Much of the main attractions are close to the coast of the Irish Sea and Solway Firth but river valleys lead inland to the dramatic scenery of the Southern Uplands. For those wanting to see dramatic coastline then visit Southerness Lighthouse, the Mull of Galloway or the area around St Ninian’s Cave. Castles large and small include Caerlaverock, Lochmaben, Threave, Drumlanrig, more a stately home, Kenmure, Dunksey and Castle Kennedy. Tower Houses, designed to stop marauding Brigands rather than armies dot the landscape with MacLellan’s and Cardoness fine examples.
As well as protection for the body the care of the mind was entrusted to various Abbeys with Dundrennan and Sweetheart good examples. This is also an area of great gardens due to the mild climate with Glenwhan, Threave and Castle Kennedy fine examples.
The area will appeal to those wanting to experience the great outdoors with drives through the centre using the Dalveen Pass and the areas of Loch Ken and Loch Trool providing walking, hiking and riding trails as well as water sports.
For those interested in earlier history the Ruthwell Cross is an 8th century elaborate sculpture whilst Gretna Green is a more modern example of the impact of different country laws, in this case the age of marriage.
Famous people include Thomas Telford the builder, writer Thomas Carlyle and journalist Kirsty Wark.
Eat and drink your way around the area and you’ll be in for a real treat. Delicious artisan food and drink; food producer visitor attractions that provide a fascinating glimpse behind the scenes; tasty food festivals and celebrations; busy farmers’ markets and community markets and lots of delicious cafes, and restaurants abound.