Castles & Historic Attractions in Dumfries and Galloway

Wherever you go in Dumfries and Galloway you’re tracing the footsteps of historic characters, in places which saw the course of Scottish history transformed. Robert the Bruce, Mary Queen of Scots, the Black Douglas, St. Ninian, the Wigtown Martyrs and the romantic story of Lady Galloway and her sweetheart.

Bruces Stone, New Galloway – This granite boulder on Moss Rapploch marks the spot where Bruce defeated the English in 1307. It is said that Bruce rested against the stone after the battle.

Cardoness Castle, Gatehouse of Fleet – The ancient home of the McCullochs, this c15th six-storey tower house stands on a rocky platform above the Water of Fleet.

Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill, – Dumfriesshire home of Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry KT. Renowned Art Collection, Victorian Gardens, Adventure Playground, Craft Centre, Cycle Museum, Woodland Walks and Cycle Trail.

Dunrennan Abbey, Dunrennan – Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night on Scottish soil in this Cistercian abbey founded by David I. The Abbey, built in the second half of the c12th, stand in a small and secluded valley. The remoteness is in keeping with the strict rules and observance of the Cistercian order.

Threave Castle, Castle Douglas – This massive tower, situated on an island in the River Dee, was built by Archibald the Grim in the late c14th and was later the stronghold of the Black Douglases. Ring the bell and the custodian will come to ferry you over.

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Explore the area while staying at The Kenbridge or Rowan Cottage

The Ken Bridge Hotel and Rowan Cottage are ideally situated enabling you to explore the whole of Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries and Galloway has so much to offer from Castles and Historic attractions to numerous outdoor activities. Here are just a few to help you choose when planning your holiday.

Castles and Historic Attractions

Dumfries & Galloway


Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway

Blessed by beautiful gardens.


Museums & Visitor Centres

In Dumfries & Galloway


Outlander and
Sam Heughan

Sam's Homeland



In Dumfries & Galloway


Bird Watching

in Dumfries & Galloway



Dumfries & Galloway is great for cycling



Golf in Dumfries & Galloway



Fishing near The Ken Bridge


Horse riding

In Dumfries & Galloway


Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities not too far from the Ken Bridge Hotel



Shooting, Stalking & Clay Pigeon in Dumfries & Galloway


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