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Visitor attractions and information - Annan

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Attractions Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace, The Arched House, Ecclefechan, Lockerbie DG11 3DG. Tel: 01576 300666. The great social historian Thomas Carlyle was born here in 1795. The interior reflects life in the late 18th Century and contains collections of portraits, manuscripts and personal belonging of Carlyle. About 5 miles north of Annan.

Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

Attractions The Ruthwell Cross, Ruthwell, Annan. The cross is located inside the church in Ruthwell. The Cross was carved by skilled Northumbrian sculptors in the early 8th century. It is the most important Anglo-Saxon cross in Scotland and a monument of international importance. The cross originally stood near the present church. In 1664 it was pulled down and smashed on the instructions of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. In 1802 it was re-erected in the manse garden and in 1887 was moved to a specially built apse in the church. About 6 miles west of Annan.

The Ruthwell Cross

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Visitor attractions and information - Castle Douglas

AttractionsThreave Castle, Castle Douglas. Threave Castle was once the stronghold of the Black Douglases, and is now owned by Historic Scotland. It is a massive late 14th century keep of five storeys and a garret. Threave Castle sits on an island in the River Dee and is accessed by boat. Visitors must ring a ship's bell to summon the boat to take them across the river. About 3 miles west of Castle Douglas.

Threave Castle

Castle Threave Garden and Estate

Attractions Castle Threave Garden and Estate, Stewarty, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway DG7 1RX. Tel : 01556 502575. Threave Garden is rich in diversity, with areas including an informal Rose Garden, wildflower meadowland and a one - acre walled garden with temperate glasshouse collection. It is also well known for its great displays of daffodils. About 1 mile west of Castle Douglas.

Castle Threave Garden and Estate

AttractionsOrchardton Tower, Near Palnackie, Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway Tel: 0131 668 8800. Orchardton Tower is the only round tower-house in Scotland. It was built in the mid 15th century for John Carnys (or Cairns). A door at ground level leads to a cellar with a vaulted roof. None of the upper floors remain, but there is a spiral staircase within the thickness of the wall that leads up to the parapet and is covered by a small gabled cap-house. About 5 miles southeast of Castle Douglas.

Orchardton Tower

AttractionsNational Museum of Costume, Shambellie House, New Abbey, Dumfriesshire, DG2 8HQ. Tel: 01387 850 375. Visit the National Museum of Costume and take in a century of style at this beautiful country house museum in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. Follow the story of fashion from the 1850s to the 1950s. We’re running some Creative Craft Workshops for Children at the National Museum of Costume in July and August this year 2008. E.G Help us try and knit the world's longest scarf. Create your own amazing T- Shirt. Use enamel to make your very own buttons or badges. About 15 miles east of Castle Douglas.

National Museum of Costume

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Visitor attractions and information - Dalbeattie

AttractionsThreave Castle, Castle Douglas. Threave Castle was once the stronghold of the Black Douglases, and is now owned by Historic Scotland. It is a massive late 14th century keep of five storeys and a garret. Threave Castle sits on an island in the River Dee and is accessed by boat. Visitors must ring a ship's bell to summon the boat to take them across the river. About 8 miles west of Dalbeattie.

Threave Castle

Castle Threave Garden and Estate

Attractions Castle Threave Garden and Estate, Stewarty, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway DG7 1RX. Tel : 01556 502575. Threave Garden is rich in diversity, with areas including an informal Rose Garden, wildflower meadowland and a one - acre walled garden with temperate glasshouse collection. It is also well known for its great displays of daffodils. About 8 miles west of Dalbeattie.

Castle Threave Garden and Estate

AttractionsOrchardton Tower, Near Palnackie, Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway Tel: 0131 668 8800. Orchardton Tower is the only round tower-house in Scotland. It was built in the mid 15th century for John Carnys (or Cairns). A door at ground level leads to a cellar with a vaulted roof. None of the upper floors remain, but there is a spiral staircase within the thickness of the wall that leads up to the parapet and is covered by a small gabled cap-house. About 5 miles south of Dalbeattie.

