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Grobdale of Girthorn

Grobdale of Girthorn



Nestled into the beautiful rolling Galloway hills in South West Scotland we are waiting to welcome you and provide a tranquil escape .

Either as your well deserved quiet relaxing R&R or a great base to explore more of our amazing surroundings.

The farm is 65 acres…

of pasture, hillside, river, wetlands and some woodland. We keep Herdwick sheep a Lakeland hardy breed, Tamworth pigs another tough heritage breed and various ducks, hens and guinea fowl. We are a happy relaxed fun farm with all our livestock outdoor reared, grown slowly to bring the best mature flavour to our meat and eggs. We supply the best local restaurants with our produce and a few local small businesses and homes. We try to reduce our impact on the environment as much as possible by keeping our food miles small.

When we came to the farm we had earmarked three outbuildings to convert to holiday cottages, The Dairy, The Croft and The Byre are beautiful stone single storey buildings with wonderful views of the surrounding hills and  valley. We are very proud of the finished cottages and hope you will enjoy them and feel that you’ve made the same right choice as us to spend some time here in Galloway.

The Dairy Holiday Cottage, Sleeps 4 in 2 sumptuous King Size Beds or Single beds

There is a small flight of three steps up or down to each bedroom otherwise this cottage is all on one level. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, one with a bath and shower, one with a walk in shower. There is a large well equipped kitchen with an electric eyelevel oven, microwave, separate hob, dishwasher, full height fridge freezer and island dining area for good old fashioned quality family time meals. The full height exposed beams in the ceiling give a traditional and airy feel to the living room that has  big comfy sofas with plenty of cushions and throws, a large smart TV and log burning stove to keep it warm and comfortable all year round. Underfloor heating kept at an ambient temperature warms the rooms perfectly and since is powered by a ground heat source pump reduces our carbon footprint quite substantially.

The Byre Holiday Cottage,  Sleeps 4 in 2 sumptuous Super King Beds or Single beds

There is a small flight of three steps up or down to each bedroom otherwise this cottage is all on one level. Each bedroom has its own bathroom, both with  walk in showers. There is a large well equipped kitchen with an electric eyelevel oven, microwave, separate hob, dishwasher, full height fridge freezer and island dining area for good old fashioned quality family time meals. The full height exposed beams in the ceiling give a traditional and airy feel to the living room that has  big comfy sofas with plenty of cushions and throws, a large smart TV and log burning stove to keep it warm and comfortable all year round. Underfloor heating kept at an ambient temperature warms the rooms perfectly and since is powered by a ground heat source pump reduces our carbon footprint quite substantially.

The Croft Holiday Cottage  Sleeps 2 in a sumptuous Super King or 2 Single beds

There are two entrances to this cottage one with steps and one with a paved slope, all inside is on one level and so this is our most accessible dwelling. The bathroom has a walk in shower. There is a lovely light well equipped kitchen with an electric eyelevel oven, microwave, separate hob, dishwasher, full height fridge freezer and island dining area for romantic dinners for two. The full height exposed beams  give a traditional and airy feel to the living room that has  big comfy sofa and a window seat  with plenty of cushions and throws, a good sized  smart TV and log burning stove to keep it warm and comfortable all year round. Though underfloor heating kept at an ambient temperature warms the rooms perfectly and since is powered by a ground heat source pump reduces our carbon footprint quite substantially.

Each cottage is supplied with crisp white bed linen, plenty of luxurious fluffy towels, all your kitchen basics – tea towels, condiments, washing up liquid and dishwasher tablets , hand soap, tea, coffee and sugar, firewood and kindling, there is also baby equipment and dog baskets available to borrow if you don’t have room in the car.

Outside you have your own designated parking spaces, a private paved seating area with fire-pit, sofas and an uninterrupted view of the hills, stocked wood-store, outside taps and a bike store with washing area for your pooch, pedals or wellies.

We are a dog friendly holiday destination , but ask that pets are not kept in the bedrooms so that future guests with possible allergies are not affected.

There is a Laundry room at the end of the Byre that houses clothes washing and drying facilities that are free to use during your stay should you need to put a quick small wash through.


Grobdale of Girthon

Grobdale of Girthon


Castle Douglas Golf Club


Our attractive, tree-lined 9-hole parkland course, situated close to the centre of the town of Castle Douglas, is a very fair course for all levels of golfer. The course measures 5400 yards for 18 holes, par 68, slope rating 119 (white), 118 (yellow), and 120 (red).  Our greens and tees are well laid out and superbly kept and this makes it a pleasure to play the course.  We think you will find the third hole a very interesting hole as it has a plateau in front of the green, and there are several other similarly individual holes.  The second tee looks over the town to the countryside beyond, and it is worth pausing and looking backwards from the top of the hill on the ninth hole – you will see a beautiful vista including Threave Castle and the Galloway Hills to the north and west.


We have set our Visitor Fees for 2021 at a very competitive level – £20 for an all day ticket, £15 for 18 holes, and £10 for 9 holes.  That’s great value for money!  Visitors can book via the link on the Visitors’ page of the Club’s website –  You can walk the course relatively easily with a carry bag; alternatively, golf buggies and trolleys are available for hire at a very reasonable price.


Our Clubhouse offers vending machines with hot and cold drinks, and snacks.  Full meals are available on Friday evenings and Sunday lunchtimes, and on any day when an Open Competition is being held.  You can get a three course dinner for as little as £14.00!  Booking is recommended by calling 01556 502801 and leaving a message if unanswered, or via Facebook Messenger to Castle Douglas Golf Club.  You can park for free off-street in the Club’s ample car park.


Castle Douglas is a small market town with many independent shops and businesses.  There are several hotels in town where golfers and non-golfers can enjoy a relaxing stay and explore the local area.  There are many self catering properties in the surrounding area and this provides another accommodation option. The caravan park beside Carlingwark Loch at the foot of the town is popular, and there are numerous other caravan sites around the local area, all within driving distance of Castle Douglas.

