Dumfries is the handsomest town
in the south of Scotland, and the favourite residence of families
and mdividuals to whom a healthy climate, great facilities
of education, and the enjoyment of cultivated society, are
obJeets of consideration. It combines most of the advantages
of a large capital; and, by its daily intercourse with Edinburgh,
and its position on the great road to the south and west.
possesses many recommendations as a residence.* The streets
are clean and airy. well paved, flanked with cheerful, and,
in many instances, handsome edifices, and lighted with gas.
Dumfries, like Ayr, has its " twa brigs,"—the
old and the new. The Nith is here a magnificent river, and
having had its channel deepened, vessels of considerable tonnage
are now brought up to the very doors, to receive and discharge
their cargoes, which gives the town the advantages of a sea-port.l.
The environs abound in picturesque scenery, and command extensive
prospects in every direction. On the south, flanked by Criffell
on the right, shut in by Skiddaw in front, and the Solway
Frith flowing between, the Cumberland coast and mountains
are beautifully defined. On the west and north, and partly
on the east, the prospect is bounded by an undulating chain
of hills, which form part of the " Scottish Arcadia.'*
The intervening space is one of the richest and most variegated
dales m Scotland.