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Dumfries and Galloway is the land that occupies the south-western corner of Scotland, a region of great scenic variety, historical riches and cultural activity.

Dumfries & Galloway was created in 1975 out of the traditional counties of Dumfriesshire in the east and Wigtownshire in the west, with the Stewartry of Kirkcudbright filling the middle territory, the land that lies between the rivers Nith and Cree.

The journey from the Mull of Galloway (the southernmost tip of Scotland) to where Dumfriesshire meets neighbouring Scottish Borders is one of around 110 miles. There are many scenic walks to explore the ancient castles, great abbeys, impressive waterfalls, lochs and rolling hills to enjoy the undulating rural landscape. The Southern Upland Way, Screel Hill, Annandale Way, Striding Arches and Galloway Forest Park to name but a few.

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Dumfriesshire

Dumfries is well described by its soubriquet of ‘Queen of the South’, it is the largest town in the region, founded as a Royal Burgh in 1168. Home to Robert Burns, the city is beaming with history and culture. On the south side of Dumfries lies the Crichton University and College campus which includes 100 acres of landscaped gardens. South of Dumfries lies New Abbey which is a charming and historic village, housing the National Museum of Costume, Corn Mill and Sweetheart Abbey. Along from New Abbey lies the popular Southerness Golf Course. Langholm known locally as the ‘Muckle Toon’ is well known for its love of Rugby and the Langholm Common Riding, a horse riding festival which attracts thousands of tourists annually. Travelling North from Langholm up Esk Dale reveals the most unexpected sight in Dumfriesshire, the Kagyu Samye Ling Tibetan Buddhist Centre and Grey Mare’s Tail, a wonderful waterfall near Moffat which is the fifth highest waterfall in the UK. Moffat is a market and (former) spa town which is renowned for its quality of Moffat wool and toffee. Thornhill is home to Queensberry Estate which boasts Drumlanrig Castle, one of the first and most important Renaissance buildings in the country. Dumfriesshire is one of the genuinely rural areas of Scotland and therefore provides a quality of life that is becoming increasingly rare offering a lifestyle property for country pursuits.

Galloway

From Wigtownshire in the west to The Stewartry in the east, the historic region of Galloway has long been known for its independent spirit. It’s perceived isolation makes this one of the country’s most under-explored areas, often described as ‘Scotland’s forgotten corner’. There are many miles of fine coast, country, lochs and rivers on foot, paddle or bike to explore. Galloway is rightly famed for its wonderful coastline. A particularly notable stretch is the Colvend Coast from Sandyhills to Kippford. The shell beach from Rockcliffe to Kippford is particularly scenic. There are many historic and culturally villages and towns to explore. Which include Wigtown, an attractive and historic market town is Scotland’s National Book Town and home of the annual Wigtown Book Festival. The town of Kirkcudbright which is the artists colony and one of Scotland’s most attractive towns with lovely boutique shops, Art Centre, a vibrant harbour, Parish Church and MacLellan’s Castle. Castle Douglas is situated inland North of the Colvend Coast which is home to several fine buildings, Threave Castle and Carlingwark Loch. Threave Estate is nearby which comprises the restored Scottish baronial-style Threave House, Threave Garden, Sculpture Garden and Nature Reserve. Gatehouse of Fleet lies to the south of the Galloway hills there is The Mill on the Fleet visitor and exhibition centre, Cardoness Castle and lovely independent shops, cafes and restaurants. The attractive village and harbour of Portpatrick is a popular tourist destination, the Logan Botanic Garden boats exotic plants due to the mild climate down the Rhins of Galloway. The southernmost tip of Scotland is the unspoilt paradise of the Mull of Galloway. So as you can see, there any many places to discover, offering the perfect potential for relocating to a more rural, tranquil location or a key destination for second homes

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Selkirk & The Borders

Selkirk has a rich history stretching back to the 12th century. With its early beginnings as a royal castle on Peel Hill. Historically important with William Wallace being named as ‘Guardian of Scotland’ here, and James V confirmed Royal burgh status in the 16th century in recognition of the townspeople’s loyalty to the Crown.The world-famous Selkirk Common Riding commemorates the riding of the marches and the Battle of Flodden in 1513 with the Casting of the Colours acting as a poignant reminder of the battle. The town also has a long association with the Scottish historical novelist, Sir Walter Scott, who served as Sheriff for 33 years. Nowadays Selkirk is a traditional market town with a history in farming and textiles and a warm welcome for visitors. The town is centred on the Market Place and defined by the Ring o’ the Toun. The Scottish Borders, which is also referred to simply as the Borders, stretches from the Pentland, Moorfoot and Lammermuir Hills that mark the boundary with the Lothians in the north, to the Cheviot Hills which, along with the River Tweed, mark the border with England in the south. Along with Dumfries & Galloway this area of Scotland is referred to as the Southern Uplands. The landscape of the Scottish Borders varies from west to east. The western part has rolling hills and beautiful lochs such as St Marys Loch, one of the most beautiful lochs in Scotland according to the author. The central part of the Borders has a more rural character while the eastern part, bordering the North Sea, has some hidden gems such as the seaside village of St Abbs and the former fishing village of Cove. The river Tweed crosses the entire area of the Borders starting at the south-east at Tweed’s Well and flowing gradually to the east where the river flows into the North Sea at Berwick upon Tweed. On the banks of this beautiful river you can find lovely and romantic villages such as Peebles, Innerleithen and Melrose. The Scottish Borders are steeped in history as it was once the home of Christian monks who lived in the magnificent Border Abbeys of Dryburgh, Melrose, Kelso and Jedburgh in the 13th and 14th centuries. Later the Borders were the scene of a devastating battle at Flodden Field. It’s a fascinating area for those who love history but also for people who like to walk, cycle and discover the many different faces of this pretty part of Scotland.

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