Historic buildings

Dumfries & Galloway boasts a rich history so travel back in time and discover historic castles and places, or find out more at intriguing museums.

  • Loch Ken Holiday Park

  • Threave Castle

    The castle, built in 1370, is on an island in the middle of the River Dee and can be reached only by ferry.
    Castle Douglas, Dumfries And Galloway, DG7 1RX
  • Cardoness Castle

    A well-preserved six storey tower house of the McCullochs dating back to the 15th century. Its battlements command excellent views over Fleet Bay.
    Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, DG7 2EH
  • Tolbooth Art Centre

    Set in one of Kirkcudbright's historic buildings, the centre tells the story of the Kirkcudbright artists colony (1880-present) through an audio visual show and the permanent display of paintings. a programme of temporary art, craft and photographic exhibitions is also shown, it has a cafe and a shop.
    Kirkcudbright DG6 4JL
  • The Stewartry Museum

    Opened in 1893, the museum has a collection of remarkable range and quality, reflecting the human and natural history of the Stewartry- the eastern half of Galloway. Local and family history information services. Photographic and Archive collections, plus a shop.
    Kirkcudbright DG6 4AQ
  • Broughton House

    This fascinating 18th-century house in the pleasant coastal town of Kirkcudbright was the home and studio from 1901 to 1933 of the artist E A Hornel, one of the 'Glasgow Boys'.
    Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JX
  • MacLellan's Castle

    The remains of this late 16th century noble residence demonstrate how architecture evolved from the heavily defended tower house to a new more domestic, if grand, scale.
    Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway DG6 4JD
  • Cairnholy Chambered Cairns

    Cairnholy Chambered Cairns, an ancient place of worship and burial dating back to before 4000BC.
    Carsluith, Newton Stewart, DG8 7EA
  • Whithorn Priory

    The Priory Museum, run by Historic Scotland, has the largest and most important collection of Early Christian and Dark Age carved stones in south-west Scotland. As well as stones from Whithorn the museum has examples from St Ninian's Cave and a number of other sites in Wigtownshire.
    Whithorn, Newton Stewart DG8 8PT
  • Whithorn Visitor Centre and Museum

    The Royal Burgh of Whithorn has an important history which is immediately obvious from the medieval street layout. Even more significant is the hidden evidence of the early origins of a settlement on this site going back to the 5th century, Scotland's first Christian community.
    Whithorn, Dumfries and Galloway, DG8 8NS
  • Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

    A treasure house of history in Dumfries and Galloway telling the story of the land and people of the region. Look out for fossil footprints left by prehistoric animals, the wildlife of the Solway, tools and weapons of our earliest people, stone carvings by Scotland's first Christians and the everyday things of the Victorian farm, workshop and home
    Dumfries, Scotland, DG2 7SW
  • Robert Burns Centre

    This award winning visitor centre tells the story of the connections between Robert Burns and the town of Dumfries. There is a fascinating scale model of Dumfries in the 1790s and a haunting audio- visual presentation, as well as a bookshop, cafe-gallery with lively exhibition programme and facilities for disabled visitors.
    Dumfries DG27BE
  • Robert Burns House

    It was in this simple sandstone house in a quiet Dumfries street that Robert Burns, Scotland's national poet, spent the last years of his brilliant life. The house gives us a picture of how the poet and his family lived in the late eighteenth century. It is now a place of pilgrimage for Burns enthusiasts from around the world.
    Dumfries DG1 2PS
  • Old Bridge House

    Cross the fifteenth century Devorgilla Bridge to the Old Bridge House. Built in 1660 into the sandstone of the bridge itself, Dumfries' oldest house is now a museum of everyday life in the town.
    Dumfries, DG2 7BE
  • Ellisland Farm

    Ellisland is now a popular museum and visitor attraction and it provides a wonderful insight into the life of Robert Burns on a farm two hundred years ago. Guided tours of Ellisland farmhouse and museum are always available.
    Auldgirth, Dumfries, Scotland, DG2 0RP
  • Sweetheart Abbey

    This splendid red-sandstone ruin of the late 13th century was founded by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway, in memory of her husband Lord John Balliol.
    New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 8BU
  • New Abbey Cornmill

    The fully restored water-powered New Abbey Cornmill offers visitors a wonderful insight into Scottish rural life in years gone by.
    New Abbey, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 8BX
  • Southerness Lighthouse

    One of the oldest lighthouses in Scotland, Southerness Surrounded by the sea at high tide, this square structure was built as a marker in 1749 on the instructions of Dumfries Town Council who wished to ensure safe passage of ships entering the Nith Estuary
    Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 8AZ
  • Caerlaverock Castle

    With its moat, twin towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold.
    Caerlaverock, Dumfries and Galloway, DG1 4RU