Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway [ ˌ dʌm fɹi səngæləweɪ ː ] (Gaelic Dùn Phris to agus Gall- Ghaidhealaibh ) is one of 32 Council Areas in Scotland. To the north it borders South Ayrshire, East Ayrshire and South Lanarkshire, on the east by the Scottish Borders, on the south by the English county of Cumbria. It lies north of the Solway Firth and east of the Irish Sea.

Dumfries and Galloway includes three traditional counties; in eastern Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire in the center and west Wigtownshire. The latter two are collectively referred to as Galloway.

After the Galloway Galloway cattle were named.

From 1975 to 1996 Dumfries and Galloway formed a Scottish region.


The Dumfries and Galloway region in 1975 formed from the counties of Dumfriesshire, Kirkcudbrightshire and Wigtownshire. The region was divided into four districts:

  • Annandale and Eskdale
  • Nithsdale
  • Stewartry
  • Wigtown

In 1996, the regions and districts were abolished in Scotland and replaced by 32 unitary authorities. The four districts of the Dumfries and Galloway region were dissolved and from all over the region, the Unitary Authority Dumfries and Galloway was formed.


  • Beattock
  • Annan
  • Caerlaverock
  • Cairnryan
  • Carsphairn
  • Castle Douglas
  • Castle Kennedy
  • Creetown
  • Dalbeattie
  • Dalton
  • Drumlanrig
  • Drummore
  • Dumfries



  • From Penpont the Africa explorer Joseph Thomson was born ( 1858-1895 ).
  • Actress Ashley Jensen was born in Annan in 1969.
  • The former Formula 1 driver David Coulthard was born in 1971 in Twynholm.


The Council of Dumfries and Galloway has 47 seats, distributed as follows among the parties: