sceneryThere are a variety of tourist attractions in the town and surrounding area. Dumfries and Galloway is known as 'Scotland in miniature' and here you will find mountains and glens, rivers and lochs and an abundance of natural beauty spots.

Of course, there are many attractions - both indoor and outdoor (see below for just a few of them), but the area is also noted for its community of artists -many of whom open their studios to the public at certain times of the year particularly in the Spring Fling every May.

Places To Eat

Castle Douglas is well known as a 'Food' town and there are a variety of caf├ęs and restaurants in and around the town click here for details of some of them.

  1. Festivals

As you may imagine there are many festivals of different kinds Wickermanhappening throughout the year. Two of the most famous ones are the Spring Fling, an Arts festival that usually happens at the end of May and, in July, the Wickerman Festival, regarded by many as Scotland's best music festival ending sensationally with the burning of a huge 'wicker' man. Click here for details of more festivals.

 Castles, Ghosties and Rabbie Burns

thrievecastleScotland is a place full of history and this part is no exception. Threave castle, built by Archibald the grim in the 15th century, gives Castle Douglas it's name and is a scenic walk away from the town.


Meanwhile over in Dumfries town there are ghosties which you may be able to experience if you join one of the regular Ghost Walks.  

Robert_burnsScotland's baird Robert Burns (Rabbie) spent his last years in Dumfries and is buried there in Saint Michael's Churchyard. There is also a museum based in Burns' old house which well worth a visit.

If you are feeling adventiurous - just over an hour's drive away in Ayr, is the new Burns' Birthplace Museum , which by all accounts is stunning.


Outdoor Activities

With such a variety of landscape you can find outdoor activities as diverse as fishing, mountain biking, hiking, and water-sports and, of course, this being Scotland - the land that invented it, you can find an abundance of Golf courses within easy reach.