With its rich history, thriving community and lively mix of independent shops, cafes and hotels, a packed programme of events and festivals, and beautiful scenery, as well as one of the most stunning castles in Scotland – the majestic ‘pink palace’ of Drumlanrig, and world-famous artwork - the vibrant village of Thornhill is one of the jewels in the region’s crown

Set in an area rich in history, blessed by some of the most beautiful countryside in Dumfries & Galloway, and with a great mix of independent shops and small national chain stores, Thornhill is often thought to be a town. But it is proud to be a village which punches above its weight, with a vibrant community with much to offer.

The Mercat Cross in the heart of the village

Watching over Thornhill is the distinctive figure of the winged horse Pegasus, on top of the Mercat Cross in centre of the village. The surrounding main streets, formed in an attractive grid pattern, are home to bakers, beauticians, boutiques and a butcher, chemist and cafes, a florist, hairdressers, hotels, and a centre for holistic therapies. There are specialist shops for stoves and your DIY needs, gift shops and small supermarkets; a wealth of community and sporting clubs, and an action-packed programme of activities, including the much-loved annual gala, fireworks display, and festive extravaganza. The long-awaited re-opening of Thornhill’s old primary school building in April also sees a dynamic new resource for the community.

You could easily spend a whole day in Thornhill, indulging in retail therapy, enjoying some wellbeing therapy, or sampling some of the fantastic food and drink on offer. But the mid-Nithsdale village is also the perfect base for exploring the surrounding countryside, to enjoy walking, shooting, fishing, or golf, or if you like your country pursuits to include culture, why not go in search of internationally renowned artist Andy Goldsworthy’s Millennium Cairn sculpture, or his iconic Striding Arches?

The Leaping Salmon, Andy Goldsworthy's iconic Goldsworthy Arch in the Marr Burn

You can also follow in the footsteps of the inventor of the bicycle, Kirkpatrick Macmillan, who was born near Thornhill, as was renowned 19th century African explorer, Joseph Thompson. Innovation continues today at The Halo Trust, the world’s largest humanitarian mine clearance organisation, which has its headquarters near the town.

Just north of Thornhill is the 90-acre Drumlanrig Estate, the Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry and a favourite of TV and filmmakers, with its stunning grounds and sandstone castle: a treasure trove of antiques and paintings by the likes of Rembrandt and Thomas Gainsborough.