Dumfries & Stewartry Sub-Branch

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Pub Guide

  • Annan
    • Blue Bell Inn 10 High Street Annan DG12 6AG Telephone(01461) 202385

      A former coaching inn dating from 1770 at the western entrance to the town. The Blue Bell is in a red sandstone building and is a busy, friendly pub offering four real ales. One real cider is available, usually from a local producer. The pub is home to many community activities along with annual beer (late August Bank Holiday) and cider festivals. Local CAMRA Area Pub of the Year for 2020. There are traditional features in the Blue Bell, notably the inter-war panelling on the walls and the bar counter. These are retained from its time as a State Management Scheme pub from 1917 to 1972 . The courtyard to the rear of the pub features the original stables and also provides a pleasant seated area. A previous winner of local CAMRA awards. The Blue Bell has an onsite brewery called Mote & Bailey. The beer range varies and may include seasonal specials as well as one off brews. Mote & Bailey beers are only available in the Blue Bell and are not supplied elsewhere. Bus services connect Annan with Dumfries, Lockerbie, Gretna and Carlisle.

  • Auldgirth
    • Auldgirth Inn Auldgirth DG2 0XG Telephone(01387) 740250

      A small AA 4 star Inn, ( 6 bedrooms) recently completely refurbished, with an award winning restaurant, comfortable lounge bar and separate public bar, set in the wonderfully picturesque Nithsdale valley. The inn was built in the 1500's as a sanctuary for monks travelling from Melrose to Galloway. It was a blacksmiths and a fishing bar before becoming a hotel. It lies about 8 miles north of Dumfries on the Kilmarnock road (A76). The pub has just introduced a unique service that demonstrates total commitment to its customers. Their latest addition is an eight seater van brought in especially to operate a shuttle service within an eight mile radius..FREE!

  • Carsethorn
    • Steamboat Inn Carsethorn DG2 8DS Telephone(01387) 880631

      Enjoys an excellent reputation for its food. A world-class view overlooking the Nith Estuary and Solway Firth. On a clear day the mountains of the North Lakes are clearly visible on the English side of the Firth. The view up the Nith is just as good. Carsethorn is a former fishing village that was once a major point of emigration. Not too far away is the birthplace of John Paul Jones, founder of the US Navy, as the RSPB Reserve at Mersehead. Bus service to either Dumfries and Dalbeattie.

  • Castle Douglas
    • Kings Arms Hotel 31-33 St Andrew Street Castle Douglas DG7 1EL Telephone(01556) 502626

      A former coaching inn, over 200 years old, with an interesting history. There is one handpump for real ale. This is available on a seasonal basis, usually from April to October. This pub has not yet been surveyed by local CAMRA members. If you have any information that may help visitors to this website then please use the Submit Updates link at the top of the page.

    • Sulwath Brewery Tap Room 209 King Street Castle Douglas DG7 1DT Telephone(01556) 504525

      The visitor centre for Sulwath Brewery acts as a showcase for the brewery's beers with four in cask conditioned form. At times there may be guest beers from elsewhere. One draught cider, usually from Westons is also available. Winner of the CAMRA Area Cider Pub of the Year 2020. Dried hop bines decorate the walls and old wooden casks of various sizes provide some of the furniture. Brewery tours are available and there are annual beer festivals at the end of May and the end of August. Occasional Sunday opening for special events which are usually published on Facebook. Local CAMRA Cider Pub of the Year for 2020.

  • Clarencefield
    • Farmers Inn Main Street Clarencefield DG1 4NF Telephone(01387) 870675

      A 300 year old village inn run personally by the proprietors. It is a real village pub with a good atmosphere and service. The building has a small bar and lounge with a separate games room that also houses the village Post Office. It is the Local CAMRA Dumfriesshire Area Pub of the Year 2019. The bar has a cosy feel about it which is enhanced by a nice warming stove in winter. The inn is close to the Savings Bank Museum at Ruthwell. Robert Burns visited this inn during his ill-fated attempt to recuperate at nearby Brow Well in July 1796. There is a regular bus service to Annan or Dumfries. Winter opening times may vary.

