Irish Gait at 29 Irish Street is the only surviving Merchant's House in Dumfries. The house was built by William Carruthers, a wealthy vintner, sometime between 1690 and 1700. The house boasts some of the earliest sash and case windows in Scotland, and the first floor rooms still retain some of the original panelling from the 17th Century. If you love history, especially Scottish history, then our B&B is for you.
It's been host to many famous people: James Boswell, Andrew Crosbie, Thomas Carlyle, Robert Burns and James Clark Maxwell have all dined here, and Bonnie Prince Charlie visited the Carruthers family who were staunch Jacobites.
Irish Gait is located in the middle of the beautiful town of Dumfries, overlooking the River Nith, and is within easy walking distance of all the important historical sites in the town. Dumfries is also the centre of a large and thriving artistic community: per head, there are more artists living in the region than any other part of Scotland, and the links below will give you more information about our many festivals, events, galas, and much more.
General information about the region and events:
Dumfries and Galloway Tourist Information
Dumfries & Galloway On Line
Midsteeple Box Office
Historical information about Dumfries:
History of Dumfries
Robert the Bruce
Mostly Ghostly Tours
Cultural Events and Venues:
Gracefield Arts Centre
Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival
The Eden Festival
The Robert Burns Centre Film Theatre
Wigtown Book Festival