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Dumfries & Galloway Explorer Pass

The key to unlocking hundreds of years of history at some of the top attractions in Dumfries & Galloway. The Dumfries & Galloway Explorer is the ideal way to enjoy the fantastic heritage offered in South West Scotland.

Sweetheart Abbey


Places to Visit:

  • With its moat, twin-towered gatehouse and imposing battlements, Caerlaverock Castle is the epitome of a medieval castle.
  • On an island in the River Dee stands Threave Castle, a massive 14th century tower built by Archibald the Grim, Lord of Galloway.
  • The majestic ruins of Sweetheart Abbey were founded in 1273 by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway in memory of her husband John Balliol.
  • In full working order, the water-powered New Abbey Corn Mill operates regularly in summer months to demonstrate how corn is milled to produce flour.  A presentation video gives an insight into the miller’s life and trade.
  • Dundrennan Abbey was the retreat of Mary Queen of Scots after the battle of Langside.  She spent her last night here on Scottish soil in 1568.
  • Maclellan’s Castle The remains of a late 16th century residence demonstrates how the architecture of the period had evolved from the heavily defended tower house to a new more domestic scale.
  • The ancient home of the McCulloch’s, Cardoness Castle is a six-storey tower house dating back to the 15th century.  Its battlements command excellent views over Fleet Bay.
  • Founded around 1192, Glenluce Abbey is situated in a beautiful and peaceful valley.  Its ruins include a 16th century chapter house and visitors can see an exhibition of objects excavated on the site.
  • Founded by St Ninian in the 5th century, Whithorn Priory & Museum is the site of Scotland’s first Christian church.

Please see the Regional Explorer Pass section on our Terms & Conditions page for further information.

Example of savings

Visit (Adult):
Caerlaverock Castle £5.50
Dundrennan Abbey £4.50
MacLellan's Castle £4.50
New Abbey Corn Mill £4.50
Sweetheart Abbey £4.50
Threave Castle £4.50
Total Cost £28.00

Dumfries Pass £20.00
SAVING £8.00

Contact us

Historic Scotland
Longmore House
Salisbury Place
Tel: +44(0) 131 668 8831 or
+44(0) 131 668 8664