Dumfries is a historic market town that more than lives up to its local nickname, the Queen of the South. Located in the southern region of Dumfries and Galloway and connected by lovely russet-hued sandstone bridges which straddle the banks of the River Nith, this former royal burgh has an interesting history and special connection to Scotland’s National Bard.
Travel to and around Dumfries
Just under two hours from Edinburgh by car, an hour and a half from Glasgow, and a mere 33 minutes from Gretna Green on the Anglo-Scots border, Dumfries is easy to reach whichever direction you’re travelling from.
Travelling by car is pretty straightforward, with many major and minor roads connecting larger towns and cities to Dumfries. Follow the A701 from Edinburgh or the M74 from Glasgow and you'll arrive in Dumfries in no time at all.
You can also make use of the great cycle paths around the town. It's a quick, efficient and eco-friendly way to get around Dumfries. Make sure you pick up a cycling guide from the local information centre too!
Bus and coach
Dumfries is small enough to comfortably explore on foot but also boasts excellent public transport links, including regular and reliable bus services.
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