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Places to Visit in Dumfries and Galloway

In spite of the peaceful, rural nature of South West Scotland, there are plenty of great activities and visitor attractions in Dumfries and Galloway. Indeed, there is good reason the locals describe the area as “Scotland’s best-kept secret”! Besides countless unspoilt beaches and fantastic scenery, the region has plenty of history, myth and intrigue to spice things up. Don’t forget to keep an eye on our Things to Do section and blog for further ideas.

Beautiful Locations

Coastal Walks and Secret Beaches

Just footsteps from our doors are beautiful Solway Coast walks and some of the best and quietest beaches in Dumfries and Galloway. We are always delighted to show you the best places to get some fresh air, explore and take in the region’s authentic charm. Kippford to Rockliffe is just one of the top short walks we recommend.

Wildlife and Nature

We are blessed with an incredible array of iconic Scottish flora and fauna here at Cavens. Indeed, every season has its highlights and there is always something to spot. Red squirrels, roe deer and birds of prey are regular visitors to our very own grounds. Venture a little further and you might see anything from soaring red kites to grey seals. Our activities section and blog have further suggestions for wildlife spotters. We are also running a very special Wildlife Watching Break in October ; see our offers page for further details.

Local History & Heritage Attractions

Besides wild visitors, the local area also has some fascinating figures and landmarks from Scottish history. Just a short drive from our doors visitors can discover the John Paul Jones Cottage Museum, the birthplace of the swashbuckling so-called “Father of the American Navy”.

Or for more ancient intrigue and a timeless tale of romance, you could also stop and admire the splendid ruins of the famous Sweetheart Abbey. It gets its name from tragic lover Dervorguilla of Galloway, who kept her husband Baron John de Balliol’s embalmed heart in an ivory casket; and that’s not even half the drama of this place of haunting grandeur. Meanwhile, Dumfries House has a truly fascinating site, which includes an incredible collection of Chippendale Furniture the like of which you won’t find anywhere else.

Art and Culture

Although Dumfries and Galloway is renowned for its wild treasures, visitors will also find some fascinating towns and local culture to delve into. Take a day out at Kirkcudbright for a wealth of art and creativity; or for a day out with eye-opening sculptures and intrigue galore, the Garden of Cosmic Speculation is a must.

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Two or more nights. Enjoy a relaxing break at Cavens, stay for two or more nights and your entire bill (including dinner) will be discounted by up to 20%. Some dates excluded. A two night minimum...
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FOUR NIGHT SPECIAL Stay four nights or more and your ENTIRE bill is reduced by up to 30%. on certain dates Click 'book online' to see availability and rates, and to book. And remember this...
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Exclusive use Planning a truly special break with family and friends? Enjoy Cavens Country House all to yourselves as we indulge you with the best of food and hospitality. With our new...
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Wildlife Watching Weekend  1st & 2nd November
Wildlife Watching Weekend 1st & 2nd November Join wildlife artist and expert John Threlfall for an unrivalled experience on the Solway coast. Enjoy first class food and hospitality alongside an intimate look at the ...
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Autumn Offer, 20% off rates!
Autumn Offer, 20% off rates! This Autumn  on many nights we are offering a fantastic 20% off rates . This is available on selected nights only, Please enter your dates to find rates. Or telephone...
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Wine Dinner Sat 7th December 2019
Wine Dinner Sat 7th December 2019 At Cavens good wine is very important and we take great care in seeking the best for our guest to enjoy. Join us for an evening of fantastic food accompanied by...
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New Year at Cavens 2019/2020
New Year at Cavens 2019/2020 Enjoy exclusive use of the house and gardens. Celebrating Hogmanay in style . Our 5 rooms will accommodate 10 guests. All dinner and breakfasts included , £7000 ...
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