Dalbeattie is known as the Granite Town. A town in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland, sitting in the centre of the Urr Valley a very pretty town, surrounded by woodland and forests. With the River Urr flowing through its centre, about 15 miles from Dumfries.
Dalbeattie is said to be the first place in the world where granite was commercially polished. The Urr Valley’s high quality granite exposed by the last Ice Age, was first quarried on a commercial scale in the 1700’s. The fine grained stone at Glenstocken was exploited for millstones before several quarries grew up in the area, operating through the 19th and 20th centuries.
Granite exported from Dalbeattie went into the Liverpool Mersey Dock, London Thames Embankment, cobbles in Liverpool, London and Manchester, and lighthouses around Britain as far away as the southern tip of Ceylon.
The town makes an ideal base for exploring the Colvend Coast, with its wonderful beaches, villages and yachts to see, it’s well worth a visit. Dalbeattie boasts an excellent array of accommodation for visitors to select from, including Self Catering, Local Hotels, excellent Bed and Breakfasts, and a whole host of camping, glamping and camping locations right on the doorstep.
Around Dalbeattie there are plenty of fantastic walks to enjoy for all the family and great opportunities for golfing, fishing and mountain biking, with the internationally famous 7stanes mountain bike trail in Dalbeattie Forest.
Dalbeattie’s best-known historical figure is Lt William McMaster Murdoch who was First Officer aboard the 'Titanic' and played an active - and controversial role in the great ship's last moments.
Just a couple of miles from Dalbeattie is the pretty little village of Palnackie, who is proud to host the World Flouder Tramping Championships. The ancient art involves trampers walking barefoot into the shallow waters of the Solway at low tide and trying to stand on the flat fish, before pulling them out by hand. The competition dates back to the early 1970’s and prizes are awarded for the best and heaviest specimens.