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We asked our audience to give us the inside tips on Dumfries, where you should go and where to get those one off experiences.

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This is one of Scotland’s coolest and most up and coming towns, with a strong creative pulse and home to lots of festivals and cultural collectives.

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Dumfries boasts a variety of different accommodation types, as well as a range of self-catering options which are out of town. We would suggest a hire car if you are staying out of town.

Dumfries Trip Advisor

Dumfries Airbnb


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There are some amazing restaurants in Dumfries using great local produce, taking advantage of the farms and coast on our doorstep.

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Things to do

This is an active corner of Scotland, and the town is close to forests, beaches and a rich heritage stretching back centuries, as well as cycle, walking and running trails. The area is close to the 7 Staines routes, as well as the Galloway Forest which is Scotland’s biggest forest.

Be sure to check out our local team, Queen of the South who play at Palmerston Park when you are here.

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Getting here

Dumfries is connected to the West Coast UK Mainline and the West Scotland line with daily connections to Carlisle, Glasgow and Kilmarnock. A train to Carlisle takes 30 minutes, and Carlisle is connected to London in 3 hours and 20 minutes.

Northern routes run a direct service to Newcastle.

Trains from the North are also connected to Lockerbie, which connects the Virgin and Transpennine networks. Buses run from Lockerbie or a taxi costs less than £20.

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Dumfries connects to buses from London, Belfast, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Ayr and Carlisle with frequent services.

Scotland routes

London and Belfast


Dumfries’ closest port is Cairnryan in Stranraer. It is approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to Dumfries from Stranraer.

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Carlisle Airport runs flights to London, Dublin and Belfast and is approximately 30 minutes drive.

Glasgow Prestwick is around 1 hour away.

Glasgow International is around 1 hour and twenty minutes away.

Edinburgh Airport is around 2 hours.

Newcastle is just over 2 hours away.

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