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Caerlaverock Castle , Dumfries
Caerlaverock Castle is a moated triangular castle first built in the 13th century. It is located on the southern coast of Scotland, 11 kilome
Tours from $31
Art Museum
Drumlanrig Castle , Dumfries
Live like royalty with a visit to Drumlanrig Castle, a 17th-century Renaissance castle and home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Quee
Mabie Farm Park , Dumfries
Mabie Farm Park provides a great day out for all the family. We are closed now for the season lots to do including.... Go-Karts Quad Bikes Tr
Water Body
Derwentwater , Keswick
One glance at Derwentwater is all you'll need to realize why this "Queen of Lakes" inspires so many romantic poets and artists. Towering crag
Tours from $380
History Museum


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Dumfries is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland. It is near the mouth of the River Nith into the Solway Firth. Dumfries was a civil parish and became the county town of the former county of Dumfriesshire. Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South. People from Dumfries are known colloquially as Doonhamers.EtymologyThere are at least two theories on the etymology of the name. One is that the name Dumfries originates from the Scottish Gaelic name Dœn Phris which means "Fort of the Thicket". According to another theory, the name is a corruption of two words which mean the FriarsÕ Hill; those who favour this idea allege the formation of a religious house near the head of what is now the FriarsÕ Vennel. Take a peek at our online itinerary creator: Dumfries and its charms laid bare and easily scheduled.

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Where to stay in Dumfries

As Dumfries is just a small city within the Dumfries and Galloway region, the city itself is somewhat limited on places to stay. You'll find a handful of mid-range to high-end hotels in the city--if you're intent on being based in Dumfries, it's best to book early to avoid disappointment. Otherwise, there are plenty of options in nearby cities and towns such as Sanquhar, Lockerbie, Auchencairn, and Thornhill.
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