It was here in 1306, among the local sandstone
buildings, that Robert the Bruce sparked the
Scottish wars of independence by slaying the Red
Comyn, his rival for leadership of the Scots,
before seeking out an army to fight the forces of
The poet Robbie Burns, who latterly worked as an excise man, searching the coves for smugglers, and lived here in what is now Burns Street.
The house and his farm are still here, as is the mausoleum in which he was buried in St Michael’s churchyard. It was also here that JM Barrie was inspired to write Peter Pan.
Once a significant port,
Dumfries is dominated by a tower and a midsteeple
and has many attractive features. Among them is
the Devorgilla Bridge, the oldest surviving
multiple-arched bridge in Scotland; and Scotland’s
oldest working theatre.
Here, too, you will find the largest diameter stone circle on the mainland of Scotland, The Twelve Apostles.