Dumfries Page Updated 06/07/16
Dumfries & Whisky
Dumfries has no Distilleries, but does have a Whisky Shop - TB Watson, home of the Drambusters, organisers of frequent tastings and since 2011 a Festival.
Robertson Wellen, Proprietor of the Ferintosh GH, also sells a range of whisky-related products, including glass pipettes to control the amount of water added to your whisky - see the pour1drop website - there is also a pocket pour1drop, not yet mentioned on the website, contact 01387 252262 for details.
A number of bars with reasonable range of malt whiskies - see under Drinking.
Nearest Distillery: Bladnoch (50 miles), but Annandale (16 miles) has just been rebuilt and has produced some very promising new make spirit called Rascally Liquor
Sulwath Brewery in Castle Douglas is highly recommended by WhiskyCyclist - their beers available in Dumfries and surrounding area, and other parts of the country.
First proper visit in November 2011 to attend the Drambusters Festival and found the town to be a very friendly place. Brian at TB Watson's Whisky Shop suggested 3 possible Whisky Bars, and the Tam O' Shanter sounded most interesting. I also enquired about food at the Tourist Office and was told that there was an Italiano-Thai restaurant in town - turned out to be in the same building as the Tam O' Shanter (the restaurant has subsequently closed).
Arriving & Departing
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Dumfries is on National Cycle Route 7 and has many local cycle routes. Dumfries (DMF) rail station has level access to both platforms (Platform 1 from Station Road off Lovers Walk, Platform 2 across road bridge, St Mary's Street, and down path) with fairly regular trains to Glasgow & Kilmarnock, a few more (especially on Saturdays) to Carlisle - some of which go on to Newcastle - except on Sundays when the service is awful - first train 1300 - and not many more! Live train times
Ferintosh GH* 30 Lovers Walk 01387 252262 @
Right opposite the Station. Biscuits, Mint chocolates and a dram of Malt Whisky to welcome you! There's also a welcome pack in the room with masses of info about Dumfries. Great accommodation and breakfast.
Ferintosh has an extensive and informative website. The name of the Guest House is also Whisky-related as described on the website.
Langlands* 8 Edinburgh Rd 01387 266549 @
Stayed there when Ferintosh full in 2014, friendly, hospitable, good value. Bike can be accommodated in cellar.
Torbay Lodge* 31 Lovers Walk 01387 253922 @
Stayed there when Ferintosh full in 2013.
Dumfries Villa 33 Lovers Walk 01387 248609 @
Not stayed at this GH, which is in the same building as Torbay Lodge above.
Morton Villa B&B* 28 Lovers Walk 01387 255825
Opposite the station
For other accommodation - see the Undiscovered Scotland Hotels & Inns and Guest Houses and B&Bs pages and dgvisitor.co.uk
Cavens Arms* 20 Buccleuch Street 01387 252896
Can get very busy - great food - and drink (see below).
Ivanos* 11 Whitesands 01387 253453
Italian takeaway, where I had the best Fish Supper I've ever had. OK it was after the Drambuster's festival, which was probably why I went back in there and told them it was the best ever! Visited again when sober - still good, and the Haggis Lasagne sounds interesting too.
Pearl Palace* 17 Castle St 01387 250504
Royal India Tandoori* 46 Buccleuch St 01387 266644
The Pleuchie's Howff * 97 Annan Road 01387 268 704
Couple of real ales, and an interesting menu, including their signature dish Lomo Saltado Peruvian stir fry style dish using strips of beef, potatoes, yellow peppers, spices and seasoning. (July 2016: restaurant no longer open).
For other restaurants - see dgvisitor.co.uk
Cavens Arms* 20 Buccleuch Street 01387 252896
Around 40 Malt whiskies and 7 different real ales - Beerbat - try 3 ales for the price of a pint!
New Bazaar* 39 White Sands 01387 268776
Largest selection of malts in Dumfries, including some bottles that may have been open too long, but you're unlikely to see them elsewhere.
Tam O' Shanter* 113-117 Queensberry Street 07855 473933
Expanding its range of Malt Whiskies.
Robert the Bruce* Buccleuch Street 01387 270320
Wetherspoons pub in former Methodist church.
Other bars with range of Malts: Coach & Horses Inn*, Waverley Bar* and The Globe Inn*.
All above links other than the Globe Inn are to pages on the Dumfries CAMRA site.
G&G Cycle Centre Dumfries* 10-12 Academy Street 01387 259483
Kirkpatrick's Cycles 13-15 Queen Street Closed September 2014
DG2 Wheels 12 Terregles Street 01387 256808
SolwayCycles 86 – 88 Annan Road 01387 252217 Opened June 2016
Halfords St. Michaels Bridge Road 01387 267118
Wrench Monkey Mobile Bicycle Repairs 07736 668363
Bike2go Dumfries had an automated bike hire system with 12 locations where bikes can be hired but it is currently mothballed. The hire sites were at DGOne, Dock Park, Georgetown Library, Dumfries Hospital, Dumfries Railway Station, Lochthorn Library, two at the Crichton, Whitesands, Carden Towers, King George Vth Playing fields and the Rhino in Lincluden.
Photos on this page were taken by me. Click on photo to enlarge. Full size versions and my other pictures of Dumfries are available at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/martynjenkins/sets/72157629551673513