  • Dalry
    • Clachan Inn 8-10 Main Street Dalry DG7 3UW Telephone(01644) 430241

      The Clachan has a reputation for excellent food, cosy, well-equipped bedrooms and a welcoming atmosphere. It is the Local CAMRA Dumfries & Stewartry Branch Pub of the Year 2019. The menu is varied with excellent daily specials and the kitchen makes use of local produce including organic lamb and venison. The pub has an attractive traditional main bar, a relaxing lounge bar and a separate restaurant - both bars have wonderfully warming open log fires in winter. A handy stop for walkers on the Southern Upland Way. There is a limited daytime bus service to Castle Douglas from Monday to Saturday. Twice a day there is a connecting service to Ayr via Dalmellington. There is no bus service on Sunday. Winter opening hours may vary particularly on Mondays.

  • Dumfries
    • Cavens Arms 20 Buccleuch Street Dumfries DG1 2AH Telephone(01387) 252896

      Busy food-oriented pub that is popular with diners for its range of good-value meals. A separate restaurant area has been created to cope with demand at peak times.

      Drinkers are welcomed in the bar area but seating can be limited during food service times. Guest ales are from a wide range of breweries, including some rarely seen in this locality. There are regular charity quizzes and other theme nights. The pub serves five regular beers

    • Coach & Horses 66 Whitesands Dumfries DG1 2RS Telephone07746 675349

      A small, lively former coaching inn overlooking the River Nith. Situated next to the Tourist Information Centre, the pub is close to local bus routes, is handy for local tourist attractions and there is car parking nearby. There is one handpump on the small bar which can feel cramped but service is always quick. The bar features a flagstone floor with a warming open fire during the colder months. There is a great atmosphere in this gem of a pub which is enhanced on regular live music sessions. Winter opening times may differ from those displayed. It is advisable to contact the pub in advance if you are planning a visit during the winter months.

    • Douglas Arms 75 Friars Vennel Dumfries DG1 2RQ Telephone(01387) 256002

      Cosy traditional town centre bar with no TVs. A warming fire in winter and a quiet snug.

    • Globe Inn (High St) 56 High Street Dumfries DG1 2JA Telephone(013873) 23010

      The Globe dates from 1610 and is the oldest pub in Dumfries. It has a close association with Scotland's national Bard, Robert Burns, who was a frequent visitor. The pub is home to the world-famous “Burns Howff Club” and holds lots of memorabilia associated with the Bard. Visitors can visit the rooms which were associated with Burns by arrangement. This is a busy town centre pub, situated up a short close off the High Street. It has a public bar with dining area and an adjoining small snug bar. It is steeped in tradition. Occasionally functions are held here so it advisable to check if it is open for general use before visiting.

    • Imperial 18-20 Queensberry Street Dumfries DG1 1HR Telephone(01387) 266191

      Located in a converted town centre food store, the Imperial consists of a large open plan room, with plenty of seating. Drinks are reasonably priced, and the pub can be very busy at times, but the large bar provides plenty of serving space. There are normally two hand pumps, with 3 at weekends, serving a variety of national ales. There are many TV screens showing all live sport. No under 18’s.

    • Lockards Farm Gullane Way Dumfries DG1 3GX Telephone(01387) 261618

      Lockard’s is part of the Marston's pub restaurant chain and is located on the outskirts of Dumfries. The pub can be accessed easily by bus from the town centre. Food is available from lunchtime every day with rotisserie chicken being the house speciality. The pub is family friendly with an indoor play area for toddlers as well as an outdoor play area for older children.

    • New Bazaar 39 Whitesands Dumfries DG1 2RS Telephone(01387) 268776

      One of Dumfries's former coaching inns which is situated facing the River Nith in the centre of the town. It was named The New Bazaar to distinguish it from the original Bazaar which was a haberdasher's shop on the Whitesands. It has a pleasant airy bar with an impressive Victorian gantry and a cosy lounge with a warming coal fire in winter. A small room is available for meetings. The pub is a favourite with football supporters attending the nearby Palmerston Park. It is ideally situated for car parking, local buses and tourist attractions. Winter opening times may vary.

