Dumfries is a town that has a rich past, with associations with Robert the Bruce and Bonnie Prince Charlie - who once used a local hotel as his headquarters after a battle - and as the last resting place of the famous poet Robert Burns. The town is also surrounded by a dramatic and beautiful landscape and is located close to a number of picturesque towns and villages, with nearby small towns including Annan and Stranraer.
The Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura is one of the major attractions in the town, along with other museums such as the Shambellie House Museum of Costume, and the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum. Nearby attractions include an impressive waterfall known as Grey Mare's Tail; a cave that is rumoured to have once been home to Merlin from the Arthurian Legends, the romantic Gretna Green, a number of castles and Sweetheart Abbey, situated just six miles outside of the town.
With such a spectacular surrounding landscape, Dumfries is the ideal location for outdoor sports and there are a variety of outdoor activity venues to choose from, offering mountain bike trails, canoeing, zip lining, climbing, archery and orienteering while indoor sporting facilities are also available in various leisure centres. Local sports teams include Dumfries Cricket Club and the Queen of the South Football Club.
The Dumfries economy is largely made up of the small businesses that help to give the town its unique character. Today, tourism makes an important contribution to the local economy while agriculture, forestry, manufacturing and services are other important industries in the area.