Caerlaverock Castle. Image: Van de Beek at nl.wikipedia
The Powfoot Hotel is the perfect base for exploring all that this area of South West Scotland has to offer. Dumfries and Galloway offers a unique blend of fabulous scenery, glorious beaches, walks, cycling and peaceful tranquility that is hard to beat.
An attractive sand and shingle beach, Powfoot Beach has superb views to the south across the vast mud flats and salt marshes of the Solway Firth. It is three miles west of Annan, off the B724 and is where the Solway Firth meets the hamlet of Powfoot. The beach is suitable for paddling, but not for swimming. There is a local footpath and plenty of birdlife around the area to watch.
This free museum, archive and exhibition centre tells the fascinating story of 3000 years of Annan’s history. Take a fascinating walk through time, from prehistoric times, right up to the First World War. It’s all brought to life through interactive exhibitions and activities for children too. Open throughout the year, the museum runs a diverse temporary exhibition programme too.
Annandale Distillery was established in 1836 and reborn in 2014 following an extensive £10.5 million restoration project. Once again, single malt whisky is being produced here after almost 100 years. Enjoy a guided tour of the Distillery, taking in the fascinating past with a glimpse into their future. Tours take 45 minutes and start hourly from 10am until 4pm.
A comfortable twin-screen cinema with free parking and full disabled access, showing first-run blockbusters and special live shows direct via satellite. Ideally situated close to Annan town centre, with luxury stadium-style seating, air conditioning, Digital projection and Dolby Digital sound, you’ll be able to watch all the latest movies in comfort. Plus, with satellite link-up, they offer live theatre, ballet and operas from the National Theatre, The Royal Shakespeare Company in Stratford-Upon-Avon, The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden plus other special events.
Discover the remarkable wartime story of the greatest munitions factory on earth, HM Factory Gretna and the extraordinary lives of the people who worked there. Through objects and interactive displays, the museum brings to life “Our secret wartime history”. Built during the First World War, the factory stretched nine miles along the Solway Coast and, at its height, produced more cordite explosive than all the other UK factories combined. Explore life in the trenches, learn about the worst rail disaster in British history and discover what life was like in the factory and the hostels for the thousands of people that helped Britain win the war.
Steeped in history and magical charm, The World Famous Blacksmiths is where couples have come to marry since 1754. The historic Blacksmiths draws you in to its romantic and often dramatic past. Relax in the Sculpture Garden and Blacksmiths Courtyard, while the children let off steam in the play park. Enjoy the challenging Courtship Maze, a pair of 20m diameter stone built interlocking wedding bands.
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9.00am - 6.00pm: June to September
9.00am - 5.00 pm: October to March
With its moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, this awe-inspiring castle is the epitome of the medieval stronghold and one of the finest castles in Scotland. Although ruined, Caerlaverock is still a substantial structure and you can explore many different features within its unique triangular ground plan. Little adventurers will love the castle-themed adventure park and, if one castle is not enough for you, you will find the foundations of another, earlier castle visible at the end of a nature trail through the woods to the south.
Located right on the Scottish border, Gretna Gateway offers an ideal place to relax and treat yourself to some retail therapy. With 50 leading brand outlet stores, you can always find the quality you trust for much lower prices than you’ll find elsewhere.
Ducks, geese and swans galore can be found at Caerlaverock Reserve.This rugged, beautiful destination offers open space and tranquil wildlife watching. Wander through wild flower meadows spotting orchids, butterflies and dragonflies, or see the winter migration spectacle.
Set in breath-taking scenery in Dumfriesshire, south-west Scotland, Powfoot Golf Course presents a mixture of both links and parkland golf of the highest standard. Opened in 1903 and redesigned by the legendary James Braid in 1923, the course offers a superb test of golf with its many challenging holes set among whins and rough and has earned Powfoot the tag of ‘one of golf’s best kept secrets’.
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