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Castle Douglas

Nestling between the Galloway hills and forests to the north and the sweeping beaches of the Solway Firth to the south, the historic market town of Castle Douglas has something for everyone – whether you’re local or visiting. The historic market town of Castle Douglas has always been at the heart of local agricultural and commercial life. Today the town continues to flourish.

For Locals and Visitors

Castle Douglas is always growing and evolving, and this charming town has plenty of opportunities for its local community. The Community Council and Castle Douglas Development Forum work hard to continue developing the town and make its opportunities accessible for local people. To find out more about these organisations and their ongoing work go to the Community Development page.

Our Town

High Street

Castle Douglas is designated Food Town in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway. This 18th-century market town is a prime location for speciality shopping, having around 50 local businesses that sell and produce food and drink and a variety of art, clothing, and goods stores. Castle Douglas has something for everyone, and King Street is well worth an explore for its unique shopping experience.


Things To Do

Our Local Guides

Castle Douglas is minutes from magical places. The town’s prime location, as the hub of the Stewartry, makes it the perfect spot to stay to see all the best places in Dumfries and Galloway.

If you want to stay in the town, take a quick drive, or go out for a day Castle Douglas is the ideal spot for all interests. Take a look at our recommendations for the best walks, activities and festivities for visitors.




Castle Douglas has a long and interesting history. The town itself begun to take shape as it now exists from 1745 after the land was bough by Willian Douglas. However, people occupied the land by Carlingwark loch for centuries before Castle Douglas existed.

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Sustainability Strategy Advisor

Castle Douglas Development Forum is looking to commission a Sustainability Strategy Advisor to develop a policy, route map and an action plan which will help us make a positive impact…

Wellbeing Co-Ordinator


Stepping Stones Foodbank and Burghfield Project Castle Douglas Development Forum   Application Deadline: 5pm Friday 24.02.23 Interview date:  Week commencing 27.02.23 Start Date: To be arranged. Responsible to: The Foodbank Manager for Food security matters;…


Food Bank Manager


Foodbank Manager Stepping Stones Project Castle Douglas Development Forum   Application Deadline: 5pm Friday 24.02.23 Interview date: Week commencing 27.02.23 Start Date: To be arranged. Responsible to: The Board of Trustees, Castle Douglas Development…


CDDF Is Hiring a Youth Engagement Intern


Job Description: Youth Engagement Intern The Castle Douglas Development Forum (CDDF) is looking for a Youth Engagement Intern (aged 18 to 26) to lead our Growing Communities Project. We are…


Castle Douglas Development Forum Wishes a Fond Farewell to Sarah-Jane


Last week Castle Douglas Development Forum (CDDF) this week, said goodbye to their Project Development Officer, Sarah-Jane Allsopp. Sarah-Jane has been Project Development officer at CDDF for the last 4…


A Triumphant First Event for Castle Douglas Inclusive Play Park Planning Committee


Castle Douglas Development Forum has been delighted to welcome Tracy Walker, Hollie Nelson, and Amanda Burney to their team as the forefront of community fundraising for Castle Douglas’ New Inclusive…

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