Top 6 Things To See & Do In Dumfries & Galloway

Caerlaverock Castle

Roseisle Top 6 Things To Do In Dumfries & Galloway Caerlaverock Castle

Built in the 13th Century, Caerlaverock belonged to Clan Maxwell until its abandonment in the 17th Century. Not only does the site boast the castle as it stands today, but a brief walk leads to the ruins and outline of its predecessor.

A unique feature of the castle is its triangle design and moat, as well as the sandstone build (in-keeping with the local architecture).

While the castle itself is currently closed, the grounds remain open to the public. Multiple walks are outlined along the shore. With the changing scenery and coastline, a short walk can feel like you’ve passed through all four seasons! 

Drumlanrig Castle

Roseisle Top 6 Things To Do In Dumfries & Galloway Drumlanrig Castle

Bursting with rich history and activities, Drumlanrig Castle always makes for a fascinating visit.

Not only can you view the history-steeped castle, but the grounds themselves offer beautiful walks and mountain biking. Activities such as large playgrounds and salmon fishing are more than enough to keep the whole family entertained.

Situated just north of the village of Thornhill and around 18 miles north of Dumfries, it’s easy to reach via road or bus. 


For the ramblers and climbers among us, be sure to check out Merrick. Part of the “Range of the Awful Hand” (so named for the five hills in close proximity of one another), Merrick has the highest peak of the lot.

A fun fact about the hill: it has the longest line of sight in the British Isles. On a clear day, you can see for roughly 140 miles – all the way to Snowdon in Wales! 

Set in the beautiful surroundings of Glen Trool, the nearby parking facilities offer the perfect excuse for a beautiful walk along the banks of the Loch. 

Devil’s Beef Tub

From the heights of Merrick, to the depths of the Devil’s Beef Tub. This 500-foot chasm comprises four surrounding hills: Great Hill, Peat Knowe, Annanhead and Ericstane Hills.

The unusual name comes from the Border reivers, raiders across the Border County, who would steal cattle and hide them at the bottom of the cavern. 

Park up in the nearby village of Moffat and take in the circular walk with stunning views across the Beef Tub. On your way back, be sure to treat yourself to some Moffat Toffee – a treat from the local town.

Mabie Forest

Boasting fantastic woodland walks and even a butterfly reserve, we highly recommend Mabie Forest.

Part of the famous 7stanes cycle trails throughout Scotland, there are multiple tracks ranging from moderate to strenuous.

Once you’ve taken in the forest, pop down to New Abbey village for some refreshments. A short drive leads you to a village filled with quaint cafes and Sweetheart Abbey, the walls of a 700 year old church.

Carrick Bay

Roseisle Top 6 Things To Do In Dumfries & Galloway Carrick Bay

Being a coastal region, Dumfries & Galloway has a plethora of beautiful beaches to choose from. Carrick Beach, sometimes referred to as Carrick Bay, is a small but beautiful shore near Gatehouse of Fleet.

Perfect for swimming, sailing or windsurfing, the beach is also a photogenic spot for a peaceful stroll.

While there, be sure to take the walk over to Ardwell Isle. Similar to Rough Island at Rockcliffe (another beautiful Dumfries & Galloway beach), this small island lies just off the coast. Make sure you plan ahead to avoid being stranded by the incoming tide.  

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