The Ship Inn


The Ship Inn is a boutique hotel and restaurant located in the quiet conservation village of Gatehouse of Fleet.

We have 10 en-suite guest rooms all with designer bathrooms, Smart TVs and Wifi connections.

In addition we supply Coffee machines, kettles and a selection of Twining teas and local biscuits.

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Balcary Bay Country House Hotel


Balcary Bay Country House Hotel takes its name from the beautiful bay on which it stands commanding a stunning location overlooking the Solway, within an area of Galloway that is romantic in its isolation, and which was once full of intrigue. Heston Isle, the hide-out of 17th Century smugglers, fronts the hotel’s view across the Solway coast, while beyond rise the majestic peaks of the Cumbrian Lake District.

Romantic, secluded, tranquil & welcoming. We invite you to escape the pressures of everyday life. The hotel is set within three acres of mature landscaped coastal grounds & stands on the shore of the secluded bay offering all the comforts you would expect from a family owned country house hotel.

Whether you are a seasoned walker, cyclist, golfer, bird-watcher, or merely wish to escape for a little peace & tranquillity, Balcary Bay Country House Hotel is your ideal base.

Dogs accepted by prior arrangement


Balcary Bay Country House Hotel offers a range of hotel accommodation with room types that are sure to suit your requirements. We can offer rooms with a little more space and a choice of twin or double bedded rooms. There are three superior sea view rooms situated on the ground floor with their own patio overlooking the bay which are extremely suitable for those guests less able to climb stairs. Many enjoy magnificent views across the bay, with the remainder overlooking the mature gardens. So why not spoil yourself & consider a deluxe or superior room & take in the breath taking views.

There are twenty well appointed bedrooms all with en-suite bathrooms. Each is individually designed and all benefit from the owners personal touches.

Craigadam Self Catering Cottage

Craigadam Self Catering Cottage has three twin bedrooms, all en-suite, individually decorated to a theme – African, Florentine, and Scottish.

The cottage has a comfortable sitting/dining room with French windows and a lovely view of the orchard.

Craigadam Cottage makes for a perfect, romantic location for honeymoons, celebrations and family breaks alike.


This self catering cottage, nestled in a beautiful countryside setting just a short drive from Dumfries offers excellent value from £300 to £750 per week and is available any week of the year.

Short breaks / long weekend bookings available – to check availability or enquire about a booking, please contact us or check our online booking at the link below:



All rooms have comfortable chairs and television sets, so guests can relax with their favourite programs when not out in the beauties of Craigadam Estate. Our orchard is particularly suitable for sitting out, barbecues and for children.

The luxury fitted kitchen comes complete with a cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and dishwasher – everything needed for your stay.

A gas barbecue for use in the orchard or the courtyard is available on request.

Home cooked dinners & breakfasts

Guests can book dinner and breakfast in our dining room situated in the main house.

Those looking for the freshest, highest quality home produced organic lamb, pheasant, venison, Royal game sausages, patés and more from our Country Larder shop (online ordering & home delivery available).

The Cottage at Craigadam offers guests the opportunity to cater for themselves in one of the most pleasant homes-from-home in Dumfries and Galloway – a perfect and romantic location for those on honeymoon or for that special celebration.

New Galloway Golf Club


New Galloway Golf Club is a delightful 9 hole golf course located in the South of Scotland.

We welcome visitors to experience playing in a magical place. It is a gem among rural courses in Scotland and noted for its superb natural greens and views.

New Galloway Golf Club members are proud of their golf course and feel it is probably the best 9 hole golf course in Scotland.

The course climbs from a traditional clubhouse in a woodland setting up the first two holes to open moor land where golfers may enjoy views of Loch Ken and the surrounding Galloway Hills. It is kept in superb condition and it is noted for its natural greens and fairways. The playing experience is heightened by quality of the turf benefiting from an abundance of bents and fescue type grass

West Barmoffity Farmhouse Bed and Breakfast

A friendly welcome awaits you at West Barmoffity Farmhouse where we offer comfortable farmhouse bed and breakfast accommodation on our working farm. with 2 spacious en suite bedrooms.

Guests are welcome to use the lounge, which houses the t.v. and also a woodburning stove.The dining room has patio doors leading out into the garden which guests are most welcome to enjoy.

All food is locally sourced and homegrown when possible.

An ideal base for walkers, cyclists, birdwatchers, photographers or just relaxing.


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Signature Wagens Camper Hire South West Scotland




Finally a chance to escape and explore a little.
Compact Low cost & sleeps up to 2 adults and 3 young children.
Book a little break for yourselves now!

Grab our Van for a break away this year.

3 night Weekend £235
7 nights £410
3 nights mid week £190
An affordable way of exploring southwest Scotland and Beyond.
We have the #southwestcoastal300 on our door step and it has a wealth of beautiful places to visit and explore and some stunning scenery to see.



The Corn Mill Studio,



The Corn Mill Studio has one bedroom that can sleep 1-4 people. It has a low double bed with memory foam mattress and one single bunk bed. It is a cosy space for 4 to share, not much room to manoeuvre but very comfortable for sleeping and relaxing. It has 4 reading lights, a desk and two chairs with a deep set window looking out onto the stream that used to power the old Corn Mill.

The large open studio kitchen has a day bed sofa that could suit an extra person to sleep. It also has two large tables allowing for creativity and play, make yourself at home- a good space for writing, drawing, painting, printing, still photography, cooking, eating and playing board games (we have a good collection!), there is a Smart TV Monitor and Xbox3 (a few games and DVD’s available).

