|Bedrooms - Rooms are en-suite with tea/coffee tray|
|Caerlaverock Castle - One mile from our home is one of the most attractive and interesting castles in Scotland. Shaped in the form of an equilateral triangle with its apex at the huge northern gatehouse, and with a broad moat lapping its walls, the castle has an intriguing appeal.
|Globe Inn - Established in 1610, The Globe Inn, in the town of Dumfries has long been associated with Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet. In 1819, the first of what was to become the annual tradition of Burns Suppers was held at his howff (or haunt).
It is an important historic pub, steeped in the history of Robert Burns and Dumfries. Every corner is packed with fascinating memorabilia.
And just in case you wanted to know, it is said to be haunted!
|Gretna Green, Blacksmith Shop - Famous the world over for runaway marriages that began in 1753 when an Act of Parliament was passed in England, which stated that if both parties to a marriage were not at least 21 years old, then consent to the marriage had to be given by the parents. This Act did not apply in Scotland, where it was possible for boys to get married at 14 and girls at 12 years old with or without parental consent. Since 1929 both parties have had to be at least 16 years old but there is still no consent needed. Gretna Green hosts over 5000 weddings each year or one of every six Scottish weddings. There is an anvil and coach museum to tell the Gretna Green story, a tartan and tweed shop, restaurant, coffee house and a tourist information centre on site.
|Ruthwell Cross - A short 10 minute drive from our home is found the Ruthwell Cross, standing 18 foot (5.5 metres) high. It features the largest figurative reliefs around on any surviving Anglo-Saxon cross - which are virtually the largest surviving Anglo-Saxon reliefs of any sort - and has inscriptions in both Latin and the runic alphabet. The cross was smashed by Presbyterian iconoclasts in 1664, and the pieces were left in the churchyard until they were restored in 1818 by Henry Duncan. In 1887 it was moved into its current location in Ruthwell church when the apse which holds it was specially built.
Admission is free
|Sweetheart Abbey - On the opposite bank of the River Nith from our home lies New Abbey where is found the Cistercian monastery known as Sweetheart Abbey. In memory of her husband John de Balliol, Devorgilla, the daughter of Alan, Lord of Galloway, founded the monastery in 1275. His embalmed heart, in a casket of ivory and silver, was buried in this Abbey alongside her when she died. The monks at the Abbey then renamed the Abbey in tribute to her. It is a favourite romantic spot for wedding photos.|
|Threave Castle - A short drive from Dumfries, on an island in the River Dee stands Threave Castle. Built in the 1370s, this massive 14th century tower was the stronghold of the Black Douglas’s and it has at its base an artillery fortification built before 1455 when James II besieged the castle.
You will find a small jetty and a brass bell with a rope pull. Ring this bell loudly and the boatman will come across from the island to take you to the castle. In winter it is almost inaccessible.
|Threave Gardens - This is a garden for all seasons. Best known for its spectacular springtime display of daffodils, there are also summer displays from the herbaceous beds and borders and stunning autumn colours from the trees and from the heather garden. |
|Twelve Apostles Stone Circle - This large stone circle is situated between the villages of Holywood and Newbridge, near Dumfries. It is the fifth largest stone circle in Britain and the largest on the mainland of Scotland.|
|Wetlands Wildfowl Trust, Caerlaverock - The Caerlaverock Wetland Centre is situated a mile from our home situated on the north Solway coast and is a spectacular 1,400 acre wild reserve. Its wintering birds includes in excess of 25 000 Svalbard barnacle geese that return each October from the High Arctic archipelago of Svalbard to stay until April on the Solway’s saltflats and merses. Summer offers the opportunity to explore rolling wildflower meadows, watch ospreys hunting over the Solway and even spot barn owls and badgers if you attend the evening ‘badger-watch’ events. January to December, in fair weather and in foul, this coastal landscape and wide skies are full of the sights and sounds of nature, and not much else!|