Yes, I’m a Scot and yes, you may think I’m entirely biased… but I admit: I love Burns Night. In the sometimes sombre — and usually grey — month of January, there’s no better excuse to get in the party spirit, eat truckloads of haggis, don your glad rags (or kilts, guys!) and celebrate in true Scottish style. So for the final few days of the Big … Continue reading Burns Night: A whirlwind weekend in Dumfries!
When you’re travelling in Scotland, there’s certain spots that will have been etched on your ‘to-see’ list for months: Glen Coe, the Isle of Skye, Edinburgh Castle, even the North Coast 500 if you’re really taking in the culture. One region, though, that you may have skipped past in the guidebook is Dumfries and Galloway. Scotland’s most southerly area, Dumfries and Galloway might not have … Continue reading 5 picture-perfect spots in Dumfries & Galloway
Billed as ‘Scotland’s sexiest cabaret show’, Le Haggis has returned to Dumfries’ Burns Night celebrations for the second year running. And we’re lucky enough to get a ticket! As we settle into the sold-out Spiegeltent, the lights dim, (real) haggis arrives to satisfy our stomachs, and then the show begins.
When I’m visiting an area, I’m always intrigued to discover a bit about its background (although I do quite like exploring coffee shops too…) When we are in Dumfries & Galloway with Visit Scotland, we’re lucky enough to learn a bit more about this history-rich region.
‘You have to go up high to get good views’, says Mike. He’s driving his minibus up a steep incline as we manoeuvre potholes and perilous ditches en route to our accommodation. The road curves abruptly, stone dykes marking our path, and finally the hillside eco-house falls onto our horizon.
Walking up to Annandale is like looking at the Ikea of whisky distilleries. The sandstone is fresh and untainted, the doors a bright blue and each pane of glass etched with a signature ‘A’. Although this place first opened back in the 1830s, the First World War put paid to Johnnie Walker’s alcoholic ventures here, and the building fell into dusty dereliction. Then in 2008, a very rich man and a £150,000 grant began to resurrect these alcoholic ashes from the grave. Annandale was reborn.