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The Auldgirth Inn

The Auldgirth Inn




Step inside and it’s hard at first to reconcile age with the plush 21st century inn.

Comfortably cosy, its warm, welcoming ambiance mingles with five centuries of history stacked up within the walls. Sit by the lounge bar inglenook and share a space once occupied by Rabbie Burns as he sheltered against winter’s icy blast.

Six luxury rooms, whose tasteful decor reflects the overall ambience of the Inn, are designed to the highest of modern country character standards offering comfort and relaxation.



Enjoy a delicious meal in the spacious dining area where you can watch talented chefs as they busily prepare a wide range of mouth-watering dishes mainly from healthy local Scottish produce.

And why not retire to one of the beautifully furnished bedrooms for a relaxing night’s rest.

It comes as no surprise that the Auldgirth Inn is already wracking up awards after undergoing its first major modernisation since 1804.
And that’s down to new owner, award winning restaurateur and chef Robert Macaleese.





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Thornhill Golf Club


Thornhill is a picturesque village in Mid Nithsdale, Dumfries & Galloway. The golf club was established in 1893 as a 9 hole course and extended to 18 holes in 1979.

Thornhill in Dumfries & Galloway is a picturesque town, with an excellent mix of accommodation, restaurants and cafes and independent retailers, close to Drumlanrig Castle, the stately home of the Duke of Buccleuch.

The course at Thornhill is a mixture of park and heathland with magnificent panoramic views which are equal to any in Scotland. It has been often described as a “hidden gem”.


At 6102 yards, over relatively level terrain the course provides a good test for all golfers and is friendly to those of mature years.

The Club has a fine record in amateur competition, boasting honours in national team and single events. Several members have gone on to enjoy successful professional careers, the most notable being Andrew Coltart.

Facilities include Bar, Restaurant, Buggies, Trolleys, Practice Areas, Putting Green and Golf Club Hire. Catering/bar available every day 

Drumlanrig Self Catering

Stableyard Studio

Whether you want to relax and unwind in a beautiful setting, or get involved in all there is to see and do, the Stableyard Studio, nestled in the historic Castle Stableyard is the ideal place to stay.

The beautifully furnished studio can accommodate two guests and two dogs.

There is a large bedroom/living room with king-size bed, comfortable chairs, smart television, electric fire and Castle views.

The large dining kitchen with integrated dishwasher, washing machine, fridge, freezer, electric hob and oven ensures you can make the most of the lovely local produce available in the area.

And the modern shower room will ensure you start your day raring to go!

The secure entry way is the ideal base for you to explore the outdoors, with bike storage and boot racks for muddy wellies shared with the Stableyard Apartment.

Stableyard Apartment

The Stableyard Apartment, as the name suggests, is located right in the heart of the old Castle Stableyard.  A heartbeat from the historic 17th century Drumlanrig Castle. 

The holiday apartment is newly modernised with all the features you would expect.  We are sure you will have a memorable, comfortable stay for up to four guests and two dogs. 

As you enter there is a large cupboard, perfect for holding the shoes, boots and coats you may need to explore the wider country estate.

You will find two beautifully furnished bedrooms.  One with a king-sized bed and the other with a double bed.  Both have views of the Castle turrets and Stableyard from the windows.

After a busy day exploring the South West of Scotland, the good sized separate living room is perfect for relaxing.  It has two comfortable sofas, smart tv, electric fire and compact dining table and chairs.

And the brand new galley kitchen will inspire you to prepare and sample all the local produce you have found on your travels.  It has integrated appliances including washing machine, fridge/freezer, electric oven and hob.

Whether you are looking for a nice soak in the bath after a busy day or a quick shower so you are raring to go, the freshly decorated bathroom will fit your needs.

With central heating throughout, and electric fire in living room, you will be nice and warm whenever you stay!

The Apartment entrance is conveniently located right next to the Castle car park, so its not far to carry bags or shopping, and is accessed via a shared entrance way.  There is a bike parking and welly boot area on ground floor area which is shared with the Stableyard Studio.  A staircase leads to up to the Apartment and Studio.

