Burns House Museum

Burns Street
Dumfries DG1 2PS


It was in this simple sandstone house in a quiet Dumfries street that Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, spent the last years of his brilliant life. He died here in 1796 at the age of just thirty seven. Collections: The desk and chair in the study where Robert Burns wrote his best known poems, the famous Kilmarnock and Edinburgh editions of his work, many original manuscripts and belongings of the poet and his family.

Caerlaverock Castle - Historic Scotland

Caerlaverock Castle
Caerlaverock, Near Dumfries DG1 4RN


This is one of the finest castles in Scotland. Its most remarkable features are the twin-towered gatehouse and the Nithsdale Lodging, a splendid Renaissance range dating from 1638. Access to a children's adventure park and replica siege engines in front of castle and nature trail to the old castle is included.

Castle of St John

Charlotte Street
Stranraer DG9 7JP


The castle of St John is a medieval tower house in the centre of Stranraer. It was built around 1500 by the Adairs of Kilhilt, one of the most powerful families in Wigtownshire.

Devil's Porridge Exhibition

Stansfield, Annan Road, Eastriggs
Annan DG12 6TF


The Devil's Porridge Exhibition was founded in 1997 by Richard Brodie and tells the story of the greatest munitions factory on earth. 9 miles long and 2 miles wide HM Factory Gretna employed 30,000 people during the First World War, most of them women, and produced 1100 tons of cordite every week.

Drumlanrig Castle

Thornhill DG3 4AQ


The magnificent 17th century Drumlanrig Castle boasts over 40 acres of beautiful gardens and offers a range of of activities for the whole family. Set in the 120,000 acre Queensberry Estate, complete with a country park and Victorian gardens, this 17th century castle is one of the most important Renaissance buildings in the country. The Dumfriesshire home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch, Drumlanrig Castle with its magnificent rooms and spectacular collections of silver, porcelain, French furniture and art - including Rembrandt's Old Woman Reading - is perhaps one of the most rewarding and romantic of Scotland's great houses.

Robert Burns Centre

Mill Road
Dumfries DG2 7BE


Situated in the town's 18th century watermill on the west bank of the River Nith, the Robert Burns Centre tells the story of Robert Burns' last years spent in the bustling streets and lively atmosphere of Dumfries in the late 18th century. There are museum trails and fun activities, and visitor information to help you explore Dumfries and Galloway's Burns connections.

Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

The Arched House
Ecclefechan DG11 3DG


In 1795 the great social historian Thomas Carlyle was born in this humble house. The three rooms of the museum contain many of Carlyle's possessions, providing a fascinating insight into 19th century life in a small Scottish town. The birthplace has been open to the public since 1883 and has changed very little in that time, giving an authentic look into a Victorian household. Fascinating collection of portraits and Thomas Carlyle's personal possessions.

Threave House - National Trust for Scotland

Castle Douglas DG7 1RX


Threave House opened to the public for the first time in 2002 and have attracted great interest. The interiors have been restored to their appearance in the 1930s, and from the house visitors can enjoy impressive vistas of the Galloway countryside.

Whithorn Trust

45-47 George Street
Whithorn DG8 8NS


The Whithorn Trust was set up in 1986 to explore the archaeology and history of Whithorn, and to examine its role in the evolution of Christianity in Scotland. The Trust was established as a direct consequence of an archaeological excavation at Whithorn in 1984. This project showed that remains had survived which dated back to the early centuries of Whithorn's development as a Christian centre.