The South West

South-west Scotland

Ayrshire and Burns

Robert Burns(1759-1796)

Alloway
Alloway
Birthplace of Scotland's most celebrated poet now part of a new visitors centre

Burns Night 25th Jan

haggis
Shortly after Burns' death his friends gathered to celebrate his birthday, That tradition continues today as the Nation celebrates his life on the 25th January. The Haggis forms the centrepiece of an evening of laughter and song.

Brig O' Doon

brig o doon
The  famous bridge at Alloway where "Tam O' Shanter" was chased by the witch!
      all images © VisitScotland/ScottishViewpoint

Dumfries and Galloway

You've probably heard of running away to Gretna Green to be married. Well the same rules apply to civil partnership and same sex marriage. There are no residential qualifications required for those registering their civil partnership/marriage north of the Border or parental consent required. Scotland thus has the competitive edge for British couples who do not wish to be bound by these regulations, or for overseas couples who want to fly in just for the ceremony.
Wigtown
Scotland's National book town:Wigtown Book Festival
22th September to 1st October 2017

Wigtown: ReadingLasses Read, Eat, Stay

Gay owned: the only specialist women's bookshop left in the UK.

A very warm welcome from Susan, Gerrie and Pam. ReadingLasses offers pet friendly accommodation for up to 6 in an apartment above the books (double bed and 2 singles in one room and bed settee in other room).

ReadingLasses has an award-winning café (Eat Scotland). We also serve the highest quality fresh-ground coffee from Fair Trade© espresso beans.


DID YOU KNOW  
Auld Lang Syne sung at New Year wasn't written by Burns but he amended the words slightly of an existing folk song; oh and it was sung to a different tune in Burns' day.

Book Festival Info

Wigtown Book Festival

Readinglassies
readinglasses

The Great Houses of the South West

Dumfries House, Cumnock, Ayrshire
Dumfries House and Estate
Dumfries House: set in 2,000 acres, this stunning estate and 18th-Century house has an unrivalled collection of Chippendale furniture.

    "When Dumfries House first came to my attention in 2007, my vision for this Palladian mansion and its contents was to restore them to their former glory. In doing so, I hoped that present and future generations would be able to visit and enjoy the different facets of the life and times of a bygone era and to appreciate British craftsmanship at its best. Regeneration has by no means been confined to the house. The education programme, in collaboration with local schools and communities continues to grow and has fostered positive, interactive exchanges."

HRH The Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay


Drumlanrig Castle,Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway
Drumlanrig Castle
Drumlanrig is one of Scotland’s finest examples of 17th century Renaissance architecture. There are a wealth of treasures hidden inside from the world-renowned Buccleuch Collection with celebrated artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, Alan Ramsay, Sir Joshua Reynolds and Rembrandt’s Old Woman Reading. The castle is only open on special dates, so take a look at our opening times before you visit or find out more about the Castle here.

If you’re an Outlander fan, you can even see where they filmed as Drumlanrig Castle was a filming location for Outlander Season 2
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