Things to Do & Places to Visit

Friars Carse has extensive and impressive grounds and riverside walks for our guests to explore.

Fishing tickets are available should you wish to take advantage of our 1.5 miles of private fishing for salmon, sea trout and grayling.  You can find out more here.

If you want to explore further afield you may be interested in:

Whisky tours at Annandale Distillery

Caerlaverock Castle – one of Scotland’s medieval fortresses

WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre – nature reserve

Golf – there are several courses in the region, nearby ones include Dumfries & Country Golf Club, Dumfries & Galloway Golf Club and the Crichton Golf Club.

The Devil’s Porridge Museum – the history of the greatest munitions factory on earth

Beaches & Coastal walks

Ellisland Farm – family home of Robert Burns, famous Scottish poet

Gretna Gateway Shopping Outlet – retail complex offering discounted designer label items

Edinburgh – Scotland’s capital, just 1.5 hours drive

Drumlanrig Castle  – grand residence and grounds

7stanes Mountain Biking [www.7stanes.com]:-  Ae Forest (12 miles), Mabie Forest (13 miles), Dalbeattie (22 miles) & Drumlanrig (12 miles)

Dog Walks:- Mabie Forest (13 miles)

Kids Play areas:- Dalscone Farm  (7 miles), Mabie Farm Park [http://mabiefarmpark.co.uk] (11 miles) ,  Dino Park (16 miles)

Sulwath Brewery:- Castle Douglas Ales & beers (23 miles)

Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura (7 miles)

Robert Burns Theatre:- [www.rbcft.co.uk] (7 miles)

Dumfries Theatre Royal:- built in 1792  (7 miles)

Dumfries Ice Rink:- Free skating or Ice hockey games to watch (7 miles)

DG1 Lesiure centre:- reopens 15th July 2019 swimming pool & lesiure centre [www.dgone.co.uk] (7 miles)

Dumfries Aviation Museum:- Come see a WWII spitfire and other aircraft [www.dumfriesaviationmuseum.com] (9 miles)

John Paul Jones Museum, Kirkbean:- founder on the American Navy. [www.jpj.demon.co.uk] (20 miles)

Savings Banks Museum, Ruthwell: – Worlds 1st Savings Bank opened 1810.(18 miles)

Sweet Heart Abbey – New Abbey:- Monks named it Dulce Cor in memory of Lady Dervorgilla, who founded the abbey in tribute to her beloved husband, John Balliol built in 1273. (14 miles)

Robert the Bruce’s Cave – Kirkpatrick Flemming – Where he watched the spider [heritageandhistory.com/contents1a/2011/03/robert-the-bruces-cave-gretna] (28 miles)

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