In truth the city centre is grim, the bypass in the 80s and subsequent out of town developments literally killed it.
But if they start living in the centre again it has all the makings of being lovely again.
I planted a tree at Arbigland in 1997 for JPJ’s 250th birthday. They wanted ‘an American Acer’ and got Acer negundo - a Manitoba Maple. Not what I would have picked, but I didn’t have a say in the tree.
Sorry to hear Dumfries is still sad, despite having the bones of a charming place. I’ve often thought the same of Carlisle.
Well the next day we headed North, first to Drumlanrig Castle then to Moniaive (closed) then across the beatiful hills and moors to Ayr. Scone and tea on the seaside and then up to Gleddoch, Port Glasgow.
This was a haphazard recce, next we shall return backtracking some of the previously suggested itinerary via Jedburgh.