The fully equipped kitchen has plenty of space and all the cooking basics to make delicious food from our local produce for one or family size meals. It also has a washing machine/dryer, fridge with small freezer compartment, 4 hob electric cooker/grill, toaster and stainless steel sink. We have a digital radio / music centre, popcorn and candy floss machine too!

The continental breakfast provided is delivered to your kitchen and includes locally produced foods, we can cater to any dietary requirements, so please let us know what you like to eat. Breakfast comprises of cereal (gluten free is our speciality and we provide a Coeliac friendly kitchen), local non-pasteurised organic milk / non-dairy option, toast and fresh butter / non-dairy option with local jam, honey or marmalade from Seville, Spain, because it is the best marmalade on the planet. Fresh espresso is possible with our stove top steam percolators, traditional breakfast tea and herbal non-caffeinated options and pressed fruit juice are also provided. All to be enjoyed in your home from home, eat in or in the garden.

The Corn Mill Studio has one family size bathroom with an electric shower over a full size bath, sink, toilet and heated towel rail. Ecological toiletries are provided.

Premium towels and bedding are provided per visit, fresh linen by arrangement at an extra charge. You can do your own laundry in the washer/dryer if you prefer.

The garden surrounding the studio is unfenced, bordered by large deciduous trees; it has a lawn, organic permaculture herb borders, a spring water burn runs through and there’s a clothes drying whirligig for your use. The property is adjacent to the large and beautiful community permaculture garden with edible forest fruits, shrubs and flowers for all to enjoy in summer and autumn.

There is no internet connection or mobile/4G coverage in the Corn Mill Studio (due to the very thick old stone walls), but free WiFi is available in the village shop cafe and 4G outside (depending on your provider).

The Corn Mill Studio has green energy electric central heating throughout, which gets nice and cosy, and it stays naturally cool in summer.

It is one of the oldest buildings in Auchencairn, built in the early 1700’s. It has a very solid quietness surrounded by wild nature at it’s vivid best; lots of birds, plants and beautiful landscapes to enjoy. The Auchencairn community extends a warm welcome and has all the provisions you need for a  relaxing, fun and interesting visit.

Your host, Cate Ross, is a professional creative practitioner, community education specialist and a Galloway and Southern Ayreshire UNESCO Biosphere Experience Guide.

The Old School House



A fantastic place to stop for a meal, or coffee and cake.

Really snug and warm on cool winter days with wonderful food on offer and friendly hard working staff.

Very easy to get to as we are right beside the A75, so whether you are heading East or West pop in and sample our delicious food and beverages.

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Slogarie Estate

Slogarie Estate is situated in the heart of the Galloway Forest. With woodland walks; scenic cycle routes and local lochs there are no shortage of places to explore.

We are in a Dark Skies National Park and are surrounded by nature and our own private 70 acres.

We currently have two beautiful holiday cottages – The Coach House and The Kennels both are reburished and ready for you. Three more to follow soon!

Dog owners and their four legged friends are invited to enjoy a break at Slogarie Estate.

With ample dog walks for all abilities, we have a wet and dry room at The Coach House, with great laundry facilities too. Perfect for those who like to get really stuck into the landscape like our very own dogs!

Enquire today about your pet-friendly stay in Scotland.

The Coach House comfortably sleeps 10 and looks out onto our private loch and farmland. It has been beautifully renovated to the highest standard and boasts a log burner, outdoor fire pit and log fired hot tub!

A new addition to Slogarie Estate. Keeper’s Cottage is a delightful property. It has two en-suite bedrooms and and a dual aspect sitting room, a kitchen with an Aga and it is self sufficient! The cottage runs on renewables and is carbon neutral!


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Galloway Cycling Holidays


Welcome to the best cycling holidays in Scotland – Winner of  Visit Scotland’s Thistle Awards for Best Outdoor / Activity company 2019/2020 in the West.

We specialise in guided and self-guided cycling holidays in the South West of Scotland. We also offer bike hire of quality bicycles (hybrid, road, gravel and eBikes) for day rides. 

Explore the beauty of Galloway and our UNESCO Biosphere during a long weekend or book a longer tour. There are no set start dates. We can arrange the accommodation and will move your luggage. Come as a group, a club, a couple, or just by yourself. We customise your holidays to your fitness level and interests.

We have a large portfolio of amazing cycling routes for every type of cycling – always on beautifully quiet roads and tracks.

If you like gravel biking and off-road cycling – Galloway Forest Park is one of the best playgrounds anywhere in the world. 

Discover Galloway and the path less pedalled the sustainable way.

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Ferngrove Holiday Lets


Carole and Graham are delighted to welcome you to Ferngrove Cottage where we have 2 properties available to let


Set just on the edge of the village of Crossmichael, which has a village shop/ post office and the Thistle Inn. We are approximately 4 miles from the vibrant town of Castle Douglas, the ‘ Food Town ‘ with its many unique and interesting shops. The beautiful Solway coast is a short drive away or you could visit the many local Gardens and Castles.

Loch View has a stunning view over Loch Ken. The cottage, all on one level, sleeps up to four people, with one double bedroom and one twin bedroom.
Comprising of a well equipped kitchen/diner with washing machine, microwave, hob, cooker and Fridge freezer. Spacious Lounge, with TV, DVD recorder/ player and Music system. Double size shower,  basin and WC, heated towel rail. Double bedroom with fitted furniture. Twin bedded room.

Kirk View is set in a pretty garden with views towards the village. The cottage sleeps 4 in two bedroom. Well equipped Kitchen /Diner, Dishwasher , Microwave, Oven, Hob and Fridge Freezer. The cosy  ‘Snug ‘ has a TV and DVD recorder/ player. Wi-f .Upstairs are two bedrooms, one Double, with TV and tea/coffee making facilities, a twin bedded room with TV and tea/ coffee making facilities, both have USB charging sockets. The  bathroom has a shower, basin, wc.and is situated between the two bedrooms.There is an enclosed Garden, we are happy to accommodate one well behaved adult dog, please inform us at time of booking.


