The River Nith meanders through Dumfries, and the pedestrian-only center of this town of 31,000 makes wandering and shopping a pleasure. Author J. M. Barrie (1860–1937) spent his childhood in Dumfries, and the garden of Moat Brae House is said to have inspired his boyish dreams in Peter Pan. But the town also has a justified claim to Robert Burns, who lived and worked here for several years. His house and his favorite howff (pub), The Globe Inn, are here, too, as is his final resting place in St. Michael’s Churchyard.
The Dumfries & Galloway Tourist Board has a lodging service, and also sells golf passes for the region at £70 for three rounds.