The crystal-clear water of the River Nith rises deep in Robert Burns' country above New Cumnock (where it is joined by his Sweet Afton) in southern Ayrshire, wending its way southwards accompanied by the A76 to Dumfries, through the beautiful Nithsdale landscape before ultimately spilling into the Nith Estuary at the Solway.
Throughout its long and twisting journey, with its many tributaries, the Nith travels through stunning and varied landscape, from the dramatic Lowther Hills in the north, through the exceptional and tranquil scenery of the Queensberry Estate. Here the magnificent, historic Drumlanrig Castle, 17th Century Dumfriesshire home of the Dukes of Buccleuch & Queensberry, provides a majestic backdrop to this powerful river.
On through the pretty pastoral lands of Mid Nithsdale, passing Ellisland Farm, home to Robert Burns, the farmer and exciseman as well as national poet. The six-arched Devorgilla bridge (the oldest multiple-arched stone bridge in Scotland) straddles the river at its entrance to the attractive and popular town of Dumfries.
River Nith at Dumfries
The river course continues on its way through the flatlands around Caerlaverock where haaf netting is a common sight and onto its journey's end at the Nith estuary at Glencaple on the Solway Firth.
Along this route are several fisheries offering excellent Salmon and Sea Trout opportunities for fishermen of all abilities.