Hi there, I'm from Dumfries. Not sure what you're looking to do on your stop but Dalscone Farm Fun just off the A75 Dumfries bypass at junction with A701 (Beattock) is a great indoor (and out) soft play area. No charge for 1 year olds and adults are free unless you go outdoors - £2.50 each. Lovely food and spotless baby change/toilet area.
A short drive further along the A75 at the junction with the A709 (Lockerbie) is Tarff Town and Country - a large shop selling countryware - excellent tea room there too.
The next roundabout (A75 Dumfries) you'll find a Brewer's Fayre next to Premier Inn - also very good facilities.
If you fancy something different Drummuir Ice Cream farm has a lovely tea room and excellent toilet facilities - A75 Collin Bypass (Dumfries - approx 3 miles from A75) or Hetland Garden Centre just west of Carrutherstown.
Hope this helps! Enjoy your trip!
I remember the frequent stops bit......
Gretna and Dumfries tend to be the kind of places we put our toe down and drive through. I don't know whether the following suggestions are any good.....
A bit further is Threave, near Castle Douglas, There are Threave Castle Gardens which are run by National Trust for Scotland. There is a very nice restaurant and the loos are good. The gardens are also nice to walk round and the toddler can run off steam safely.
There is also Threave Castle reached by boat across the river. Daughter at 18months loved this.
If castles are a hit, there is also Cardoness Castle in Gatehouse of Fleet
and Carsluith Castle just a few miles further along the road.
If you are ready for a break and loos along this stretch then there is Kirroughtree Visitor Centre (signed Galloway Forest Park off the A75 at Palnure, just beyond Creetown).
The Marrbury Smokehouse @ Carsluith Castle is directly on the A75. It has cafe and baby changing facilities, easy access, and good parking. Ideal stop! It also owns the parking for the Carsluith Castle and the Castle Gardens.
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