Orchardton Tower

AttractionsNational Museum of Costume, Shambellie House, New Abbey, Dumfriesshire, DG2 8HQ. Tel: 01387 850 375. Visit the National Museum of Costume and take in a century of style at this beautiful country house museum in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. Follow the story of fashion from the 1850s to the 1950s. We’re running some Creative Craft Workshops for Children at the National Museum of Costume in July and August this year 2008. E.G Help us try and knit the world's longest scarf. Create your own amazing T- Shirt. Use enamel to make your very own buttons or badges. About 9 miles east of Dalbeattie.

National Museum of Costume

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Visitor attractions and information - Dumfries

AttractionsLincluden Collegiate Church, Lincluden, Dumfries Tel: 01387 770244. Lincluden Collegiate Church situated on the banks of the beautiful River Nith is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in Scotland. Here are the remains of a collegiate church and the accommodation for its canons founded in 1389 by Archibald the Grim, 3rd Earl of Douglas, on the site of an earlier nunnery. Location: On the outskirts of Dumfries.

Lincluden Collegiate Church

AttractionsTwelve Apostles Stone Circle, near Nithsdale, Dumfries. Twelve Apostles is the largest stone circle in mainland Scotland and one of the largest in Great Britain, with its maximum diameter of 88m. The site is split by a hedge and contains eleven stones. About 3 miles northwest of Dumfries.

Twelve Apostles Stone Circle

AttractionsThe Ruthwell Cross, Ruthwell, Annan. The cross is located inside the church in Ruthwell. The Cross was carved by skilled Northumbrian sculptors in the early 8th century. It is the most important Anglo-Saxon cross in Scotland and a monument of international importance. The cross originally stood near the present church. In 1664 it was pulled down and smashed on the instructions of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. In 1802 it was re-erected in the manse garden and in 1887 was moved to a specially built apse in the church. About 9 miles east of Dumfries.

The Ruthwell Cross

AttractionsCaerlaverock Castle, Caerlaverock, Dumfries DG1 4RU Tel: 01387 770 244. Caerlaverock Castle is an impressive landmark in the Nithsdale countryside, standing guard over the Solway Firth. It is a unique late 13th century stone enclosure fortress, surrounded by double ditches. The castle is shaped like a triangular shield, with a strong double tower at one corner where the drawbridge was located. The castle is under the care of Historic Scotland and is open to the public. About 9 miles southeast of Dumfries.

Caerlaverock Castle

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

Attractions The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust - Caerlaverock, Eastpark Farm, Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, DG1 4RS. Tel: 01387 770 200. An opportunity to get close to some of Caerlaverock's most spectacular wildlife. Throughout autumn, winter and spring, thousands of wild geese and other birds can be seen from hides and observation towers. In summer, nature trails meander through flower-rich meadows alive with wildlife. About 9 miles southeast of Dumfries.

The Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust

AttractionsNational Museum of Costume, Shambellie House, New Abbey, Dumfriesshire, DG2 8HQ. Tel: 01387 850 375. Visit the National Museum of Costume and take in a century of style at this beautiful country house museum in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. Follow the story of fashion from the 1850s to the 1950s. We’re running some Creative Craft Workshops for Children at the National Museum of Costume in July and August this year 2008. E.G Help us try and knit the world's longest scarf. Create your own amazing T- Shirt. Use enamel to make your very own buttons or badges. About 6 miles south of Dumfries.

National Museum of Costume

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Visitor attractions and information - Gretna Green

Attractions The Old Blacksmith's Shop Visitor Centre, Gretna Green, Dumfries & Galloway DG16 5EA .Tel: 01461 338441. Curiosity has attracted travellers to visit Gretna Green since the middle of the 19th Century. The first visitors would peer through the windows trying to catch a glimpse of a run-away couple marrying over the anvil. In the year 1886, the owner, Hugh Mackie decided to open the cottage and workshop to visitors thus creating one of the first visitor attractions in Scotland. www.gretnagreen.com. Location: In the centre of Gretna Green.