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Ernespie House Hotel

Castle Douglas



Within walking distance of one of the most attractive towns in south Scotland, the Ernespie House Hotel makes an ideal base for touring the attractions of Dumfries and Galloway and we welcome walkers and cyclists throughout the year…

Extensive Grounds

If you’re up for a stroll, there’s 14 acres for you, the dog and family to enjoy. Alternatively you could elect to relax with a G&T or one of our divine cocktails.

Listed Dovecot

Whilst strolling the grounds, note the 19th Century Dovecot with corbelled, crenellated parapet. Internally, this Category B listed building still contains it’s stone nesting boxes

Dining at Ernespie

Delicious home cooked family fayre served each day in the lounge bar.

Whether looking for Lunch, cream tea or something more substantial in the evening, There’s always a great choice at Ernespie House Hotel.


Enjoy a traditional cream tea
Served with a choice speciality Teas

Other choices may include Toasted Teacakes & Warmed Brownies with ice cream


Ernespie House Hotel makes an ideal base for touring the attractions of Dumfries and Galloway – we’re delighted to announce that our bedrooms are now available.


We have 17 bedrooms in total consisting of Family rooms, Double rooms and Twin rooms.

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Threave Garden and Estate



Threave Garden and  Estate is the perfect place for a family day out – or two: there’s so much to see and do here, you may not fit it all in to one visit.

A garden for all seasons and a haven for wildlife, with an osprey platform and bat reserve

Please check our website for opening times or phone for details 01556 502575 or email
Threave’s wonderful garden has been created over the years by students of the Trust’s School of Heritage Gardening – and is a fine example of landscaped beauty. The garden is divided into a series of smaller gardens to showcase different styles, including glasshouses, formal gardens, rockery, RHS trial beds, rose garden and walled garden, and new for 2019, a new garden of contemplation.
At the centre stands Threave House, designed in the Scottish Baronial style in 1871 for the Gordon family. Many of its rooms are displayed as they were in the 1930s.
The wider estate caters for more adventurous tastes, and includes our flagship bat reserve. The nature reserve is a Special Protection Area for breeding waders and wintering wildfowl – pink-footed geese and Greenland white-fronted geese are regular visitors.

There are 23 golf clubs that are members of the South of Scotland Golfers Association. Courses range from wee 9 hole courses in the picturesque Galloway hills to magnificent 18 hole links round the extensive coastline. Green fees range from as little as little as £10 in winter up to £60 for Southerness. Great value is to be had on courses to suit all tastes and abilities.

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Kilnford Farm Shop

(We are located along the A75 at the Garroch Roundabout – Right beside the NEW D&G Hospital!)


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Our farm shop is a treasure cove of local and Scottish delights. Our farm shop is often referred to as ‘the food hub of Dumfries and Galloway’. We have a butcher counter which boasts a selection of quality home reared produce, a deli counter packed full of local, Scottish and speciality cheeses along with homemade pies and our own home cured hams. The shop provides a huge range of day to day essentials such as bread and local milk to hand brewed ales and local biscuits.

If you’re looking for a gift, you can find something a little special in our craft section. Browse locally made pottery items, local art, handmade cards and of course everyone loves a mug with one of our famous Belties on it.


Our Kitchen Cafe provides the ultimate local food experience, where else can you feast on a burger that has been, farmed, handmade and cooked all in the same place?

The restaurant is open daily and here you can enjoy a full Scottish breakfast packed with our homemade sausages, haggis and black pudding, home cured bacon and local free range eggs. We have a range of daily lunch specials, speciality barista coffees and locally baked cakes.


Loch Ken Holiday Park

Loch Ken Holiday Park is a peaceful family owned and managed, 5 star, award-winning camping and caravan park, positioned on the shores of Loch Ken, Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland. Located approximately 50 miles (one hour by car) from the ferry port of Cairnryan this small, sheltered park is renowned for its friendliness and cleanliness.  Situated near the picturesque rural village of Parton, Loch Ken Holiday Park is just seven miles from the delightful “Food Town” Castle Douglas, and only fifteen miles from the popular “Art Town” Kirkcudbright.

The Park offers modern luxurious two and three bedroom holiday homes for hire, featuring stunning panoramic views across Loch Ken, as well as providing pet-friendly and disabled-friendly accommodation. The Holiday Park’s new hardstanding waterfront touring and motorhome pitches all with electric hook-ups and extensive tent field (a number of electric hook-ups also available), with separate heated facility blocks including spacious dishwashing and laundry facilities are what makes Loch Ken Holiday Park a much sought after Scottish holiday destination, offering something for everyone. A peaceful haven in an area of outstanding natural beauty providing luxurious accommodation and modern camping and caravan facilities, is what makes Loch Ken Holiday Park the perfect base for exploring all that South West Scotland has to offer.






Just 2 miles from the A75 at Ringford nestled in the heart of Red Kite country you’ll find Barstobrick boasting a coffee shop and several way marked walking trails including the Galloway Faerie Trail. Also onsite is a horse riding centre offering lessons and treks for all ages and abilities. We invite you to explore our beautiful Galloway countryside by foot, bike or on horseback

Our coffee shop is open Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-4pm, serving breakfast, lunch, tea, coffee and delicious home baking. Maps and clue sheets for our walking trails can also be purchased here.




      Galloway Faerie Trail, Hot Blast Trail and Ridge Trail


Explore the enchanted countryside on the Galloway Faerie Trail. This magical 1.1km walk is suitable for the young and the young at heart. The accessible paths take you on a journey through the world of faeries while you solve clues to help uncover the mystery of the missing faerie dust. Clue sheets can can be purchased from the coffee shop at £3/child over 3.

