#BarbourTartan: Castle Douglas

To celebrate the launch of our Autumn Winter 16 Original Barbour Tartan collection, we set off on an exploration across Southern Scotland, where our founder, John Barbour was born.

August 8th 2016

Guided by Susanne from ‘Adventures Around Scotland’, we embarked on a four-day journey to discover the country’s natural beauty and local wonders. 

The first stop on our travels was 18th-century market town Castle Douglas; The food town, known for its production of top quality, fresh and truly local cuisine.

Susanne wore our Barbour Straiton wax jacket, Barbour Arran Tunic and our Barbour Essential Slim Trousers accompanied by our Barbour Naomi Loafers, across the course of our four-day journey.


Excited to experience the local food, our morning began at Irving’s Bakery, a delightful family-run establishment in the heart of the town. Their love of baking became apparent from the moment we stepped through the door, with the wonderful aroma of freshly-baked goods.  

Mrs Irving first started baking biscuits in her kitchen, and now her traditional farmhouse-style tray bakes, cakes and biscuits are a hit with both tourists and locals alike. The family’s recipes have been handed down through generations, and today over 50,000 delicious biscuits are baked daily.

As the afternoon approached, Susanne was excited to show us Neuro’s, a beautiful bar, restaurant and spa set in the Crichton Estate. Managed by the Crichton Trust, a fund run and owned by the people of Dumfries, here you can relax and unwind with a choice of beauty treatments, a sauna, steam room and swimming pool.

The contemporary restaurant offers a wonderful array of food. Their menu is built around a host of seasonal herbs and vegetables, which they grow in their very own market garden. We were lucky enough to be shown around the garden by Head Chef Thomas Francis, who passionately explained what each plant was and how they use them in their menus. 

To add the finishing touch to our delicious meal, we moved on to prestigious, award-winning handmade chocolate boutique, In House Chocolates – a must for any chocolate lover. Owner Gillian Warden, with a degree in design, has an obvious passion and skill for the art of chocolate. Enjoy a ground-to-order coffee in the retail shop, browse the 65-variety selection and don’t leave without sampling an indulgent treat or two.

Our day in Castle Douglas ended surrounded by a collection of contemporary art pieces. Designs Gallery & Café is a quirky exhibition situated within reach of the beautiful Galloway hills and coast. As well as art, the shop offers books, prints, jewellery and cards, with a quaint café providing locally-sourced meals and snacks. The perfect way to end a day spent exploring this amazing and charming town.  For more of our day in Castle Douglas visit Susanne's blog

Be sure to enter into our AW16 Tartan Competition - for the chance to win up to £500 worth of the Barbour Autumn Winter 16 Tartan Collection.