"More than Meets the Eye" Dumfries by ringleader

Dumfries Travel Guide: 81 reviews and 77 photos

The World's Natural Wonders

It's a lovely area. We loved the peaceful, rolling farm hills. The people were so friendly in Dumfries - always so helpful. We found a lot of our information and a big link in our family heritage tree in the library there.

If someone goes to Dumfries, you have to go to meet the wonderful people - not see some spectatular natural wonder, necessarily - because you'll miss it. It's in the people - they're wonderful!

It's a marvelous area in a way that matches it's gentle, rolling farm-hills decorated with trees. You'll find that I mention a lot about Lochmaben here on the Dumfries page... they're very close to each other.

Family Roots Grow Deep

Lochmaben Town Hall has a statute of Robert the Bruce in front - they say Lochmaben is his birthplace.

I'm grateful we began doing a little big of family history research the year before we took our first trip to Europe. One of our family roots extends to the Dumfries/Lochmaben area. I know I've said this before, but there is a wonderful experience in traveling back to the lands where your ancestors lived, worked, and walked. It gives you an understanding of your family as nothing else can.

Our ancestors emigrated from the Dumfries/Lochmaben area. They worked on/in Rose-something mansion nearby. We met someone whose mother used to play tennis there many years ago, but it stood until just after WW2 when it was torn down. Evidentally the out-buildings still stand, but we weren't able to find it.

The Family Farm

They also lived on the farm Esbie there in Lochmaben. (Believe it or not, Esbie Farm is marked on the Scotland map we have!) Very nice area - pleasant rolling farm hills, trees. We visited Esbie, which is still a dairy farm. Nice people live there now, and some of the buildings from the 1800's still stand.

The photo is of a memorial stone garden (I don't think it is a graveyard.) There is a record of each stone in the Dumfries library. The stones contain a lot of family information - for instance, our ancestor erected one of these huge stones for his children who had come to America and described some of what was happening in the family here in America - even some of what they did before they came! To get to the memorial yard, go to Robert the Bruce's right hand by the small pub there. (The yard is behind the pub.)

In Dumfries - the big town- you will find Robert Burns' house and his church, where you can see the family grave. Just a nice walk around town, visiting the shops and talking to the people was quite fun!

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  • Pros:See Dumfries and the other small towns nearby.
  • In a nutshell:Dumfries is a nice town where the people are friendly.
  • Last visit to Dumfries: Sep 2002
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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