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Dumfries is the largest settlement in Southern Scotland. It is located within the Dumfries and Galloway council area, near the mouth of the River Nith that runs through Dumfries toward the Solway Firth in a southwards direction splitting the town into East and West. At low tide, the sea recedes to such an extent that the length of the Nith is extended by 13 km to 113.8 km (70.7 mi), making the Nith Scotland's seventh longest river. Several bridges cross the river within the town such as the Devorgilla bridge.

Queensberry Square and High Street are the central focal points of the town.

Visitors arriving to Dumfries can walk to Dock Park, located on the East bank of the River Nith and to the South of St Michael's Bridge. Walking around town visitors will come across Castledykes Park is the site of a former castle. The third most popular park in town is Mill Green, located on the West bank of the Nith. Visitors exploring Dumfries town centre are likely to come across the marble statue of the poet Robert Burns that is located approximately ten-minute walk from the station.

 No visit to Dumfries would be complete without discovering the World War 2 Aviation Museum and Greyfriars Church. Heritage lovers can catch the bus and a short ride later they will arrive to Drumlanrig Castle, a pink stunning castle situated on the Queensberry Estate, it is home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry. The Castle is open to the public throughout the year, but visitors are advised to check opening times prior travelling to it. Threave Estate is situated nearby Castle Douglas and it is made of 1,500 acres of gardens, ponds and water features. The site is managed by the National Trust for Scotland. Threave Castle, built in the 1370s by Archibald the Grim, is located on an island in the River Dee, at the north-west side of the estate.

 

Dumfries railway station offers train services to Glasgow Central and Carlisle. Additional, but less frequent train services are directed to Newcastle. Passengers arriving at Dumfries station will find a charming building made in red sandstone decorated with cast-iron columns. The station is located to the north of the town centre, a short walk from the shops around Queensbury Street and High Street.