Trains to Dumfries

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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. Its prosperity has been affected by the building of the Dumfries bypass that has diverted the transiting traffic away from the town centre with a consequent reduction in economic input to the town centre. Sites close to the bypass have attracted development to utilise the bypass as a high speed urban highway without the bottlenecks of the town centre and without the constraining limited town centre parking. Controlling authorities have proposed several strategies to re-stimulate the town’s economic and social development. The town is served by the homonymous railway station that is situated on the Glasgow South Western Line and is managed by the Abellio ScotRail. The 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. 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. Book train tickets to Dumfries to discover 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 at set times. 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. Book train tickets to Dumfries, come and enjoy the beauty of Threave Estate and visit Threave castle, it is open to the public.

Passengers travelling from and to Dumfries station can access it using one of the two entrances located on either side of the building. The main concourse is adjacent to platform 1 that serves trains directed to Glasgow. Platform 2 is located on the eastern entrance of the station and serves trains directed to Carlisle. A footbridge connects the two platforms, while step-free access is only possible accessing the train station from the street. Ramps for train access and staff are available at this train station to provide assistance to passengers. Dumfries station facilities available to travellers include a ticket office, self-service ticket vending machines, luggage storage facilities, shops, waiting rooms, toilets and baby changing facilities. CCTV and Wi-Fi services operate at this train station. Parking and bicycle facilities can be found outside the train station.

Dumfries train station offers the following train services to passengers. During weekdays an hourly train service directed to Carlisle is operated by ScotRail. During peak time there are additional trains running. Passengers directed to Hexham or Newcastle can change at Carlisle to catch connection trains.

ScotRail also operates a two-hourly direct service to Kilmarnock and Glasgow Central. One train per day operated by Northern departs from Dumfries train station and is directed to Newcastle. On Saturdays, there is a full hourly service to Carlisle and 2-hourly services connecting the town to Glasgow. Limited train services operate on Sundays, 5 trains per day run to Carlisle and 2 to Glasgow. Northern operates 1 train a day to Newcastle via Carlisle and Hexham. No Sunday services are provided.