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.