On the wide banks of the River Nith a short way inland from the Solway Firth, DUMFRIES is the largest town in southwest Scotland. Long known as the “Queen of the South” (as is its football club), the town flourished as a medieval seaport and trading centre. Enough remains of the original, warm red sandstone buildings to distinguish Dumfries from other towns in the southwest, though its main appeal is its associations with Robert Burns.

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