Spotlight on Dumfries

Event organisers from around the UK are paying a visit to Dumfries and Galloway this week to sample the range of venues and facilities on offer in the region.

As part of a two-day fam trip organised by VisitScotland and Conference Dumfries, taking place on 5 and 6 March, representatives from Freebird Events, Cashel Travel, Rodger and Co, Hello Scotland, Kyles on Scotland and Dream Escape will get to grips with one of Europe’s longest zip wires, courtesy of Laggan Outdoor. 

A number of other Dumfries and Galloway businesses are also offering tasters. Today (5 March) the group will enjoy refreshments at Easterbrook Hall, followed by a tour of The Crichton Church. They will then head to Laggan Outdoor, where they will take to the air on the 820-metre zip wire, followed by lunch at Marco Pierre White’s Wheeler’s of St James’s Restaurant at the Holiday Inn, where they will be joined by representatives from Annandale Distillery.

An overnight stay at the Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club will be followed on day two by a visit to Premier Inn, Dumfries, which has recently undergone a refurbishment, including the addition of 22 rooms. The group will tour Drumlanrig Castle, followed by a Landover tour of the estate, before rounding off the fam trip with lunch at the Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel. 

Caroline Lyons of VisitScotland’s Business Tourism team said: "Dumfries and Galloway has a huge amount to offer, not only in terms of its accommodation and business facilities, but also in terms of its scenery and its range of activities, which are key ingredients in attracting conferences and other business events to the region."

Suzanne Jackson, chair of Conference Dumfries, added: "Conference Dumfries are delighted to be hosting our first familiarisation visit by selected agents and professional conference organisers. They will be experiencing our properties and venues first hand."

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