History and heritage of Dumfries and Galloway
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Dumfries and Galloway offers fantastic shopping opportunities and here’s some of the best places to shop. Smugglers Cove Gift Shop in Portpatrick is what the term ‘Aladdin’s cave’ was made for. Also in Portpatrick, The Lighthouse Pottery is a quirky hidden gem selling everything from jewellery to soft toys. Drive through the Nith Valley to Sanquhar and you’ll find A’ the Airts on the High Street, next to the Tolbooth Museum. Nestled in the heart of Southern Scotland, Moffat is a vibrant and bustling town and Moffat’s 17 Reasons displays a unique collection of hand-crafted goods.
The undulating landscape of Dumfries and Galloway has bred a passion for the outdoors. Whether it’s walking or mountain biking, water sports or golf, there are specialist shops that can kit you out for all of these activities – and the Scottish weather. Kirkcowan Cycles is one such store, a family-run independent bike shop in Newton Stewart with years of cycling experience. It’s down the road from some of the best mountain biking trails in Britain and is just off National Cycle Route 7.
There is genuine pride in the region’s produce, whether that be its crafts or food and drink. To experience this for yourself it’s worth checking out the thriving markets – particularly farmers’ markets – that have become a regular feature on local calendars. You can also travel round farms and shops to pick up samples of local delicacies.
The Old Glen Road, Dumfries DG2 8PT
At Kilnford the motto is “know your farmer – know your food”. There is more to Kilnford than the fantastic farm shop: enjoy the modern kitchen cafe, visit the butchery, discover local crafts/gifts, enjoy the play area and beautiful nature trail. Visit website
9 Great King St, Dumfries DG1 1BA
At John Douglas Music you will find an array of products that are currently in stock ready to be purchased with the option of either being delivered to your door or collected in store. John Douglas Music are the main dealers for many of the largest musical instrument manufacturers in the world including Fender, Blackstar, Yamaha, Line 6 and Victory plus many more. The store is packed full of quality products at very competitive prices along with beginners’ instruments for those taking music at school or for those just fancying having a go. Visit website
Gretna DG16 5EA
Nestled just north of the border between England and Scotland sits the historic village of Gretna Green, home to what is widely recognised as one of the most famous wedding venues on the planet – the Famous Blacksmiths Shop. A unique setting with a rich history of love and romance, the Famous Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna Green, is one of Scotland’s top visitor attractions. A family business since 1885, Gretna Green is now a five-star visitor destination complete with famous brand shopping, museum, dining, three uniquely designed hotels and the perfect family-friendly day out with the Courtship Maze and outdoor play park. Visit website
25 St Mary St, Kirkcudbright DG6 4AA
Rhubarb is a family-run, independent shop situated in the heart of the pretty harbour town of Kirkcudbright, the store source simple, useful and above all lovely things for you and your home along with a fabulous range of toys and clothes for children! Rhubarb are also stockists of Grand Illusions vintage chalk paint. They’d love you to pop in and visit! Visit website
24-28 George St, Stranraer DG9 7RL
Hugh Aitken Jewellers is a family run business that has been successfully trading in Stranraer for over 140 years. The jewellers are official stockists of Thomas Sabo, Nomination, Emozioni, Ti Sento and many more. A few of the watch brands in stock are Rotary, Bering, Fossil and Guess. They also offer watch repairs, engraving and jewellery repairs.
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