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Reid Country Retreats, West Wing Knockbrex

West Wing, Knockbrex


The West Wing of a Grade II Listed mansion house, situated in private grounds and overlooking the Solway Coast.

Set just 200m from the shoreline, this distinctive property has ready access to a variety of coastal activities, ideal for beach holidays, watersports, coastal walks, golf, fishing and cycling.

The perfect location to experience secluded and tranquil escape in the countryside.

The recently renovated accommodation is equipped to the highest of modern standards, while retaining much of the original Victorian architectural character and charm.

The house provides a lounge with spectacular panoramic coastal sea views, a large dining hall with feature log-burning fireplace, a traditional farmhouse kitchen, 4 bedrooms including 1 king size suite with ensuite bathroom, 2 double rooms and a twin room with adult size bunkbeds and a separate daybed (suitable for children under 12), a family bathroom with bath and separate shower, a cloakroom with WC, and a separate utility room with washer/dryer.

Externally, there is a sea-view terrace, a large lawned garden with adjoining stream, a one-acre ‘walled garden’ suitable for ball sports and ample parking for several cars.

Located on the Carrick shoreline, near Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Southwest Scotland at the foot of the Fleet Forest, just off the A75.

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


Buckle House

Buckle House is a Victorian Terrace on the Main Street of Gatehouse of Fleet, originally the town shoe shop.

The house has two large double bedrooms with kingsize beds, with plenty of room for travel cots if required and a smaller room with bunkbeds. The large kitchen is fully equipped and the dining room comfortably seats six.

There is a small enclosed garden which is ideal if you choose to bring your pets on holiday, it has seating to enjoy Al Fresco dining or a bbq.



No. 7 Tannery Wynd, Gatehouse of Fleet

We also have a new property available in Gatehouse of Fleet, a small ground floor flat on Tannery Wynd which sleeps 3. The property has a fully equipped kitchen, a dining area and a comfortable, cosy living room for relaxing after a day exploring the region. Located just off the main street it is in walking distance to the pubs, shop and cafes in the town.


Butterfly Lodges


Welcome to Butterfly Lodges.

We have 2 lodges – Holly Blue (sleeps 6) and Clouded Yellow (sleeps 5).

Both are located at Kippford Holiday Park in Dumfries and Galloway. We look forward to welcoming you.

Holly Blue Lodge

As a self-catering lodge you’ll find everything you need for a perfect stay. The kitchen has a fridge, a hob, an oven, a kettle, a freezer, a toaster, a microwave and a washing machine. The kitchen is very well stocked to include washing up liquid, clingfilm, greaseproof paper, dishwasher tablets, washing machine pods, tinfoil and cooking oil.

The lodge is a perfect place to relax and offers a smart TV and free wi-fi.

The lodge has 3 bedrooms and can comfortably sleep 6 adults. In the first bedroom, you will find a king size bed. There is a walk-in wardrobe and an en-suite shower room. The second bedroom is a double. The third bedroom is a comfortable twin.

Clouded Yellow Lodge

In this, our new self catering lodge you will find the same high standard as Holly Blue Lodge with the addition of a separate utility room with washer/dryer, sink and space for coats/shoes/boots.

The lodge is a perfect place to relax and offers a television and free wi-if. In addition there is a ceiling mounted wi-if sound system.

The lodge has 2 bedrooms and can comfortably sleep 5.

In the first bedroom, you will find a king size bed. There is a walk-in wardrobe and an en-suite shower room.

The second bedroom is a comfortable twin. There is a sofa bed in the lounge suitable for 1 person.

There are 2 bathrooms. The en-suite has a toilet and sink and a walk-in shower. The second bathroom has a toilet and sink and a shower over the bath.

Outside there is a large decking area with seating and table and a gas BBQ.

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.

Barstobrick Holiday Lodges

Barstobrick holiday lodges are situated on a dairy farm run by the Austin family. Onsite there is a coffee shop, walking trails and a horse riding centre. Offering free WiFi and stunning countryside views, Barstobrick Holiday lodges are centrally located, near the small village of Ringford, perfect as a base to explore beautiful Dumfries and Galloway.

The Pond Lodges, our new development for 2021, have a king-sized bed, small kitchen and shower room. Each lodge is equipped with a smart tv, soft seats inside as well as outdoor dining table and chairs on the deck overlooking the ponds and rolling Galloway hills. Queenshill lodges offer more spacious accommodation for up to 4 people. They are pet friendly and their peaceful and tranquil location make them perfect for a relaxing escape. The lodges back onto the walled garden which is open to be explored all year.

Arrange for a breakfast hamper to be delivered to your lodge (additional charge) or enjoy a full Scottish breakfast in our coffee shop, 30 minutes walk from Queenshill lodges or 2 minutes by car and only a few hundred metres from the pond lodges.  Additionally, local produce and BBQ hampers are available to be pre-ordered in advance of your stay.

There are several walking trails to join right outside your lodge where maps are provided. The clue sheet for the Galloway Faerie Trail is on sale in the coffee shop. There is also a horse-riding centre on site with lessons or treks to suit all ages and abilities (booking is advised).

Picturesque Kirkcudbright, known as the ‘Artist’s town’, is just six miles away where you will find a supermarket for supplies and many cafés, restaurants and shops open when safe to do so.

Dumfries is 25.2 miles from Barstobrick, while Cairnryan (Irish ferry port) is 53.4 miles away. Glasgow Prestwick Airport is 55.9 miles away.

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.

Dalbeattie Golf Club


A delightful 9-hole parkland course with stunning views of the surrounding Urr Valley, Dalbeattie Golf Club  is a haven for wildlife; birds of prey fly overhead, deer are often seen and woodland song birds abound in the adjacent Rounall Wood.

Established in 1894 Dalbeattie Golf Club is one of the oldest in Dumfries & Galloway and the layout of this course, which has been considerably extended in recent years, provides an excellent challenge for golfers of all ages and abilities seeking a truly enjoyable golfing experience all year round. Come and see for yourself.

A warm welcome and an enjoyable day’s golf await.

For more information or questions about the club and its facilities, or to make enquiries about membership, visitors’ passes etc., please contact us by phone or email. 
For telephone enquiries, the Clubhouse is regularly open every evening, Wednesday to Sunday plus weekend lunch times from late March until late October. Outside these times, it may be easier to contact us by email. 

Gatehouse of Fleet Golf Club


Gatehouse of Fleet Golf Club set in the beautiful Fleet Valley rewards you with challenge and with visual appeal at each and every hole of this stunning 9 hole golf course.

Situated on the coast of Dumfries & Galloway, it is always in good condition, Gatehouse of Fleet Golf Course is a good 9 hole test, with views from most of the holes, of Wigtown Bay, the Clints of Dromore and the massif of Cairnsmore of Fleet. This is a good year round course with no winter greens, and spring and autumn are seasonal highlights due to the visual impact of the scenery.

Pre Booking is required at the present time.

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The clubhouse facilities are modest with no catering, however there is a good selection of cafes, bars and hotels in the village of Gatehouse of Fleet itself

The Stewartry Museum


The Stewartry Museum was founded in 1879, and first occupied part of the Kirkcudbright Town Hall. As the collection grew, the present purpose-built museum was planned and opened in 1893. The Museum has an old-world charm and exhibits a wealth of objects relating to the area known as The Stewartry, or Kirkcudbrightshire. The Stewartry Museum holds an impressive local history library and archive collection relating to the Stewartry and an extensive photographic archive. All of these resources can be accessed when visiting the Museum. Prints of the photographic archive can be supplied. For those unable to visit the museum in person a postal research service is also available for a small fee. A temporary exhibitions programme and a selection of children’s trails run throughout the year. Special event days take place during the holidays. For more details see our exhibition programme.

Accessibility: The ground floor is accessible via the front door with the use of a ramp which can be requested from staff. The ground floor to the museum is level. Access to the first floor is by a steep staircase. A single narrow, public toilet is available. Accessible toilets are available in the nearby Kirkcudbright Galleries.

Kirkcudbright Galleries


Visit our nationally important art collection and learn the story of the Kirkcudbright ‘Art Colony’ through an audio-visual show “The Artists’ Town” and a permanent display of some of the best Kirkcudbright paintings in our collection. The complete redevelopment of the 19th century Town Hall is now home to an art gallery, which retains the Kirkcudbright Artists’ Collection, of recognised national significance, on permanent display. The exhibition includes works by artists such as John Faed, Robert Sivell, Edward Atkinson Hornel, Jessie Marion King and Samuel John Peploe.

Entry is free but please book timed visit in advance to ensure that we can manage numbers and maintain physical distancing. If you are unable to book online, please call The Midsteeple Box Office on 01387 253383 during opening hours (Tues – Sat, 10am – 1pm) and we will complete a booking for you over the phone. If you arrive without booking a timed entry we will be happy to welcome you if the gallery has capacity. If it is busy you may have to wait outside or come back at another time.


Our gallery is fully accessible. There is lift access to all floors, wheelchair loan and assistance dogs are welcome. There is no designated parking spaces outside but there are usually parking spaces available nearby. There is level access to the ground floor main hall displays, men’s toilets are located on the ground floor, while ladies and disabled access toilets are located on the first floor foyer. Please note, the glass doors for access to exhibition spaces are quite heavy if travelling alone, please speak to a member of our team who will provide information and assistance during your visit.

Station House Cookery School

Station House Cookery School is a unique experience in Dumfries and Galloway.  Developed in the beautiful train station buildings in the picturesque fishing town of Kirkcudbright, Nick and the team offer a wide range of cookery classes for all ages and tastes delivered by passionate and knowledgeable tutors.  There’s a great focus on supporting local producers and all ingredients are sourced as ethically as possible.

Station House Cookery School. Cookery Classes and Courses for adults and children.

Cookery Demonstrations, Half Days, Full Days, One Week and Two Week Cookery Courses.

Or why not have your own bespoke class?

Cally Golf Course

The Cally Golf Course lies beautifully in a magnificent parkland setting surrounding the Cally Palace Hotel in Gatehouse of Fleet. The 18 hole, Par 71, 6062 yd parkland course, sculpted into the parkland surrounding the hotel uses the natural contours of the land, the magnificent trees, the hidden burns and the Cally Lake where there is a chance of encountering some deer, red squirrels and possibly a chance where otters can often be seen.

As you play the course, there are wonderful views of Cardoness Castle, Rutherford’s Monument and the Fleet Estuary.  The course is open to our hotel residents and also to those staying in our sister hotels, North West Castle, Fernhill Hotel, as well as being available to day visitors. Visiting golfers are welcome to use the hotel changing facilities and buggies are available to pre-book.  Golf packages are available at all hotels.

Brambles Delicatessen


Brambles Delicatessen, Kirkcudbright where you will find an amazing range of Fine foods, Cheese, Local Produce,
Crackers, oatcakes, chutneys, relishes, meze and bruschetta toppings. Local jams, marmalades, curds, syrups and honey.
In any given week, there are more than 40 artisan cheeses to choose from. The Brambles’ cheese of the month showcases individual cheeses and we offer tastings before you buy.
World Foods including gluten free and fair trade.
Brambles fresh bakes: baguettes, sweet and savoury.
Hand painted Spanish ceramics, Recycled Glass, gifts and bespoke hampers

Kirkcudbright Galleries Cafe

Kirkcudbright Galleries Cafe offers a light, varied menu using fresh local produce, situated on the first floor of the gallery, overlooking St Cuthbert’s church and flooded in natural light to create a most relaxing, modern cafe environment.

Serving the leading Italian coffee “Segafredo” alongside Edinburgh’s famous tea merchant Brodies. The visit to the cafe is an essential point of your tour of Kirkcudbright Galleries.


Lovely hot soup on a cold, wet and blustery day

Situated on the scenic north shore of the Solway coast, Mersehead is an extensive wetland and saltmarsh area, a haven for breeding waders, wintering waterfowl and year-round bird and wildlife-watching.

Spring is particularly magical, when the wet meadows fill with lapwings and skylarks and the air is filled with birdsong as they compete to establish territories and attract a mate. In the evenings you can hear the natterjack toads.