Travelling with another household?

The Stableyard Studio and Stableyard Apartment are conveniently located next to each other making them the perfect properties for two families staying.  Or perhaps grandparents in one and the parents and kids in the other.

Drumlanrig Mains Cottage

Located a short drive, walk or cycle from Drumlanrig Castle, this picturesque cottage is the ideal home away from home.

Drumlanrig Mains Cottage is perfect for a group of friends (when rules permit) or a large or extended family.  Up to 6 guests can enjoy the cottage which has 2 double bedrooms (one ensuite), and one twin room with two single beds.

Located in a quiet spot next to the estate office, the property has private parking for up to 4 cars and both a front and back door for easy access into the property.

‘Mains 2’ has a lovely fenced wraparound garden where guests can enjoy views across the wider estate or little ones can play.

The property itself has a large living room with comfortable sofas, 55-inch smart TV and a log burner, perfect for cosy movie nights after a busy day exploring the region.

There is a downstairs double bedroom with an en-suite shower room and a further double bedroom with king sized bed and twin bedroom upstairs, all tastefully decorated.

The property has a large hall cupboard, perfect for bags, buggy, wellies, etc.  It also has a garage available for bike storage.

The newly renovated main bathroom has a bath with shower, perfect for a relaxing soak or a quick shower to get you ready for a busy day of exploring.

The large dining kitchen, comfortably sits six.  The ideal place to enjoy a large delicious breakfast made with local produce.  The modern kitchen has everything you need, with integrated appliances including dishwasher, washing machine, fridge/freezer and electric oven and hob.

There is oil fired central heating throughout, ensuring you will have a warm and cosy stay whatever the Scottish weather brings!

Drumlanrig Castle & Country Estate

Located in such an historic setting you can immerse yourself in the history and heritage of the 17th century ‘Pink Palace’ and its surroundings. During the Summer season enjoy a Castle Tour or explore the extensive Castle Gardens.

For outdoor enthusiasts, don your walking boots and explore scenery, scents and sounds of the 90,000 acre estate. Or if you prefer exploring on two wheels, bring your own bike or hire one onsite, with world class trails and quiet estate roads, Drumlanrig is a cyclists dream.

If traditional country sports are for you, you are in the right place. Here at Drumlanrig Castle you’ll find Salmon and Sea Trout fishing in the River Nith, plus Grayling fishing in the winter. We also offer Rainbow Trout and Brown Trout fishing in our well-stocked lochs.

If walking and cycling aren’t enough to keep any little ones amused, during the summer season, the adventure playground, with 15 metre tunnel slides, giant climbing nets and a zip line are sure to keep them smiling

With so much to see and do right on your doorstep, we are sure you will enjoy your stay in the Stableyard Studio.

Croftjane Cottage


Croftjane Cottage is a comfortable 4 star self-catering accommodation; sleeps four.

Situated two miles from the village of Thornhill in the Nith valley, not far from Drumlanrig Castle and surrounded by woods and farmland.

Refurbished in 2019 to a high standard, Croftjane Cottage provides peaceful accommodation for people looking for a relaxing break in idyllic surroundings, or for those who want to take advantage of the many opportunities for outdoor recreation.

The cottage is in a quiet location with wonderful views overlooking beautiful Nithsdale, with the Lake District fells in the background.

The cottage is fully centrally heated, with double glazing and a wood-burning stove. The cosy sitting room is furnished with a sofa & easy chairs and has a 40” smart TV with FreeSat & a DVD player. The well-equipped kitchen area has new worktops, electric cooker, fridge, microwave, dishwasher etc. A breakfast/reading room at the front of the cottage has spectacular views down the valley towards the Lake District fells. There is also a washing machine, tumble dryer and freezer in the laundry.

The larger bedroom has a double bed and en-suite shower room and there is a twin bedroom with a built-in wardrobe. The bathroom has a bath and over-bath shower.

