Around Nithbank Places to Visit
‘The landscape has fired the imagination of creative minds for centuries. Novelists, poets, painters, musicians, crafters and sculptors have been inspired by the area which hosts the UNESCO Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere’.
Nithbank has an abundance of places to visit right on the doorstep. Hit the quiet roads and travel through the most breathtaking scenery – here are a few of our favourites…
0 Miles From Nithbank's Door
1 mile Thornhill
3 miles Drumlanrig Castle
3 miles Morton Castle
4 Miles Crichope Linn
9 Miles Ellisland Farm
9 Miles Moniaive 'Festival Village' & The Striding Arches
Enjoy our quiet roads....
10 MILES Forest of AE
The shortest place name in Britain with one of the largest Forests. Ae Forest is a super place to visit, way-marked routes include gentle rambles & longer hikes with outstanding views. For the more energetic its a 7 Stanes biking trail centre.
12 MILES Crawick Multiverse
A major land restoration project designed by Charles Jenks who has created a striking landscape of distinctive forms and each one represents astronomical and cosmological features and theories.
14 MILES Dumfries
An historic market town home to ‘Queen of the South’. Laced by atmospheric lanes, you’ll find the Globe Inn, established in 1610 it was the favourite of Robert Burns, you can see the room and chair which Burns used, still in use today.
14 MILES Moat Brae - Dumfries
Where Peter Pan Began… tucked away in a secluded and enchanted corner of Dumfries overlooking the River Nith, Moat Brae is widely acknowledged as being the Birthplace of Peter Pan and the inspiration for Neverland.
16 MILES Scotland's Highest Village
An awesome drive high into the Loather hills, where you will find Wanlockhead sitting at 467m or 1,531ft, and you can sample a wee dram at Scotland’s Highest Pub. Also visit the Museum of Lead Mining or the Leadhills and Wanlockhead Railway.
21 MILES Sweetheart Abbey
The splendid red sandstone ruin of the late 13th century was founded by Lady Dervorgilla of Galloway in memory of her husband. On her death she was laid to rest with her husbands heart and the monks named the abbey in their memory.
22 MILES Caerlaverock Castle
A moated triangular castle, Caerlaverock is the epitome of the medieval stronghold. Learn all about its turbulent history as a castle caught up in border conflicts. A fellow GOLD Award Green Tourism Destination.
23 MILES Galloway Forest Park
The UK’s largest forest at over 97,000 hectares, hosts the UK’s first Dark Sky Park. An area so dark at night you can see the universe open up in front of your very eyes! Visit the superb red deer centre or explore one of the well marked routes.
30 MILES Dumfries House
One of Scotland’s most beautiful stately homes, set in 2000 acres. Saved by the intervention of HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay in 2007, Dumfries House today combines the architecture of Robert Adam with furniture of Thomas Chippendale.
30 MILES Castle Douglas & Threave
Known locally as the ‘Food Town’ with many independent shops selling a variety of goods, our favourites are The Earths Crust and In-Design Cafe. Visit NTS Threave Gardens, open all year & the 14th century Threave Castle & nearby wildlife reserve.
31 MILES Annandale Distillery
Book a Classic Distillery Tour and learn about the history of Annandale; how they produce fine single malt scotch whisky and finish with a taste of the very special Single Cask Man O’ Words or Man O’ Sword.
35 MILES Scottish Dark Sky Observatory
Situated on the edge of the Galloway Forest, with some of the darkest skies in Europe. The observatory includes a 20″ corrected Dall Kirkham telescope in a 5 meter dome and a 14″ Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope for a hands on open air experience.
40 MILES Kirkcudbright 'The Artists Town'
Kirkcudbright pronounced (kir–coo–bree) is one of Scotland’s most vibrant communities flourishing with arts and crafts. Events, exhibitions and activities take place throughout the year, and it is a lively fishing port, with excellent shops.
41 MILES Crafty Distillery "Hills & Harbour Gin"
The home of the Multi Award Winning Gin – Made tasty by the forests and coastlines of Galloway: the perfect larder for ingredients. Book a distillery tour, its one of our favourites and well worth the visit.
300 Miles The SW 300 Cycle Route
Created for Cyclists by Cyclists. A route that has drawn crowds since its creation by Nipper Varney for a 24hr fundraising endurance event, now this wonderful route can be discovered and conquered in a number of days – the choice is yours!
DISCOVER SOMEWHERE NEW Making Memories Last Forever
Our guests enjoy making the most of their stay at Nithbank, we help them to do this by sharing our knowledge of the local area, and the fabulous destinations available within a short drive – Its all about the Journey! To find out more….