In Summer you can look out for the young birds making their first venture into the outside world.

Autumn sees the arrival of large numbers of the Svalbard population of barnacle geese, as well as pintails which flock to the flooded wetlands in autumn and winter.

And perhaps our favourite annual display at Mersehead, is the winter murmurations of starlings swirling around the reed beds, truly unforgettable.

Colvend Golf Club


Our testing parkland layout offers a challenge to all abilities and is one of the area’s most popular golfing experiences. The Club was founded in 1905 with a Willie Fernie designed 9hole layout and over the years this has been developed into the 18hole course you see today. We welcome golfers and non golfers of all abilities and buggies are available on request.

With spectacular views across to the Cumbrian Fells and even to the Isle of Man, we are also privileged to enjoy some exciting wildlife visitors including red squirrels, roe deer, peregrine falcons, and even occasional otters.

Colvend is one of those places you’ll want to come back to again and again to savour both the course and our renowned hospitality.

Kirkcudbright Golf Club


Founded in 1893, Kirkcudbright Golf Club is conveniently located on the southern edge of the beautiful and historic town of Kirkcudbright, an hour’s drive from the M6/74 corridor to the east and Stranraer and the Irish Sea ferries to the west.

A warm welcome awaits all visitors, both individuals and groups, and we invite you to enjoy a fine test of golf and then to relax in our clubhouse and sample our catering or bar delights. Visitors are welcome every day and should your requirements clash with our events please call, as we will try our best to fit you in.

Panoramic views of the Galloway Hills and the Dee Estuary add romance charm and inspiration to a refreshing and challenging round of golf on this excellent quality 18-hole, par 69 (ladies 72), parkland course. Here accuracy and skill outweigh the power of a big-hitter.

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

Gather at Laggan

Where good food and good views nourish the soul


Gather is a place where friends and family can get together to enjoy good food, company and views.

The glass fronted bistro is a flexible and contemporary space that suits your mood.

Whether you want to pour over the papers with a latte in hand or sink sundowners with friends as you watch the sunset over the sea, Gather is a place to relax and reconnect.

Taking inspiration from across the globe, Gather will be serving food:

Monday – Thursday 9am – 7pm
Friday – Sunday 9am – 9pm

Table reservations can be booked online.

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Selkirk Arms Hotel


“Our food – fresh, local, traditional and modern, Scottish Mediterranean with a twist.”



Open daily to non residents for coffee, lunch and dinner.

A great selection of real ales, malt whiskies complemented by a stunning wine list.

Superb food using the freshest locally sourced ingredients,cooked by Head Chef Ryan Millar








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.

Roundhouse at Loch Doon



Loch Doon is the largest inland loch in Southern Scotland with spectacular scenery. It is approximately 5 miles in length and 1 mile at it’s widest point. It nestles in the Galloway hills with stunning views of the Rhinns Of Kells.

Here you will find The Roundhouse Cafe and Osprey Lounge.



An absolute “must stop” not just for a welcome cuppa and snack but for magnificent views and of course the

wonderful Ospreys who breed nearby. They can be viewed from the Osprey Lounge and the owner will be only to happy to tell you anything he can about these wonderful birds.




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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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Café at Clatteringshaws

The Cafe at Clatteringshaws and visitor centre is open all year round and is dog friendly.


Offering freshly prepared café fayre and daily specials. Come and try our homemade soup, cakes, tray bakes and freshly prepared cherry and almond, fruit or cheese with a hint of chillie scones.
 We also support local crafters and artistes by displaying their goods in the café
The café overlooks the tranquil Clatteringshaws Loch, a haven for birds and wild life and boasts stunning views to the rolling Galloway Hills.
While your here why not visit the red deer range, the otter pool or come and see the wild goats! All just a short distance from the Café at Clatterinshaws. You’re sure to be an instant hit with the wildlife if you ask our staff for some carrots to feed the deer!
On a clear day, look out for the mighty Merrick, highest hill in the Southern Uplands, soak up the stunning views or meander beside the loch to the historic Bruce’s Stone one of two stones dedicated to the Scottish king in the Forest Park.
This is also one of the best places to enjoy the night sky – the visitor centre overlooks the darkest part of the Forest Park, which ensures a particularly dramatic stellar show.


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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Garroch Glen Shepherds Huts 

Calm your mind, soothe your soul and reconnect yourself with nature!

Garroch Glen Woodland Retreats in Dumfries and Galloway – Scotlands best kept secret!

Authentic traditional Shepherds Huts are available to let on the beautiful Garroch Glen estate just a couple of miles from the popular village of St Johns Town of Dalry. Located in the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO biosphere , an area of south west Scotland  which has been recognised internationally as a world class place for people and nature. It rests beside the Southern Upland Way and on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park known for the Dark Skies and star gazing.

Enjoy a simple, relaxing off-grid, technology free and eco-friendly break staying in cosy shepherds huts surrounded by the unspoilt landscape and abundance of wildlife. Red squirrels, pine martins and roe deer to name a few. All in the Garroch Glen, Glenlee Estate, St Johns Town of Dalry, Dumfries and Galloway.

Each hut with their own :

  • Woodburning stove

  • Double bed, with bedding and towels

  • Campfire

  • Table and chairs

  • Crockery

  • Compost toilet and warm gas shower on site (Please note! in extreme cold weather conditions shower may not be available)

These holiday breaks will bring you back to nature.  We want people to consider the impact that humans have on this earth, but also the impact of tourism too. Our huts have minimal impact on the land which we want to protect and preserve. We encourage guests to think about what they don`t need and can do without, then take those thoughts back home and apply them to everyday life.

There is no electricity, lighting, hairdryers, charging points or any fancy hot tubs. Just well equipped, traditional and cosy shepherds huts, each with their own campfire set in beautiful ancient woodland. We have a `leave no trace` policy and encourage guests to preserve water and take away any rubbish.

Our accommodation is perfect for walking the Southern uplands, visiting South West Scotland, cycling the Seven Stanes, star gazing in the Dark Sky Park and nature watching holidays. Calm your mind, soothe your soul and reconnect yourself with nature!

Shepherds Huts Scotland are proud Supporters of the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere. We are committed to offering sustainable, environmentally friendly holiday breaks that protect our earth and the people who live here.

Find out more about this amazing project and our area by clicking the link below.

Mon – Fri, (4 nights)  £250.00

Full week, Mon – Sun ( 7 nights) £400.00

Weekend break, Fri – Sun (3 nights) £225.00

Contact us for further information and booking.

Tel: 01644 430504


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Craigengillan Estate

“Where natures magic grows”


Nestled deep within the grounds of Craigengillan Estate sit two beautifully restored cottages.

The cottages named ‘Forget Me Not’ and ‘Find Me Out’ sit peacefully in a sunny woodland glade by the banks of the rushing Glessel burn.

Whether you want somewhere to escape the hustle and bustle of the city or provide the perfect environment to celebrate that special moment, whatever the reason, we are sure our self service cottages will be perfect.

Find Me Out cottage has a double bedroom, bed can be split into two singles, a living room with a cosy log fire and sofa bed that sleeps two and a traditional kitchen, complete with a working Aga. A secure fenced garden for the dogs to play in, or the children to play safely in.

Forget Me Not, thatched cottage has a double bedroom upstairs, that can be split into two singles,(with option of extra bed), a double bedroom downstairs with a log fire, (with the option of another bed in there too). The kitchen/living room is complete with working aga. Has a sofa bed that can accommodate another two. Shower toilet downstairs, and bathroom upstairs. Secure fenced garden to the rear of the property that allows dogs and children to play safely.

Outdoors, there are a wide variety of things to see and do during your stay. From the Ness Glen gorge walk, to some fishing and outdoor activities, we have something for everyone.


Barrhill Woods Bed and Breakfast


This new Bed and breakfast, located in the delightful harbour town on the River Dee, Kirkcudbright is a gem in Dumfries and Galloway, is ideal for a quiet, relaxing stay.
Do you love walking, cycling, fishing, golf, art, photography and stunning scenery?  Visiting Dumfries and Galloway, and more importantly, using Kirkcudbright as a base to explore is a great choice.   With its range of independent shops and many galleries Kirkcudbright (pronounced Kur-coo-bree) is also known as the Artists Town.
Barrhill Woods B&B is located in an elevated position above the town just beneath Barrhill Woods. There is just a short walk into the town to sample the delights it has to offer.
If wildlife, art and photography is your interest, look no further.  The woods, which are just a minute or two’s walk away, has a wildlife hide that is easy, and free, to access.  There is an abundance of birds and plenty of red squirrels, so it should be possible to take some delightful images.
Alternatively for the writers and creative types, relaxing in my B&B should inspire.
If you have mobility challenges, the access is via a ramp.  All facilities are on one level.  The private bathroom to Bedroom One has a door into the bath, a winch strap within, plus a powerful over head shower.  There is also a deployable handle by the standard height toilet.
To aid a restful nights sleep the bedding in all the rooms is luxurious Egyptian Cotton.  The location is also peaceful and quiet.
To start your day, indulge in a 5 course breakfast. With fruit juice, fresh fruit salad, cereal, yoghurt and a full cooked English or Scottish breakfast the choice is yours.
To see the full list of events that, and there are plenty, which are hosted in Kirkcudbright check out the local website
I look forward to welcoming you.

Brighouse Bay Holiday Cottages



We have three delightful self-catering cottages, Brighouse Bay Holiday Holiday Cottages, a terrace of former farm workers cottages, overlooking the unspoilt bay of Brighouse, on the north Solway shore.

All of these properties are Pet Friendly and your Pets stay for FREE




The cottages are in a peaceful rural setting 2 miles from Borgue, and a bit further from Kirkcudbright, and they have expansive views over Brighouse Bay, the rolling Galloway hills and over the Solway to the Isle of Man. There is just a total of six properties on Brighouse Bay.

Our cottages, called Cormorant (4 star), Oyster-Catcher and Sand Piper are three attractive, comfortable, self catering cottages, fully equipped to identical standards, with all the facilities required for a family holiday.


Living Room – Multi-fuel burning stove (kindling, logs and coal all included). Comfortably furnished with a sofa, two arm chairs, TV, DVD, Video, Sky free view and a CD music system.

Kitchen – Washer/dryer; Fridge/freezer; Dishwasher; Electric cooker; Microwave; Dining table and 6 chairs; also a high chair on request.

Bathroom – 3 piece white suite with shower over bath.

Upstairs – 3 bedrooms:

Master bedroom with en-suite shower room; one further double bedroom and one twin bedded room. Travel cot available on request.

Parking – to front and rear of cottages.

Pleasant enclosed garden – with seaviews, garden furniture and BBQ.

Pets – Well behaved dogs are welcome at all our properties.

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The bay boasts magnificent views over the Irish Sea and is surrounded by 1200 acres of great walking country. Quiet rural roads make for safe cycling, and there is a free-to-use slipway closeby if you want to bring along your dinghy. At the head of the bay there is a safe sandy beach.

A few minutes drive or cycle away from the cottages there is golf, horse-riding, an indoor swimming pool, and a restaurant. Kirkcudbright, the Artists’ town is just a few miles away via a scenic coastal drive, and a few miles beyond is Castle Douglas, renown for its high quality, locally produced food.



Maxwell Arms Hotel

Maxwell Arms Hotel is a cosy Family run pub with six en – suite bedrooms catering for the weary traveller, a Lounge and also a Function Room

There is a wide selection of food available in the restaurant and a great atmosphere in the friendly bar where a large selection of beverages can be found.

Also there is a large beer garden for those lovely summer days and evenings. A great place for relaxing.



Lindean Guest House


Lindean Guest House offers comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of Dumfries with local hosts offering a warm welcome, here to look after you during your stay.

Please note that we are not able to accommodate children or dogs.

Stag Wood Bed and Breakfast, Pilates and Retreats


Welcome to Stag Wood Bed & Breakfast Accommodation, Pilates Classes & Weekend Retreats on the Solway Coast Dalbeattie, Scotland

Located in a tranquil setting with stunning views, Stag Wood offers the opportunity to relax and enjoy your break with excellent bed & breakfast (B&B) accommodation providing comfortable rooms and with a delicious  Scottish breakfast the following morning.

