Dumfries is a historic market town that more than lives up to its local nickname ‘Queen of the South’. Connected by beautiful sandstone bridges which straddle the grassy banks of the River Nith, this former Royal Burgh has an interesting history and special connection to Scotland’s National Bard - Robert Burns who spent his final years here. His former house is now a museum and you can enjoy a pint in his favourite drinking hole, the Globe Inn.
Dumfries boasts fascinating architecture and has more than its fair share of historic gems including one of Scotland’s oldest bridges which was originally built by Lady Devorgilla, a great noblewoman and patron of the town. Not forgetting the town’s Greyfriars Church, the site of the monastery where Robert the Bruce committed his infamous murder of John Balliol.
The oldest working instrument of its kind in the work the Camera Obscura at Dumfries Museum was installed in 1836. On a clear day it offers a 360 degree, bird’s eye view of the town and the surrounding countryside. The camera is housed in the top level of the building’s tower, formerly a windmill which was converted into an observatory in the mid 1830s. A must to see when you are visiting Dumfries.
Dumfries is the cultural capital of Dumfries and Galloway. With a diverse range of bars, restaurants, cafes and coffee shops, museums, and historic places of interest to visit too. Dumfries is most certainly worth a visit! You can even make time for some retail therapy!!
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