The Hot Blast Trail (5.5km) and the Ridge Trail (2.2km) take you further afield to learn about the history at Bartsobrick and neighbouring Queenshill. Spot some local wildlife, including the Red Kite who like to soar through the skies above Neilson’s monumnet and learn about the dairy farming activities carried out here by the Austin family. Maps for these trails are also available in the coffee shop.




At Barstobrick riding centre we have horses and ponies suitable for all ages and abilities. We offer half hour – two hour off road treks around our 650 acre estate as well as lessons in our indoor and outdoor arena’s. Fully licensed and insured. Barstobrick Riding Centre | Dumfries & Galloway



Barstobrick Holiday Lodges enjoy stunning views of the Galloway countryside and provide guests with a peaceful and relaxing place to spend quality time with partners friends or family.

The lodges at Queenshill (left above) are pet friendly and offer accommodation for up to 4 while our new development at The Pond are more compact with a king sized bed small kitchen and shower room. Both have free Wi-Fi, outside seating and are equipped to make your stay as comfortable as possible. For bookings email


A fun day out for all the family!





Clience Studio – Angela Lawrence



Clience Studio – Angela Lawrence is a friendly artist’s gallery and working studio owned by Angela Lawrence, Artist

Showing mainly her Scottish landscape and seascape paintings.

Clience Studio is a most welcoming gallery, as well as the artist’s studio, and displays her original oils and watercolours, signed giclee prints and other items from her work.

Angela frequently paints to commission and is also a very active exhibiting artist at prestigious galleries throughout the UK.

Galloway Activity Centre Accommodation


Galloway Activity Centre has a range of different accommodation on offer including Mongolian Yurts, Camping Cabins, budget bunkhouse rooms, Safari Tent and luxury off grid eco-bothies. All are available whether booking into activities or just here for the scenery.

Mongolian Yurts – sleeping up to 6 around a log burning stove, this is a great way to escape with something a little different. Basic self catering facilities are provided

Camping Cabins – comfortable wooden cabins down by the loch with lighting, heating and electricity

Geodesic Dome – equipped with a wood burner, sleeps up to four and commands stunning views over Loch Ken

Safari Tent – Stunning views over the loch and sleeping 5 in two separate bedrooms

Bunkhouse – Our 20 bed bunkhouse can be booked for exclusive use or by individuals. 5 bedrooms and a central living/dining area

Eco Bothies – Luxury off grid accommodation with wood fired hot tubs

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Small Print



Small Print is a print and copyshop.

We sell stationery, computer consumables and printer ink.
We also do printing, copying, photographic and artwork reproduction.

We offer a full range of printing services – business cards, leaflets, flyers, letterheads, greetings cards etc.

Photocopying and colour copying upto A3 size. We can copy onto a variety of paper and card.

Mr Pook’s Kitchen


Mr Pook’s Kitchen; your gateway to Scotland’s larder.

Mr Pook’s Kitchen is a restaurant situated on the site of the old Clydesdale bank in Castle Douglas. Opened in 2018 by Ed Pook, the restaurant uses ancient, classic and modern cooking techniques to showcase some of the best produce in Dumfries & Galloway from local suppliers as well as foraged foods from the woods and hills of our wonderful countryside.

Described in The Times Magazine as “the home of a serious chef”, whether you’re looking for a light, friendly lunch or a delightful evening menu, Mr Pook’s is rapidly earning a name for itself as the go-to place in Dumfries & Galloway.



The Longhouse at Threave


The Longhouse at Threave is  modern house designed by Hebridean Homes. Ideally situated for exploring Dumfries and Galloway. Sleeps up to 8 people in 4 bedrooms.

Large open plan kitchen, dining and seating area

featuring a dramatic double height ceiling with glazing along the south facing wall offering views over the Galloway countryside. There is an attractive wood- burning stove in the  lounge area.

The kitchen has a built- in large single oven, an integrated microwave, dishwasher and fridge freezer.

Also downstairs is a bathroom with shower bath, a double bedroom with en -suite and a further bedroom with bunk beds. Each of these bedrooms has ample built- in wardrobes. A utility room off the entrance hall has a sink, a washing machine and a condensing tumble drier.

Upstairs there is a room with king-size bed and another bedroom with two single beds and a shower room with toilet. These bedrooms also have large built- in wardrobes.

A private patio on the south side of the house is an ideal spot to relax in the bubbling hot tub.







Taken over by the Castle Douglas Development Forum for the community, the Heart of Galloway Visitor Centre is a visitor information centre which also sells the best of locally produced food and crafts


Blairinnie, an escape to rural bliss – the perfect getaway for walkers, cyclists and outdoor enthusiasts with stunning countryside to explore on and around the estate.

Located in a peaceful location, with stunning views over open countryside, Blairinnie, a detached property is located on Barwhillanty Estate and makes an ideal holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area. Barwhillanty, which has been family run since 1884, is a 5000-acre estate set in the beautiful Galloway Hills of Kirkcudbrightshire in south west Scotland. This 19th-century farmhouse has been renovated to an excellent standard and benefits from over 18 miles of picturesque walks on the estate – route maps are provided, and trout fishing is available on request. The surrounding area offers a tremendous amount to occupy guests: golf courses, sailing, horse riding, cycling (both road and mountain bikes as this is the famous 7Stanes country!), amongst many other adventurous activities. For those with young children there are also a number of great days out on the doorstep. If arts and culture are a passion, a quick glance at the surroundings will see exactly why the region has inspired so many artists, writers and craftsmen, from the artist’s town of Kirkcudbright, to the region’s infamous Spring Fling festival, amongst many other events that take place all year round. The food town of Castle Douglas is 7 miles away with everything that could be needed, plus a little more! There is a beach only 10 miles from the property as well as a number of shops, pubs and restaurants within 2 miles.

