The nearby ancient Royal Burgh of Sanquhar offers a range of shops and bars as well as a glimpse into Scotland’s past. The former mining town still boasts its old Tollbooth, once the centre of municipal life and the jail, now a museum
Across the road stand A’ the Airts, the arts centre of the Nith Valley and home to the famous Sanquhar knitting pattern once favoured by Prince Charles. On the southern outskirts stand the remains of the medieval castle with its links to William Wallace and Robert the Bruce.
Just outside the town is the Crawick Multiverse, a “cosmic artland” born out of a former open cast coalmine site, the brainchild of Charles Jencks, the world famous American landscape designer who lives a few miles away.
The A76 trunk road is the main artery of the Nith Valley, the route no doubt ridden hundreds of times by Scotland’s national bard, Robbie Burns, travelling between his native Ayrshire and Dumfries where he spent the latter part of his life and is buried. You can check out Burns’ association with this part of the valley at the museum.
Dumfries and Galloway is a magnet for those who enjoy the outdoors whether pony trecking, walking – why not try part of the nearby Southern Upland Way – watching wildlife or simply exploring the countryside.
The Striding Arches by Andy Goldsworthy
Electric Fields Festival at Drumlanrig Castle