The Old Blacksmith's Shop Visitor Centre

Attractions Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace, The Arched House, Ecclefechan, Lockerbie DG11 3DG. Tel: 01576 300666. The great social historian Thomas Carlyle was born here in 1795. The interior reflects life in the late 18th Century and contains collections of portraits, manuscripts and personal belonging of Carlyle. About 9 miles northwest of Gretna Green.

Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

Attractions The Ruthwell Cross, Ruthwell, Annan. The cross is located inside the church in Ruthwell. The Cross was carved by skilled Northumbrian sculptors in the early 8th century. It is the most important Anglo-Saxon cross in Scotland and a monument of international importance. The cross originally stood near the present church. In 1664 it was pulled down and smashed on the instructions of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. In 1802 it was re-erected in the manse garden and in 1887 was moved to a specially built apse in the church. About 13 miles west of Gretna Green.

The Ruthwell Cross

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Visitor attractions and information - Kirkcudbright

AttractionsMaclellan's Castle, Castle Street, Kirkcudbright DG6 4JD. Tel: 01557 331 856. MacLellan's Castle is a large 16th century L-plan castellated tower house, complete except for its roof. It was built by the then provost of Kirkcudbright, Thomas MacLellan of Bombire, in the 1750s, but probably never finished. Location: In the centre of Kirkcudbright.

Maclellan's Castle

AttractionsGalloway Hydros Visitor Centre, Tongland Power Station, Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway, DG6 4LT. Tel: 01557 330114. The tour takes you into the heart of the beautiful art deco power station, to the control room where the whole process is monitored and to the turbine hall where the machines resonate with newly created power. Then walk over Tongland dam to the fish ladder, a man made construction of 29 stepped pools giving salmon and sea trout a helping hand when they make their way upstream from the river to the reservoir hundreds of feet above. About 2 miles north of Kirkcudbright.

Galloway Hydros Visitor Centre

Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park

AttractionsGalloway Wildlife Conservation Park, Kirkcudbright Tel: 01557 331645. (formerly Wildlife Park Kirkcudbright), set in 27 acres of mixed woodland, is the wild animal conservation centre of southern Scotland. A varied collection of nearly 150 animals from all over the world can be seen within the peaceful and natural settings where the woodland has been tailored to provide large and imaginative enclosures. About 2 miles north of Kirkcudbright.

Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park,

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Visitor attractions and information - Lockerbie

AttractionsLincluden Collegiate Church, Lincluden, Dumfries Tel: 01387 770244. Lincluden Collegiate Church situated on the banks of the beautiful River Nith is one of the finest examples of medieval architecture in Scotland. Here are the remains of a collegiate church and the accommodation for its canons founded in 1389 by Archibald the Grim, 3rd Earl of Douglas, on the site of an earlier nunnery. About 9 miles west of Lockerbie.

Lincluden Collegiate Church

AttractionsTwelve Apostles Stone Circle, near Nithsdale, Dumfries. Twelve Apostles is the largest stone circle in mainland Scotland and one of the largest in Great Britain, with its maximum diameter of 88m. The site is split by a hedge and contains eleven stones. About 9 miles west of Lockerbie.

Twelve Apostles Stone Circle

Attractions Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace, The Arched House, Ecclefechan, Lockerbie DG11 3DG. Tel: 01576 300666. The great social historian Thomas Carlyle was born here in 1795. The interior reflects life in the late 18th Century and contains collections of portraits, manuscripts and personal belonging of Carlyle. About 7 miles south of Lockerbie.

Thomas Carlyle's Birthplace

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Visitor attractions and information - Moffat

Attractions The Southern Upland Way is Scotland's longest walk at 212 miles. It stretches west to east from Portpatrick, over the Mull of Galloway, to the North Sea cliffs at Cocksburnspath. It passes through some of Scotland's most beautiful and varied scenery. southernuplandway.com. The Southern Upland Way passes 1 mile south of Moffat.

The Southern Upland Way

Attractions Moffat Museum, The Neuk, Churchgate, Moffat DG10 9EG. Tel: 01683 220868. Moffat Museum provides a fascinating insight into Moffat’s history and spa heritage. Location: In the centre of Moffat.

