Visitor Attractions

Things to see and do in this historic Scottish market town

Dumfries is steeped in history and has many interesting places to visit including the Camera Obscura at Dumfries Museum which dates from 1836 and was installed on the top floor of an old windmill tower. It provides a fascinating panoramic view of Dumfries and the surrounding countryside. Dumfries Museum tells the story of the land and people of Dumfries and Galloway. The town is also known for its connections with Scotland’s National Bard, Robert Burns who spent the final years of his life here. The house where he lived is open to visitors and the nearby Robert Burns Centre features an exhibition of many original manuscripts and belongings of the Bard as well as an impressive scale model of Dumfries in the 1790s. The Dumfries Aviation Museum based on a former wartime RAF airfield has a number of military and civilian aircraft and a wartime control tower. Caerlaverock Castle, a medieval stronghold, is also well worth a visit as is the adjacent WWT Wetland Centre. For families with young children, there are two farm parks with play areas, Dalscone and Mabie Farm Park as well as Mabie Forest Walk. The region is also popular with on- and off-road cyclists and is home to the world-class 7 Stanes Mountain Biking Trails, while golfers will find excellent courses nearby and anglers are spoiled for choice with the fishing opportunities.