History & Culture
Only a short drive from Kirroughtree is the large town of Dumfries with its many attractions, among them the home of Scotland’s national bard, Robert Burns.
Burns was a good friend of the Heron family and paid several visits to Kirroughtree. The beautiful staircase at Kirroughtree House is where Burns is known to have sat and recited his poems.
Find out more about the Dumfries area and Scotland through its museums. Visit Robert Burns House, and extremely interesting museum celebrating Scotland’s national poet with many of his personal artifacts on display.
Just seven miles from Kirroughtree are the sparkling exhibits of the Creetown Gem Rock Museum, the leading independent museum of its kind in the UK.
- Robert Burns Museum
When Robert Burns exchanged the role of farmer for that of Exciseman he moved with his family from Ellisland Farm into a tenement flat in Bank Street, Dumfries, close to the Whitesands and the River Nith ...
- The Globe Inn Dumfries
Are you a Robert Burns enthusiast or do you just need a drink to keep out the cold? Either way, here's a pub that's well worth the journey ...
- James Paterson Museum
Photographs, lecture notes and correspondence of the artist James Paterson (1854-1932) and members of his family, formerly housed in the James Paterson Museum, Moniaive ...
- Cornmill Museum, New Abbey
- Creetown Gemrock Museum
The Gem Rock is the leading independent museum of its kind in the UK...
- Sanquhar Tolbooth Museum
Discover Sanquhar's world famous knitting tradition and the story of the mines and miners of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel ...
South-west Scotland has a wealth of historical attractions. Discover the turbulent history of this border area through visits to medieval Caerlaverock Castle, with its broad moat and unusual triangular formation, and 17th century Drumlanrig Castle, the ancient Douglas stronghold. The warm Gulf Stream creates perfect conditions for gardens like those at Castle Kennedy to flourish.
- Drumlanrig Castle
Set on the spectacular 90,000 acre Queensberry Estate complete with Country Park and Victorian Gardens, Drumlanrig Castle is brimming with centuries-old heritage and culture, period furnishings, fine art and antiques ...
- Caerlaverock Castle and Nature Reserve
There are a number of things that help set Caerlaverock apart. The most striking is the way it is lapped by the waters of its broad moat ...
- Sweetheart Abbey
Sweetheart Abbey’s conception as a shrine to human and divine love is deeply appealing. So too is its attractive setting ...
- Dundrennan Castle (Mary Queen of Scots), nr Kirkudbright
- Castle of St John, Stranraer
- Cairnholy Cairns, nr Gatehouse of Fleet
- Whithorn Dig
The Royal Burgh of Whithorn has an important history which is immediately obvious from the medieval street layout. Even more significant is the hidden evidence of the early origins of a settlement on this site going back to the 5th century, Scotland’s first Christian community ...
- Whithorn Priory