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Activities

A good general site for activities such as walking, cycling, golf and historical sites is the Dumfries & Galloway Tourist Board . All of the following are within 10 miles of Bonshawbrae unless a distance is given. 

 

Walking

There are lots of walking brochures in the cottage.  A lovely riverside walk is from Annan to Brydekirk.  It is about 3 miles each way and food in the Brig Inn (tel:  01461 207 896) at Brydekirk is good especially Sunday lunchtime - although it may be closed Tuesdays and fully booked Sunday lunchtime! 

Eskrigg Nature Reserve at Lockerbie has lovely short walks, excellent hides and is your best bet for seeing red squirrels - look for them at the feeders beside the hides.  (Red squirrels are seen at the cottage but not often.  They come from the wood beyond the gate.  We last saw them on 20 March 2012.   Before that: 15th June 2011 and 8th July 2010.)

You could go out with Annan Walking Group!

 

Cycling

As with walking, cycling is easy.  There are brochures in the cottage.

 

Birdwatching

There is excellent birdwatching on the Solway estuary and in small local reserves.  Two major reserves are:

Caerlaverock WWT reserve (16 miles)
Mersehead RSPB reserve (36 miles)

 

Fishing

Golf

Hoddom Castle   Seasonal
Powfoot Lovely situation on Solway estuary.

 

Robert the Bruce

Bruce’s Cave where he saw the spider – allegedly!

 

Poetry

In the last years of his life Robert Burns lived in or near Dumfries (22 miles) where you can find his Mausoleum and Burns House  where he died.

Near Langholm (15 miles) is the Hugh MacDiarmid Memorial.  You can walk up to Langholm Monument when you are there - it is route 8 on the Langholm Walks website.  The monument is visible from Bonshawbrae - if you know where to look!

 

History

Caerlaverock Castle – a medieval moated fortress. (16 miles)
Ruthwell Cross – 8th century Anglo-Saxon cross (12 miles)
Merkland Cross - 15th century wayside cross. 

 

Others

For a bit of contrast visit these:

And if you are near Dumfries why not slake your thirst at Drummuir Farm Ice Cream Parlour.  Oh go on, it's owned by my cousin!