You may have never have heard of Dumfries and Galloway. It’s a region of Scotland, down in the south west of the country near the border with England. It’s an almost forgotten part of Scotland but it is rich in history, with some great visitor attractions.

If you are looking to get away from the summer crowds in Edinburgh or to head somewhere that isn’t the Isle of Skye (still worth going to the island but why limit your visit to just Edinburgh and Skye?) then I recommend heading south. The BBC explains why tourist chiefs think Dumfries and Galloway could be the next big thing for travellers to Scotland. You could enjoy it before it is no longer a secret.

Robert the Bruce, JM Barrie and Robert Burns all have links to south west Scotland It is more than 80 years since any one of them was alive. And yet tourist chiefs believe they could form a crucial cornerstone in boosting tourism numbers for the south west of Scotland. […]

Statue of Robert the Bruce in Stirling
Scottish hero Robert the Bruce began his bid for the throne in Dumfries and Galloway

Three great Scots linked to Dumfries and Galloway

The fact that the area has significant links with three great Scots in my book makes it an incredible place to explore. We took the kids there for the Christmas break, staying in an idyllic little cottage overlooking the Solway Firth. They loved it so much they want to go back for future holidays. And top of the “must-see” list when we return will be the newly restored Moat Brae in the county town of Dumfries. Said to be J M Barrie’s inspiration for Peter Pan it will open this spring as the National Centre for Children’s Literature and Storytelling. It sounds great fun!

“Barrie loved Dumfries and it was the place where Peter Pan began, so we have a wonderful story to tell the world,”

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