Friday 28 June 2019


Reopening a Dumfries to Stranraer railway is one of a string of options still on the table for the future of transport in south west Scotland.

Draft proposals have been published and are now out for consultation.

South West Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway, would be an ideal area for luxury rail travel of the sort provided by the Belmond Royal Scotsman elsewhere in Scotland. | Belmond Royal Scotsman 

Dumfries and Galloway.

Think about a Belmond rail journey with:

Live ceilidhs, 
A visit to a distillery, 
An observation car, 
Visits to castles and gardens,
An on-board spa, 
Fresh Scottish cuisine 
And outdoor pursuits.

Dumfries and Galloway's Lost Railways

Currently, there is a rail link between Glasgow and Stranraer.

Currently there is a rail link between Glasgow and Dumfries.

Currently there is a rail link between London and Dumfries (via Carlisle).

It has been suggested that the rail link between Dumfries and Stranraer should be restored.

Until more rail links are restored, Belmond could use luxury coaches for trips to such places as:

Drumlanrig Palace,
Logan Botanic Garden,
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation,
The Peter Pan linked Moat Brae house,

Drumlanrig palace, in Dumfries and Galloway.

AND Broughton House and Garden,
Robert Burns house,
And the Cairnholy neolithic tombs.


In John Buchan's Thirty Nine Steps, Richard Hannay headed by rail from London to Newton Stewart in Dumfries and Galloway.

John Buchan loved Dumfries and Galloway.

The reopening of the Dumfries- Stranraer railway would allow a company such as Belmond to provide luxury train travel, and luxury hotels, to wealthy tourists from around the world.

Train journeys in Europe
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Reopen the Dumfries- Stranraer railway

Above, we see a railway viaduct in Dumfries and Galloway.

Knockinaam Lodge hotel

Above, we see Knockinaam Lodge, near Stranraer, in Dumfries and Galloway.

Sir Winston Churchill and General Eisenhower held secret meetings at Knockinaam Lodge.

Knockinaam Lodge inspired John Buchan while he was writing The 39 Steps.

Dumfries and Galloway attracts many cyclists.

Coast of Dumfries and Galloway - Rockcliffe.

Coast of Dumfries and Galloway - Rockcliffe.

Dumfries and Galloway by George Henry.

Kirkcudbright, in Dumfries and Galloway, by David Sassoon.




Kirkcudbright, Artists' Town.





Castle Douglas - Tour of Britain.

Castle Douglas.

Threave Gardens.




Portpatrick, Dumfries and Galloway. 

The Glebe Blog.

Dumfries and Galloway

The Glebe Blog

Dumfries and Galloway.

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Dumfries Harbour.


Crichton Memorial Church.









Kirkcudbright, by Charles Oppenheimer

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At 8 February 2019 at 03:12 , Blogger Kaivey said...

It looks lovely. That viaduct, wow!

At 8 February 2019 at 04:27 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bonnie Scotland!!

At 11 April 2019 at 06:17 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, beautiful, green, almost charming... :-)

And no broken glasses, junkies etc. Very nice pics.

Just hoping no new 'sensations' arriving in England or here in Europe soon...

Peace !

Greetings from French Pyrenees,


At 28 June 2019 at 11:56 , Blogger dognamedblue said...

I had to give a woman directions to the hospital in Dumfries yesterday... had to ask her if my english accent was disconcerting for her or that I knew the way to hospital when we were so far away from Dumfries... at least she found it funny and was impressed with my scottish accent, didn't think I was english... gonni no dae that

At 28 June 2019 at 22:49 , Blogger Anon said...

Were you in your home in Monaco?

At 29 June 2019 at 08:03 , Blogger dognamedblue said...

had to sell all my foreign holdings
you know, since BREXIT

At 5 November 2019 at 09:23 , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dumfries and Galloway has some of the most beautiful scenery in Britain. I live near the border but often travel through the area. I love pointing out little things like the fact that the Devorgilla bridge has one Gothic arch on it's Western most side, the rest being semicircular. Most of the bridge was washed away by a flood in the 1600's, and they rebuit with semicircular arches. It also used to come fas more towards the town centre but when they walled off the river edge on the Sands, they shortened it and added steps. Love it, and love this site.

At 5 November 2019 at 23:32 , Blogger Anon said...

Very many thanks.

- Aangirfan.


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