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Known as the 'Granite Town' and surrounded by unspoilt landscapes

View towards Dalbeattie

Nestled in a lush, wooded valley by the Urr Water is the attractive town of Dalbeattie. Despite being located deep in the Dumfries and Galloway countryside, Dalbeattie is a lively place with plenty of interesting shops and cafes to explore when you’re not making the most of the woods, rivers and gardens which surround the town.

Dalbeattie sits in the Urr Valley, 15 miles from Dumfries. In the 1800s, granite was taken from local quarries and sold across the UK, earning Dalbeattie the title of Granite Town.

Today, it has a relaxed vibe, and makes an excellent base from which to explore the region’s coast, countryside, castles and gardens. Golfing, fishing, mountain-biking and a host of other outdoor pursuits are easily accessible from the town. Perhaps Dalbeattie’s most famous figure is William McMaster Murdoch, who was Titanic’s first officer and played an important role as the ship started to take on water.

Orchardton Tower

There’s no shortage of thrilling activities on offer if you want to make the most of the stunning countryside around Dalbeattie. The area is home to one of Scotland’s famous 7 Stanes mountain-biking tracks. The rocky trail runs through thick forest and can be daunting for beginners, but there are plenty of mellower slopes to practise on, and there’s no obligation to complete the whole 25km loop.

You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy Dalbeattie. The area has a rich history, which is celebrated at Dalbeattie Museum . Here, you’ll learn about how Dalbeattie built a thriving granite industry and became known as Scotland’s Granite Town.

“Nestled in a lush, wooded valley by the Urr Water is the attractive town of Dalbeattie.”

The countryside surrounding Dalbeattie is full of wildlife. There are walking trails through Dalbeattie Forest, as well as the mountain biking routes. Look out for red squirrels, herons and dragonflies.

There are plenty of excellent cafes, restaurants and pubs in Dalbeattie.

For coffee, cakes baguettes and tapas, try the ever-popular Granite Kitchen, which is a favourite among locals for its themed dinners. Dalbeattie is also home to one of the region’s best-loved Italians restaurants, Luigi’s, where critically acclaimed chef Zoran cooks up a selection of pizzas and pastas. For a pint of local ale or a plate of good, homemade food, try the King’s Arms, on the High Street.

While you’re there


Seven mountain biking trail centres spanning the south of Scotland.

Mersehead Nature Reserve

A beautiful landscape perfect for walking, wildlife spotting and picnics.

Dalbeattie Museum

A fascinating insight into early medieval life in Dalbeattie.

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