The beautiful countryside of Dumfries and Galloway has many attractions and has persuaded many artists to live here from Robert Burns whose Dumfries home houses relics and manuscripts and Ellisland Farm, built by Burns and which now hosts a presentation of his life, to the more recent arrival of Andy Goldsworthy whose environmental sculptures can be seen around the area.
Nearby the village of Penpont his great Cairn can be seen. As well as the “ Striding arches” project at Cairnhead which is an ongoing project of 3 giant Arches just north of Moniaive which can be reached by travelling south from the southern upland way.
Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village, lies half an hour to the north and along with its neighbour Leadhills owes its existence to lead mining.
At Wanlockhead, tourists can now take a journey back in time from April to October. Taster sessions to pan for real gold are available there daily during July & August.
To the north Durisdeer, a very pretty estate village with the Kirk housing the Queensbury marbles.
Further north again lie the village of Leadhills where you will find the highest Railway in the country. To the east the delightful village of Moniave sits under the shadow of the Southern Uplands.
Eight miles south west of Trigony the Glenkiln Sculpture Park sits amidst breathtaking scenery.
In 1951 Sir William Keswick, who owned the land, bought up a series of works and sited them around the reservoir. Glenkiln is the name of the estate where he realized his lifelong vision and is home to many sculptures including some by Henry Moore, Rodin & Jacob Epstein.
At Trigony we have the ideal route to get you to Glen Kiln and a guided walk to show you round the sculptures. A day out not to be missed.
South of Dumfries The delightful village of New Abbey with the remains of Sweet Heart Abbey and a 200 year old saw mill still in working order as well as the national museum of costume and an excellent tea shop, all worth a visit.
A little further along the same road is Sandyhills situated on the Solway Coast with a lovely sandy beach and a cliff top walk to Rockcliff a Beautiful National trust village.
A further short walk will bring you to the small Sea side village of Kippford.