    • Pleuchie's Howff 97 Annan Road Dumfries DG1 3EW Telephone(01387) 268704

      A family owned pub beyond Dumfries town centre that is a 10 minute walk from the railway station. There is a large public area that has an attractive island bar and a warming stove fire. Comfortable seating can be found on one side of the bar and a sports area with TV on the other side. The dining room has a small bar which will serve ales into the eating area as and when required. Pleuchie is a name for a ploughman or a person from the countryside.

    • Riverside Bar Dock Park Dumfries DG1 2RY Telephone(01387) 254477

      The Riverside Bar is an established venue on the Dumfries real ale scene. Comfortable and friendly, it has seating on two levels and a large conservatory. Two outside seating areas include a terrace with open views over the Dock Park and down to the River Nith. The pub is accessible from the St Michaels area near Robert Burns Mausoleum or from Dock Park. Guest beers are sourced from local brewers as well as from further afield.

    • Robert The Bruce 81 Buccleuch Street Dumfries DG1 2AB Telephone(01387) 270320

      This former Methodist Church, sensitively converted by Wetherspoon in 2001, has a relaxed atmosphere and is a popular meeting place in the town centre. It is the Local CAMRA Dumfries & Stewartry Branch Cider Pub of the Year 2019. There is a pleasant outside seating area to the rear. The pub stands near the site where Robert the Bruce killed John Comyn in 1306 in an incident linked to Scotland’s fight for independence. The food menu offers a range of good-value meals served all day, every day. Alcohol is served from 11am.Four changing beers are available.

    • Swan Hotel Kingholm Quay Dumfries DG1 4SU Telephone(01387) 253756

      A pleasant walk along the River Nith from the centre of Dumfries will bring you to the Swan which is beside the quay in Kingholm Quay.  A busy, food orientated family friendly pub which is renowned for its good honest pub food, served in a welcoming atmosphere.  The pubs renovation is a bright and modern look with a large dog friendly beer garden and play area for children.  Drinkers are welcomed and an area within the pub is set aside for this purpose. One real ale is on offer in this pub and is usually from Sulwath. There are two log burning stoves

    • Tam O'Shanter 113-117 Queensberry Street Dumfries DG1 1BH Telephone(01387) 267880

      Established in 1630, this 17th-century coaching inn with a connection to Robert Burns has been a mainstay of the Dumfries beer scene for many years. It is a small traditional pub with a main bar and a couple of quiet cosy rooms including a games area behind. An upstairs room hosts live music and other functions. It is well positioned just off the High Street. There are always guest beers from local breweries. CAMRA Dumfries Town Pub of the Year 2020.

  • Ecclefechan
    • Ecclefechan Hotel High Street Ecclefechan DG11 3DF Telephone(01576) 300213

      Family run hotel in a listed building dating from 1730's, offering Bed and Breakfast accommodation, home-cooked meals and a varied selection of real ales. A major refurbishment programme has been implemented, with two real fires ensuring a cosy welcome. Ecclefechan is a picturesque village, visited by Robert Burns, and the birthplace of Thomas Carlyle. It is a convenient stop for travellers being close to Junction 19 of the M74.

  • Gatehouse of Fleet
    • Masonic Arms 10 Ann Street Gatehouse of Fleet DG7 2HU Telephone(01557) 814335

      Built by local Masons in 1785, the pub is situated just off the east end of the main street in Gatehouse of Fleet, a lovely traditional village in the heart of the Stewartry. Exposed beams are a feature in the comfortable bar area along with a real fire. Good, locally sourced food is served in the bar as well as the conservatory and restaurant. There are daily specials, a weekly curry night and a popular Sunday carvery. Winter food and opening times may be less than those stated. You are advised to phone the pub in advance if you are planning a visit.

