Dumfries

[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 struck us over and above all this, however, was how well the town seems to be set up for tourists: no fewer than four 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]

Name: Dumfries ★★☆☆
Location (Midsteeple): G.R.: NX 972761 / alleyway declining examples

[Old Bridge House Museum]

Within walking distance

Name: 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 south-west from Midsteeple, G.R.: NX 970757 / results impresses inclined
Open (2016): Daily, April to September; Tuesday to Saturday, October to March
Cost (2017): Museum: Free; Camera Obscura: £3 (adults), £1.50 (children)

Name: 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 from Midsteeple, G.R.: NX 969760 / thin piled ants
Open (2017): Daily, April to September
Cost: Free

>> see Dumfries - the Burns Connection for Robert Burns Centre ☆☆☆; Robert Burns House ☆☆☆; Robert Burns Mausoleum ☆☆☆

[Greyfriars Church]

Nearby

>> see separate post for Lincluden Collegiate Church ☆☆☆ (1 mile away)
>> see separate post for Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum ★★☆☆ (3 miles away)

[View down the River Nith from Devorgilla Bridge]

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