There are three comfortable en-suite bedrooms in total; 2 double/twin rooms, 1 king-size with a day bed suitable for another person or child.

All bedrooms have tea and coffee facilities, as well as free Wi-Fi.

Enjoy the relaxing surroundings – sit in the beautiful gardens or take a short walk to the local pub in Kippford just a mile away and down to the Cockle Shell beach or alternatively, there are plenty of energetic activities to do in the area!

Couples, walkers, cyclists, families are all welcome at Stag Wood.

Bed & Breakfast Accommodation, Pilates Classes & Weekend Retreats on the Solway Coast

St Ninians Garden Apartment


St Ninians Garden Apartment is a Double bed garden apartment situated right on the seafront at Colvend

near Dalbeattie DG5 4PU. £50 pn

Dogs and humans are very welcome for a peaceful stay on beach, cliffs + woods.

Biking, canoeing, wild swimming, bird watching.

We are hoping to open on 15th July 2020 in phase 3 of lockdown release. we feel that we can offer a break in an area of very low population that will allow freedom AND safety in the post Covid era !! It will be possible to stay with us and not come into close contact with anyone else ( us included !!) Feel free to contact us for further details;

Lynda ; 07766967383 or Steve 07730130701

Welcome to Colvend, gateway to the stunning Colvend Coast, a popular holiday destination in Dumfries & Galloway, south-west Scotland.

Colvend is a picturesque hamlet with a well-stocked convenience store serving local residents and holidaymakers alike. We offer a wide range of groceries, chilled foods, fresh fruit and vegetables, a good selection of wines and a range of seasonal goods as well as bottled gas. We also stock various gardening products like compost and plants and invite you to visit our Garden Shed to view these.

Colvend Store is open all year round, seven days a week.

Adjacent to the store is the Treats & Eats Tea Room serving delicious meals, baguettes, paninis, rolls and home-baked cakes and scones. We also serve tea, coffee, soft drinks and smoothies and you can even rent out the tearoom for your personal party – just click here to ask for details.

We look forward to meeting you during your stay in this beautiful corner of Scotland! 

Ross Bay Retreat


Our quartet of self catering holiday cottage business that was set up alongside the working farm at Ross Bay back in 2014.
It was initially established with our 2 bedroom self catering ‘Creel Cottage’ in 2014 (sleeps 4),
then followed by the 3 bedroom ‘Dairy House’ in 2015(sleeps 5),
 ‘The Old Cheeseloft’, a 3 bedroom cottage was fully converted in 2016 (sleeps 5)
and finally ‘Byre By The Sea’ was completed in 2019, offering two bedrooms (sleeps 4).
All our cottages have been refurbished to a very high standard and offer lovely views across the bay, they are all pet friendly and provide wood burning stoves for guests within a very comfortable home from home setting.
Our 500 acre working farm has breeding cattle herd and a breeding sheep flock. We grow cereals in Yorkshire to bring up here for winter feed and straw for bedding. There is a Biomass boiler system servicing all cottages which was installed in 2014. We have been increasing biodiversity here at Ross Bay with wildflower seeds / areas, and cleaning out / reinstating the old dam during the summer of 2019.
We are delighted to announce that we have been recognised as a Scottish Thistle Award Regional Final Winner for 2019/2020, a massive thank you to all our lovely guests we have had staying with us over the last five years for their reviews and support.
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Senwick Hideaways

The Secret Studio

Now taking Bookings for 2021 from £122 per night 

Senwick hideaways is our latest venture on the farm and we couldn’t be more excited to share it with you!

Our luxury bothy,’The Secret Studio’, nestled against the beautiful bluebell wood of Senwick and set on the banks of our wee lochan. Here you can relax in the peaceful surroundings of the beautiful Galloway countryside on our traditional livestock farm and alpaca trekking centre.  Using sustainable building materials and solar powered electric we have worked with our architects to create a sustainable space which sits as one within its natural surroundings.  The studio has been designed to reflect our belief in working with nature but this does not mean that you have to compromise on the little luxuries! Curl up in from of our cosy log burner, enjoy a relaxing bath with its own private window onto the lochan or lie in our spacious custom made bed watching the stars through the secret sky light! Every detail has been thought of to make this a unique and exciting place to stay!

A bath with a view!


Unique to the area The Secret Studio includes a dedicated studio space (from which its name is derived) perfect for expression in arts, music and writing. Nearby Kirkcudbright is renowned as the ‘artists town’ what better place than this to ‘draw’ inspiration for your artistic endeavours?

Get creative in the studio space

Woodland and beach walks are but a stride away from your front door, within Senwick Wood, (walking boots recommended), hidden beaches, coves and caves are doted along our immediate coastline with hundreds more waiting to be explored along the solway coast!

Uniquely you can also join us for an alpaca trek on our farm to experience the wonder and warmth of our adorable alpacas first hand as you lead them through our beautiful countryside getting to know our curious and friendly alpacas as you go!


When the day draws to an end we experience the most glorious sunsets, followed by the inky skies located as we are, on the edge of the Dark Sky Park.

Reconnect with nature: The Secret Studio is located in a peaceful spot on the farm, a short walk away from the carpark space, you will need to bring wellies or boots and a torch for getting back after sunset!

These boots were made for walking…

Relax: The bathroom includes a flushing toilet, sink and a luxurious slipper  bath with views out to the lochan. All bed linen and towels are provided, along with blankets to snuggle into for colder days.

Switch-Off: There is NO Wi-Fi, mobile signal/4G depends on your carrier, but it is a better idea is to tell your colleagues that you are out of range and enjoy a digital detox– its good for your soul! Better than that we have is books, cards, games, and a radio to keep you entertained.

Coorie in and light the burner

Warm and Cosy: Fire up the wood burner, curl up on our lurvvve seat or get rocking on the rocker!  A basket full of logs and firelighters (for the less accomplished caveman is provided).



Cooking up a Storm: There is a small gas stove with kettle, caffetiere, expresso maker (if you need your morning shot!)  along with complimentary tea, coffee, hot chocolate and milk. We have a small fridge powered by our solar panels.  All the cooking utensils, pots and pans you would expect are  provided along with all dining equipment.. We are on mains water which being in Scotland is of course safe for drinking!

Cook up a storm in the kitchen

Lights Camera Action: USB charging sockets are provided that will power up any small devices that you might need via the solar panels along with low voltage lighting. If you have other essential equipment that needs charging we can arrange to do that for you off the mains supply at the farm. There are no mains plugs in the studio.

Sorry no pets as we are a working farm, please ask for details of local kennels who can accommodate your pets if needed.

Babies are welcome by arrangement and a travel cot can be provided.

Breakfast hampers, chocolate hampers, BBQ packs and a Cheese board are all available on request made up using the finest local Scottish produce, some of which were produced on the farm itself!


Please email us today to discus availability  for 2021-22.



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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Powillimount beach is located to the east of Southerness beach near Kirkbean on the Solway Coast and is part of the Arbigland Estate. It offers some spectacular views over the Solway Firth and on a clear day you can see the Lake District. It is a great beach to visit with curious kids as it is full of shells, rock pools and huge rock formations.

There is one large stone in particular that looks like it does not belong. It is a huge granite boulder and legend has is that the devil took a bite out of Criffel, the large hill that overlooks Powillimount and spat it out on the beach. The less fantastical version is that it was carried down to the beach by glaciers during the last ice age.

There is a car park right beside the beach which offers easy access.

Southerness beach is a vast expanse offering breathtaking views across the Solway Firth towards the Lake District. It is a combination of sand and rocks and at low tide  reveals mud flats and rock pools. A dog friendly beach, Southerness is very popular with families and walkers alike.

Parking and public toilets are available at Southerness Point.

At the western end of the beach stands Southerness lighthouse which was built in 1749. Unusually it is square in shape. Although no longer a working lighthouse it is sometimes open to visit.

At the eastern end of the beach is Powillimount Beach, with its outstanding rock formations, it is worth the half and hour stroll from the lighthouse.

Sandyhills is a large sandy beach near Dalbeattie on the Dumfries and Galloway coastline. The beach lives up to its name and at low tide has a vast expanse of sand, backed by gentle sand dunes. The beach is the perfect spot for a walk, a paddle or a picnic.

Dogs are allowed on the beach all year around. There is a car park and public toilets beside the beach for easy access.


Cairnsmore Cottages

Situated on the edge of the Cairnsmore National Nature Reserve, at the foot of Galloway’s second highest Peak, Cairnsmore of Fleet, these cottages offer a fabulous and peaceful location in which to relax and explore this beautiful, peaceful, and often forgotten, corner of Scotland.

Located on a private Estate near Newton Stewart in Galloway, SW Scotland and set amongst a wealth of beautiful scenery, dominated by the 2,3331 ft granite mass of Cairnsmore of Fleet to the North and the Cree Estuary to the south, this location provides a perfect place to relax and escape the pressures of everyday life.

Set within a two hundred year-old B listed cobbled courtyard and stable block, this was once part of the shooting estate for the Dukes of Bedford. The cottages’ fantastic tranquil position creates an ideal retreat and a perfect base for exploring this  beautiful part of Scotland.

The surrounding area provides wonderful walking opportunities (highlighted in the Newton Stewart Walkfest) and the footpath taking you to the summit of Cairnsmore is only a short walk from the cottages. The local area offers varied interests for both wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts, along with those who enjoy exploring the surrounding coastal villages and market towns.

Galloway’s villages and towns have much to offer visitors. Newton Stewart, known as the Gateway to the Galloway Hills, including Dungeon Hills, Range of the Awful Hand and Merrick, is still supported by its weekly cattle mart. The town offers a selection of cafés and shops, along with a local cinema of the Art Nouveau period. Other nearby towns include Castle Douglas, the Food Town; Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town and Kirkcudbright, the Artist’s Town. This small part of Scotland also boasts a local brewery and Scotland’s most southern whiskey distillery.

Cairnsmore Cottages offer a welcoming haven to return to after exploring the area, or indeed simply peaceful and well appointed homes from home to relax and recharge.

Cairnsmore Stable Cottage

Cairnsmore Stable Cottage sits within the quadrangular courtyard of the original Stable Block on the Cairnsmore Estate, once the shooting estate of the Dukes of Bedford.

Previously a smithy and dining area for the estate workers, the cottage now provides luxury holiday accommodation for up to 4 people on one level.

Cairnsmore Stable Cottage has been fully refurbished, with several measures to improve guests comfort, the most important being the Geothermal under floor central heating system. A wood-burning stove in the living room and flagstone flooring throughout enhance the cosy cottage atmosphere.

The enclosed garden is south facing and a wonderful sun-trap where red squirrels and greater spotted woodpeckers are frequent visitors.

On the opposite side of the cottage, the courtyard garage houses the log store with room for storing bikes or canoes. An eyebolt and padlock give additional security. Outside wash facilities are available for dogs, bikes, walking boots etc.

Renewable Energy: all of the heating and domestic hot water for the cottage is provided byusing heat extracted from a 100m deep bore-hole and Ground Source Heat Pump. The central heating system is controlled automatically and provides constant hot water for your comfort.

Tackroom Cottage

As the name denotes, the cottage was originally the tack room for the estate stable block. Now one of 4 residences, and situated opposite Cairnsmore Stable Cottage, Tackroom Cottage offers quirky and spacious self-catering accommodation for up to 2 people in one double bedroom.

There is a large living-dining room overlooking both the cobbled courtyard and the garden. The room is furnished with 2 comfortable sofas, oak dining and coffee tables and a large freeview TV. Paintings from local artists are on show around the cottage, and for those who prefer a wee quiet space, a small snug upstairs offers a day bed and selection of books.

The cosy wood-panelled bedroom comprises of a comfortable Edwardian double bed and bedside tables and also has the original (non-working) range in the fireplace. This room is accessed via the adjacent dressing-room with further antique furniture. The bathroom has a bath with overhead shower and the bright kitchen is well-equipped including an integral fridge and freezer, a dishwasher, electric cooker and microwave.

