Trail Three – Dumfries to Kirkcudbright | Solway Military Trail

Trail Three – Dumfries to Kirkcudbright

This trail takes you from the aviation museum at Dumfries with its Battle of Britain Spitfire, along the scenic Solway coast road past the birthplace of the founder of the United States Navy to the pretty artists town of Kirkcudbright. It is a trail with lots of history, but also stunning scenery and is full of towns, villages and beaches which beg to be explored on foot.

  1. Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum
  2. RAF Dumfries
  3. The John Paul Jones Museum
  4. Sandyhills Bombing Range
  5. Edingham Munitions Works
  6. Dundrennan Ranges


Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum

Centred around the control tower of the wartime RAF Dumfries, the museum houses a fascinating selection of aircraft, aero engines and personal histories built up over the last 40 years.

RAF Dumfries

This was the biggest airfield in south west Scotland, and served many functions during the war. Construction began in 1938 and it was opened in 1940.

The John Paul Jones Museum

John Paul Jones Birthplace Museum features the original cottage on the Solway Coast where John Paul Jones, hero of the American Revolutionary War and founder of the US Navy was born in 1747.

Sandyhills Bombing Range

During World War 2 the airfield at Dumfries trained bomb aimers and air gunners, preparing them for their future role in Bomber Command. There were a few bombing ranges in the area which generally consisted of a wooden target situated away from towns and villages

Edingham Munitions Works

In the build up to World War 2, the British Government recognised the need to build new armaments factories. Instead of a very few, large sites as had been the case in World War 1 such as that at Eastriggs, many smaller sites were constructed.

Dundrennan Ranges

The scenic coast road from Dalbeattie to Kirkcudbright passes through the village of Dundrennan, site of the historic Dundrennan Abbey – well worth visiting itself. The military ranges at Dundrennan are part of the Kircudbright Training Area.


More Trails

Trail One - Silloth to Carlisle

Our first trail starts at the wide open expanses of the Solway coast at Silloth, and takes you through north Cumbria and the many airfields surrounding the city of Carlisle.

Trail Two - Eastriggs to Moffat

Our shortest trail, but through some of our most scenic countryside. Start the day with a visit to The Devil’s Porridge Museum to learn about the huge munitions factories here, then pass the former RAF Annan on the way to Moffat.

Trail Four – Wigtown to Stranraer

This trail takes you on a journey through ‘Bonnie Galloway’, and includes Top Secret D-Day preparations and the place where a fleet of German U-boats tied up in a military harbour!

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