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The easiest route into Dumfries from Powfoot is to take the B724 – “the low road” – from the Powfoot junction to Collin. After some 10 miles you will join the A75 Stranraer Road. Turn left to Dumfries.

When you reach the by-pass roundabout (at the Shell Garage), keep going straight on on the A780. This is the Annan Road. Stay on this road, over various small roundabouts, until you reach the junction at the Funeral Parlour (!) – fork left.

The easiest place to park is Whitesands. You’ll also find our local Tourist Information Centre here.

The main shopping area (The High Street) runs parallel with the river and can be reached through any of the small lanes running from the river up to the High Street.

Of these the Friar’s Vennel is the most well known.

This was named after the original Greyfriars church – where Robert the Bruce killed his cousin and was crowned King.

The replacement Greyfriars church is the imposing building at the top of the High Street.

Burns’ Mausoleum can be found in the cemetery off St. Michael’s Street to the south of Whitesands. It is well sign posted.

On the banks of the River Nith opposite the Whitesands car park is the Robert Burns Centre and the Camera Obscura.

Dumfries is also the hub of all routes going further into Dumfries and Galloway. Beyond Dumfries on the A 710 is a range of other sights including New Abbey, Mabie Farm (a favourite with children), Dundrennan and eventually Kirkcudbright – a very pretty drive out.


Things to see and do:


  • Dumfries Museum and the Camera Obscura in the old windmill on Mill Road opposite Whitesands.
  • The Old Bridge House, built in 1660 into the sandstone of the old arched bridge, (the Devorguilla Bridge – see drive around the area) again opposite Whitesands (it is now a museum of everyday life)
  • The Robert Burns Centre in Mill Road including cinema.
  • Robert Burns House, Burns Street.
  • The Dumfries and Galloway Family History Research Centre in Glasgow Street – for those looking into family history in this area.
  • The Dumfries Ice Bowl for ice skating, hockey and curling
  • Tarff Centre – actually an agricultural retail outlet – but with great tea and coffee and some local artists’ work on sale – turn right onto the Dumfries by-pass at the Shell Garage and left at the next roundabout – Tarff is just on the left there.
  • The Pancake Place in English Street (left at Boots) – savoury and sweet pancakes for all the family.
  • Willow Gallery in St Andrews Street – near the Burns statue – gifts and local artists’ work.