The garden is enclosed by stone dykes and houses a unique pair of open-sided granite-columned hay barns where bats roost. There are 2 small lawned areas and a secluded walled corner to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet. Guests have access to a gas BBQ under one of the barns.



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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Broughton House and Garden



Broughton House and Garden home of painter E.A. Hornel (a ‘Glasgow Boy’) from 1901 until 1933, and his sister Tizzy until her death in 1950. The house holds Hornel’s pictures, vast collection of artefacts and furniture. An extensive garden with all year interest. Research facility.


Right in the heart of Kirkcudbright, a pretty artists’ colony on the Solway Firth, this 18th-century Georgian house is the former home of Scottish painter E A Hornel, one of the Glasgow Boys.
Painstakingly preserved and recreated, Broughton House is  a living museum of Hornel’s life and work, packed to the rafters with his paintings and those of his contemporaries, as well as his vast library, which includes one of the world’s biggest collections of works by Robert Burns.
Nestled behind the house, backing on to the River Dee, is Hornel’s beautiful garden. Greatly influenced by his love of Japan, it’s a curious and colourful mixture of Eastern and Western horticulture and sculpture that is a delight to explore.

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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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The Roundhouse



Why not come and stay in our new bespoke Eco Roundhouse nestled in native woodland.

From the large panoramic windows in The Roundhouse enjoy stunning views and beautiful sunsets over Wigtown Bay. Breathe in the fresh sea air by taking a stroll down by the shore.

There are 3 steps up to enter the Roundhouse, taking you into the hallway where you can rid yourself of your outdoor gear.

Entering into the main circular area, there is a kitchen with gas hob/oven, fridge with small freezer compartment and a bistro dining table with 2 chairs and a cosy sofa (with extra throws to snuggle up in) sits alongside a log burning stove (with logs supplied).

On the far side of this room is a king size bed complete with 2 bedside tables with recharging sockets and a wardrobe.

There is an ensuite shower room, wash hand basin, WC and small heated towel rail.

On the wall is a freeview TV, a HDMI cable is supplied. A 4G signal is available for some Networks.

A selection of books/games etc are available. Outside there is a lockable shed for bikes etc just next to your parking space.

There is outdoor furniture to be able to relax and let the world go by!

Please note minimum 2 night stay.

Cafe, Crafts, Gifts & Haberdashery

This delightful cafe, craft and gift shop is set in a beautifully converted church in the heart of the High Street, Gatehouse of Fleet.

The Crafty Crow offers a wide selection of delicious home-cooked vegetarian and vegan food, craft-your-own pizza, award winning teas, fairtrade and organic coffee.

For your sweet tooth, you will also find a wonderful selection of delicious cakes , sweets and smoothies. 

Whats more, all our food and drink is available to eat-in or takeaway! To view our current menu, and opening hours, please click here

Be sure to stop by to check out our delicious daily specials!  

Alongside this lovely cafe sits our emporium of crafts, gifts and haberdashery – there’s something for everyone: jewellery, locally images and art, greetings, games, fabrics, yarn, clothing, incense and more…

We also run a wide range of craft courses available for you to learn a new craft or hone your crafting skills – for more information, please check out our website:

Seating available inside and outside, cyclists and dog friendly, owners Kerry & Billy look forward to welcoming you to Gatehouse of Fleet.

The Dragonfly

So much more than a bed and breakfast.


Situated in the same venue as Galloway Holistic Retreats in Auchencairn, our  en-suite B&B accommodation is the perfect place to come away from the stresses and strains of everyday life and relax in tranquil surroundingsYou will find us in the beautiful and peaceful village of Auchencairn, where we are fortunate to be surrounded by coast and forests, as well as lying between the Artists’ harbour town of Kirkcudbright and the Food town, Castle Douglas.  Our 4 letting bedrooms are all en-suite and are comfortable and cosy, with tea-making facilities in each.
In keeping with our aim to provide guests with the ultimate relaxation experience, we also offer bespoke holistic packages, where you can indulge in treatments such as massage, sound healing and reiki, to name but a few.
You are also invited to dine in our newly-opened restaurant, The Dragonfly, which symbolises change and transformation, where we offer wholesome, delicious food that not only nourishes the body, but also the mind and soul.
It is our intention to create a nurturing and peaceful hub where you can relax and indulge in tranquil, calming surroundings, either by the burn at the bottom of the garden or at one of the beautiful shell bays just along the road from us, as well as enjoy our fresh and locally sourced food.
We are also licensed, with an extensive range of wines, ales and some spirits to enhance your dining experience.
For further information about  The Dragonfly and Galloway Holistic Retreats , click on these links:


Fleuchlarg is a fantastic property located in Castle Douglas. Sleeping up to 10 people in 5 generous bedrooms, there is ample space for a large family trip or a long weekend away with plenty of friends. A comfortable home in a great location, Fleuchlarg provides the perfect place from which to explore this wonderful area of Scotland.

3 Little Huts

Welcome to the 3 Little Huts

Enjoy a luxury stay for two in one of our self-catering retreats.

Our 3 Shepherds Huts are perfectly positioned in an area of outstanding natural beauty with uninterrupted sea views from the front and green rolling hills to the rear. The huts are individually hand crafted and bespoke built using Siberian larch. Whilst boasting traditional features such as a curved roof, internal and external wood cladding as well as spindle wheels they have been designed with comfort and style in mind. Not to mention being incredibly spacious too!

Situated 5 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet and a five-minute drive from sandy beaches. The Huts sit on the edge of the UK’s first Dark Sky Park as well as being within a short distance of the new Southwest 300 route. They will provide the perfect stay base for a short break exploring our beautiful Galloway.

We have, as the name suggests 3 Little Huts, each sleeping 2 people.

Little Oak 


Sleeps 2 people


Little Beach

Sleeps 2 people


Little Willow 


Sleeps 2 people

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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.

Masonic Arms


Welcome to The Masonic Arms

At the Masonic Arms, a traditional, yet contemporary designed bar.  Offering one of the largest selections of draught lagers and beers in the area, alongside our cask ales which has managed to gain a place in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide.  We pride ourselves on our  comprehensive selections of Malt Whisky, Vodka, rum and other craft spirts from across the globe.

And then there is our Gin selection…………………. We stock a massive selection of over 250 gins specialising in Scottish gin but with many obscure and hard to find from a selection of other countries.   Having this choice and specialising in Gin we have gained the accolade of being Scottish Licensed Trade News, “Scottish Gin bar of the year” finalists 2018 and 2019.


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.


The Garret Restaurant and Cafe Bar


The Garret Restaurant and Café Bar has a wide range of alcoholic beverages and soft drinks including an extensive wine list and Dear Green coffee – ethically sourced speciality grade coffee, roasted in Glasgow!

All food in The Garret restaurant is sourced locally, where possible. We are keen to support nearby farmers and producers, the town butcher (Hall’s) and the town’s bakery (Paul Jones). We are passionate about ensuring our customers are provided with fresh, quality produce with excellent customer service from friendly and helpful staff.

Our beer garden offers a wide range of informal dining options.

Breakfast is served from 7.00 – 9.00 am daily.  Please see our ‘Breakfast menu’.

We offer a snack menu Monday to Wednesday 9am – 7pm, Thursday – Friday til 5pm. Please see our ‘Snack menu’.

We have a range of dishes including soup, sandwiches, tea / coffee with scones or tray bakes, baked potatoes, burgers and salads.

We also have a small selection of supper specials from 5pm – 7pm daily.

Our restaurant menu is available from Thursday to Sunday 5pm – 7pm and Saturday to Sunday 12.00 – 2.00pm. Please see our ‘Restaurant menu’.


The Garret


Set in the lively fishing port, and ‘Artists Town’ Kirkcudbright, The Garret is a charming Georgian townhouse on the historic High Street.


The Garret is a small family-run hotel with a cafe-bar, restaurant and 8 en-suite bedrooms.  We attract independent travellers who enjoy the friendly welcome and relaxed environment.

The hotel accommodation is over the first and second floors, comprising Single, Family, Double and Twin rooms.

Each room has been decorated to a high standard with individual art-work and quirky vintage touches.

A TV, tea & coffee making facilities, hairdryer and shaver point are provided as well as excellent free WiFi throughout and USB points, as well as standard, charging points.

The mattresses have been chosen to ensure your comfort.  The duvets and pillows are feather and down (there are additional pillows for relaxation) and the bedding luxurious Egyptian cotton.  Please let us know if you have any allergies or special requirements that we can help with.

The first-floor rooms all have working shutters, which are the traditional way to get the room really dark, for the best night’s sleep.

The en-suite shower rooms have extra large fluffy towels and we provide hand-wash and shower-gel for your convenience.

We have a comprehensive Green Policy which includes supporting local producers and reducing waste.

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Auchencairn Store and Tearoom


Great place to stop for refreshments and a chat when you are cycling, driving or walking around the region.

Enjoy some wonderful cakes and scones and a refreshing cuppa


You can also pick up those essentials in the store and Post Office.






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.

Anwoth Holiday Park

The award winning Anwoth Holiday Park, proud of its 4* rating from VisitScotland, offers peace and tranquility in stunning surroundings.  The whole area is a haven for wildlife and for just simply, enjoying the great outdoors.  Whether you walk, drive, cycle or mountain-bike – there is plenty for you to do and admire.

Anwoth Holiday Park is situated in the charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet.   This delightful town has restaurants, cafe’s and bars and is in easy reach of the Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve.

One of the wildest places in southwest Scotland, but still surprisingly accessible, Cairnsmore is a paradise for walkers; a patchwork of muted colours from the low-growing vegetation enhancing the stunning views.  Watch out for peregrine falcon, red and black grouse, red deer and feral goats.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gatehouse of Fleet was a thriving industrial centre with cotton mills, shipbuilding, a brewery and its own port. It was known locally as the ‘Glasgow of the South’.

Traces of this industrial past can still be found in its buildings and street names and in the Mill on the Fleet, a former textile mill which is now an award-winning visitors’ centre tracing the economic and social history of Gatehouse.

Gatehouse provides opportunities for a variety of sporting activities, including golf, walking, cycling, fishing and sailing. Port Macadam, once the town’s harbour, is still used by small pleasure craft.

Among the local historical attractions are Cardoness Castle, a late 15th-century fortified tower house that was the ancient seat of the McCullochs, and the ruins of Anwoth Church with its atmospheric graveyard, complete with Covenanter graves.

Much to see and do when you base yourself at Anwoth Holiday Park!

Auchenlarie Holiday Park

Auchenlarie Holiday Park, Hoseasons Diamond Award Winner, together with a 5* Award from VisitScotland, a 5 Pennant award (with an excellent 90% Gold Standard rating) from the AA – and named as a top-selling site in Dumfries and Galloway by PitchUp – we truly are an award winning, family Park.

Auchenlarie Holiday Park is family owned with the emphasis on family holidays.  Our accommodation and superb facilities offer our guests  fantastic holiday memories.  With dramatic views overlooking Wigtown Bay, picture-postcard scenes and miles of unspoilt landscape to admire and enjoy; a fabulous holiday awaits.

Auchenlaire Holiday Park offers an indoor, heated swimming pool; fitness suite; entertainment complex with live music, children’s fun-time and prizes galore with our ever popular bingo slot.  We have a Sports Bar showing all live sporting events on 3D HD screens; Bistro restaurant and take-away, all food freshly prepared and freshly cooked …… children’s soft play and games arcade ….. your complete holiday experience.

Visit our Premier Convenience Store, open daily, with fresh deliveries and newspapers each day; special offers throughout the store.  We have a fully equipped laundry too.

Enjoy our Park, but take time to visit our fabulous area; stunning scenery; invigorating walks; challenging mountain-bike and road trails – this part of Dumfries and Galloway has everything.

Like our Facebook page, Auchenlarie Holiday Park at SHG, check in to our webpage to find what’s going on around the Park and the stunning local area.  We regularly post smashing holiday offers too!

Fishers Croft


Formerly a fisherman’s bothy, Fishers Croft holiday cottage is uniquely situated right on the shore just above the high water mark. It was originally built to provide living space and storage for fishermen working the stake nets in the summer.

