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TOURISM experts in the region have drawn up a list of must-see spots in Dumfries and Galloway.

To mark the reopening of the iCentre in Dumfries, pictured, the VisitScotland team have released their recommendations for a day trip:

* The Nearly Lost Gardens of Arbigland consist of 24-acres of woodland south of Dumfries. It includes a sunken garden where the old Arbigland Hall stood.

* Kitchen Coos and Ewes, Newton Stewart offers farm tours and experiences where visitors can see Highland cows and Beltex sheep in their natural environment from the comfort of a purpose-built trailer. Described as farmer-led Highland cow safari experiences, the tours finish with home baking from the farmhouse kitchen.

* Twelve Apostles is a stone circle near Dumfries that was built in the late Neolithic or early Bronze Age, around 3000-1500 BC. At 88-metres wide it is the largest stone circle on the Scottish mainland and is popular with fans of Outlander looking for links to Scotland’s stone circles.

* The Galloway Faerie Trail at Barstobrick can be enjoyed within the enchanted grounds of Barstobrick, Ringford. The trail is full of interactive activities for families of all ages to enjoy as they help to solve the mystery of the missing faerie dust.

* Troqueer Riverside Walk. From Troqueer along the riverside in Dumfries, takes in the graves of Norwegian servicemen from the Second World War, when Dumfries found itself the centre of the Norwegian army in exile.

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