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Dumfries, the 'Queen of the South'

This historic market town and former royal burgh in south-west Scotland certainly lives up to its nickname Queen of the South - also the name of the local football team.

Dumfries is connected by picture-postcard red sandstone bridges that span the River Nith, and its churches and historic buildings are easy on the eye. It's also associated with Scottish Bard Robert Burns, who lived out his final years here.

Tread the path of Burns

The poet's former house is now a museum where you can see original manuscripts and the desk and chair where he worked. Afterwards, enjoy a pint in his favourite watering hole, the Globe Inn.

Head north to Ellisland Farm, the family home where Burns penned some of his greatest poems. Set on the banks of the Nith, it's a truly idyllic spot that might just inspire you to compose your own romantic prose.

Tee off in beautiful surroundings

Play a round at one of the area's many fantastic golf courses. Dumfries and County Golf Club is laid out in parkland along the river, with exquisite greens built to USGA standards, while Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club is set in rolling countryside on the western fringes of the town.

Looking for accommodation in Dumfries? Travelodge Dumfries Hotel is on the outskirts of the town, just a 5 or 10-minute drive from most of the local attractions. Your next best option is Travelodge Carlisle Todhills Hotel.