Reasons to Visit, Reasons to Stay!
The Toll Booth Museum
The Tolbooth is an 18th Century building, which was built by William Adam.
William Adam, born in 1689, was a Scottish architect, mason, and entrepreneur. He was the foremost architect of his time in Scotland, designing and building numerous country houses and public buildings.
Among his best known works are Hopetoun House near Edinburgh, and Duff House in Banff. His individualistic, and often exuberant, designs were built on the Palladian style, but with Baroque details that were inspired by Sir John Vanbrugh the English architect, dramatist and herald, perhaps best known as the designer of Blenheim Palace and
Castle Howard. There were also influences of Continental architecture in William Adam's work. He died in 1748.
Visitors discover Sanquhar's world famous traditions, for example the specific Knitting style attributed to the area,
and information about the mines, and miners, of Sanquhar and Kirkconnel. There is also historical information telling of how the ordinary people of Upper Nithsdale lived and worked, and what it was like to be a prisoner in Sanquhar jail.
Dumfries House is a Palladian country house located within a large estate, around two miles (3 km) west of Cumnock. Noted for being one of the few such houses with much of its original 18th-century furniture still present, including specially commissioned Thomas Chippendale pieces.
The house and estate is now owned by The Prince's Foundation; a charity which maintains it as a visitor attraction and hospitality and wedding venue. Both the house and the gardens are listed as significant aspects of Scottish heritage.
The castle was built by the Crichton family in the 13th Century, and is now a ruin. It was sold to Sir William Douglas, 1st Duke of Queensberry, in the 1600s and it was he who established the fairytale pink sandstone - Drumlanrig Castle - which lies 10 miles south of Sanquhar, near Thornhill.
Drumlanrig Castle - known as The 'Pink Palace' of Drumlanrig - was built between 1679 and 1689 using distinctive pink sandstone. It is an example of late 1600s Renaissance architecture. The first Duke of Queensberry, William Douglas, had the castle built on the site of an ancient Douglas stronghold overlooking the Nith Valley.
The castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers and is open to the public..
Once a former open cast coal mine, Crawick Multiverse is a massive land art project designed by the late, world renowned, Charles Jencks; an American Cultural Theorist, Landscape Designer and Architectural Historian.
There are many reasons for visiting Crawick Multiverse. You may appreciate the artistic landscape, unique landforms, or enjoy following Charles Jencks’ projects. Or perhaps you have an interest in cosmology or science? Both come together beautifully at Crawick through land art. Here you can walk through comet explosions, the Milky Way spirals, and the North-South Line from the Belvedere.
A great number of people visit for more simple pleasures. Here are some ideas to help get you started:
Enjoy a leisurely (or strenuous!) walk – taking a rest on the comet seat stones along the way.
Have a picnic in the Sun Amphitheatre.
Relax, take a seat and enjoy the peace of the surrounding landscape.
Learn more about the history of the site and surrounding area.
Take in the spectacular 360 views of the site and the Upper Nithsdale Valley from the Northpoint.
Climb hills via spiralling paths and see who can reach the top first.
Peer inside the ‘cave’ of the Omphalos.