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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

  • We were very fortunate to stay at Craigbittern with our friends while we had a weekend in Sandy Hills. It's a gorgeous, well appointed house with everything thought out. The kitchen is fully equipped, there's a game room, a den, a nice sitting room, a living room with a fire place, a full-dining etc. Really recommended for a big group of friends or family. Craigbittern is big enough for people to go about their own thing - go for a walk on the beach, read, watch movies, enjoy the fire in the living room, play pingpong, nap, etc. Can't wait to go back and enjoy a weekend away from the city!
    Ben Yarker- Craigbittern
  • Perfect is the only way to describe this property and it's surroundings. The house itself set in a stunning location, with each room furnished to a very high standard is so warming and welcoming. If you can pull yourself away from the property, you are never short of things to do, with the beach across the road and coastal walk to the beautiful coastal villages Rockliffe and Kippford. Such an amazing place, perfect for a family get together or group of friends, can't recommend enough. Will definitely be back in the near future.
    Kristofer Lorimer- Craigbittern
  • What a stunning house. We loved everything from the fully stocked kitchen to the cosy decor to the open fires and luxurious bedrooms. They've thought of everything - even a games room, x box, and treasure hunt for the kids!
    Jenny Fitzgerald-Craigbittern
  • We stopped here for new year with a large bunch of friends and what a perfect way to see in the new year. The house is amazing and very well equipt, from the decor and furnishings, the hidden den for the kids, cosy throws and a real fire, farmhouse style kitchen and the stunning beach just over the road. There's a lovely coastal walk up to kipford which has stunning views and at the end a pub to enjoy a well earned drink! It's a great holiday home to escape day to day life and I will certainly look forward to spending time here again!
    Rebecca Louise Adam
  • Okay, so the best thing about Craigbittern was the space, it was large enough not to be tripping over each other (we were three families, including 6 teenagers). We often go away together, but in other places we have been a bit cramped at some point (parking, kitchen, dining, whatever..). Actually the dinning room is fabulous and we all sat together at the table for dinner which does not happen very often any more. And the games room was a hit. Oh, and I got 4G (on Vodafone) which is a rarity in this part of the country. The wifi’s fine, but it was getting hammered by the kids. We had a very lovely holiday stay in a chilly mid-February and would very happily come back again
    Iain Forrest-Craigbittern

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