Fishers Croft has direct access to a small sandy beach from the garden and beautiful uninterrupted views  across the Solway to the Cumbria Fells beyond.

Recently refurbished and upgraded to a high standard throughout with double glazing, insulation, full oil central heating and a gas stove in the living room, the cottage provides cosy accommodation from March until December inclusive.


BOOK DIRECT with the owners on 01556 630231

or e mail them at  where they will be pleased to chat to you about your requirements.

In car park opposite Mill of Fleet

Open 24 hours, all year

 Jake Irving Ceramics,

stylish, unique & exclusive ceramics & coffee shop.

Opened in Kirkcudbright in March 2018.



Jake Irving Ceramics & Coffee Shop.

Unique hand built ceramics sold only in Kirkcudbright and home baked cakes and drinks.

All welcome, feel free to come in and browse.

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.






Rusko Art Holidays Galloway

Stunning state-of-the-art studio set amidst the glorious Galloway countryside in South West Scotland

Rusko Studio is a converted Victorian stables situated in the heart of beautiful Dumfries and Galloway offering luxury Art Holidays Galloway

It is the home of artist and course tutor, Elizabeth Gilbey.

Elizabeth offers five day residential painting courses.  Guests stay in a luxury flat in the renovated stables adjoining the studio.

The area has been favoured by artists for more than a century for its light and especially lush green landscape.  It was discovered by members of Scotland’s renowned Glasgow Boys and Kirkcudbright is a designated Artists’ Town.

Non-painting partners are very welcome and the local area offers magnificent walking, outdoor sports and sightseeing opportunities.

Rusko Studio is in a National Scenic Area, on the edge of The Galloway Forest Park and Cairnsmore of Fleet National Nature Reserve. The area is a designated UNESCO Biosphere and the UK’s first Dark Sky Park.

Rusko Art Holidays Galloway offers the chance to enjoy painting alongside a professional artist and be guided as you work. The teaching method is the time-honoured way of working alongside an accomplished artist to learn through demonstration and practice.

All courses are in oil paint unless otherwise specified.  Watercolour specialist teachers will offer courses to be confirmed.

No prior experience is necessary, but all levels are welcome. Painting course participants are welcome to bring their own materials but a limited selection of student paints, brushes, palettes, palette knives and aprons are available to buy at Rusko Studio.  Canvas boards are also available to buy.

See our website for further details

or contact Elizabeth directly on 07801 933375 or e mail her on

We also offer self catering holidays for the non artists amongst you

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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

Clauchan Holiday Cottages

With over 25 years experience in the tourism industry, the Clark family look forward to providing you with a great base for your Galloway adventure.


Clauchan Holiday Cottages have been converted from the old farm buildings which were all built in the natural stone of the area. They  comprise  5 properties sleeping from 1 to six people.


All our properties have secure dog areas and bike storage and all our houses come equipped with smart TV’s.

Group bookings can be arranged with the capacity to sleep up to 22 people.


Quality en suite accommodation in the historic heart of Kirkcudbright

Set in the historic High Street of Kirkcudbright, close to all the attractions and amenities of the town, Baytree Guest House is a unique property: a very attractive and spacious Georgian townhouse tastefully decorated throughout, yet retaining most of the original features, such as its sweeping staircase with wrought-iron banister, high ceilings and sash and case windows.


The house has 4 en suite bedrooms: two double and two twin; one, spacious, dog-friendly twin is on the ground floor, away from other rooms and near the garden. All rooms are equipped with a TV and tea/coffee making facilities and bathrooms have complimentary toiletries and white fluffy towels.

Dining Room

The ground floor also has a bright and spacious dining room that overlooks the pretty garden, with individual, spaced-out tables for two. Breakfast is served from 8am to 10am, with early breakfasts available by special arrangement. Although there are excellent cafes and restaurants nearby, guests can make use of the glasses, crockery and cutlery in the dining room for takeaways in the evenings if they wish.

Business and Wi-Fi

Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the house and guests can make use of a laptop set up in the dining room, and a printer free of charge.

Guest Lounge

The elegant and spacious Guest Lounge is located on the first floor with views out to the rear via its huge twin sash and case windows. Comfort is at the heart of this room with its comfortable soft furnishings, high domed ceiling and open fireplace with original marble surround.  Complimentary drinks are provided for guests to relax in this beautiful room after a hard day’s sight seeing.  There are books and magazines to browse or board games to play, and a large Smart TV and Nintento Wii-U Games console and balance board.

Self-catering Accommodation

To the rear of Baytree House, is the self-contained, self-catering Baytree Garden Studio. converted from the old stables of the 18th Century house.  The studio apartment has its own private entrance through a cobbled courtyard accessed via Palmers Close to the side of Baytree House as well as its own little garden and conservatory.  The Garden Studio sleeps two in a double bed. It has a kitchenette and en suite shower room with a spacious walk-in shower. Wi-Fi, bedding, linen and towels are all included in the rate, there are no hidden costs.

A Warm Welcome Awaits
Geraldine and Joe, the owners and hosts, have lived at Baytree House and been welcoming guests since 2008 and will do all they can to ensure your stay is as pleasant and welcoming as possible, their motto being: ‘Your Delight is our Priority’.


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.

A David Bellamy Conservation Award Winner for 20 years!

Coastal Kippford is one of the most beautiful holiday parks in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland.  It is located by the lovely seaside village of Kippford on the Solway Firth, often referred to as Scotland’s Riviera Coast.

Open all year, Coastal Kippford allows you to get away whenever you want.  It is the perfect holiday location for those looking for a place of pure tranquillity who wish to avoid noisier resort locations, yet offers a wealth of activities on your doorstep to keep the whole family entertained.  It is pet friendly so you can take your four legged friend with you!

The Park has a great selection of lodges and caravans for sale to suit most budgets and several privately owned lodges and caravans to rent.  As well as offering exceptionally good accommodation all year round, Coastal Kippford also has seasonal pitches for touring caravans.

The Crown and Anchor Bed and Breakfast and Tearooms, was the local pub in the small village of Dundrennan, the building has been completely renovated to a very high standard, whilst retaining as many of its original features as possible.

We are situated on the A711, Solway coast road between Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright, opposite the old Cistercian Abbey in the small rural village of Dundrennan. Nestled amid some of the most beautifully stunning countryside.


Our rooms have been furnished and decorated to a very high standard. We can provide either a kingsize bed or twin beds, which ever our guests prefer.

Both rooms have tea and coffee making facilities and flat screen TV’s with a built in DVD player.

Both rooms are en suite with large showers, over mirror lights with electric shaving points and complimentary toiletries.
Secure parking for bicycles
B and B rooms open all year round.


We are also a small, family run cafe which is very popular with locals and tourists alike. We offer a varied menu that we hope has something for everyone to enjoy. Our cakes are all homemade, we try to source all of the produce on our menu locally.
The cafe is cosy with stunning views over Fagra Hill, and Dundrennan Abbey. We have a small parking area next to the tearooms. Although we only allow assistance dogs inside the tearooms, we have an outdoor eating area for our dog walking friends.

A lovely cottage with historical value in the centre of the picture postcard village New Abbey. Nestled amongst the lovely cottages of the village, Rosewall is full of charm. Perfect for a country get away or a romantic break for two. Within a short walking distance of the cottage there is a general store, tea room with gift shop, pub and of course the stunning Sweetheart Abbey. Nearby there are plenty of beaches, walks and wildlife watching to enjoy. There are also golf courses and numerous cycle trails within easy reach. Dumfries is 7 miles away and has many amenities.

The cottage itself is very cosy and beautifully decorated. There is one double bedroom, bathroom with bath and shower, living room and a dining kitchen. All modern facilities including washer/dryer, microwave, coffee machine, bluetooth speaker and Wifi. There is a small private garden to the rear which is a lovely place to sit and have your morning coffee if the sun is out. A fantastic location to experience everything the area has to offer and the perfect place to relax. Parking can be on street or at the car park for the Abbey which is a short walk.

Sea View Snugs

Escape and connect with nature, connect with yourself and connect with life’s simple pleasures in our Sea View Snugs.

Designed with comfort seekers in mind, each Snug offers unrivalled and uninterrupted views of Fleet Bay with a generous outdoor terrace to enjoy it from. 

The Snugs are individually themed and include beautifully styled bathrooms and extra touches such as complimentary WiFi, Amazon Dot and tea and coffee facilities. 

Each snug sleeps a couple comfortably and we can add children’s beds on request.  Four of our Snugs are also dog friendly.

Five of our Snugs feature a hot tub allowing guests to truly unwind and escape the everyday.

At night you can lie in bed and watch the never-ending starry skies through the glass front of the snug, making the most of the dark skies and lack of light pollution in this unspoilt corner of the country.

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)


Fludha Luxury Self Catering, Kirkcudbright



Fludha stands in 2 acres of landscaped gardens in a prestige position overlooking the River Dee, Kirkcudbright Town and Galloway Hills beyond.

Widely and rightly known as “The Artists Town”  Kirkcudbright is a vibrant small town which owe’s its existance to its position on the river Dee estuary.  Here a sheltered fishing port has existed, possibly for thousands of years.  Today Kirkcudbrigh is still home to a small fleet of fishing vessels which for the most part bring in scallops.  The town has numerous historical attractions,museums and art galleries/ craft shops.  In addition Kirkcudbright has a thriving program of “Summer Festivities”






Gatehouses of Fleet



3 luxury cottages with log burners, free WiFi and Smart TVs

Knocktinkle – 2 bedrooms (1 King & 1 Double) 2 luxurious bathrooms – Dog friendly

Willow – 2 bedrooms (1 Superking/twin & 1 King) 2 fabulous bathrooms

Granary – 1 bedroom (King) 1 bathroom  & downstairs toilet – Dog friendly

Outside secure space with individual furnished seating area for each cottage

Access to park & woods on your doorstep

Sleeps up to 10 if all booked together

Private parking outside each cottage

Dog friendly Gastropub across the street

 Family friendly – free to use high chair, stairgate & travel cot available on request












The Mill on the Fleet

is a restored 18th century cotton mill on the bank of the River Fleet in Gatehouse of Fleet.

Now an exhibition centre The Mill on The Fleet is spread over three floors and houses core displays about the development of the town of Gatehouse and the natural history of the Fleet Valley.

The main exhibition floor houses displays focusing on the history and heritage of Gatehouse, and exploring the Fleet Valley and surrounding areas.  The Fleet Valley is a designated National Scenic Area – one of three in this part of Scotland.  The displays introduce the valley and provide orientation and resources to help visitors explore the area.

The temporary exhibition galleries, have a programme of exhibitions running throughout the season.

Also on the top floor is a pop-up shop run by twenty regional artists and makers working in a range of disciplines – ceramics, textiles, prints, paintings and more.

The Mill Bookshop is on the second floor.  Come and enjoy searching through our 20,000 plus books on a wide range of subjects.

The café offers a range of home-cooked fare – soups, paninis, salads, sweets and a selection of cakes and bakes.  On a fine day the riverside terrace is the perfect place to relax.

The Mill on The Fleet also welcomes well behaved dogs!


The Mill on the Fleet houses the Gatehouse Tourist Information Centre.  The Information Desk is open seven days a week 10am – 5pm during the Mill’s open season from Easter to the end of October.

The Wee Pottery – Kirkcudbright


The Wee Pottery – Kirkcudbright is a new paint it yourself studio based at the Johnston Centre in Kirkcudbright.

The studio can seat up to 16 people and is ideal for children’s parties, groups, get togethers or simply to drop by and paint something unique as a keepsake or a gift to give to someone else.

There is a studio fee of £3 (including non painters) and all the pottery is individually priced. Help yourself to free tea and coffee, and we will serve you a sweet treat while you paint.

Ceramic Painting

Choose a piece of blank pottery from our large selection, paint and decorate your piece using stamps, sponges, shape tools and much much more! Take a look at our ideas book before choosing your brushes, tools and colours. It takes up to two hours to paint your pottery, and for groups we provide free tea, coffee and home baking. When you have completed your piece of pottery leave it with us to be glazed, and fired in the kiln ready for collection in 4 days time. If you’re not able to collect, we may be able to deliver locally, or we can arrange to post your pottery direct to your chosen address.

