Journey to Dumfries from the North
Glasgow / Edinburgh A74(M), A708 or A701
Dumfries and Galloway is a magnificent region; full of beautiful landscapes and a wealth of heritage, historical and geological interests. There is no doubt that you will pass through some interesting places on your journey to Orroland, so here we have put together some travel information to give you a great introduction to the area before you get to Orroland itself.
We understand everyone will experience a different journey, those travelling with young children, travelling as a group, couples or those travelling alone or with a dog, so we've included a variety of information and options which can help you choose where to stop along the way depending on your interests and needs.
On entering Dumfries and Galloway one of the first points of interest for a stop off is Moffat (approx 1 hour drive time to Orroland). Moffat is a former Spa Town which has attracted tourists since the 17th century. The bustling conservation town has all the essentials for anyone passing by for a pit stop; an Esso service station, cafes, award winning restaurants and shops, cash point and post office as well as an informative museum and art gallery worth a look. The sulphurous local water was believed to have healing properties and people flocked to the Bath House during the Victorian era. There are also a range of festivities and photos posted on the Visit Moffat Facebook page depending on the timing of your visit, you might tie in with the 'sheep racing' event in August!
Moffat has several hotels, including the 'narrowest hotel in the world' The Star Hotel, popular with locals for its generous bar meals. Special events and menus are posted on their Facebook page. linked above.
The Ram statue in the centre pays tribute to how important the wool trade was here and sheep still graze the surrounding lands which remain unchanged and awe inspiring.
On the outskirts of Moffat is Station Park, a peaceful place to wander around, let the children play or walk the dog. It has several pedal boats which are available to use during the summer.
It will be clear why this is walking country - if you want to stretch your legs even further you don't need to look far for a footpath; the area is a haven for walkers and cyclists. For more adventurous walkers, it would be a shame not to mention that a few minutes drive up the A708 is the Grey Mare's Tail; a 200 foot waterfall and a sublime hidden loch feature on this walk in the Southern Uplands.
To continue your journey to Orroland from Moffat, follow the A701 southbound towards Dumfries (don't follow Carlisle now!).
The character of the landscape changes on the descent from the Southern Uplands, from wide vistas on long and straight roads to forestry areas, the road meanders in parts, as if going back in time before being welcomed into attractive rural countryside on the richer grounds of the south.
There are no main settlements on this stretch, however, it is home to wildlife in abundance, wild birds such as falcons, harriers and even the golden eagle are seen here, as well as wild deer. Mountain bikers will appreciate Ae forest, one of the 7Stanes locations, it has a cafe open 10-5 peak time and bike hire is available. Ae 7Stanes is signposted off the A701 and from Ae village. Similar to all the 7Stanes locations, this is a great place to enjoy and explore for all ages either on foot or with two wheels.
Coming into Dumfries (around 40 minutes to Orroland), if you are travelling with young children that you'd like to wear out, a great stop off for them would be Dalscone Fun Farm. It has lots of indoor and outdoor play activities, animals to meet, as well as a cafe and toy shop. Located just off the A701 entering Dumfries, you will pass it on your right after Heathhall Garden Centre, which also has a coffee and gift shop.
For details of the journey to Orroland from Dumfries (approx 40 mins drive) please see our Dumfries to Orroland article, including more interesting places to stop off along the way. Map and directions can also be found on our location page.
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