Dumfries and Galloway, in the south west of Scotland, may not be as well known as it’s more northern neighbours but it has just been named as Scottish holiday destination of the year 2016, for not only the amazing food and drink producers but for these reasons too. Robert Burns, Scotland’s most well known poet, certainly thought so as he spent the last years of his short life enjoying Dumfries and the surrounding countryside. Another famous writer, James M Barrie, was inspired to create Neverland after spending time in a garden in Dumfries which is now, along with the house, being transformed into a Peter Pan attraction. If you are an Outlander fan you will know Sam Heughan also grew up in the area, as did David Coultard and Calvin Harris. I wonder which Galloway Ice Cream was their favourite?
I’ve recently found out this is the perfect place if you want a true Scottish foodie experience. With such a range of tasty places to visit it was only a matter of time before the creation of a Foodie trail. Me being me, it was also only a matter of time before I tried it! I explored the region last weekend with my daughter as part of a trip with the Scotlanders and loved every minute.
Drummuir Farm Ice Cream Parlour
Having drove down from Fife we were just a tad hungry by the time we arrived at the first stop on our itinerary – Drummuir Farm Ice Cream Parlour. So what if it was only breakfast time? Ice cream can be eaten at any time right? Only two miles outside Dumfries, in the beautiful countryside, this family run farm and ice cream parlour is in it’s 25th year. The cafe has over 20 flavours of ice cream available at all times which made my choice damn near impossible. Having settled on raspberry and my daughter picking a cookie cream we relaxed in the spacious and light cafe watching the baby calves jumping around in the field. If you’re bringing the kids there is a great play area outside with picnic benches or a wee play area in the corner of the cafe. Oh and take my word for it – the ice cream is to die for! They even do big fancy sundaes and floats. Mmmmmmm.
Drummond Castle gardens in Perthshire doubled as The Palace of Versailles in Season 2 of Outlander and the steps were used in the promo photos and trailer. Film crew visited the site several times over the course of 2015 and the stunning French Renaissance gardens can be seen a lots of scenes including when Jamie first sees Black Jack Randall again.