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The best pubs in Dumfries and Galloway

- January 10, 2019 -

Dumfries is a place where you can eat, drink and be merry. From long-running historical pubs to new and modern dining and drinking, there’s a watering hole for everyone. These are just a few of our favourite places to take a seat and enjoy some great food along with a drink or two. But if you are out exploring and think we should add an amazing find to our list let us know.


The Coach & Horses 

Situated right across from the Whitesands this little pub boasts an amazing atmosphere as soon as you walk in the door. With a flagstone floor and an open fire for the colder months, it is a warm and inviting place. That’s without the friendly locals welcome. If local music is what you like then this is definitely a stop you want to make. Live music is often played here with a wide range of musical tastes. It is also one of the venues of The Big Burns Supper at the end of January.


Cavens Arms 

This award-winning pub is a staple in Dumfries. With its amazing food and selection of drinks, it’s not hard to see why. First opened in 2003 it has quickly grown to become one of the best places to enjoy a drink and a meal with a friendly and welcoming atmosphere. Since 2006 Cavens Arms can boast that it has consecutively won the Dumfries best pub of the year.


pubsGlobe Inn

One of the oldest locals in Dumfries, The Globe Inn was established in 1610 and was a frequent drinking spot of the town’s renowned poet Robert Burns. It still holds the old charm and is a great place to visit if you want to look into the life of Robert Burns. As well as its quintessential old charm, it serves great quality food and drinks that Rabbie would still be proud of.


Abby Arms Hotel

Situated just down the road from our Rosewall property in New Abbey, the Abby Arms Hotel boasts a well-stocked bar and amazing homemade food. It’s the perfect stop before home after a day out adventuring around Dumfries & Galloway.


pubsThe Steamboat Inn

Close to our Craigbittern property, in Carsethorn lies The Steamboat Inn. The pub and restaurant are filled with spellbinding memorabilia making it an even more interesting place to visit. And with a warm welcome guaranteed and amazing food to match, it is the perfect place to enjoy the Solway coast over a hot meal and a couple of drinks.


Hole I The Wa Inn

Another historical staple to Dumfries town. The Hole I The Wa was established in 1620 and has been a favourite with locals and travellers alike ever since. Present day, you can still enjoy a hearty meal at lunchtime. Then come back at night to revel with the locals and join in the dancing and singing held most weekends.


The Swan

If you’re looking for a place to eat great pub food with a relaxed atmosphere, The Swan is where you should be. Situated in Kingholm Quay just outside of Dumfries centre this local offers straightforward pub food in a lovely setting. Visit during summer months and enjoy the beer garden that looks out onto the River Nith. Or in colder months, warm up next to the log fire whilst drinking real ale.

Happy Clients who have stayed with us

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