If you are in a rush or would just prefer to take something away on the day there are certain pieces of pottery such as figurines and money boxes that can be painted using acrylic paint allowing you to take it away as soon as it is dry. Please note that anything painted in acrylic paint is NOT food and dishwasher safe.

Clay Hand and Foot Prints (and Paw Prints too…)

Imprints provide a wonderful keepsake to be treasured for years to come. We take an original impression of your baby or child’s hand and/or foot print in soft clay. After the imprint has been taken it needs to be left to dry out naturally taking up to two weeks before being fired in the kiln for the first time. It is then painted, glazed and re-fired in the kiln ready for collection. We can also take imprints of your dog’s paws. The total time from taking the imprint to collection is around 4 weeks. Prices start from £15, with options to have your imprint framed.


The Wee Pottery is the perfect venue for children’s birthday parties. Come along to do some painting, we will decorate the studio for you to enjoy a painting party! Different party packages are available depending on your requirements.  Prices start from £10 per person with a minimum of 8 children.

Each child will choose a piece of blank pottery from our large selection, paint and decorate their chosen piece using stamps, sponges, shape tools and much much more! The completed pieces of pottery are left with us to be glazed, and fired in the kiln ready for collection in 4 days time. If you prefer to take something away on the day there are certain pieces of pottery such as figurines and money boxes that can be painted using acrylic paint allowing you to take it away as soon as it is dry. Please note that anything painted in acrylic paint is NOT food and dishwasher safe.

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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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Plan Your Trip

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.

About Us

Riverview is a hidden gem on the edge of the village of Kippford, the sailing centre of this part of the beautiful Galloway coastline. The site looks out over the estuary of the River Urr and has uninterrupted views to the hills above Auchencairn. Our houses are locally built but inspired by American log houses from the Blueridge mountains in North Carolina. With over 40 years of experience, and with using materials such as Eastern White Pine and Western Red Cedar, our team create stunning contemporary log houses.

Here at Riverview Park, we are very conscious of our carbon footprint. Utilising the best products including insulation, solar panels and triple glazed windows, we provide extremely efficient, energy saving houses.

Riverview is currently in the process of making these houses and will hopefully be welcoming our first guests in spring 2018. Our main focus is exceptional customer service. Our team does everything we can to make your stay as comfortable and enjoyable as possible. Your holiday can be tailored to your needs as we can provide an in house dining service, horse trekking and organise trips out. We will be providing an abundance of information about the area and things to do and see. If going out for dinner suits you, The Cavens at Kirkbean is just a short drive away. There are also two local pubs in Kippford which is within walking distance from the site.

Dalbeattie, a short drive from the site, has shops and a few cafes. It also has a few restaurants, including an Italian and a Chinese. It is also home to Dalbeattie Forest, which includes one of the 7 Stanes so its great for mountain bikers too.


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.


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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!

Welcome to Cream o’ Galloway!

Visit the home of Cream o’ Galloway ice cream where you’ll find more than 20 flavours of deliciously indulgent luxury dairy ice cream to choose from! Set in the beautiful Galloway countryside, Cream o’ Galloway is a family friendly visitor attraction on an organic cow with calf dairy farm. Visit to enjoy Ice Cream Making Workshops, Nature Trails, Crazy Golf, Cheese Making Courses, Farm Tours, Cafe, Sundae Menu and massive Ice Cream Scooping Counter.

Cream o’ Galloway is open daily from April to end October, from 10am – 5pm. The Ice Cream Parlour and Cafe is closed on Mondays and Tuesdays during term time.


Ice Cream Making Workshop: This 90 minute activity runs regularly during school holidays, in a specially designed, socially distanced new workshop area. Suitable for adults and children (aged 5+), you’ll create your very own dream ice cream from scratch, selecting the flavours you most enjoy, or inventing new flavour combinations. Adult groups will be able to incorporate alcohol flavours. Ice Cream Making Workshops costs £25 per workstation, suitable for up to three people working together. Pre-booking is essential.

Cheese Making Course (full day): The all-day Cheese Making Course is scheduled to run every Thursday. You’ll learn to make two types of cheese at socially distanced workstations; a soft cheese which can be easily replicated at home and a pressed cheese, which you will then mature at home. Cheese making involves periods of time when you pause and let nature take its course. During these times you’ll go on a quick tour of the farm and you’ll enjoy a cheese tasting experience. The cost of the workshop is £95 per workstation, or £130 for two people sharing a workstation. This activity requires a minimum of four participants to run.  Pre-booking is essential

Crazy Golf: Our crazy golf course is all about having relaxed fun as a family. The 9 hole course will take you down and back up a slight slope where you’ll putt over, under and around a range of farm-themed obstacles. Designed and built by our farm team, our crazy golf course is full of fun rather than technical challenge. Popping in for an ice cream, or winding down after a busy day exploring? Then this is a light-hearted activity that the whole family can enjoy together. Crazy golf is open each day the visitor centre is open and costs £3 per person or £10 for a group of four people. No need to pre-book, get your ticket once you are here.

Farm Tours: Unlike most dairy farms we keep our calves with their mum to suckle naturally. Our ethical dairy model is based around treating the animals, the land, our environment and the people who work here with respect and kindness. A farm tour is a great way to find out more about our farming system, and why we farm in the way we do. Check our website for latest details on our farm tours. Pre-booking is strongly recommended.

Nature Trails & Dog Walk: We have an incredibly beautiful natural environment at Cream o’ Galloway and we work hard to protect it, to enrich it and to make it accessible for members of the public to enjoy. There are four miles of signposted nature trails that will help you get close to the nature and the wildlife that have made their home here, and there is no charge to explore them. The trails take in two wildlife lochans, a wildlife hide, acres of woodland that we have planted over the last 20 years. There is also some stately ancient woodland that red squirrels particularly enjoy.

Please note: the adventure playground is now closed.

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


MacLellan’s Castle

This site is closed until Spring 2021.

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:


Explore the impressive residence of a powerful family in the heart of Kirkcudbright and the vaulted ground floor rooms in which their servants once worked. Look for the laird’s lug, a spy hole in the great hall through which the lord could eavesdrop on his guests.


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


Dundrennan Abbey

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:

Enjoy the peace of this beautiful Gothic abbey set in tree-fringed pastures where Mary Queen of Scots spent her last hours in Scotland.

This was the major abbey of the Cistercian order, which was founded on austere principles but became very wealthy from farming – especially sheep farming. The abbey’s surviving
stonework includes beautiful carvings.


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

Cardoness was built in the 1400s by the notorious McCulloch family, as a demonstration of their status. The well-preserved prison shows the kind of reception their most unwelcome guests might expect.


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


All of the self-catering luxury holiday lodges or chalets are situated around the hamlet of Sandyhills. You can choose to stay in one of the luxury traditional Scandinavian ‘A’ frame properties set in the superb parkland of Barend where you can enjoy panoramic scenic views.

The properties are dog-friendly, FREE WI-FI, furnished and equipped to a high standard; all have central heating, ensuring warm and comfortable holidays throughout the year. Each of the modern kitchens is fully equipped with everything you need for your self-catering break, while outside on the patio, enjoy a barbecue and unwind as you soak up the views.
Providing a blend of seaside and countryside, this is an ideal choice for making the most of the great outdoors. From walking on Sandyhills beach to mountain biking on the nearby 7stanes mountain bike trails, golfing or fishing, you can enjoy it all here. The rolling farmland, sheltered lochs, and coastline with its spectacular headlands, cliffs and sheltered sandy bays also offers great bird watching opportunities, particularly in the spring when the cliffs team with birdlife. There are also beautiful scenic and challenging golf courses, fantastic fishing and exhilarating water sports on offer.



This stunning Scots Baronial style Victorian house really is a special find; lending itself to group holidays and reunions. Craigbittern is located in a beautiful, commanding position on the eastern edge of the village of Sandyhills, above a stunning bay on the Solway coastline. The views over the Solway Firth to the Cumbrian coast are quite breathtaking, yet the house is well shielded from the public road by trees and shrubs making it very private.
Craigbittern house and cottage is ideal for a family or friend get together and just a stones throw away from the beautiful Sandyhills beach. The house is in two parts- the main house which has a grand, elegant feel to it and the cottage which has a more modern, cosy feel. It is also pet friendly.
Rooms in the main house include entrance hallway, dining room, sitting room, snug, toilet, kitchen with range cooker and conventional oven, a small study, The Den (gaming room), utility, boot room, 5 bedrooms (2 en suite), bathroom, shower room and toilet. There are two kingsize bedrooms, a super-kingsize bedroom, a double room and a single room in the main house. There are also large, enclosed gardens to the front and rear and a large driveway. Within the garden is a patio area with outside seating and a fire pit with seating. Located in the garden is a shed with padlock which is perfect for bikes. The garage has been converted to a heated games area which includes football table, darts and table tennis and as it is detached from the main house making it the perfect place for those who want to stay up a little later or for the kids to have some space!
Adjacent to the house is Craigbittern Cottage which is included in your booking. The cottage shares a driveway and gardens but has its own entrance to the rear. The cottage has a light, airy decor and is welcoming and cosy. It compromises of a lounge, shower room, a toilet, double bedroom, small kitchen and breakfast dining area and twin room. The cottage is perfect for those who perhaps want their own space on their holiday, or those who work to a different schedule! There is enough living space in the main house to accommodate all guests for dinner and in the lounge areas.

We are happy to be working with Colvend Golf Club to offer free unlimited rounds of golf for up to 4 guests. This 18 hole course with wonderful views is located within walking distance of the property.

Carsphairn Shop and Tearooms

Award Winning Tearoom, situated in the village of Carsphairn.

Fresh & Modern shop & tearoom, amazing garden views.

Homemade Cooking, local produce & gift items available.

Seating 24 indoors & 18 outdoors.

Bikers welcome, open 7 days a week (summer) closed on a Sunday in the winter.

Yellow Door – Self Catering Holiday Cottage

Yellow Door Holiday Cottage is a pet friendly self-catering cosy retreat.  It stands on the same cobbled wynd on which stained-glass artist EA Taylor and his wife, illustrator Jessie M King used to live.

Kirkcudbright is known as ‘The Artists Town’ having hosted generations of painters, craft makers and artisans and this culture is still thriving today. Throughout the year, Kirkcudbright has many wonderful festivals and events.

Yellow Door holiday cottage sleeps four.  Has its own patio garden area at the bottom of the close. Also has access to shared larger garden area with lots of artistic touches as is the nature of the property.

The Yellow Door is a lovingly restored holiday cottage.  Located in the oldest part of Kirkcudbright, in the Greengate Close which runs off the High Street. Along with the four other houses on this close, all properties benefit from a good degree of privacy and a peaceful location.  At the same time, Yellow Door is central and convenient for the amenities of the bustling beautiful harbour town of Kirkcudbright.

Yellow Door has a tiled Sitting Room with a wood-burning stove in the wonderful original fire place.  The sitting room leads onto a modern Kitchen diner and includes induction hob & dishwasher.

Two bedrooms, first the master bedroom with king sized double bed in bright room with smart TV and en-suite bath & shower. Secondly, the twin Bedroom on top floor with TV and built in DVD and en-suite shower room.

Small Dogs are welcome.

This is a 300 year old property with its original beams and the room dimensions are therefore commensurate with a cottage of this era. Free parking is available on the street outside.


Doon Valley Railway

The Doon Valley Railway is a ‘living museum’.  Here unique and historically significant industrial steam and diesel locomotives are restored and can be seen working in an authentic setting.

We are the only Steam Railway in the south west of Scotland.

Travel behind one of our restored steam engines along a short section of track.
Want to come and visit?

See our website and select ‘Steam Days’ for more information on open days, times and admission costs. .

