Cowans Guest House,
Dumfries DG2 8JY
South West Scotland
T: 01387 760284
Dumfries & Galloway ~ Local Interests, History and Activities
Dumfries & Galloway offers the visitor history from Robbie Burns to Robert the Bruce and plenty of activities for fun days out for all the family.
All the information on great days out is available in literature in our guest lounge and your bedrooms.
There is always plenty going on all year round to discover and below are a "few of many" great locations that our guests have enjoyed.
- Dumfries & Galloway Family History Research Centre
For those tracing family history, The Family History Society welcomes visitors to its Centre. Library, fiches, family trees. Local / family history books / maps for sale. Limited research available on request for nominal fee. Worldwide membership.
- Drumlanrig Castle (pictured)
A Douglas stronghold, home of Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry. Elegant pink sandstone turreted castle, built 1679-91 around an original castle. Beautifully situated among wooded hills. Paintings by Leonardo, Holbein and Rembrandt, collection of French furniture, carvings by Grinling Gibbons and there is a collection of his memorabilia. Extensive gardens and woodlands.
- Caerlaverock Castle (pictured)
Historic Scotland. Surrounded by moats with a twin-towered gatehouse and a Renaissance range. www.historic-scotland.gov.uk
- Drumcoltran Tower
Historic Scotland. Well-preserved mid-16th century tower.
- Threave Castle
Owned by National Trust for Scotland and under guardianship of Historic Scotland. Reached by boat and a long walk to the property. Massive 14th century tower and artillery fortification.
- Sweetheart Abbey (pictured)
Historic Scotland. Founded in the 13th century as a Cistercian abbey. Beautiful red sandstone ruins. Named Sweetheart because Dervorguilla, wife of John Balliol, carried his embalmed heart around for 22 years after he died, then had it buried with her at the high altar.
- Dundrennan Abbey
Historic Scotland. A Cistercian house founded in 1142 by King David I. Mary, Queen of Scots, stopped here in 1586 on her flight to England. Transepts (early Gothic style) and west wall are still standing. Remains of chapter house with its beautiful cinquefoil arched doorway between two windows.
- Ellisland Farm
Home of Robert Burns from 1788 to 1791. Farmhouse and steading reflecting the poet's farming and literary life. Jean Armour's kitchen, museum room, audio visual display and river walks. Robert Burns wrote some of his finest songs and poems here e.g. Auld Lang Syne.
- Also see: Robbie Burns House (pictured), Robert Burns Centre and The Burns Mausoleum.
- Glenluce Abbey
Impressive ruined Cistercian monastery, founded around 1190, set in tranquil valley. 16th century Chapter house with part of original tiled floor and water pipes still in place. Visited by Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary, Queen of Scots.
- Castle Kennedy Gardens
Located on a peninsula between two lochs, they provide vistas, sweeping lawns and tree-lined avenues. Rhododendrons, azaleas, walled garden, lily pond, water features and conifers. Ruins of Castle Kennedy.
- Threave Garden
National Trust for Scotland. 64 acres include 200 varieties of daffodils. Herbaceous beds, heather garden, trees. House not open to the public. Visitor Centre with exhibition. Estate trails and bird hides.