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.

The Ken Bridge, a 10 bedroom Georgian hotel, has a spectacular river bank location close by Loch Ken, in an area renowned for its tranquility and picturesque views. This 18th Century Coaching Inn was originally built to provide food, ale and shelter for travelers and coaches on the Old Edinburgh Road between Ireland and Edinburgh.

The hotel is a superb centre for fishing, golfing, hill walking, cycling on the surrounding quiet country roads, mountain biking on the world famous 7 Stanes routes, bird watching, photography, clay pigeon shooting, field and water-sports or for simply relaxing and taking in the wonderful scenery.

We are on the edge of the UNESCO Dark Skies Park created in 2009, which at the time was the only one in Britain and only the 5th worldwide. The river beside the hotel is a seasonal host to Osprey, Kingfisher and Oyster Catcher, there is also a healthy population of Otter and the hotel gardens receive regular visits from Red Squirrels. Early risers may see deer in the meadows across the river, as well as fox and badger.

The woodland to the west of the hotel is used as a roost by up to as many as 35 Red Kite which frequently soar and wheel spectacularly over the hotel.

The Ken Bridge Hotel is 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


10 en-suite bedrooms offering single, twin, double, triple or family accommodation.

Campsite is featured on the Cool Camping website & received the highest rating by the Tiny Campsites Book

The Ken Bridge kitchen prides itself in providing chef created meals using local produce wherever possible.

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“ Really enjoyed our meal. Proper pub food was just what we needed and this didn't disappoint. The staff went out of their way to open doors and get a highchair for our little one. The place was clean and reasonably priced.”

Rachael MacLeod

"Everything was really good from the staff, facilities, atmosphere & mostly the good. The children's ice cream with miniature smarties, wafer & chocolate sauce went down a treat with our daughter.
Definitely will return in the future if over in that direction."

David Harkness

"Stopped by on the off chance of food and were blown away! We are lactose intolerant and the menu was very easy to navigate for all allergies, the owners even went the extra mile to make sure we had a desert,
not something we are used to!"

Ben Jones

"Had a Sunday roast there today, it was first class and would recommend, welcome and service was really good and coffee by the river (about ten yards from the restaurant) was so peaceful and beautiful."

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