Activities Dumfries & Things To Do
Affectionately nicknamed the “Queen of the South,” Dumfries is a beautiful town located in the southern area of Scotland. Dumfries is full of natural beauty, including rolling hills, calming rivers, and rich green forests. For those who prefer the indoors, Dumfries also has bookshops, art galleries, and gourmet restaurants. It’s an ideal place for both indoor and outdoor activities—you’ll never be bored in Dumfries!
There are several different times of year that are optimal for visiting Dumfries. To have a moderate climate with the most hours of sunshine during your stay in Dumfries, the best months to plan your trip are between April and August. There are several festivals and events throughout the year, which you can also take into consideration. The Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival and the Spring Fling, both in May, are extremely popular. Also consider visiting the Wigtown Book Festival in September and October. The Wickerman Festival and Lockerbie Jazz Festival are also wildly popular! Once you know when you’re visiting, think about how to get there! You can reach Dumfries by plane, ferry, car, or train. If driving from the south, you can take the M6. If coming from the north, you can take the A77 down the coast. ScotRail trains will get you to Dumfries and its surrounding areas, as will Stena Line Ferries and P&O Ferries.
Most of Dumfries’ best outdoor and indoor activities are best experienced during the day! Take a walking, hiking, or biking tour of this beautiful region by yourself, or with an experienced guide. Go see the beautiful colors and plants of the gardens of Dumfries & Galloway. The nearby Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park has 27 acres of exotic and native animals for you to view. Climb the steps of the Mull of Galloway Lighthouse! You can also visit some of the quaint bookstores, like the nearby The Bookshop, which is the largest secondhand bookshop in Scotland. Plan a fun family day out at Dalscone Farm Fun, an indoor play area with trampolines, zip lines, mini golf, and petting zoo animals!
Dumfries also has an awesome nightlife, both indoors and outdoors! The New Bazaar is an award winning traditional pub and bar that has great reviews. Also check out The Globe Inn, a popular local lounge and public bar. If you’re looking for a local dive bar, stop by The Robert the Bruce (Wetherspoon), which is actually a former Methodist church. If theatre is more your forte, check out Dumfries Film Theatre, or the Robert Burns Centre for a variety of classic, alternative and foreign films. The Castle Douglas Art Gallery has a wide range of exhibits from contemporary art to photography.