The Spirit Within

The list of what Thornhill and the surrounding region has to offer is very long – but it tells the story of the uniqueness of Scotland’s villages and towns.

The old trading route from the Irish sea heading west to Edinburgh lies just a few miles from Thornhill. The grand castle of Drumlanrig houses work by Rembrandt and other valuable art. Further down the road is Ellisland Farm where our bard Robert Burns lived and spent the most active period of his creative life. Pieces by Andy Goldsworthy, internationally renowned land artist, stand in several sites around the region. American landscape architect Charles Jencks founded Crawick Multiverse and the Garden of Cosmic Speculation. The pedal bike was invented here by Kirkpatrick Macmillan. And the area has numerous castles – the legacy of power struggles for the Scottish crown.

Nowadays communities are active caretakers of local culture: by organising outstanding music festivals (Moniaive), or continuing the tradition of knitting (Sanquhar pattern), organising bike festivals (Penpont) and even hosting gold-panning championships – just to name a few things.  Outstanding businesses that play a key role in Biosphere life in the area around Thornhill include our Proud Supporters Crawick  Multiverse, Drumlanrig Castle, Campleline, Tartan Chocolate, and Lean Bean Shop & Café.

Find your place to stay

For a car-free day

Thornhill is 14 miles north of Dumfries. It is serviced by a number of bus routes and is easy to reach from the M74 motorway.

Go by bike:

Rent a bike at Drumlanrig – Rik’s Bike shed

Go by bus:

Thornhill is regularly served by buses from Dumfries to Cumnock.

To Thornhill from Dumfries: Stagecoach 256

To Thornhill from Dumfries: Stagecoach 246

To Thornhill from Dumfries: DGC Buses 213

To Thornhill from Kirkconnel: W Brownrigg 221

To Thornhill from Moniaive: W Brownrigg 212

To Thornhill from Dumfries: W Brownrigg 202