C by Roland, lord of Galloway, in the magnificent Luce Valley, ideal for a Cistercian establishment. Among the ruins stands an exceptional capitulary room (15C). The water supply system is still in view; see the te..

  • 20 Burns Mausoleum

    Religious buildings

    st. St Michael GB - Dumfries DG12

    On the right, behind the sandstone church rebuilt in 1745, is a mausoleum where Burns, his wife, Jean Armour, and several of their children are buried. A map on the right of the church indicates the burial places of some of Burns' friends and acquain..

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