Welcome to the Imperial Hotel

Located in the quiet market town of Castle Douglas, this former Victorian coaching inn and listed building is a family run establishment that offers a warm and friendly welcome to guests and non-residents alike. The Solway Coast is one of the most beautiful corners of Scotland and is a haven for many outdoor pursuits such as country sports, fishing, cycling, sailing walking and touring. If nature is your thing you won’t be disappointed, Dumfries and Galloway is renowned for its abundance of wildlife all year round.

Restaurant & Bars

At the Imperial Hotel residents and visitors can enjoy delicious meals prepared to order using fresh local produce whenever possible, and then enjoy a refreshment in our attractive lounge bar. Alternatively we have two cosy back-to-back public bars and a games room with pool table, two dart boards and a jukebox to help you relax.


Here at the Imperial Hotel we offer a warm welcome to individuals or groups, whether here on business or a relaxing break. We are open all year round and look forward to the pleasure of your company.

What we offer:

Lochanview Log Cabins No6 & No7 are part of a small private development consisting of nine log cabins all privately owned set in a horseshoe formation round a small landscaped lochan in the centre. Lochanview Log cabins are a short walk from the yachting village of Kippford, on the beautiful Colvend coast, Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland an ideal location for couples to enjoy a romantic break away. Perfect location for those who enjoy forest walks and countryside and with the added attraction of the Colvend coast on the Solway Firth, right on the doorstep. Perfect for families with many and varied attractions throughout the area for both children and adults alike to enjoy. There is also fishing,riding,sailing,walking,cycling,golf,sandy and shell beaches. Dogs are very welcome at no extra charge to stay at Lochanview Log cabins with many long enjoyable walks for them. This location is not for those who want to party.We will not accept large groups. No stag or hen groups.  See T&C







Kippford forest, close to Lochanview Log Cabins N06 & No7 attract Red Squirrels, give them nuts and you can watch them feed. We have a stunning 2oo year old Beech tree very close to No6. In the early hours of the morning in autunm you may hear the Badger foraging for food in the gardens at the back of the log cabins. The deer come down from the wood and have been seen roaming about the paddock grazing.

Dogs Welcome

Lochanview log cabins provide the ideal dog friendly self-catering holiday for your whole family, including your well-behaved dog.

Responsible owners and their dogs are welcome to enjoy the miles of forest trails in South West Scotland. There are walking trails at nearby Rockliffe and coastal walks from Kippford.

Active dogs will enjoy exercising on the dog-friendly sandy beach at Sandyhills, 3 miles from the log cabin.

Well behaved dogs are welcome, but must bring their own beds and be kept off the soft furniture and beds.

No extra charge for dogs (2 max)

Craigadam Country House Hotel B&B

The award-winning Craigadam Country House Hotel offers luxurious accommodation around 15 minutes from Dumfries.


Luxury Accommodation

All rooms have free WiFi access, a flat-screen TV, tea and coffee facilities and en – suite bathrooms.

 Our rooms are all individually themed, taking inspiration from Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Queen Victoria, among others.


Our full breakfast buffet offers cereals, yoghurt and fresh juices along with cooked items.

Craigadam’s restaurant serves hearty dishes such as salmon fillet in orange and white wine sauce, and local game specialities including partridge stuffed with venison.

We also have a drawing room with log fire and a billiards room with honesty bar.


Craigadam enjoys an invigorating country estate setting, with bracing walks through the hills and by lochs and streams.

The market town of Castle Douglas is 45 miles west of Carlisle, 55 miles from the Cairnryan ferry to Ireland, and just under 1 hour’s drive from the 300-square mile Galloway Forest Park.


A few minutes from the A75, we are located close to Castle Douglas and also has a drawing room with log fire and a billiards room with honesty bar.


The Gallery at Laurieston


The Gallery at Laurieston is the home of award-winning landscape and fine art photographer Phil McMenemy. Open every Sunday 10.00am – 17.00pm and at all other other times for a private viewing and a cuppa by phoning 01644 450235


In June 2015 the new, larger Gallery at Laurieston opened in what was the old village Inn. This followed seven successful years in the smaller, ‘old’ gallery.

The new, larger space offers options and is a more fit for purpose gallery space.

Hosting other artists, providing a great space to host talks and workshops and a space that folk can hold meetings.

The primary goal of the gallery is for it to become an established venue of high quality art.
A rotating seasonal calendar of art from the best artists the region and Scotland can put together.
The gallery will continue to be the main showcase of owner Phil McMenemy’s work – Phil is entering his tenth year as an artist and his work continues to be well-received and goes from strength to strength.

The gallery is open most days during the week, by appointment by contacting Phil on 01644 45023501644 450235 and every Sunday throughout the year.

Phil and family welcome you to come browse  and enjoy the new venue – tea, coffee and cake is often available – a warm welcome is always available!

Situated and located in the heart of the Stewartry region of Galloway, between Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright, Gatehouse of Fleet and New Galloway, and amongst the most wonderful and peaceful of rural settings the Gallery is well-placed!

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Sulwath Brewery is the principal brewery in Dumfries & Galloway. Its Tap Room is a popular haunt with all real ale lovers in Castle Douglas & surrounds.

We turn out eight regular brews – with other seasonal ales featuring from time to time. Sulwath’s Ales have won a number of awards at various Beer Festivals north & south of the border in recent years & hold the current title of “CAMRA Champion Porter of Scotland 2016” and overall Silver Award at the “CAMRA Winter Beer of Britain” 2017.

 There are tours every Monday and Friday at 1pm

The Tap Room sells 4 house brews in cask & two house brews from keg. Ciders are also available. Guest ales from other parts of the country are available at Sulwath’s annual Beer Festival in May.

The brewery is open for visitors Mon-Sat 10am-6pm all year.

Welcome to Ellisland Museum and Farm. From 1788-1791, Ellisland Farm was the rural home of National Bard Robert Burns. He built the house for his family. Its fabulous location by the river Nith inspired him to write some of his most famous poems.

