The Gem of Scotland Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway one of the 21 regions of Scotland, located on the south west coast is the famous birth place of Robert Burns, the Scottish poet and song writer.  Today it is a treasure trove with its very own Gem Museum,  the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, an array of festivals and much more!  Here’s what not to miss while visiting the gem of Scotland Dumfries and Galloway.

Visiting the Gem of Scotland Dumfries and Galloway

Gem Rock Museum

The Gem Rock Museum located in Creetown has an impressive worldwide collection of gems and stones.  The family run business has been one of passion for over 35 years. Discover how the precious stones were made and where they originated.  Did you know Scotland is home to a number of  these magnificent natural wonders such as quartz, agates and amethyst? For the young geologist or gemologist try your hand at finding the precious stone and gem rabbits.  There is also a large gift shop (ideal at this time of year for Christmas inspiration) and cafe.

Inside The Gem Rock Museum Cave. Scotland Dumfries and Galloway
Inside the Gem Rock Museum cave ©MDHarding

The Cocoabean Company

Looking for a family fun day out?  Enjoy chocolate workshops for both children and adults, the indoor and outdoor play areas at the Cocoa Bean Company.  There is also a cafe with a range of both food, drink and ice cream.  Looking for a sweet treat to take away?  There is a wide range of handmade chocolates including banoffee pyramids,  Creme Brulee pyramids and cosmopolitan cupcakes.

I've Bean to the CocoaBean handmade chocolates. Yum! Scotland Dumfries and Galloway
I’ve Bean to the CocoaBean ©MDHarding

David Coulthard Museum

Located just next door to the Cocoa Bean Company is the David Coulthard Museum. Great for any F1 motor racing and David Coulthard enthusiast.  Are you the next David Coulthard? Why not have a go on Scotland’s only full scale F1 simulator.

Impressive collections of F1 memorabilia. Scotland Dumfries and Galloway
Impressive collections of F1 memorabilia ©MDHarding


“One of the most pretty seaside villages” of Undiscovered Scotland. With its romantic white painted houses, ideal for walkers and those that enjoy nature.

Enjoy the tranquil setting of Rockcliffe. Scotland Dumfries and Galloway
Enjoy the tranquil setting of Rockcliffe ©MDHarding

Arriving in Dumfries and Galloway

The best way to get there, explore the area and it’s scenery is by car.  If arriving at Edinburgh or Glasgow airport why not pre-book your car rental in advance, to get the best off season rates.  There is also a selection of small hotels and guest houses in the area, please do book accommodation in advance to avoid disappointment.

I hope I have inspired you to visit the gem of Scotland Dumfries and Galloway.  Happy Travels 🙂 x

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