Things to Do


Thornhill lies at the junction of the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock and A702 New Galloway to Edinburgh roads in the mid section of the beautiful Nith Valley in Dumfriesshire.

The village and its immediate surroundings boast an attractive and comprehensive range of shops, including two small supermarkets, a chemist’s, several niche clothes shops, two butchers, one of which is also a delicatessen, a baker, two hairdressers, an authentic Scottish/Italian café/fish & chip shop founded in 1929, high quality gift and fancy goods shops (one of which stages frequent art exhibitions), coffee shops and café/restaurants, an antique shop, a beautician, farm shops….as well as various hotels, pubs, a Library, a garage (and petrol station), a Dentist, Podiatrist, Community Hospital, Health Centre, highly regarded Primary & Secondary schools….well, the list goes on!

For more information on the village visit the community website here.



Dumfries and Galloway is ideally situated for a golfing break and offers superb courses to suit golfers of all abilities. Golfers may enjoy the picturesque views of the Galloway Hills and the stunning coastline. Cherished memories are made in the South of Scotland playing golf at your own pace in your own time.

Please see the links below to view some of our favourite courses.

Thornhill Golf Club
Dumfries and Galloway Golf Club
Dumfries and County Golf Club
Southerness Golf Club
Powfoot Golf Club
Lochmaben Golf Club



Walking and Hill Climbing

You’d be hard pushed to find anywhere as beautiful and diverse as Dumfries and Galloway. From miles of rugged coastline to vast, green forests to hills and mountain paths for all abilities. Each year there are several ‘walking festivals’, each led by experienced locals who not only know the paths but can bring the past to life with stories and local lore.

Click here for a list of walks in the region



There is a fantastic choice of loch and river fishing in Dumfries and Galloway.

River Nith – There are for example 23 fishing beats on the river Nith which runs through the centre of Dumfries. Fishers on the Nith say that it is arguably the most productive of the Solway rivers. It offers excellent sport for anglers of all abilities.

Queensberry Lochs are located near Thornhill, set within beautiful countryside on the estates of Buccleuch and Queensberry. Fishing is normally good throughout the season.


Bird watching

Here are just a few areas worth visiting

Mereshead Nature Reserve – just a fifteen minutes from Dumfries, Mereshead Nature Reserve is set between the beautiful Solway Coastline and rolling heather-clad hills and is the perfect place to discover the breathtaking scenery and wildlife.

Caerlaverock Centre – about fifteen minutes drive from Dumfries is Caerlaverock Centre, a 1400 acre wild nature reserve with hides and observation towers linked by a network of screened approaches and seasonal nature trails.

Galloway Kite Trial – the Galloway Kite Trail is an exciting bird watching opportunity to view spectacular red kites around Loch Ken. The trail includes various facilities such as footpaths, viewpoints, information points, CCTV (in summer), release cages and a breeding station with nearby hide.

here are just a few places worth visiting, or for more information please visit


Cycling and mountain biking

With fabulous countryside and costal paths, Dumfries and Galloway has an abundance of trails to explore. The National Cycle Network of over 130 miles traverses the region taking in stunning scenery, jaggy coastlines and huge forests. The National Byway provides the opportunity to retrace the roots of the first pedal cycle to Kier Mill, where Kirkpatrick MacMillan first invented it.

If an off road challenge appeals for your cycling holidays, then make sure you visit 5 of the 7-stanes located at Ae, Mabie, Dalbeattie, Kirroughtree, and Glentrool forests. To find out more on all the Stanes visit

The trails at Drumlanrig Castle are only 10 minutes drive a way, you will find a variety of trails to suit every ability and interest. There are gnarly ‘old school’ technical, single-track routes, swooping family trails through the beautiful Drumlanrig woodlands and quiet country back roads. There are three different trail types: moderate (blue routes), difficult (red routes) and hard (black routes), giving you the chance to find the right one for you.

Click here to view a PDF of the Drumlanrig routes.



Robert Burns

Ellisland Farm
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Robert Burns Centre
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Robert Burns House
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Local Festivals

RSAC Scottish Rally – Dumfries and Galloway
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Moffat Classic Car Rally – Moffat
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Electric Fields Festival – Drumlanrig Castle

The Wickerman Festival – East Kirkcarswell Farm, Dundrennan, near Kirkcudbright

Kirkcudbright Art and Crafts Trail - Studios and galleries throughout Kirkcudbright
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Galloway Country Fair - Drumlanrig Castle
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Moniaive Folk Festival - Moniaive
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Moniaive Bluegrass Festival - Moniaive
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Lockerbie Jazz Festival - Various venues around Lockerbie.
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