Today visitors can explore Burns’ farmhouse; the kitchen where meals were shared, his spence where genius was ignited. Then discover more about his life, work, and the setting that brought us Tam o’ Shanter, Banks O’ Doon and Auld Lang Syne.


Discover Scotland is the largest independent holiday letting agency in South West Scotland, with a portfolio of more than 200 cottages, built up since 1982. We have a wonderful variety of properties on offer, whether you’re looking for a coastal holiday, city break or true wilderness experience. With properties accommodating parties of 2 up to 26 there really is something for everyone, including the dog!

Our aim is to ensure that holidaymakers receive a warm welcome and an everlasting holiday experience, ensuring visitors return time and again. We are always pleased to hear from holidaymakers before, during and after their holidays. Feel free to email, call or Facebook us, we’re open 7 days a week from 8.30am until 5pm. Or why not pop into our centrally located Castle Douglas office when passing by!

Threave Castle

This site is closed until Spring 2021.


Historic Scotland are working hard to gradually reopen the places you love while making sure the experience is safe for everyone. Find out more about reopening plans:


Cross the River Dee by boat to visit this enchanting castle set on its own island. Rich with wildflowers in summer; you might see ospreys and otters hunting in the river.

The castle was besieged by King James II for two months in 1455, and fell after the king bribed the garrison to surrender.


Tickets are available from the NTS Osprey Centre (closed 12pm to 12.30pm), and not on the island. Last tickets available at 4.15pm.

Member/Explorer Pass holder: FREE
Adult: £6.00
Child aged 5–15: £3.60
Child under 5: FREE
Concession: £4.80


Argrennan Lodge is situated just inside the main entrance of the Argrennan Manor House estate, and offers accommodation for up to 4 people. The two upstairs bedrooms are furnished with mahogany cabinets and beautiful antique style single sleigh beds which offer unrivaled comfort to guests. The upstairs rooms are cosy, with white walls which contrast against the dark wood of the apex ceiling. The lodge is cool in summer and snug in the winter, with central heating and a wood burner for extra comfort.

Argrennan Cottage is situated within a horseshoe farmstead to the rear of the estate. This tradition whitewash cottage has 3 bedroom made up of a double and 2 twin rooms. It is all on one level with a large living space and kitchen, shower room, and private rear garden.

Argrennan offers the perfect holiday accommodation from which to discover the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway countryside and makes a perfect midway stop when traveling to the highlands from the South or to the ferry at Cairnryan.

Enjoy the privately owned Argrennan estate and its many features, including a stunning walled garden. Take advantage of the 9 hole golf course, or the 3 miles of fishing beat on a stunning part of the River Dee, offering idyllic Salmon and Trout fishing from March through October.

5 Star Galloway Cottage Sleeping 6 on Barwhillanty Estate

Situated in a peaceful location, with stunning views over open countryside, this detached property is located on Barwhillanty Estate  and makes an idea holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area. Barwhillanty, which has been family run since 1884, is a 5000 acre estate set in the beautiful Galloway Hills of Kirkudbrightshire, South West Scotland. This 19th century farm house has recently been refurbished to a high standard and benefits from nearly 30km of picturesque walks on the estate – route maps are provided.

The surrounding area offers a tremendous amount to keep you occupied: golf courses, sailing, horse riding, cycling (both road and mountain – you are in the famous 7 Stanes country!), amongst many other adventurous activities. For those with young children there are also a number of great days out on your doorstep. If arts and culture are your thing, open your eyes and you will see exactly why the region has inspired so many artists, writers and craftsmen, from the Artist’s town of Kirkcudbright, the region’s infamous Spring Fling, the “Wickerman” amongst many other events, all year round. The Food Town of Castle Douglas is 7 miles away with everything you could need, plus a little more! Our rugged coastline with sandy coves and bays is <20miles away and the nearest pub and shop only 2 miles.

The property consists of: a spacious open plan living room / kitchen with wood burning stove and oil Aga. Sitting room with a double sofa bed (additional sleeping area) with an ensuite shower room & toilet. Utility room. Games room. Downstairs toilet. Three double bedrooms, each with zip & link beds (can be twin on request). Bathroom with freestanding bath and toilet. Shower room & toilet.

•Wood-burning stove – fuel inc •Elec, full oil CH, bed linen and towels inc •Apple TV •Freesat smart TV •Blu-ray •iPod dock •Surround sound system •Oil Aga •M/wave •W/machine •T/dryer •D/washer •Freezer •Wi-fi •Large, enclosed, lawned garden with furniture •Shared, 5000-acre landscaped grounds •Parking (for 3 cars) •Cycle store •Games room with table tennis •Stabling available (Additional charge) •Natural water supply from borehole •Pets free of charge, to be kept on a lead – sheep country •No smoking •NB: Slope in garden. Pond and water features in grounds


Kirkennan Estate Holiday Cottages

Three family and dog friendly holiday cottages near the Solway Coast sleep 2-7.
Relax in Kirkennan’s own organically run landscaped grounds, walled garden and wild-life friendly woodlands bordered by the tidal Urr-water. Enjoy nearby nature reserves, historic gardens & scenic walks. Woodsedge is wheelchair accessible.

Kirkennan Estate Holiday Cottages Woodsedge (sleeps 5, wheelchair accessible), The Lodge (sleeps 5 + 2) and The Mews (sleeps 4 + 1) are located on the beautiful and peaceful Kirkennan Estate bordered by the tidal Urr Water. The cottages provide comfortable accommodation within 35 acres of formal lawns, oak wood and walled garden which guests are invited to enjoy. They are also welcome to make friends with our free range chickens. Red squirrels, roe deer, a range of birds, bats, badgers and, if you are lucky, otters can all be been seen on the Estate.
Paved private roads extend through the formal gardens of the Estate that are suitable and accessible for wheelchairs, pushchairs, young bike riders and  mobility scooters (one is available for the use of guests). The cottages are pet friendly and we welcome well behaved dogs (which can be let off the lead in the 16 acre Jock’s Wood).
Although Kirkennan is in a rural area it is possible to have a good and varied holiday without using a car – see our website for suggestions.
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Galloway Activity Centre

Galloway Activity Centre occupies a stunning location on the banks of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland.