  • Haugh of Urr
    • Laurie Arms Hotel 11-13 Main Street Haugh of Urr DG7 3YA Telephone(01556) 660246

      A welcoming family-run pub on the main street of this charming, quiet village in the scenic valley of the River Urr. It has a good village-pub atmosphere, enhanced on cold winter nights by the warming log fire in the bar. The pub is an important part of the local community and has a small number of events including a monthly Luncheon Club. Milk and newspapers are sold on a daily basis and the pub is used as a Post Office on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. A former local CAMRA award winner. Winter changing beers may only be 2 The pub is on the bus route between Dumfries, Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas. There is a regular service during the day, less frequent in the evening and very limited on Sunday. Natlonal Cycle Route Seven is 50 metres from the pub. The pub closes for a week in early January

  • Kippford
    • Anchor Hotel Kippford DG5 4LN Telephone(01556) 620205

      On the main street in the heart of this popular sailing centre, this friendly inn has fine views over the Urr estuary. The small cosy bar is warmed by a lovely open log fire in winter. When the weather is warm and sunny there can be no greater pleasure in life than sitting at an outside table watching the world go by. Winter opening times may vary. One changing beer in winter, and winter hours may vary. Please check before visiting.

  • Kirkcudbright
    • Garret 116 High Street Kirkcudbright DG6 4JQ Telephone(01557) 332040

      Before opening in summer 2018 The Garret has undergone complete refurbishment, resulting in a sympathetic balance of traditional features and modern comfort. Whether you are enjoying the local scenery, participating in one of the many festivals and events, or soaking up the creativity of ‘The Artists’ Town, you’ll find a warm welcome awaits you at The Garret.

    • Kirkcudbright Bay Hotel 25 St Cuthbert Street Kirkcudbright DG6 4DJ Telephone(01557) 339544

      Family run hotel in the centre of Kirkcudbright with a friendly traditional bar as well as a snug. There is a restaurant area within a purpose-built conservatory. Locally caught seafood features on the menu. There is a seating area outside that also incorporates an external bar. Beers from Five Kingdom Brewery available all year round

    • Masonic Arms 19 Castle Street Kirkcudbright DG6 4JA Telephone(01557) 330517

      This well located and friendly pub in the town has been a firm favourite with real ale enthusiasts for many years. There is a smaller back bar and a garden with a smoking area. A wide selection of more than 50 malt whiskies and over 250 gins is available, as well as a good selection of world beers. Serves one real ale year round with two in summer months.

    • Selkirk Arms Hotel High Street Kirkcudbright DG6 4JG Telephone(01557) 330402

      Refurbished 18th-century hotel with a restaurant, bistro and lounge bar, renowned for locally sourced food, highlighted by the menus and photos of suppliers on the walls. The large garden area with tables is popular in summer. Robert Burns wrote his famous Selkirk Grace at the hotel in 1794. Kirkcudbright is notable for its artistic heritage and houses a number of interesting galleries and museums. Two real ales are available, sometimes three in summer. The bar features a good selection of malt whiskies and gins

  • Langholm
    • Douglas Hotel 86 High Street Langholm DG13 0DH Telephone(013873) 81547

      Douglas Hotel is a family run former coaching inn located on the High Street in the picturesque border town of Langholm. Langholm is known locally as ‘The Muckle Toon’ (muckle is a Scottish word meaning ‘large’) as historically, the town was a large woollen textile manufacturing centre. The cosy public bar, entered from the High Street, has a traditional feel with many original features. It can be very busy at weekends. Bus services connect Langholm with Canonbie, Carlisle and Longtown. This is route X95 which travels hourly (2 hourly on Sunday) between Carlisle and the Border Towns. It is possible to get a 112 bus from Lockerbie to Eskdalemuir which connects with the 124 bus to Langholm. Service is limited and does not run on Sundays

  • Lockerbie
    • Kings Arms Hotel 29 High Street Lockerbie DG11 2JL Telephone(01576) 202410

      The King's Arms Hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Lockerbie Ice Rink and Lockerbie Golf Club. This hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Dryfesdale Lodge Visitor Centre and 4.1 mi (6.5 km) from Lochmaben Golf Club.Food is served in the restaurant, an d there are 2 bars/lounges.

    • Sure Hotel Old Annan Road Lockerbie DG11 2RB Telephone(01576) 202415

      Formerly the Queens Hotel, situated just off the M74, as you cross the border into the west of Scotland, this is a perfect as a stopover for refreshment on your way up to the Highlands or cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh. In the bar there are normally two real ales available.

