If you’re worried about finding things to do in Dumfries & Galloway when it’s raining, think again! As Billy Connelly, arguably Scotland’s best known comedian, once said, “In Scotland, there’s no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes.”
So don’t despair if you encounter the occasional downpour during your visit – grab your umbrella and raincoat, then choose one of our top 5 things to do in Dumfries & Galloway when it’s raining.
Robert Burns – Visit the Robert Burns Centre and his home
Dumfries & Galloway is the resting place of Scotland’s famous poet and lyricist Robert Burns. At the Robert Burns Centre you can gain insight into his life in Dumfries in the late 18th century. The location itself is noteworthy as it is situated in an 18th century watermill on the banks of the River Nith. An added bonus for cinema goers is that in the evening the centre becomes Scotland’s smallest film theatre.
In Dumfries you will also find Roberts Burns’ house, a simple sandstone property which was home for Rabbie and his family. See how he lived and get a taste for how life was for him in the late 1700’s.
Annandale distillery – Whisky, history and afternoon tea!
If you’re a whisky lover you’re in for a treat. Distillery tours are available giving insight into the whisky making process at Annandale. You also learn of its history which includes ownership by the famous Johnnie Walker.
An unexpected bonus is that while you’re waiting for the rain to stop you can pop into their coffee shop where you can even indulge in a Prosecco afternoon tea.
No visit to Scotland would be complete without a visit to one of its castles. So if you’re looking for things to do in Dumfries & Galloway, Drumlanrig Castle awaits you. There is no doubt that a day out itself could be spent exploring the grounds of the majestic castle but on a rainy day why not step inside the castle and immerse yourself in its history. With its 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers to explore, not to mention its paintings and tapestries to admire. You’ll completely forget about the weather outside.
This is a great option for families with children. It combines two things sure to keep the children happy – chocolate and playing. Making, decorating and of course eating chocolate is only part of the fun. There is an outdoor play area as well a modern indoor soft play so when the rain comes the fun needn’t stop. Learn more here.
Gracefield Arts Centre – Arts, crafts and more for all of the family
There are over 400 Scottish paintings to see at the Gracefield Arts Centre ranging from contemporary arts and crafts, to pieces dating back to the late 1800’s. In addition to this, there are paintings from international artists, workshops for adults and children and a craft shop to explore.
A day appreciating and creating art could be just what you’re looking for on a rainy day.
So whether you’re an adult or a child, a lover of art or history, or a whisky connoisseur, there will always be things to do on a rainy day in Dumfries & Galloway!