5 Places to Fall in Love in Dumfries and Galloway
From the temperate waters of its sandy beaches to the rich history of its vibrant towns and villages, Dumfries and Galloway has been a draw for whimsical travellers and hopeless romantics for centuries.
Whether you’re looking for a dramatic backdrop to ‘pop the question’ or embark on an adrenaline-fuelled adventure for two, you need never fear an awkward silence with so many things to do in Dumfries and Galloway. If a romantic getaway for two is on the cards, there’s still time to grab a gift voucher for our One Night Spring Getaway hotel deal. Have your gift-wrapped voucher delivered or save on paper (and time!) and have it emailed directly to you or your loved one. The perfect gift for Valentine’s – even in a pinch.
Unmissable Stargazing in Galloway Forest Park
There are few things more humbling than gazing up at the night sky, wondering at its dark constellations and cosying up for a night under the stars. The inky black skies of the Galloway Forest Park have earned the UK its first Dark Sky Park. There is very little light pollution because so few people live in the 75,000-hectare park, making it the perfect place to see the stars.
Discover Scotland’s Oldest Romantic
Immerse yourself in the fascinating life story of a man who has been captivating Scottish hearts since the 18th century. Visit the cottage where Robert Burns – renowned Scots poet – was born and spent his early childhood, now the Robert Burns Birthplace Museum. Then go on to The Globe Inn, a favourite haunt and drinking spot of the Burns’ in the town of Dumfries. Take a guided tour, enjoy a nip of whisky or sit down to some wholesome grub at what was to become the gathering place for the very first ‘Burns Supper’.
Sun Yourselves on Sandy Shores
A truly breathtaking shoreline, the protected sands of Luce Bay are some of the most beautiful in Scotland. But Luce Bay is perhaps most famous for its surprisingly balmy waters. Thanks to currents from the Gulf Stream, the waters of Luce Bay are pleasantly warm, all year round, making this a go-to destination for outdoor enthusiasts and sun worshippers, alike. The beach is the perfect place to relax with a locally distilled gin and tonic whilst you take in dramatic views across to the Mull of Galloway, Cumbria and even Ireland, on a clear day. Active couples can easily spend a day or more here, enjoying everything from kite flying to blo-karting on this vast beach.
Brave Scotland’s Most Haunted
If you’re spellbound by the supernatural, a twilight trip along Scotland’s most haunted stretch of road promises an unsettling experience. From ghoulish gatherings to UFO sightings, the road’s eerie history makes for spine-chilling reading. Couples in search of myth and mystery will certainly find what they’re looking for on Scotland’s Most Haunted Road, but be warned – young lovers visiting here should not be faint of heart!
Explore The Artist’s Town
The colourful dwellings and cobbled streets of this traditional harbour town have been home to a vibrant mix of artists and craftspeople for generations. Kirkcudbright has flourished, not only into an artist’s haven but into one of the region’s most lively destinations, hosting an array of festivals and events year-round. Its wide streets are littered with independent boutiques and there is ample free parking all over town.
Nestled in amongst rolling hills and scenic coastline, Kirkcudbright is the perfect place for walkers, cyclists and nature enthusiasts to search of serenity and take in some of Dumfries and Galloway’s most breathtaking views.