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Culzean Castle and Country Park

Culzean Castle and Country Park

With a dramatic clifftop setting, Robert Adam architecture, fascinating history & beautiful surrounds, Culzean Castle and Country Park is one of Scotland’s best days out.

This glorious 260ha estate was once the playground of David Kennedy, 10th Earl of Cassillis – a man who was keen to impress with his wealth and status. Opulent to the extreme, the park is planted with conifers and beech, sculpted around miles of sandy coastline dotted with caves, and finished off with a Swan Pond, an ice house, flamboyant formal gardens and fruit-filled glasshouses.

The castle itself is perched on the Ayrshire cliffs, incorporating everything the earl could wish for in his country home. It was designed by Robert Adam in the late 18th century and is filled to the turrets with treasures that tell the stories of the people who lived here.

Easterbrook Hall and The Crichton Memorial Church sit proudly within the grounds of The Crichton in Dumfries in the South West of Scotland.

Easterbrook Hall is one of the largest auditoriums in the South of Scotland making it the perfect venue for everything from weddings, concerts and exhibitions to corporate events, family celebrations and performing arts and music events and festivals.

The Crichton Memorial Church is regularly used for weddings, funerals and weekly services as well as graduations, concerts, plays and ‘Wine & Dine’ events.

The Crichton has over 85 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and parkland to explore and is easily accessible on foot, bicycle, car or bus from Dumfries town centre.

It is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and an intriguing history.

On site you’ll find The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses and an Academic Campus.

For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

As well as being a stunning location to explore, The Crichton is a very popular wedding venue, conference centre and tourist destination.

It is an ideal training ground for those who like to run, cycle, walk, swim and keep fit and is the home to Crichton parkrun, which starts from outdside the Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning at 9.15am. The Crichton Golf Club welcomes visitors and is a 9-hole course located adjacent to The Crichton. For children and families there are plenty of green spaces and playing fields too.

Car parking is free and there are electric charging points and bicycle racks too.

Keep up to date with What’s On at The Crichton online at www.crichton.co.uk 

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The Crichton, Dumfries

The Crichton has over 85 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and parkland to explore and is easily accessible on foot, bicycle, car or bus from Dumfries town centre.

It is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and an intriguing history.

On site you’ll find The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses, as well as an Academic Campus.

For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

As well as being a stunning location to explore, it is also a very popular wedding venue, conference centre and tourist destination. It is an ideal training ground for those who like to run, cycle, walk, swim and keep fit and is the home to Crichton parkrun, which starts from outdside the Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning at 9.15am. The Crichton Golf Club welcomes visitors and is a 9-hole course located adjacent to The Crichton. For children and families there are plenty of green spaces and playing fields too.

Easterbrook Hall is one of the largest auditoriums in the South of Scotland and has a regular programme of events, concerts and festivals and is regularly used for family celebrations and parties as well as charity events and corporate functions.

Car parking is free and there are electric charging points and bicycle racks too.

Keep up to date with What’s On at The Crichton online at www.crichton.co.uk 

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The Cairndale Hotel and Leisure Club

The Barracuda Leisure Club in Dumfries is the Cairndale Hotel’s privately owned leisure club. Situated on the ground floor of the hotel,

The leisure club offers excellent leisure facilities, including swimming pool, sauna, steam room, spa pool and fully equipped gym.

Enjoy the facilities of The Barracuda Leisure Club:

 

We look forward to seeing you here…

The Barracuda Leisure Club is split into two distinct areas:

Wet Area

Within the wet area you will find a 14m fully heated leisure swimming pool, perfect for a relaxing swim or equally as functional for those wishing to use the pool for workout purposes. Next to the pool is the spa pool; if ever there was a place to realx, this is it. Also located within the wet area is the sauna; a wood clad hot room using dry heat to sweat out any body toxins. Side by side with the sauna is the steam room; a hot room creating wet heat using steam vapours, perfect for cleansing skins and aiding with breathing problems.

