|[Midsteeple, High Street]|
We like Dumfries. Located a little way away from the M74 corridor through southern Scotland, it's often unfairly neglected by visitors driving up from the south who zoom straight past en route to Glasgow, Edinburgh and the Highlands. They're missing out on a town bursting with history, literary connections and charming architecture: maybe the town to visit south of the Central Belt? Its past roles as frontier town, market and major bridging point have given Dumfries more importance than its size merits alone, with numerous striking buildings and bustling High Street. What impressed us over and above all this, however, was how well the town seems to be set up for tourists: no fewer than 4 separate museums (all free), linked by a choice of walking tours available as free booklets and leaflets at each site. They're all listed below, except for those related to Robert Burns and those not within walking distance (on a separate page, but linked to from here).
|[Devorgilla Bridge dates from the early 17th century and was once a vital crossing point for the River Nith]|
📌 Dumfries ★★★☆☆
Location (Midsteeple): G.R.: NX 972761 ///alleyway.declining.examples
|[Old Bridge House Museum]|
Within walking distance
📌 Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura ★★☆☆☆
Description: Decent if old-fashioned town museum; adjoining camera obscura is housed in a former windmill with viewings on clear days.
Location: Rotchell Road, 10-min walk southwest of Dumfries Midsteeple, G.R.: NX 970757 ///results.impresses.inclined
Open (2019): Daily, April to September; Tuesday to Saturday, October to March
Cost (2019): Museum: free. Camera Obscura: £3.40 (adults), £1.70 (children)
>> Gracefield Arts Centre (not yet featured)
📌 Old Bridge House Museum ★★☆☆☆
Description: Dumfries' oldest house, built in 1660 with each room now portraying a different aspect of town life.
Location: West end of Devorgilla Bridge, 5-min walk west of Dumfries Midsteeple, G.R.: NX 969760 ///thin.piled.ants
Open (2019): Daily, late March to September
>> Dumfries - the Burns Connection page: Robert Burns Centre ★★☆☆☆; Robert Burns House ★★☆☆☆; Robert Burns Mausoleum ★☆☆☆☆
>> Lincluden Collegiate Church ★★☆☆☆ (1 mile away)
>> Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum ★★★☆☆ (3 miles away)
|[View down the River Nith from Devorgilla Bridge]|