  • Moffat
    • Annandale Arms Hotel High Street Moffat DG10 9HF Telephone(01683) 220013

      A warm welcome awaits in this family run eighteenth century hotel, once used by stage coaches, that is one of the oldest and grandest in Moffat. The reputation for good food is enhanced by ingredients from the kitchen garden. The cosy lounge bar with oak panels has real ale and a large selection of malt whiskies. Popular acoustic music sessions are held on Thursday evening with a regular blues night on either Friday or Saturday. Bus services connect Moffat with Dumfries, Lockerbie, Glasgow and Edinburgh. There is a connection to West Coast Main Line train services at Lockerbie.

    • Balmoral Hotel High Street Moffat DG10 9DL Telephone(01683) 220288

      Popular meeting place with a large single bar and eating area. A courtyard to the rear provides a good outdoor drinking area. One handpump on the bar usually has Broughton Greenmantle. Real ale may not be available during the winter months apart from the festive season. Bus services connect Moffat with Dumfries, Lockerbie, Glasgow and Edinburgh. There is a connection to West Coast Main Line train services at Lockerbie. This pub has not yet been surveyed by local CAMRA members. If you have any information that may help visitors to this website then please use the Submit Updates link at the top of the page.

    • Black Bull Inn Church Gate Moffat DG10 9EG Telephone(01683) 221150

      Has recently re-opened under new ownership after extensive renovations. The open-plan bar and eating area is light and airy, with a small 'snug' away from the restaurant. The hotel dating from 1568 is the oldest building in Moffat still in use and possibly one of the oldest hotels in Scotland. It has connections with the history and literature of southern Scotland: being a centre for government troops during the time of the Covenanters; and a visiting place for Robert Burns when an Excise Officer. Bus services connect Moffat with Dumfries, Lockerbie, Glasgow and Edinburgh. There is aconnection by bus to the West Coast Main Line train services at Lockerbie. Email

    • Stag Hotel 21-23 High Street Moffat DG10 9HL Telephone(01683) 220343

      A family-run hotel situated at the north end of the High Street, offering a warm welcome and home-cooked food. The bar features a range of malt whiskies. There is a separate games room with sofas, and an enclosed courtyard and garden at the rear of the building. This multi-roomed pub offers accommodation and is a good base for exploring the local countryside. Dryfe Blond Beer from Lowland Brewery is sometimes available Bus services connect Moffat with Dumfries, Lockerbie, Glasgow and Edinburgh. There is a connection to West Coast Main Line train services at Lockerbie.

    • Star Hotel 44 High Street Moffat DG10 9EF Telephone(01683) 220156

      The Famous Star Hotel is recognised by the Guinness Book of Records as the narrowest detached hotel in the world. The building is 20 feet wide and 162 feet long but feels much bigger due to the clever use of internal space. It has been run by the same family for over 30 years and offers excellent service. Moffat is a good base for exploring the Southern Uplands. The Star has at least one beer available all year round. There is a large public bar downstairs with entry at the rear, and a smaller lounge accessed from the front.

  • Moniaive
    • Craigdarroch Arms Hotel High Street Moniaive DG3 4HN Telephone(01848) 200205

      The Craigdarroch Arms Hotel has been at the heart of Moniaive's community for over a century. It attracts many outdoor enthusiasts, including cyclists, anglers and shooters. The village hosts regular music festivals with a varied range of major artistes performing to audiences in the Coach House in the hotel garden. It holds an annual beer festival. The restaurant serves excellent, freshly prepared meals using local produce. Children & dogs are welcome.

    • George Hotel High Street Moniaive DG3 4HN Telephone(01848) 200203

      One of the oldest hotels or inns in the region, it has been operating as an inn since the mid-1600s when it was an ideal staging point on the road from east to west. It has a long-established reputation as a busy small community pub in this very picturesque village on the old road from Dumfries to Ayr. There is a traditional bar with an open fire and a games room with a pool table. There is a beer garden to the rear of the property which enjoys panoramic views of the local hills.

