If your stay in Coastal Kippford is fast approaching and you want to be sure that you explore the surrounding area, a trip to Dumfries should be on your must-see list. Known as a “market town”, Dumfries has a whole host of interesting sights and features which are sure to keep visitors of all ages entertained. From outdoor fun at the farm, to historical sites and museums, there’s a bit of everything here.
So let’s explore Dumfries in-depth and help you to create the perfect itinerary for your visit.
History and Architecture Abound – Take a Step Back in Time
A big part of sightseeing in Dumfries can focus on the history and architecture that you’ll find on just about every corner. With that said, some sights are more notable than others such as Caerlaverock Castle. Some of the castle is in ruins, but other sections have remained well intact. This is a medieval fortress complete with a twin-towered gatehouse, a moat, and battlements. There is a cute castle tearoom that is perfect for a warm cup of coffee and freshly baked goods.
And it’s not just the beauty of this castle that is worth learning about, it also was the home of plenty of warfare between the crowns of Scotland and England. Today it has been classified as a National Scenic Area thanks to its important history.
Additionally, some other historic sites include:
- Robert Burns House
- Old Bridge House Museum
- Queensberry Monument
There are so many points of interest and significance in Dumfries that you will feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.
Family Fun Can Be Found Throughout Dumfries
So how about those who are travelling with children? Keeping the kids entertained can be a tall order, but here in Dumfries, there is no shortage of options. If your goal is to keep the kids busy and prevent complaints of boredom, then a visit to these sites should be included in your itinerary.
Mabie Farm Park
If you like the idea of being able to enjoy family fun outdoors, then Mabie Farm Park can be ideal. It is nestled between the countryside and Bluebell wood, creating a natural scenic view. Kids will love a chance to visit the animals in the petting zoo, the animal paddocks and of course the barn. Besides the animals, the park also features go-karts, a fun Astroslide, a train for small kids, a boating pond, a bouncy castle, trampolines and more. Mabie Farm Park can fill a few hours in the day, or the entire day.
Dalscone Farm Fun
Another farm filled with family-friendly activities is Dalscone Farm Fun. This one also features outdoor trampolines and a bouncy castle, as well as a massive slide, bumper boats, go-carts, tubing, a petting zoo and more. There are both indoor and outdoor features here.
Dock Park Dumfries
Here’s a venue that is open year-round and features a handful of activities. Dock Park offers a putting area, trampolines, mini golf and bowling during peak season. There is also a cafe and play park which are open year-round.
For kids with a love of all things dinosaur-themed, Dino Park is sure to bring a smile to their faces. This venue is open from April 1st until the last Sunday in October and features a soft play area and the Dino Park where kids can dig for fossils, listen to stories, check out the Dino Mine and plenty of other activities.
Consult the Festival and Event Schedule Before Visiting
Did you know that Dumfries also has an impressive festival and event schedule that stays busy year-round? Depending on your interests, you may want to plan your visit around a particular event. Worth noting, the biggest multi-form arts festival in the South of Scotland is right here in Dumfries and Galloway.
Feeling Hungry – Dumfries Has Plenty to Satisfy the Palate
With all the exploring and sightseeing you plan on doing in Dumfries, you’re bound to work up an appetite. Whether it’s a quick light lunch you’re after or a hearty and traditional supper – you can find it here. For the foodies out there, Casa Mia, Cavens Arms, and The Globe Inn consistently get good reviews from locals and tourists alike.
Be Sure to Schedule a Visit to Dumfries
So as you work on your itinerary for your holiday in Coastal Kippford, why not plan a little day trip and take in all that Dumfries has to offer? Book your staycation with us today. We have a great choice of holiday homes to rent.