Gym Area

With the gym area of The Barracuda Leisure Club there are a number of state-of-the-art cardio touch screen equipment from Life Fitness. Included in the range are bikes, cross trainers, treadmills and steppers aas well as two Concept 2 rowing machines.

There are a number of resistance stations which include a Pec-Dec, chest press, lateral pull-down, bicep curl, hip conditioner and leg/leg extensions. In addition to the static weight machines is a well equipped weights area which includes two dumb bell racks, benches and a Jones Smith Machine; this machine allows individuals to add on a level to their Smith workout as its functionality allows for movement in all directions, not just simply up and down.

The Cairndale Hotel & Leisure Club is proud to announce the introduction of the new Spa facility, based within The Barracuda Leisure Club. It offers a wide range of beauty treatments, holistic therapies for you to indulge in and enjoy.

A range of Spa BreaksSpa Days and Pamper Packages are available, offering excellent value, relaxing and enjoyable breaks and days out.

Treatments include:

Please note, you do not need to be a Barracuda Leisure Club member to use the Spa facilities.

GOLF BREAKS IN DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY 

The Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries offers excellent value golf breaks in Scotland.

With a range of golfing packages available to suit all abilities, you can choose the perfect break for you.

With numerous superb golf courses in Dumfries & Galloway, golf co-ordinator Kevin Potts can help you choose the perfect combination of courses that will ensure a challenging and enjoyable golf break in Scotland. View Golf Break Offers.

ENQUIRE ONLINE ABOUT A GOLF BREAK
OR CALL 01387 240286 FOR DETAILS

Your accommodation in a Classic room,

Dinner, Bed & Breakfast (Dinner is 4 course Table d’hôte),

Free access to The Barracuda Leisure Club,

Free on site parking,

Free WiFi,

A dedicated golf co-ordinator who will guide you to the best locations and arrange tee-off times for your party.

For one of the top wedding venues in Dumfries, the centrally situated Cairndale Hotel makes the perfect choice for weddings in Dumfries, catering for wedding receptions of up to 300 guests.

The Cairndale Hotel offers a superb wedding venue in Dumfries for your special day. With a wide range of facilities, wedding meal packages and the ability to cater for up to 300 wedding guests, the Cairndale makes an ideal choice for your wedding.

A choice of function suites and smaller function rooms at The Cairndale Hotel provide a prefect wedding venue in Dumfries for intimate wedding ceremonies and receptions with wedding breakfast, dinner and buffet menus to suit all budgets and preferences.

The Cairndale Hotel in Dumfries is licensed as a civil marriage venue for civil ceremonies and civil partnership, facilities are suited to party sizes of up to 150 guests.

ENQUIRE ABOUT YOUR WEDDING ONLINE
Alternatively, you contact the hotel directly by calling 01387 254111.

VIEW ALL INCLUSIVE WEDDING OFFER

Welcome to the Townhead Hotel.

Restaurant

Our resident Chef and his team are on-hand to provide you with some amazing food. We strive to use as many locally sourced Scottish ingredients wherever possible. We guarantee you will love our menu at The Townhead Hotel.

We also cater for dietary requirements, such as Gluten Free & Vegetarian, so please do not hesitate to ask one of our staff who will be happy to help.

Easterbrook Hall and The Crichton Memorial Church sit proudly within the grounds of The Crichton in Dumfries in the South West of Scotland.

Easterbrook Hall is one of the largest auditoriums in the South of Scotland making it the perfect venue for everything from weddings, concerts and exhibitions to corporate events, family celebrations and performing arts and music events and festivals.

The Crichton Memorial Church is regularly used for weddings, funerals and weekly services as well as graduations, concerts, plays and ‘Wine & Dine’ events.

The Crichton has over 85 acres of landscaped grounds, gardens and parkland to explore and is easily accessible on foot, bicycle, car or bus from Dumfries town centre.

It is free and open to the public all year round and has stunning scenery, enchanting rock gardens and an intriguing history.

On site you’ll find The Crichton Memorial Church, Easterbrook Hall, Easterbrook Bistro, Bar & Spa, a thriving Business Park with over 80 businesses and an Academic Campus.