  • New Abbey
    • Abbey Arms Hotel 1 The Square New Abbey DG2 8BX Telephone(01387) 850489

      A friendly hotel in the square of the picturesque village of New Abbey, about 5 miles from Dumfries. The nearby Sweetheart Abbey was founded in 1273 by Lady Devorgilla of Galloway, in memory of her late husband, John Balliol. Opening hours can vary - conatct pub if in doubt

  • New Galloway
    • Ken Bridge Hotel New Galloway DG7 3PR Telephone(01644) 420211

      Eighteenth-century former coaching inn, now a family-run hotel with local connections reaching back several generations. Situated on the banks of the lovely River Ken with its good fishing and picturesque views, it provides an ideal base for exploring the Galloway Forest Park and some of the darkest skies in Europe. Wooden benches, original stone walls and a natural slate floor create a relaxed atmosphere in the bar. Winter opening times may vary. There is a limited daytime bus service to Castle Douglas or Dalry, Monday to Saturday. Twice a day there is a connecting service to Ayr via Dalmellington. There is no bus service on Sunday.

  • Springfield
    • Queens Head Main Street Springfield DG16 5EH Telephone(01461) 337173

      A single-roomed village pub dating from 1760. This friendly, unpretentious local is slightly off the beaten track, although it is close to Gretna, wedding capital of the country. In the 18th and early 19th centuries marriages were conducted in the pub and wedding parties still celebrate here. Note that food is not served and the pub does not open on weekdays until 5 pm. One beer is available on handpump and is typically a golden ale that is less than 4.5% ABV. Beers are often from local or regional independent breweries and examples may include Kelburn, Lowland or Strathaven. There is a bus stop outside the pub with local service 382 going north to Ecclefechan and Lockerbie. The southbound service terminates 5 minutes away in Gretna where there are bus connections to Annan or Carlisle. Gretna Green railway station, with services to Carlisle, Annan and Dumfries, is a 15 minute walk from the pub.

  • Thornhill
    • Buccleuch & Queensberry Hotel 112 Drumlanrig Street Thornhill DG3 5LU Telephone(01848) 323101

      Originally built by the Duke of Buccleuch in 1855, the hotel is now family-run. The building has been renovated to create a stylish country hotel in this scenic part of the Nith Valley. Thornhill is an ideal base for those interested in exploring the countryside or engaging in activities such as fishing. The former public bar has reopened to provide a more traditional pub environment. Opening times stated above are for the lounge bar, with the public bar opening at 5pm on weekdays and 12pm at weekends.

    • Thornhill Inn 103-106 Drumlanrig Street Thornhill DG3 5LU Telephone(01848) 330326

      A former coaching inn, it is a busy, friendly establishment which is frequented by locals and visitors alike - much as a result of its reputation for good home-cooked food. The hotel is popular with the many visitors who visit Nithsdale for salmon angling, shooting and other outdoor sports.

  • Torthorwald
    • Manor Country House Hotel Torthorwald DG1 3PT Telephone(01387) 750555

      Set in beautiful private grounds, only four miles from Dumfries and 8 miles from Lockerbie, this charming 200-year-old country house hotel serves good food. Torthorwald owes its name to the Vikings who raided the Solway coastline. Please note the venue is closed Mon-Tues during Jan - April Real ale not always available

  • Wanlockhead
    • Wanlockhead Inn Garden Dyke Wanlockhead ML12 6UZ Telephone(01659) 74535

      A traditional country pub and the highest pub in Scotland. Runs 'Lola Rose' micro-brewery. The "garden" is 1.5 acres in size! Offers accommodation in the form of wig-wams with all mod cons. Wanlockhead is on the Southern Upland Way. It is an 8 mile walk from Sanqhuar and 20 miles from Beattock. There is a summer tourist railway nearby. The pub has its own brewery - Lola Rose. There are several beer types. Wanlockhead has a limited daytime bus service that operates from Monday to Saturday. There is no bus service on Sunday. Bus service 221 goes to Sanqhuar. Bus service 30/31 goes to Lanark via Leadhills, Crawford and Abington.