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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

  • My first trip to Scotland was to gorgeous Craigbittern House. Stayed with 10+ friends, loved the beautiful landscape, long walks and coming "our" stylish (decorated so tastefully!), comfortable house to enjoy the fireplace. They thought of everything, including the a big collection of dvds and a game room! Best weekend getaway and can't wait to go back to explore more!
    Idil Akyol-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
  • We were lucky enough to be the first guests here to welcome in the New Year at Craigbittern. The house is huge and beautifully furnished and decorated. Everything you can think of has been provided - a kitchen equipped to cook roast goose for 12, a treasure hunt and games for the kids, an Xbox, table football and table tennis for the big kids, books, jigsaws and more dvds than we have at home! The weather was perfect, which meant the walk through to Kippford on New Year's Day was stunning. All in all an amazing weekend in an amazing house.
    Emma Porter- Craigbittern
  • The beautiful views of the Irish Sea from the house led me into a morning run to the beach to discover a stunning landscape of green hills, shallow waters and steep cliffs. Definitely made an exceptional start to my Saturday! The house is furnished to a very high standard and made us feel cost and warm. For those wanting to spend quality time with their friends, this is the perfect retreat (the house accommodates 13 people!).
    Manuel Fernandez Isabel- Craigbittern
  • Stunning house and location that the beautiful pictures don't do justice.
    Jonathan Porter-Craigbittern

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