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We feasted on the likes of Solway Firth crab, Galloway smoked salmon and local lamb. The girls enjoyed running around the big garden, while mummy enjoyed a treatment in their new Trigony Garden Spa. Handily Trigony lies within striking distance of visiting one of my favourite abbeys in Scotland and one of my favourite castles. In truth nothing is really hard to get to in Dumfries and getting around is a joy as the sea is never far away, as are the rolling hills of the Southern Uplands.
First up was Caerlaverock Castle. This striking fortification looks every bit the classic castle with its sturdy walls and moat, which is still filled with water. Look closer and its uniqueness really strikes — it only has three sides!
I reckon this is the only castle with that distinction on the island of Britain. This elegant ruin is great for delving around, with a wee adventure park for kids and an audiovisual exhibition area complete with period costumes for kids and big kids alike to dress up in. A wee tip — make sure to follow the wooden boardwalk behind the castle. It snakes off through the trees and leads to the foundations of the original castle. Robin enjoying seafood at The Crown.
Dumfries and Galloway is lucky enough to sport a trio of glorious Historic Scotland abbeys. The story behind this most romantic of abbey ruins is that local luminary Lady Devorgilla was so devastated by the death of her husband that she had his heart embalmed and wore it around her neck. She carried it there until her own death, over three decades later! Today they lie re-united in the grounds of the abbey. After a day spent wrapped in history around Dumfries and the literary connections of Dumfries itself we decided to be active on the second day of our southern break.
There is very little light pollution because so few people live in the 75,hectare park, making it the perfect place to see the stars.
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Crawick Multiverse Commissioned by the Duke of Buccleuch, this cosmic landscape was designed by the renowned artist Charles Jencks. A spellbinding attraction, the exhibit uses landscape art to express theories of both astrology and cosmology. It must be seen, to be believed! Between and Dumfries was a training centre for new RAF recruits and the museum now houses a fascinating collection of aircraft memorabilia.
Fill the boots of a Jurassic explorer as you navigate between the favourite grazing spot of the Triceratops and where the T-Rex roams the dark forest. Let imaginations run wild as you meet the beasts that once roamed the earth.
Children can discover the secrets of the Dino Mine, unearth ancient fossils and listen to tales of times gone by retold by our Park Rangers in the Dino Den. The Blacksmiths Shop has stood in Gretna Green since and is one of the very first locations couples could elope to get married. Red Kite Feeding Station A rare opportunity to see these fantastic birds at close quarters and in unrivalled numbers. Spend an afternoon at Bellymack Hill Farm and watch the spectacular display as these birds of prey swoop down for their daily feed and soar above your head.
The area is a haven for upland wildlife with walking trails for all abilities, ranging from the highest hill in Dumfriesshire or to a short stroll below the falls. The distillery is now well known for its friendly staff and informative whisky tours which are popular both with whisky loving locals and curious travellers. The family run centre also hosts a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, including archery, segway riding, clay pigeon shooting, water balling and grass sledging.
Twelve Apostles Stone Circle Ancient standing stones continue puzzled modern archaeologists.
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Some believe them to have been the sites of ancient rituals or religious ceremonies. The Twelve Apostles stone circle, which sits between Holywood and Newbridge, is the largest of its kind on mainland Scotland and the seventh largest in Britain. Only eleven of the original stones remain and local folklore associates the stones with the Twelves Apostles of Jesus Christ — the absent stone said to represent Judas Iscariot. Enjoy hilltop walks boasting breathtaking views or roam along two miles of sandy beaches when you discover this tranquil paradise.
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Creetown Gem Rock Museum The award-winning Creetown museum is home to one of the finest private collections of precious gemstones, crystals, minerals and fossils. The museum is also known for the delicious home baking and warm hospitality served up to visitors tearoom. Open to visitors all year round, they even have a fossilised dinosaur egg!
As a natural cleft in the sea cliff, the cave is now 7m long and 3m wide, reduced over time due to rock fall. The quiet walk down to the pebbly beach offers a peaceful route for pilgrims, families and dog walkers to enjoy the views and soak up the atmosphere. Surrounded by a vast network of walking routes, there are plenty of paths in the area to explore, as well as the beach itself.
The beach is a National Scenic Area and indeed known for being one of the most beautiful coastal areas in Scotland. Rockcliffe is popular with dog walkers all year round and the village has a small car park and a cafe. Rockliffe to Sandyhills Coastal Walk This linear coastal route stretches from Rockcliffe beach to the sandier shores of Sandyhills.
With spectacular views from atop of the cliffs across the Solway Firth, this is a definite must for keen walkers. The menu embodies their strong commitment to using organic, locally sourced, seasonal ingredients with a range of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Following the same themes of cosmology, science and mathematics the garden is designed to depict a range of theories based on these subjects. The acre garden is only open to the public for one day each year, in May, so be sure not to miss out!
Rerigonium's exact position is uncertain except that it was 'on Loch Ryan ', close to modern day Stranraer ; it is possible that it is the modern settlement of Dunragit Dun Rheged. The earliest inhabitants were Brythonic Celtsrecorded by the Romans as the Novantae tribe. According to tradition, before the end of Roman rule in Britain, St. Ninian established a church or monastery at WhithornWigtownshirewhich remained an important place of pilgrimage until the Reformation. The county is rich in prehistoric monuments and relics, amongst the most notable of which are the Drumtroddan Standing Stones and cup-and-ring carvingsthe Torhousekie Stone Circleboth in Wigtownshire and Cairnholy a Neolithic Chambered Cairn.
There is also evidence of one of the earliest pit-fall traps in Europe which was discovered near GlenluceWigtownshire. Middle Ages[ edit ] 11th century A Brythonic speaking kingdom dominated Galloway until the late 7th century when it was taken over by the English kingdom of Bernicia. This can be seen in the context of widespread Norse domination of the Irish Seaincluding extensive settlement in the Isle of Man and in the now English region of Cumbria immediately south of Galloway.
If it had not been for Fergus of Galloway who established himself in Galloway, the region would rapidly have been absorbed by Scotland. This did not happen because Fergus, his sons, grandsons and great-grandson Alan, Lord of Gallowayshifted their allegiance between Scottish and English kings.
During a period of Scottish allegiance a Galloway contingent followed David, King of Scots in his invasion of England and led the attack in his defeat at the Battle of the Standard Alan died in He had three daughters and an illegitimate son Thomas.