Dumfries and Galloway are in southwest Scotland, encompassing Stranraer in the west to Gretna Green at the English border in the east. The region has a handful of larger developed towns, with many smaller towns and villages scattered across the area.
The easiest way to travel through the region is by car. The A75 runs through the heart of the area, going via major towns and tourist attractions. Stranraer, Dumfries, Annan and Gretna all have train stations taking passengers to other areas of Scotland including Glasgow and Edinburgh.
Dumfries is the biggest town in the region and has a lot of the amenities you’d expect to find. There are hospitals, plenty of opportunities for shopping, pubs, restaurants, museums, art galleries and much more.
Dumfries also has a concentration of schools for children of all ages including state and independent choices. Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Lockerbie, Annan, Moffat and Gretna all have secondary schools too, providing education for teenagers.
The region is incredibly popular with tourists, with plenty of attractions, walks and beauty spots that locals can make the most of.
Dumfries & Galloway is home to some of the UK’s best ice cream, Cream o’Galloway. The dairy farm has been producing ice cream since 1994 and has branched out to include an onsite adventure playground, zip wire and nature walks as well as its renowned ice cream parlour.
The area is also home to some breathtaking castles, telling the history of southwest Scotland. Caerlaverock Castle is a triangular medieval fortress, Threave Castle is an island fortress that’s spectacular to visit in summer, and Drumlanrig Castle is an imposing 17th-century example of Renaissance architecture with impressive art galleries, outdoor activities, events and much more.
There are some fantastic beaches dotted along the coastline, with sandy and pebble beaches available to while away the time. There are also some good opportunities for water sports whether that’s on the coast or one of the many inland lochs in the area.
All in all, Dumfries and Galloway is a wonderful place for families and retirees, whether you’re planning on visiting a holiday home or moving here for good.