The Borders and the Southwest

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  • 1. Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

    Museum/Gallery

    A camera obscura is essentially a huge reflecting mirror that projects an extraordinarily clear panoramic view of the surrounding countryside...Read More

  • 2. Globe Inn

    Historic District/Site

    Poet Robert Burns spent quite a lot of time at the Globe Inn, where he frequently fell asleep in the tack room beside the stables; today it...Read More

  • 3. John Paul Jones Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    The little community of Kirkbean is the backdrop for the bright-green landscape of the Arbigland Estate; in a cottage here, now the John Paul...Read More

  • 4. Moat Brae and the Neverland Garden

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Writer J.M. Barrie was a regular visitor to the Gordon family's grand Edwardian home at Moat Brae. The stories he told their children would...Read More

  • 5. Robert Burns Centre

    Museum/Gallery

    Not surprisingly, Dumfries has its own Robert Burns Centre, housed in a sturdy 18th-century former mill overlooking the River Nith. The center...Read More

  • 6. Robert Burns House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    Poet Robert Burns (1759–96) lived here, on what was then called Mill Street, for the last three years of his life, when his salary from the...Read More

  • 7. St. Michael's Churchyard

    Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    When he died in 1796, Robert Burns was buried in a modest grave in St. Michael's Churchyard. English poet William Wordsworth, visiting a few...Read More

  • 8. Sweetheart Abbey

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    At the center of the village of New Abbey are the impressive red-tinted, roofless remains of Sweetheart Abbey, founded in 1273 by the Lady of...Read More

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