With our team of expert adventure instructors and our beautiful surroundings we specialise in providing exciting and memorable holidays in a safe and friendly family atmosphere.

Catering for families, groups and individuals, you can choose from popular short taster sessions, full day activities, certified courses and instructor training under the professional guidance of our skilled tea


Looking for some fun outdoor activities to do? Look no further! Situated in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway Forest Park and with a range of fun land and water based activities to do there’s no better place to enjoy the great outdoors than Galloway Activity Centre

Some of the Outdoor Activities available include

Laser Tag; Archery; Sailing; SUP; Wobbly Waterpark; Kayaking; Mountain Biking; Climbing and Zip Wire; Giant Water Slide and Giant Swing


Family Activities in Scotland just got better! With a range of exciting outdoor activities to choose from there’s no better place to take the family than Galloway Activity Centre – come and join the adventure!


The Activities on offer for families include Family Activity Days; Youth Club; Adventure Holidays

Courses also available and these include Sailing; Windsurfing; Powerboating and Sail Foiling

Don’t forget to pop into the cafe to satisfy those hunger pangs.

Waterfront Café

The Waterfront Café has been serving hungry activity customers for years and there’s no better place to fill up after a hard day on the water! With delicious breakfasts, refreshments during the day, evening meals and our ever popular specials you’d be mad to miss out!

Situated on the East Bank of Loch Ken, just off the A713


Self catering holiday cottage near Castle Douglas. Equipped to a high standard with full central heating and wood burning stove inside, large enclosed sunny garden outside. Located in Haugh of Urr, a country village with pub, childrens play park and woodland walks.  Great base for exploring both coast and countryside.

See for availability, prices and last minute offers.

Prices from £250 to £410 per week.  Short breaks available from £150 for three nights during winter season.



The Kings Arms Hotel

a former Coaching Inn recognised by Visit Scotland

(and which recently welcomed H.R.H. The Duke of Rothesay), the King’s has been offering food and refreshments to guests for over 200 years.

Our rooms are attractively furnished,

en suite with colour TV,

Tea and Coffee makers.


The hotel is the perfect base for all visitors whether it be – golfers, walkers , motor bikers, mountain bikers & cyclists, or to just relax and enjoy the unspoilt beauty of Dumfries and Galloway.



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Five comfortable, well-appointed, centrally-heated cottages sleeping from 4 to 8 people, on beautiful 4500 acre Gelston Castle Estate near the Solway coast.

All linen, towels, electricity, heating and hot water included.

Five cottages in the listed old stable courtyard of Gelston Castle, giving possibility of groups up to about 30 people.

Cottage no. 1
Sleeps 6
Ground floor: hall; kitchen/dining; sitting room with open fire; W.C.
Upper floor: double/twin master bedroom with en-suite shower room; double/twin bedroom.
Tower: double/twin bedroom; adjacent bathroom, with bath and over-bath shower.

Cottage no. 2
Sleeps 6
Ground floor: hall; kitchen/dining; sitting room with open fire; bathroom with bath and separate shower.
Upper floor: double/twin master bedroom with en-suite shower room; 1 twin; 1 double/twin bedroom.

Cottage no. 3
Sleeps 8
Ground floor: hall; kitchen; dining room; W.C.; sitting room with open fire.
Upper floor: double master bedroom partially en-suite (can shut off to make fully en-suite); double/twin bedroom (can share bathroom with master bedroom); double/twin bedroom; twin bedroom; bathroom with shower only.

Cottage no. 4
Sleeps 6
Ground floor: hall; kitchen; W.C.; L-shaped living room with wood-burning stove, dining area with hatch to kitchen.
Upper floor: double bedroom with en-suite shower room; 1 double; 1 double/twin room; bathroom with bath and separate shower.

Cottage no. 7
Sleeps 4
Ground floor: hall; kitchen; L-shaped living room with cast-iron electric stove, dining area with hatch to kitchen.
Upper floor: double bedroom; twin room; bathroom with over-bath shower.

Facilities on site include 40 ft heated outdoor swimming pool (May-Sep); all-weather tennis court; games room; steam room and changing room; giant chess; laundry room; drying room.

Kirkmirren Cottage
Romantic, luxurious cottage sleeping 4. Secluded, picturesque hillside position below rugged Screel Hill, 3 miles from Gelston Castle Courtyard.

Ground floor: sun porch; sitting room with log fire; W.C.; separate dining room; kitchen; utility room with washing machine and tumble dryer. Outside drying facilities. Sun terrace.
Upper floor: 1 double & 1 twin bedroom; bath with over-bath shower.

Short breaks available outside peak periods.

Recently refurbished and under new ownership Douglas House offers comfortable yet stylish accommodation in the centre of Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway. There is a comfortable lounge area that guests are welcome to use at any time, and separate tables at breakfast time .We are pleased to announce we have been awarded Visitscotland’s “Taste our Best ” award for our quality breakfasts.

All bedrooms have modern en-suite facilities, colour TV and DVD player, tea/coffee tray. hairdryer and complimentary toiletries. One of the rooms, which is on the ground floor, offers superking/twin beds and is suiable for assisted wheelchair access.

There is free wifi available throughout Douglas House.

Douglas House is a short walk to a variety of shops and restaurants, and nearby attractions include Threave House and Gardens, Threave Castle, Carlingwark Loch and the Dumfries and Galloway countryside.

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