The Doon Valley Railway

is located at Dunaskin, Waterside, Patna, near Dalmellington, KA6 7JF

Anwoth Old Schoolhouse and Clachan Cottage are two delightful, characterful cottages situated in the picturesque historic hamlet of Anwoth near to Gatehouse-of-Fleet.  Situated at the heart of an area of outstanding natural beauty they provide comfortable and homely accommodation for couples seeking a peaceful retreat in a central location.  Ideal for exploring the beautiful unspoilt countryside and magnificent coastline of Dumfries and Galloway either by foot bicycle or car.  Just one and a half miles by quiet scenic road is the quaint “wee toon” of Gatehouse-of-Fleet. The same distance in the opposite direction is the Fleet Estuary with quiet sandy beaches. Opposite the cottages is the atmospheric Anwoth Old Kirk noted for its historic connection with the Covenanters and more recently for its fame as a setting in the 1970’s Wickerman film.

Clachan Cottage has a cosy, romantic atmosphere with French Doors leading on to a sunny south facing patio with attractive garden and burn. Many species of birds and red squirrels visit the feeders. The heron and occasionally an otter can be seen searching for wee brown trout in the burn.

Anwoth Old Schoolhouse although having a cosy cottage atmosphere has a deceptively spacious sitting room (originally the schoolroom) and retains some of the details as featured in the school scene in the infamous Wickerman film.  The attractive kitchen/conservatory overlooks the fish pond and garden with views of the bird and squirrel feeders.

Both cottages accommodate 2 persons only.

One well behaved dog is welcome in Clachan Cottage by prior arrangement.

Both cottages have wood burning stoves and both have Wi Fi.

The attractive 2 acre gardens are surrounded by woodland which is home to roe deer, fallow deer, badgers, red squirrels and many species of birds. The main garden is shared by both cottages.  Clachan Cottage has its own private garden and Anwoth Old Schoolhouse has its own paved sitting area with garden table and chairs.

Please visit our website  for more detailed information.


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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The Steamboat Inn

has recently been refurbished to a high standard and has quickly gained a reputation for excellent food with great hospitality in unique and captivating surroundings.

Situated directly on the Solway coast with spectacular views across the sea the Steamboat Inn has been decorated with an abundance of spellbinding memorabilia which provides a unique bar area and a charming dining experience with excellent meals to suit.

You will be spoiled by an assortment of quirky dining areas from which to enjoy our famous hospitality. Or admire the views from our beer garden and take in the sea air!

For something ‘a wee bit different’ come along and try a ‘dram or twa’

It’s nae sae bad!

We can  organise weddings and conferences; just get in touch and we will be pleased to help.

The Knowe Bed and Breakfast is nestled in the heart of stunning country-side at the edge of The Galloway Forest Park in Carsphairn, South-west Scotland. Situated on the A713 – Galloway Tourist Route, half way between Castle Douglas and Ayr, this delightful Late Victorian former Manse House is steeped in history and is perfectly located for a short overnight stay or a longer relaxing getaway.

Each of the beautiful guest bedrooms at The Knowe Bed and Breakfast has been carefully designed with guest comfort and indulgence in mind. The bedrooms are fitted with latest LED Smart TV with full internet access and free WiFi. Guests can also enjoy complimentary tea/coffee making facilities and sweet treats.

Both shower rooms are fitted with fantastic Raindrop Showerheads and offer fluffy towels and complimentary toiletries. The relaxing guest Sitting Room is an unexpected pleasure and the perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day. With its cosy Log Burning Stove and sumptous soft furnishings it’s an ideal place to relax, read a book or watch TV.

Full Scottish breakfast is served each morning in the elegant, traditional Dining Room which overlooks the garden. The delicious choice of cooked breakfast from ‘The Kitchen’ and/or continental style from ‘The Counter’ is sure to set you up for the day!

With a huge variety of things to do and places to see just on the doorstep there’s definitely something for everyone here at The Knowe Bed and Breakfast, why not book today and come and see for yourself?


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


Solway View Holidays is an award winning Eco-friendly, family run campsite located with great views over the estuary of the River Dee & into the Solway Firth. We offer an ideal destination for individuals, couples, small well behaved groups & families to enjoy a wonderful Wigwam, Camping and Caravan holiday.

Solway View Holidays is within Balmangan Farm and you can enjoy the wide open space and feel free to explore.

We welcome Campervans, Caravans, Folding Campers and Tents. All our pitches are very spacious. EHU and hard-standing is available. A picnic bench is provided on each pitch and Campfires are very much allowed and enjoyed.

We have five Wooden Wigwam Camping pods available to hire on a nightly/weekly basis. All our Wigwams sleep up to 5 people and are a great alternative to putting up a tent.  Wigwams have raised beds with very comfy mattresses, electric heating and cooking facilities. All Solway View Wigwams have an added bonus of an en-suite wc.  All our Wigwams enjoy a great sea view. They also have a picnic bench, campfire area and car parking beside them.

On site – Reception. Heated modern wc/shower facilities with disabled access. Children’s play area. Farm & Nature trails. Working farm. Dark skies. Nearby – local beaches, golf, nature, horse-riding, swimming, Cream O’Galloway, The Cocoabean Company and Wildlife Park. Town of Kirkcudbright. Lots to see & do for all ages. Solway View is not within walking distance of a pub. Site does not accept bookings for any Stag, Hen or Drinking Groups/Parties).

We will look forward to having you stay.

Kirkdale Estate

Kirkdale Estate is a coastal Estate with spectacular sea views over the stunning Solway Firth. We are situated only five minutes from the popular town of Gatehouse of Fleet

The Estate is ideally located to take advantage of all that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer and is situated only twenty minutes from Castle Douglas Food Town, Kirkcudbright, famous for its artists and Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town.

We have three stunning detached self catering holiday cottages, all traditional Galloway houses with woodburning stoves.

Two directly overlook the sea and one is in an idyllic situation inland, nestling into the corner of the original walled garden.

Kirkdale Bank Cottage and Kirkdale Port Cottage have spectacular sea views over the stunning Solway Firth.The sea view cottages are set a quarter of a mile apart from each other on a private shoreline track.

Garden Cottage is situated alongside the two acre walled garden which guests are free to enjoy

All have stunning sea views and enclosed gardens.


We are family friendly and pet friendly.

The situation of each property means you can completely escape from the hustle and bustle yet if you wish, seek out a huge variety of activities on your doorstep, including beaches, mountain biking, walking, fishing, golf, tennis, horse-riding and sailing. The area is well-known for its beautiful walks, coastline and forest parks. Galloway Forest Park has been recently unveiled as the first Dark Sky Park in the UK winning Gold Tier status from the International Dark Sky Association confirming it as one of the best places for stargazing in the world.

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.



Criffel Lodge

Self catering accommodation, a log cabin on Sandyhills bay, Colvend, South West Scotland. Perfect for golf, nature watching, RSPB, 7Stanes Mountain Biking. Sleeps 6 in three bedrooms.

A superb holiday lodge in a small private development within walking distance of Sandyhills beach and coastal walks. Set in woodland on the Colvend golf course, great for wildlife and country views. Discounts for smaller groups.  Double glazing and central heating, travel cot available at no extra cost

See for prices, availability and last minute offers

Short breaks available in winter season, or at other times subject to availability.


Cally Palace was originally an 18th century country mansion just outside Gatehouse of Fleet and is now a wonderful hotel and golf course in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland. You can step back to a time of period style and elegance while enjoying all the modern comforts of a four-star golf hotel. The hotel’s 56 bedrooms combine spacious accommodation with wonderful views of the estate grounds and the Dumfries and Galloway countryside beyond.  The restaurant with it’s AA rosette provides wonderful meals using the best Scottish produce.  Inside the hotel has its own leisure facilities including swimming pool, sauna, spa bath and small gym along with table tennis, snooker and pool.  Outdoors we have our own 18 hole golf course, putting croquet and glorious walks around the Cally grounds.   For other hotels in the McMillan Group

Arbigland Estate

We have some of the most charming seaside holiday cottages Scotland has anywhere and we would love you to come and stay and see them for yourselves. We are in Dumfries and Galloway on the South West coast of Scotland.  Please visit our web site for more details.

From the luxury of the House on the Shore, bed & breakfast accommodation

to the comfort of our self catering log chalets, we can cater for every need and can sleep from 2 – 32 people depending on the cottages taken


Choosing places to stay is about the right location and the perfect cottage and with our private sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and prolific wildlife we have some of the best dog-friendly sea-side holiday cottages  in South West Scotland, together with an enviable micro climate unique to this coastline.  All the cottages (except Shore Cottage) have cosy wood burning stoves, incredibly comfortable beds with crisp clean linen, large enclosed gardens and stunning views.  We have a lot of repeat bookings which is testimony to how much our guests enjoy staying here.

We have 4 traditional stone built cottages some right on the sea (Shore Cottage 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom) and some a 5 – 10 minutes walk from the sea (Powillimount Cottage 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom, West Lodge 2 bedroom and Little Dunbar 2 en suite bedrooms)



We also have 3 log chalets set in about half an acre of landscaped ground that leads down to the beach.  They are light and airy with large open plan living areas, 2 comfortable bedrooms and cosy woodburning stoves, stunning views and lots of space.


Golf, fishing, 7stanes mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, shooting (including wildfowling), stalking and hill walking can all be enjoyed locally (see the wide range of local activities available).

We are dog friendly and perfect for children. You can even arrange to bring your horse.

*All except one of our holiday properties have log burning stoves for that real fire experience in cosy winter breaks.

*All our holiday properties have sea views and are within easy walking distance of the beach.

*We have wi-fi available in all the cottages.

*We are a top wildlife tourism destination with red squirrels, otters, dolphins and other rare species as well as amazing birdlife.

*We have the best pub in the area within walking distance of the log chalets. The local area has a range of good pubs, shops and restaurants.

*Some of our properties have disabled access (assisted wheelchair access). Please ask for advice on the most suitable cottage.

*We can sleep up to 32 across all our self catering accommodation, or take the 3 log chalets for a large family gathering sleeping 12 all together.

*Our location is stunning and we are on the edge of a dark sky region so the stars are too!


A David Bellamy Conservation Award Winner for 20 years!

Coastal Kippford is one of the most beautiful holiday parks in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland.  It is located by the lovely seaside village of Kippford on the Solway Firth, often referred to as Scotland’s Riviera Coast.

Open all year, Coastal Kippford allows you to get away whenever you want.  It is the perfect holiday location for those looking for a place of pure tranquillity who wish to avoid noisier resort locations, yet offers a wealth of activities on your doorstep to keep the whole family entertained.  It is pet friendly so you can take your four legged friend with you!

It has a great selection of lodges and caravans for sale to suit most budgets and several privately owned lodges and caravans to rent.  As well as offering exceptionally good accommodation all year round, the Park also has seasonal pitches for touring caravans.


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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West Gable and East Gable, Rutherford Hall

Two  Converted Houses

Experience luxury and style in this  converted Presbyterian Church, situated in a tranquil location on the banks of the Fleet Estuary, within Gatehouse-of-Fleet.

This characterful historic property has been sympathetically renovated and modernised to a very high standard, and has ready access to a variety of town and rural activities.

Converted in 2007, to form two separate houses, each sleeping up to 6 people (plus travel cots).

Each House provides three bedrooms (2 double and 1 twin), 1 family bathroom with shower, 1 en-suite bathroom, a cloakroom with WC, sitting room with panoramic views across the River Fleet, a large dining kitchen and utility room. Externally there are riverside terraces suitable for launching small boats and canoes, and an adjoining lawned garden. Parking for two cars per house.

The properties are equipped to the highest modern standard, including fully equipped kitchens, large fridge/freezers, dishwashers, washers. Gas fired central heating, WiFI/Broadband, digital TV’s, DVD player’s and stereo systems, and an external BBQ’s.

Egyptian cotton bed linen, electricity & fuel are included in all our rates.

The Waterhouse – Natural Tranquility
The property has 2 individual lodges offering comfortable self catering accommodation in a beautiful garden setting, 3.5 miles from the Artist’s town of Kirkcudbright and close to moorland, forest and coast.

The Waterhouse and Boathouse have access to an outdoor Hot tub 365 days of the year.
The property is naturist friendly/clothes optional in all areas.
Visit our website for accurate availability and current prices.

