What You Might Not Know About Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

The hidden gem Dumfries and Galloway is one of the beautiful scenic counties, located on the south west coast of Scotland is well known as the birthplace of Robert Burns, but did you know it has also been the most romantic place to get married since 1754 – Gretna.  Here is some other things you might not know about this encapsulating region of Bonnie Scotland.

The Famous Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna ©MDHarding. hidden gem Dumfries and Galloway
The Famous Blacksmiths Shop at Gretna ©MDHarding

Hidden Gem Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland


Kirkcudbright also known as the artists town was an established art colony town for 100 years up until 1950. Welcoming many of the country’s leading artists such as E. A. Hornel who became one of the Glasgow Boys. In 1922 E. A. Hornel alongside a number of artists established the Dumfries and Galloway Fine Arts Society, has maintained Kirkcudbright’s reputation as an artists community today.  Don’t miss the annual Arts and Craft Trail festival with the opportunity to visit a number of the local galleries, watch demonstrations and find out more behind the scenes.

Visiting The Kelpie Maquettes, Kirkcudbright ©MDHarding. hidden gem Dumfries and Galloway
Visiting The Kelpie Maquettes during The Arts and Craft Trail, Kirkcudbright ©MDHarding

Castle Douglas

Castle Douglas the Food Town, began around 1856 as a market town when Thomas Wallett sold some cattle. Later to thrive into the premier livestock sales centre in south west Scotland. Today home to 50 independent businesses with locally produced food, confectionery and beers.

Cream O' Galloway Ice Cream, Kirkcubright ©MDHarding.hidden gem Dumfries and Galloway
Cream O’ Galloway Ice Cream, Kirkcubright ©MDHarding


Did you know Wigtown also known as the book town has the most independent book shops in this hidden gem Dumfries and Galloway?  With 11 permanent throughout the year and plus a temporary one during the 10 day literary celebration – Wigtown Book Festival.

The Book Shop In Scotland's National Book Town - Wigtown ©MDHarding.hidden gem Dumfries and Galloway
The Book Shop In Scotland’s National Book Town – Wigtown ©MDHarding


The Lockerbie Jazz Festival takes place annually during September, this year with acclaimed  Leroy Jones New Orleans All Stars. The intimate event which took place at the Moffat House Hotel was a huge hit. Said to be “the biggest event of its kind in Scotland” – definitely a festival to put on your to do list in this hidden gem Dumfries and Galloway for next year!

With the festivals finished for this year, there is still lots to see and do. Did you know that Galloway Forest Park has UK’s first Dark Sky Park, voted one of Scotland’s best stargazing hot spots . The park offers three hundred square miles of wild beauty to discover, including pristine walking and bike trails as well as opportunities to see wildlife such as bats and deer.

I hope I have inspired you to visit this hidden gem Dumfries and Galloway.  There is a number of accommodation types available in the towns mentioned and now in the quieter shoulder season there are some great value experiences to be had!  We hope to see you soon in Bonnie Scotland.  Happy Travels:) x

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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