For those who would like to stay over, Holiday Inn Dumfries is conveniently located on site and is the perfect base to explore The Crichton and the South West of Scotland.

As well as being a stunning location to explore, The Crichton is a very popular wedding venue, conference centre and tourist destination.

It is an ideal training ground for those who like to run, cycle, walk, swim and keep fit and is the home to Crichton parkrun, which starts from outdside the Crichton Memorial Church every Saturday morning at 9.15am. The Crichton Golf Club welcomes visitors and is a 9-hole course located adjacent to The Crichton. For children and families there are plenty of green spaces and playing fields too.

Car parking is free and there are electric charging points and bicycle racks too.

Keep up to date with What’s On at The Crichton online at www.crichton.co.uk 

#TheCrichton

 

 

Glenwhan Gardens, Arboretum and Tea Room

Glenwhan Gardens has been described as one of the most beautiful newly made gardens in Scotland. with unique & stunning sea views across to the Isle of Man, Luce Bay, and the Mull of Galloway.

The Gardens are a labour of love, hewn from rough moorland 35 years ago. With the warming influence of the Gulf Stream, Glenwhan grows many tender plants from around the Southern Hemisphere, together with large collections of rare trees and shrubs. A numbered tree trail for the dendrologist has been collated, along with a 17 acre moorland walk with 120 species of wildflowers, grasses, and ferns. Two small lakes (Lochans) are the focal point of these family-run gardens, with seats and  meandering paths running along enchanting walks with interesting scupltures, which the visitor will discover.

The Tearoom prides itself on its delicious home baking and warming  homemade soups. Home-grown vegetables and use of fresh locally-sourced produce are used wherever possible. We have a small but well stocked plant nursery situated by the tearoom, incorporating many of the plants which may be seen growing in the gardens. We aim to produce our own plants and we are happy to propagate any plants for our customers.

 

Glenwhan Gardens are open all year round so that our visitors can experience the full range of the seasons and changes in our flora and fauna.  During the Spring and Summer months, when our tearoom is open, please obtain your tickets from the tearoom. During the Autumn and Winter months we operate an Honesty Box at the entrance.

Garden Opening Daily for 2019 Season

10:00am-5:00pm

Monday 1st April to Monday 30th September.

From 1st October- 31 March, Admission by Honesty Box at Entrance. (Tearoom closes on 1st October)

 

Adults £6.00, Concessions & Groups & Students  £4.50  Season ticket £18.00

Family Ticket £13.00 (up to three children)

Dogs on leads are welcome

Contact Details

Telephone: (+44) 01581 400222

(+44) 07787990702
Email: tess@glenwhan.co.uk
Address: Glenwhan Gardens, Dunragit, Stranraer, Wigtownshire, DG9 8PH

The gardens participate in Gardens of Galloway, Scotland`s Garden Route
Open: Mid March  – 31 October, daily 10am- 5pm.

 

Make time for tea at Glenwhan Gardens

The Tearoom serves home cooked meals using locally sourced ingredients and fresh vegetables and eggs produced on the premises, where possible and when in season. Every effort is made to source the ingredients grown as close to the premises, and emphasis is on Scottish suppliers.

With level access from the car park our tea rooms are fully accessible.

Dietary Options: Vegetarian and Vegan meals available.

Shepherd’s Hut

Our Bespoke Shepherd’s Hut in the garden overlooks the loch, to the Mull of Galloway with splendid sea views, & may be hired for Couples and Singles and comprises: 5ft double bed, with well equipped kitchen area with two hobs, microwave and Belfast sink, with small wood burning fire, full size shower, WC & Basin. A separate sitting out area adjoins the Hut with seating and BBQ. Single dogs are allowed but please not on the bed.

To Book please go to AirBnB under Glenwhan Gardens or use this link https://www.airbnb.co.uk/rooms/16567766, where you will find full details.

