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FAB5: The beauty and wonder of Dumfries & Galloway


By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

Steeped in history and showcasing the beauty of lowland Scotland, Dumfries & Galloway is ready to welcome you. Have a wee dram in Rabbie Burns’ drinking hole; explore the fascinating museums; and don’t leave without a gift to remind you of your visit.

Clience Studio

Clience Studio Dumfries

212 King St, Castle Douglas, DG7 1DS

Nestled under the town clock in Castle Douglas High Street, Clience Studio is the creative space of resident artist, Angela Lawrence, who can often be found in the studio working on one of her signature sea and landscapes, that capture the beauty and light of Galloway and beyond. Her passion for the area is clear, and she is happy to chat about commissions that capture the special places that you love, and which will enhance your home. Original oils and a large selection of prints from her Galloway paintings are available to purchase, with some of the stunning images reproduced on gift items.

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Solway Aviation Museum

Aviation House, Carlisle Airport, Crosby-on-Eden, CA6 4NW

Keeping Cumbria’s aviation history alive, and charting the development of the British aircraft industry, Solway Aviation Museum is now fully open to welcome visitors. Covid-safe, with a one-way system to take you round the fine – and rare – examples of British engineering, the museum is home to a collection of aircraft, aviation artefacts, and displays reflecting Britain’s position as a world leader in aircraft design and innovation at the dawn of the jet age. The museum, which is run entirely by enthusiastic volunteers, offers a fascinating walk through aviation history, and of civilian life connected with Carlisle Airport.

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Rene’s Gifts

Renee's Gifts banner

119 High St, Annan, DG12 6ED

A visit to the attractive, rural town of Annan, isn’t complete without seeing what is new in Rene’s Gifts and Accessories. The independent ladies gift and fashion boutique specialises in Italian clothing and leather handbags, and carries a beautiful range of costume jewellery and scarves. As proud stockists of Joma Jewellery and Katie Loxton – gorgeous sentiment gifts for all occasions – there will always be something to tempt you, and plenty of gifts to choose from for that special person.


The Devils Porridge

Women work to make ammunition at The Devils Porridge

Annan Rd, Eastriggs, DG12 6TF

If it weren’t for the endeavours of 12,000 women in a munitions factory in Scotland, World War I may well have ended sooner, with quite a different outcome – and women may not have been given the vote as soon as they were. The Devil’s Porridge Museum celebrates the sacrifices made by so many women working with the unpleasant and dangerous cordite that fuelled the bullets and bombs that ultimately helped to win the war, and change the position of women in society. The war wasn’t just taking place in France, it was being fought in a factory on the border of Cumbria and Scotland.

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The Black Bull Inn, Moffat

The Black Bull, Moffat, bar and restaurant areas

Church Gate, Moffat, DG10 9EG

Established in 1568, the charming Black Bull Inn, in the vibrant town of Moffat, was once the watering hole of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns. Steeped in history, the traditional, family and dog-friendly inn is regularly nominated in pub and bar awards, and was voted one of Scotland’s ten best pubs in 2020, out of 16,000 establishments in the country! With a warm welcome, cosy rooms, a roaring fire, real ales, and surrounded by beautiful countryside, it is the hostelry of choice for many visitors to the Scottish Borders.

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