Things to do in Dumfries, Scotland: The Best Nature & Parks

July 22, 2021 Emerita Lamoureux

Dumfries (/dʌmˈfriːs/ ( listen) dum-FREESS; possibly from Scottish Gaelic: Dùn Phris) is a market town and former royal burgh within the Dumfries and Galloway council area of Scotland, United Kingdom. It is located near the mouth of the River Nith into the Solway Firth. Dumfries is the traditional county town of the historic county of Dumfriesshire. Dumfries is nicknamed Queen of the South. People from Dumfries are known colloquially as Doonhamers.
Restaurants in Dumfries

1. Corsock House

Corsock House A712 Castle Douglas, Dumfries DG7 3DJ Scotland +44 1644 440250
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5.0 based on 4 reviews

Corsock House

2. Arbigland House and Gardens

Arbigland House Arbigland House Kirkbean, Dumfries DG2 8BQ Scotland +44 1387 880764 [email protected] http://www.arbiglandhouseandgardens.co.uk
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5.0 based on 21 reviews

Arbigland House and Gardens

24 acres of gardens surrounding an Adam-style 18th house, with woodland walks, formal gardens, a lake and a beach on the Solway Firth looking across to Cumbria. The House has strong links with Robert Burns (the poet), John Paul Jones (father of the US Navy), James Craik (George Washington's physician) and John Campbell (the first Captain of HMS Victory). Visitors can book a talk about this history while touring the principal rooms of the House. There are holiday lets in the Stable Yard.

Reviewed By StuartCochrane25 - Auldgirth, United Kingdom

Had a great visit today and a personal tour by owner and master garden designer Wayne, enthralling! Owner John was working on the luscious lawns and Alistair gave us a tour of the estate and visitor facilities. Great to see such an awesome interesting collection of mature trees and shrubs and the changes are noticeable as the garden emerges from the cocoon of history.

3. Dalscone Farm Fun

Dalscone Farm Edinburgh Road, Dumfries DG1 1SE Scotland +44 1387 254445 [email protected] http://www.dalsconefarm.co.uk
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4.5 based on 284 reviews

Dalscone Farm Fun

A Great Day Family Fun Day Out - Rain or Shine. Dalscone is a family adventure farm located in Dumfries, Scotland. Here you can also visit Scotland's largest independent toyshop! Have fun in our huge indoor soft play area that is filled with ball cannons, slides and other exciting features. Explore our outdoor attractions for children and adults alike including trampolines, pedal karts, bumper boats and crazy golf! Take a ride around our Farmari where you can encounter llamas, donkeys, goats, pigs and more!

Reviewed By xxKatxx2011xx - Cockermouth, United Kingdom

Visited here today, two family’s 4 adults and 4 children in total. I travelled from Cockermouth and would do it all over again!! It’s worth the travel and we will be going back. It’s amazingly clean and the staff are amazing (there are lots of them) but they are busy keeping everyone happy and the place spotless. All the doors are secure and alarmed so little ones can’t get out of the indoor area. So there is a huge indoor play area (soft play) and a cafe which is reasonably priced and tasty. Also a huge area with ride along tractors and little tike cars. Outside there is a park, huge bouncy castle inflatable, go kart track, mini golf, trampolines, sand area and a huge track for family go karts to go right round the farm park. Plus a water fight area. The water boats are £2 and the electric motorbikes that are on a track outside and inside take £1 coins. Water bombs are 50p but apart from that everything is included in the price. We were there all day and left at 4.30 We will be returning I would rather travel the extra 30 mins from Carlisle and go here instead of Walby.

4. WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Eastpark Farm, Dumfries DG1 4RS Scotland +44 1387 770200 [email protected] http://www.wwt.org.uk/wetland-centres/caerlaverock/
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4.5 based on 165 reviews

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Reviewed By KScow

Variety of walks, hides and animals to see. Great way to spend a sunny September half day. Ample parking, safe and small shop selling gifts.

5. The Crichton Garden

The Crichton Bankend Road The Crichton Estate, Dumfries DG1 4TA Scotland http://www.crichton.co.uk/explore-the-crichton
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4.5 based on 3 reviews

The Crichton Garden

6. 7stanes - Mabie

Mabie Forest, Dumfries DG2 8HB Scotland +44 300 067 6900 [email protected] http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/mabie
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4.5 based on 100 reviews

7stanes - Mabie

Mabie Forest, the original mountain biking venue in the south west of Scotland. Mabie lies just a few miles south of Dumfries and caters for beginners right through to the most expert of riders.

Reviewed By charl061191 - Pickering, United Kingdom

We did the longest trail which was a very varied walk. We got absolutely drenched in a downpour about 1/3 of the way round and didn't see anyone for most of the remainder of our walk. It's a nice place to visit for a walk.

7. Dock Park Dumfries

St Michael's Bridge Road, Dumfries DG1 2RY Scotland http://www.facebook.com/DockParkDumfries
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4.5 based on 74 reviews

Dock Park Dumfries

Reviewed By Ghfsh - Birkenshaw, United Kingdom

Great place to take the kids. Crazy Golf, Trampolines, Putting Green & Play Park, all well maintained and very clean/tidy. Plenty of free parking and a small, (cash only), cafe by the park.

8. River Nith

Burns Street, Dumfries Scotland
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4.5 based on 45 reviews

River Nith

Reviewed By da149 - Portsmouth, United Kingdom

there is a great walk along the river and a large park area all beautifully landscaped, really lovely place, so peaceful.

9. Mabie Forest

Dumfries DG1 1QB Scotland +44 300 067 6900 http://scotland.forestry.gov.uk/visit/mabie
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4.5 based on 21 reviews

Mabie Forest

Reviewed By Robertl2005 - Driffield, United Kingdom

So after being told by a government that couldn’t care less about me that I have to be a key worker (food retail) the last 8 months have been awful. We decided we needed to get away from where we live and people. We stayed in Annan and decided to take a trip to Mabie Forest. Once we parked up (£3) and hit the trails we didn’t see another soul until we returned to the car. Despite constant rain the absolutely fabulous scenery more than made up for the weather. The dog was exhausted and so were we. Some pretty tough hill climbs and plenty of picnic spots (weather permitting). People have already covered the lack of dog poo bins so I won’t go into that. I have no issues with the fact you have to take your own rubbish with you. All in all a lovely day out in the fresh air.

10. The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Portrack House, Dumfries DG2 0RW Scotland http://www.gardenofcosmicspeculation.com
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4.0 based on 83 reviews

The Garden of Cosmic Speculation

Private Garden in Dumfries and Galloway Only open one day a year To book tickets for this year's open day please visit scotlandsgardens.org/portrack-the-garden-of-cosmic-speculation/

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