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Issue 76 - Destination

Scotland Magazine Issue 76
August 2014

 

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Destination

Dumfries and Galloway

From sumptuous accommodation and fine food to a rich and vibrant history, Dumfries & Galloway has so much to offer.

Each year, in collaboration with Scotland Magazine, the Scottish Hotel Awards team chooses a destination which provides something particularly special to visitors. This accolade highlights a destination which may be overlooked by those unfamiliar with what the area has to offer, aiming to open up a hidden corner of the country for holiday makers to enjoy. To be named, “Destination of the Year”, the area must not only boast fabulous places to stay and eat, but also offer a wide variety of historic attractions and outdoor activities.

For 2014, the title of Destination of the Year has been awarded to Dumfries & Galloway, so often overlooked in the race to travel north into the Scottish Highlands. The area's scenic beauty, its history, hidden away fishing and sailing communities, Christian heritage, important contributions towards Scotland's visual arts and literature, fresh local seafood, dairy farms (fabulous Galloway cheese), castles and country houses make it unsurpassed.

Trigony House Hotel

As lovely as it appears in photographs, Trigony House is a place to be treasured. One of our top country house hotels, Trigony is as lovely as it is photogenic. The house is full of architectural delights; each of the bedrooms is unique and full of character. There’s a log stove in the lounge and a fire glows in the big windowed main dining room on chilly days; the bar has a rustic allure and tasty fare. Who would expect real and local dining with an Asian twist to it? Stunningly good flavours feature in skilfully prepared dishes of great variety; wonderful home baking; and genuine attention to sourcing. Dog-friendly, and pretty awesome for humans too. The staff are welcoming and friendly, led by the talented host and Chef Adam Moore.

Winner of the Scottish Hotel Awards' Country House Hotel of the Year Award 2014.
Closeburn, Thornhill, Dumfriesshire DG3 5EZ
Tel: +44(0) 1848 381 211


Four of the best places to visit: 

Drumlanrig Castle
One of the four sumptuous stately homes belonging to the Duke of Buccleuch & Queensberry, this one inherited through his Douglas ancestors. There are wonderful treasures to be seen, silver and paintings including Rembrandt's Old Woman Reading.
Thornhill, DG3 AQ
Tel: +44(0) 1848 331555


Galloway Forest Park
Some of the most spectacular scenery in Scotland is to be found in this unspoiled Forestry Commission run mix of mountain, loch and woodland, 300 square miles in size and Britain's largest forest park.

Sweetheart Abbey
Founded in 1273 by Lady Dervorgilla of Galloway, mother of King John Balliol, in memory of her husband John Balliol. On her death, she was laid to rest next to her husband’s embalmed heart and the monks named the abbey in her memory.
New Abbey Bridge, DG2 8BU
Tel: +44(0) 1387 850397


Broughton House and Garden
In the late Victorian era, Kirkcudbright became an artists' colony, led by E. A. Hornel and Jessie M. King. Hornel made his home at Broughton House, which is today managed by the National Trust for Scotland as a living museum of his life and work, as well as his vast library which contains one of the largest collections of Robert Burns in the world.
High Street, Kirkcudbright, DG6 4JX