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Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace

Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace

Childhood home of one of Britain’s most influential thinkers

Thomas Carlyle’s Birthplace is now closed until 2021.


Little did anyone know that the boy born here in 1795 would go on to become one of the most prolific writers and social commentators of the 19th century.
The unassuming exterior of this wee house in Ecclefechan, near Lockerbie, belies its significance in Scottish history. The house was constructed by Thomas Carlyle’s father and uncle – both local stonemasons – and is a fine example of Scottish 18th-century vernacular architecture.
When Thomas Carlyle was 13, he left Ecclefechan and walked 84 miles to Edinburgh, to attend university.
The Arched House has remained virtually untouched since 1881, when it first opened to the public with the Carlyle House Memorial Trust, started by Carlyle’s niece soon after his death.


John & Christine Ross, offer a warm welcome for all our guests to Surrone House in Gretna – considered the gateway to Scotland.

All six rooms are comfortably furnished and provided with flat screen television, hospitality trays with home baked biscuits, Fresh filtered water, hairdryers and full central heating, the en-suite bathrooms are supplied with Molton Brown toiletries.

Free Wi-fi is also available throughout with comfort and Scottish hospitality at its best.

We have secure parking for Motor Cycles and Bicycles at no extra charge, as well as ample off street parking for all other forms of transport.


A good breakfast will set you up for the day ahead and here at Surrone House in Gretna we will do our utmost to ensure a wholesome breakfast selection.

Our standard B & B tariff includes comfortable overnight accommodation together with a full cooked Scottish breakfast.

A selection of cereals, fruit juice, yoghurt, toast and homemade jam is also offered with teas, coffee or fruit infusions.

Hospitality is our speciality

Surrone House is situated in its own large well presented garden, minutes from the Gretna Gateway Shopping Outlet and a short walk to the World famous Blacksmiths shop. Gretna is the ideal start to the South West Coastal 300 route.





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Kirkpatrick House B and B




We welcome you to the peace and tranquility of Kirkpatrick House Lodge Annex, part of a detached Georgian residence situated at the Gateway to Scotland near Gretna Green.


The Lodge annex is now bookable having a private entrance, for 2 guests, with a minimum stay required. Longer bookings have to be booked direct by phone/email, due to Covid measures to ‘rest’ the accommodation between guests. Reduced rates are available on longer bookings.

Kirkpatrick House is on the outskirts of Kirkpatrick Fleming and is just two minutes drive from Junction 21 of the M74.  Gretna Green is only 3 miles away. We are therefore ideally situated for touring South West Scotland, the Northern Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and the Scottish Borders.

This is a Historic home, with original character, and furnished in line with this style. The house is set in its own private mature gardens with secure parking within the gated grounds.



Why not spend some quality time away with your loved one in our four-poster suite, designed with romance in mind, whether for a honeymoon, anniversary or that special occasion.

Snuggle up together in our mahogany four-poster bed finished with beautiful ivory lace drapes.

Pamper each other in the sunken bath, made for two, in our uniquely styled Arabian bathroom with gold plated fittings & separate shower.

Go on. Spoil yourselves.


All our rooms at Kirkpatrick House B and B are pleasantly decorated and comfortably furnished.

The Family Room

Most have twin aspect views of the Solway Coast & the Lake District mountains in the distance. 

All have tea & coffee making facilities with a snack tray and colour TV & radio.

Hairdryers and ironing facilities are available if required.

The guest bathroom comprises a three-piece suite and an electric over-bath shower.

We give a single occupancy discount.



Cyclists and motorbikers may use our coachhouses for overnight, undercover secure storage. On cycle route 74 next to the B7076 northbound to Lockerbie and southbound to Gretna Green and Carlisle.

No matter for how long you stay you will enjoy a warm welcome, and completely fresh eggs for breakfast, from our own free range hens plus all preserves are home made with fruit from the orchard.


King Robert the Bruce’s cave is only a mile away located to the north of the village.


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