5 Minutes from Dumfries
In Dumfries Town Centre, you’ll find the recently reopened Moat Brae House, the home of Peter Pan. JM Barrie lived here and this is where he had the inspiration for Peter Pan and the Enchanted Land. The house and gardens have been lovingly restored and are open to the public.
The Poet Robert Burns has a deep connection with Dumfries, moving here from Ayrshire, he farmed at Ellisland and later moved to the town centre. The house in which he died is open to the public (free entry). He is buried nearby in St Michael’s churchyard, also in the town centre.
John Paul Jones, whom many claim was the Father of the American Navy, was born in nearby Arbigland on the Solway Firth. His family cottage is now a museum.
The town’s Theatre Royal is the oldest working theatre in Scotland and was frequented by Burns himself.
Dumfries and Galloway has so much to offer
Dumfries and Galloway is a dream for all lovers of the great outdoors, particularly cyclists and ramblers. The 7Stanes mountain biking centres span the length of the south of Scotland, with nearby Mabie, Ae and Dalbeattie a short drive from Kirkwirral.
The Solway Coast is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and the region’s coastline walks really are breathtaking, with stunning views across to Silloth and the Lakes on a clear day.
Directions from the South
Travelling from the south, follow M6 and A75 to Dumfries and Galloway. At J22, take the A75 exit and continue on A75 to Dumfries. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit and continue on the A75/Dumfries Bypass for 5 miles, following signs for Hospital. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit for Dumfries hospital and then turn right. Follow the road until you come to Kirkwirral.
Directions from the North
Travelling from the north, follow the M74 and and A74 to Dumfries and Galloway. At J15, take A701 exit and at the roundabout take the 3rd exit onto A701. Stay on A701 for 18 miles to Dumfries. At Tinwald Downs roundabout take the 2nd exit and stay on A701. At the next roundabout take the 3rd exit onto A75, following signs for Hospital. At the roundabout, take the 2nd exit for Dumfries hospital and then turn right. Follow the road until you come to Kirkwirral.