The Waterhouse

The Waterhouse is a unique hand-crafted, eco, oak framed pole-house beside a  large pond.
Set in an acre of beautifully planted secluded garden and open under the Scottish Garden Scheme.
Weekend 3 day breaks /Weekday 4 day breaks all year .Week bookings- Fri, Sat, or Monday changeover. Sleeps 4.

The Boathouse
The Boathouse is a small but fully equipped luxury Wigwam en-suite chalet added in 2011 sleeping 2 in a double bed. It can only be rented with The Waterhouse. It looks like an upside down wooden boat, hence the name and is located on the other side of the car park, next to The Waterhouse. The interior is wood clad, attractive and cosy.  Groups coming to stay can be flexible, choosing to have their own space, cooking for themselves (particularly breakfast), as well as joining others in The Waterhouse and of course the Hot Tub.

Guest Comments 

“Just as good as it looks on the internet!!
AMAZING little hideaway.”

“FANTASTIC weekend in the beautiful Waterhouse and gardens-
Lovely hosts in Martin and Sharon. An excellent introduction to the world of naturism.”

“The garden looked beautiful with snow and all the better for being snug in the HOT TUB looking at the stars.”
“By far A CUT ABOVE the rest! From the bottom of my heart-Truly amazing.
I can think of nowhere else we rather be.”

“The Waterhouse is HEAVEN ON EARTH. A complete gem. Fresh home made bread, wine, chocolates and fresh flowers & of course the hot tub.
Many thanks for sharing your wonderful creation.”

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.


Welcome to the Selkirk Arms Hotel, where comfortable accommodation, good food, friendly service and a warm welcome await.

The Selkirk Arms now has 17 en suite bedrooms all complete with tea and coffee making facilities, Freeview TV, Free Wi-Fi, Direct dial phone and hairdryers. In this section of our website you will find comprehensive details of all of our tariffs and offers for your perusal. If you are thinking of joining us for a stay, you can view and book  your room online.



Casual Dining in the Bistro or a more formal experience in Artistas restaurant.

Privately owned and Managed the  Selkirk Arms offers first class personal service, food and hospitality.

Kirkcudbright is a town bursting at the seams.

Wander around the numerous art galleries, nose through the secondhand bookshops, tour around the region or just stay local.

Lounges, Bars and Restaurants all under one roof.
Your perfect location in the heart of Kirkcudbright.

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Set back from the coast in a well kept development of similar properties with free access to an onsite swimming pool, the three lodges are traditionally constructed to a high Scandinavian standard, with lovely views over wooded fells and a small loch.


Whether as a couples’ hideaway, for a memorable family holiday by the sea, or as a base for group activity such as mountain biking or golf, Thistle Lodges will suit you perfectly.


There is an on-site bar and restaurant a short stroll away, and you are a pleasant walk from the ever-popular beach at Sandyhills Bay.


The lodges – Bainloch, Braemar and Laggan Hill – are laid out on two floors with a balcony to each floor.  On the ground floor is a large living and dining area for 8 people, with full height sliding glass doors all down one side leading to the large balcony. There is a fully equipped kitchen adjacent. Also downstairs is a double bedroom and the main bathroom with over-bath shower.


On the first floor is another double bedroom with an en-suite WC/bathroom with shower. Also upstairs is a large open plan sleeping area with four single beds and a small balcony.


The kitchens are recently fitted and equipped with ceramic hob and oven, refrigerator and freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer, microwave, kettle and toaster. There is a good range of cooking equipment and utensils, crockery, glassware and cutlery. The living rooms have a music centre and a television with DVD player.


The lodges are also specially equipped for mountain bikers enjoying the nearby 7-Stanes routes at Dalbeattie, Ae and Mabie, with bike storage, bike wash and tool provision (eg bike stand and floor pump).


Being close to each other, the lodges are ideal for group holidays of up to 24 people. Rental costs are for occupancy for up to 8 people in each lodge include electricity, heating, bed linen and towels and use of the on-site indoor heated swimming pool and sauna.


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Millbrae House  Self Catering

offers four properties in and around the coastal village of Rockcliffe. .

We are members of Dumfries & Galloway Tourist Board and are part of the Scottish Tourist Board Quality Assurance Scheme.

All our properties have private off road parking and complimentary WiFi.

Drumburn Studio in Rockcliffe is a delightful open plan studio which sleeps two and one dog welcome.

Drumburn is an open plan studio with a small south facing patio and woodturning stove. French doors lead to the accommodation and there is a small kitchenette with sink, small fridge with ice compartment a full size oven, microwave and two ring hob. No freezer. There is a kettle toaster and cafetiere. All kitchen towels and bedding and bathroom towels are provided. In the lounge area is a flat screen TV and DVD player with a small selection DVDs. There is a fold away table and chair set. The bedroom area has a double bed and ensuite shower room with Scottish Fine Soaps products.

Craig Roan Garden Apartment Rockcliffe is a spacious five roomed apartment which sleeps four. Craig Roan looks over its own private garden and is accessed via the conservatory / lounge. This is a lovely bright place to sit and relax, there is a flat screen TV, DVD player and WiFi.

Double doors lead to the open plan kitchen and dining area. The kitchen is equipped with an oven with separate grill. Microwave and fridge with ice making compartment.

A double and twin bedroom lead off the dining area. Shower room.

Loch View Cottage

at Colvend is a luxury detached cottage awarded 4 stars by the Scottish Tourist Board.

Sleeps up to four in two bedrooms. Log burner, under floor heating and two bathrooms. Enclosed garden. We welcome dogs in Loch View Cottage

Sleeps 4 (one double room & one twin room)
Spacious open plan kitchen/dining/family room with sofa
Wood burning stove  WiFi
House bathroom with shower over and separate shower.gEnclosed mature cottage garden with outdoor seating and BBQ.)

All linens provided and beds made up ready for your arrival
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Sanderling Luxury Holiday Cottage by the Sea

Luxury coastal holiday cottage tucked away in a small hamlet on the scenic Colvend coast. Sanderling offers guests a luxury peaceful getaway. Close to a small pebble beach and a short walk to a sandy beach, its a perfect holiday location whilst still being close to a village shop, cafes and small town. Kippford and Rockcliffe two popular seaside villages are close by.

Enter in to a small porch with a tiled floor a great place to kick off your shoes or boots and hang your coats. The conservatory overlooks the garden taking in the sea views and is a lovely peaceful place to sit and read or watch the stars. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast at the small table and plan your day exploring Dumfries and Galloway.

The kitchen appliances consist of a cooker, halogen hob, microwave, retro fridge freezer and a dishwasher. Dining table for four with a bench and chairs.

Large lounge with two sofas. The bright lounge has a cosy open fire for Winter months, Smart TV and DVD

Ground floor twin bedroom with three windows leads from the lounge

The stairs lead from the dining area to a master bedroom with king size bed, coombed character ceiling and traditional dormer south facing window overlooking fields.

Large luxury bathroom with roll top claw foot bath and  large walk in shower. Heated towel rail. Dormer window with countryside sea views.

Outside – Drying room, washing machine and drying line. Bike storage. BBQ. Private parking One dog welcome No smoking.



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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Cosy, traditional cottage situated in the heart of the historic quarter of Kirkcudbright.  Spacious rooms include fully fitted kitchen with dining area, lounge with leather recliners, bedroom with king size bed and ensuite shower room.  TVs in both lounge and kitchen. Outside is a secluded sitting area.  Only minutes walk from all local facilities including inns, restaurants, shops, swimming pool, harbour, McLellans Castle, Tolbooth Art Centre etc.

Kirkcudbright, on the river Dee, is set in beautiful Galloway countryside and yet is within a couple of miles of several sandy beaches. It is an ideal base for exploring this unspoilt corner of Scotland. The whole area is rich in wildlife and there are endless other activities to enjoy – walking, bird watching, fishing & golf.

You can check availability and book online via our website

However, please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions we can help with.

Getaway2Galloway providing self-catering accommodation for couples in Kirkcudbright since 2000


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East Brae Cottage


East Brae Cottage is a traditional Galloway Cottage, set in the beautiful Dumfries & Galloway countryside, on the A75 Road and 20 minutes’ drive from Dumfries. It offers rooms with free WiFi and views onto the surrounding farmland.

Each room at East Brae Cottage has simple, pleasant decor with TV and tea and coffee facilities and All our accommodation in on the ground floor. There is access to a shared bathroom, while one of the rooms has an en suite shower room.

Breakfast is served in the dining room and  is made from only the finest, locally sourced ingredients, offering a tasty Scottish breakfast, made from meaty sausages, crispy bacon, fresh black pudding and haggis, and free range eggs, while lighter options are also available

Delicious homemade evening meals are also served – just book them in advance.

You can go walking in the surrounding countryside and nearby sights include Castle Douglas, 20 minutes’ drive away. The West coast is around 15 miles from the property.

Stranraer’s ferry connections to Ireland can be reached in 90 minutes by car, while to the East, Newcastle and its links to the Netherlands are around 100 miles away.
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Cyclists and walkers will definitely want to make the most of the excellent walking routes and quiet cycling trails and nature lovers won’t be disappointed either as the region  abounds with fascinating wildlife and beautiful scenery. Head into town to have a drink at one of the traditional public houses, or visit the local antique shop, to discover unusual treasures.

Plenty to do for the children too.



Welcome to The Marks, 3 star Bed and Breakfast

Set in the glorious Galloway countryside, surrounded by quiet lanes, hills and beaches, The Marks extends you a warm welcome in the farmhouse which dates back to the 16th century.



The Marks, which dates back to the 16th century, is reputed to be the dower house for McLellan’s Castle in Kirkcudbright.

The farmhouse, with log fires roaring in the Study and Drawing room, is set in a large rambling old world garden through which you are welcome to wander.  Surroundings are tranquil and peaceful, nights are stunningly starlit.

Cars are safely parked on the gravel drive at the front of the house; bikes can be stored in one of the outbuildings.

In the farmhouse we offer Bed and Breakfast, with dinner in the evening if you wish, all good home cooking using our great local produce.

The bedrooms pleasantly situated with views over the garden and Galloway countryside, are all comfortably furnished, including hospitality trays.

Peaceful surroundings and an idyllic base for golfing, walking, cycling and riding. Galloway is “Scotland’s best kept secret”! Kirkcudbright which is only four miles down the road, is a renowned artists’ colony, painters being drawn by the Solway scenery and the pure quality of the light.

The town boasts several galleries exhibiting local artists, with specialist jewellers and exclusive dress and gift shops, and plenty of places to eat out.

It’s a lovely old town with fishing boats tied up at the harbour watched over by the ruin of McLellan’s Castle in the town centre. Galloway is a world recognised ‘dark skies‘ area, and the Marks is ideally located four miles out of town to give wonderful bright starlit night skies, when our Scottish weather allows.

The Marks is a working upland farm, with dairy cows milked twice daily.

Anchorlee Guesthouse – B&B Kirkcudbright

Welcome to Anchorlee B&B Kirkcudbright where warm friendly local hospitality awaits you, Anchorlee is an elegant 19th century Victorian townhouse situated close to the centre of the charming Artists’ town of Kirkcudbright. Kirkcudbright makes an ideal base to explore this lovely part of Dumfries & Galloway.

Here at Anchorlee B&B Kirkcudbright you are assured of quality 4 star bed and breakfast accommodation. Great care has been taken to prepare comfortable spacious en-suite rooms for you to relax in and enjoy your stay. There are four rooms to choose from:

Breakfast at Anchorlee is freshly prepared from the finest locally sourced ingredients and you can choose from our mouth-watering menu. We try our best to cater for special diets and pride ourselves in giving value for money. Early breakfasts and packed lunches are available by arrangement.

Kirkcudbright, known as the Artists’ town has something for everyone, from gentle pursuits such as walking, painting and bird watching – to the more energetic like hill walking, cycling and mountain biking to name but a few.

Anchorlee B&B Kirkcudbright

We really want you to enjoy your bed and breakfast here at Anchorlee.

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