  

 

Events at Glenwhan Gardens

 

Come and enjoy OPEN AIR CINEMA: TOP GUN on Sunday 21st April

 

The film starts at 8’clock ‘Top Gun’

100 seats in covered Marquee and refreshments and light snacks are available in the Tearoom. Gates open at 7.30.  all welcome

 

Easter Daffodils – One Day Watercolour Painting Workshop

 

Watercolour Painting Course at Glenwhan Gardens

Cost £60 inclusive of tuition, materials & equipment supplied, refreshments (teas&coffees) and a soup& sandwich lunch provided by the Glenwhan Café

From 10am to 4.30pm on Tuesday 23 April 2019  2019
For further details and to book a place contact Allan
mail@allanmcnallyart.co.uk
Tel. 01465 881175

Easter Daffodils Workshop April 2019 Glenwhan Gardens

 

Waterlilies painting workshop from 10am to 4.30pm on  12th June 2019.

mail@allanmcnallyart.co.uk

 

Course: Grow Your Own Vegetables

 

 

 

Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop

Famous since 1754 and family run since 1885, the Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is one of Scotland’s most popular visitor attractions.

From its historical beginnings as the home of runaway weddings, Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is now a 5-star visitor destination. With shopping, museum, dining, hotels, courtship maze and outdoor play park, It’s the perfect family-friendly day out.

You’ll find us just off the M74/M6 motorway.  As you arrive you’ll see the famous black and white building which is the historic marriage house, popular with eloping couples since 1754. Nowadays couples come from all over the world to marry here. If you’re lucky you might catch a glimpse of a newly wed couple as they become part of Gretna Green history.

Our family-friendly museum brings to life the drama and excitement of Gretna Green’s long history of runaway weddings.

Here you’ll find original letters, telegrams and marriage certificates. There’s a fascinating collection of memorabilia and artefacts to discover too. This is where the story of Gretna Green really unfolds. Enter the historic marriage room and touch the famous Anvil, the symbol of romance in Gretna Green. Legend has it that if you touch the Anvil good fortune in affairs of the heart will be yours.

The Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop is a thriving destination with a range of shopping options & things to do. Our unique range of shops carry a wide variety of products. From fashion, jewellery and speciality Scottish products, to whisky, gifts and locally produced food.

If you’re looking for a great place to eat, our fully licensed Blacksmiths Foodcourt is the perfect place.

Tempt your taste buds with mouth watering dishes and our range of hot and cold snacks and drinks. Or simply relax with an ice-cream in our sculpture courtyard and soak up the atmosphere.

This is a destination full of history with lots to see and do. You can even stop for longer at one of our three, individually designed, hotels.  Smiths Hotel at Gretna GreenGreens at Gretna and newly refurbished, Gretna Hall Historic Marriage House  are all within walking distance. Each of the hotels offer great food to residents and visitors alike.

So if you’re looking for places to visit in South West Scotland , Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop and visitor centre should be on your list.

With onsite car parking, children’s play area, places to eat and The Courtship Maze, Gretna Green Famous Blacksmiths Shop, is the perfect place for families and couples alike.

Open Every Day (Only closed Christmas Day)

Henrys Bay House Restaurant

Henrys Bay House Restaurant is nestled in the West Coast town of Stranraer.

The menu features locally sourced fish and meat prepared and cooked freshly to order by local chef/restaurateur John Henry.

The restaurant also boasts the finest sun terrace in the area for alfresco dining and views overlooking the picturesque Loch Ryan where you can watch the ferries going to and from Northern Ireland and Cairnryan Port.

The comfortable and stylish restaurant and bar are managed by his wife Jane and her team of attentive, welcoming staff.

Henrys Bay House Opening times

Henrys bay house is open Tuesday – Saturday
Serving Lunch 12pm – 2pm (Light Lunch Menu also available)
Dinner from 5pm – 9pm

Early Bird Special!

Early bird set menu available,
2 courses £13.95 3 Courses £16.95
5pm – 6pm, Tuesday – Saturday

Sunday Special Menu

Served all day Sunday from 12pm – 8pm
2 Course Meal £13.95
3 Course Meal £16.95

For details of their extensive menu and for full details, please see their website.

 

 
 
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