Moffat Museum

Attractions Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve, Moffat. Grey Mare's Tail is a magnificent natural 200 ft waterfall, the 5th highest in the U.K. It is set in dramatic moorland below White Coomb (2,690 ft.) with abundant bird and wildlife. The National Trust for Scotland (NTS) manages the site. About 10 miles northeast of Moffat.

Grey Mare's Tail Nature Reserve

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Visitor attractions and information - Newton Stewart

AttractionsGalloway Forest Park, Galloway Forest District, Newton Stewart Tel: 01671 402420. Britain's largest forest park is 300 square miles of forest, moorland, lochs and mountains with names like The Merrick, Mullwharcher and the Rhinns of Kells. Location: On the outskirts of Newton Stewart.

Galloway Forest Park

AttractionsCreetown Gem Rock Museum, Chain Road, Creetown, Newton Stewart, Dumfries and Galloway, DG8 7HJ, Tel: 01671 820357. Owned and run by Tim and Rosemarie Stephenson it is regarded as one of the finest private collections of gemstones, crystals, minerals, rocks and fossils in Great Britain. www.gemrock.net. About 6 miles south of Newton Stewart.

Creetown Gem Rock Museum

AttractionsSt Ninian's Chapel, Isle of Whithorn. Ninian, Scotland's first missionary and saint, founded his church at Whithorn - well over a century before the much celebrated St Columba. The chapel behind the harbour frontage street in the Isle of Whithorn now stands as a restored 14th century reception chapel, although excavation revealed traces of an earlier, 12th century chapel. It was used by sea-borne pilgrims visiting the shrine of St. Ninian and is now in the care of Historic Scotland. About 15 miles south of Newton Stewart.

St Ninian's Chapel

AttractionsGlenluce Abbey, Newton Stewart Tel: 01581 300541. Glenluce is a Cistercian abbey founded around 1192 by Roland, Lord of Galloway. The remains, including a handsome early-16th century chapter house, are set in a lovely tranquil valley overlooking Luce Bay. The property is managed by Historic Scotland. About 13 miles west of Newton Stewart.

Glenluce Abbey

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Visitor attractions and information - Stranraer

Attractions Castle of St John, Charlotte Street, Stranraer, DG9 7EJ. Tel: 01776 705544. A medieval tower house built around 1500 by the Adairs of Kilhilt, one of the most powerful landowners in Wigtownshire. Over the centuries the Castle has been used as a home, a local court, a military garrison and a prison. There is an activity room for families and children. Location: In the centre of Stranraer and within walking distance of the ferry terminal.

Castle of St John

Attractions Stranraer Ferry Port. Stranraer ferry port terminal is operated by Stena Line, and offers excellent facilities and services to both passenger and freight customers. Ferries depart from the east pier of the terminal while the fast Stena HSS Stranraer to Belfast Catamarans leave from the western pier. There are 6 ferry crossings a day to Belfast, with a sailing duration from 2 1/2 hours. Location: On the outskirts of Stranraer.

Stranraer Ferry Port

Attractions The Cairnryan port is located on the northern edge of Loch Ryan. Following a major multi-million pound development by P & O Irish Sea Ferries, Cairnryan ferry port now offers excellent facilities and services to both passenger ferry and freight customers. There are 4 ferry crossing a day from Cairnryan to Larne, with a sailing duration of 1 1/4 hours. About 6 miles north of Stranraer.

Cairnryan port

AttractionsThe Southern Upland Way is Scotland's longest walk at 212 miles. It stretches west to east from Portpatrick, over the Mull of Galloway, to the North Sea cliffs at Cocksburnspath. It passes through some of Scotland's most beautiful and varied scenery. www.southernuplandway.com. The Southern Upland Way passes 1 mile south of Stranraer.

The Southern Upland Way

Castle Kennedy Gardens

AttractionsCastle Kennedy Gardens, Stair Estates, Rephad, Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway DG9 8BX. Tel: 01776 702024. Castle Kennedy Gardens are beautifully located between two natural lochs and extend to 75 acres. They are world famous for rhododendrons, azaleas and embothriums, and the landscaped gardens of terraces and avenues are laid out around a circular lily pond. About 5 miles east of Stranraer.

Castle Kennedy Gardens

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