There are outside seating areas with table & chairs and a swing seat. A Kettle BBQ is provided and stored in the laundry. The self-contained garden contains a clothes-line and pegs are provided.

Parking is available as well as storage for bicycles/fishing rods etc in the lockable laundry.


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 Purealba, an artisan soap maker based at the beautiful Drumlanrig Country Estate in Dumfries & Galloway.

My products are all small batch produced by myself in my converted stable using luxury organic ingredients.

Purealba launched in April 2019 with a small studio/shop at Drumlanrig Castle, Dumfries and Galloway; and never looked back.

It remains a top priority for Purealba to remain palm-free and use the best organic ingredients I can source. All my packaging is “no-waste” and compostable.

I now have 12 soaps, 6 body butters, and 6 shampoos. This is a long process as all my recipes have to be approved by a chemist before going on public sale.


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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.

For more service details, inspiring routes and lovely images of Galloway head to our website: .

Nithbank Country Estate

5 Star luxury accommodation in a secluded Scottish Country House in the Historic village of Thornhill, just 3 miles from Drumlanrig Castle (An Outlander Filming Location) and 14 miles from Dumfries, and is set within South West Scotland’s UNESCO Biosphere.

Nithbank Country Estate

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Set in ancient woodland with river frontage and breath taking views, Nithbank offers the experience of luxurious accommodation and personal service combined with the freedom and privacy of feeling right at home. One of Scotland’s Best B&B’s.

Once the private residence of the Chamberlain to the Duke of Queensberry, the beautifully presented rooms are impressive in style and size. In this secluded and tranquil setting, guests can relax and unwind in a choice of 3 luxurious bedrooms all with complementary organic toiletries and fluffy bathrobes.

The Chamberlain’s Suite has views over the river, Tynron Doon and the Nithsdale Valley. This suite has a super-kingsize bed, gilt arm chairs, sofa, antique wardrobe and dressing table, as well as an en-suite bathroom with copper freestanding bath and walk in shower.

The Morton Suite enjoys views onto wooded grounds and hills beyond. It features a super-kingsize bed, gilt arm chairs, tweed sofa, marble fire surround, antique wardrobe and dressing table, as well as an en-suite bathroom with gold freestanding bath and walk in shower.

Alternatively, The Dabton is a classic kingsize double room with double aspect garden views, mahogony sleigh bed, period furniture and its own private bathroom.

Enjoy a Full Scottish Breakfast as well as homemade jams, muesli, granola and scones with fruit grown using organic methods in Nithbank’s kitchen garden. The owners champion locally sourced, seasonal Scottish produce and support many talented local producers. Bespoke packages can be arranged for special celebrations with flowers, chocolates, champagne, luxury hampers, etc.

Holders of the Gold award for Green Tourism, the owners are proud advocates of sustainability, conservation and promoting wellbeing, helping guests connect with nature, the natural environment and local culture. Nithbank Country Estate has also been recognised with the Biosphere Certification Mark from the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere in recognition of their commitment to sustainability.

Your hosts Melanie and John are happy to help with your itinerary and pre-book activities of your choice – whether its wildlife watching, field sports, fishing, golf, walking, cycling, mountain biking, yoga or a distillery tour! Castles such as Morton, Drumlanrig and Caerlaverock are just a short drive away with many other great places to visit in the area.

We look forward to welcoming you to Nithbank very soon… the Kettle will be on!

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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Ae Forest Bike Shop and Cafe




Ae has a brilliant trail center as part of the famous 7Stanes with routes for all levels. The forest also offers some lovely walks.

There will  always be  a warm welcome at Ae and it’s a great place to go walking, horse riding or to simply hang out and relax. Come and have a look for yourself!

Scaurbridge House is a charming old rose stone manse set in a tranquil garden near the peaceful rural village of Penpont, Thornhill, on the ancient pilgrim route of the Scottish Kings, 4 miles from Drumlanrig Castle, ancestral home of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry.


This Penpont Bed & Breakfast is tastefully decorated and stylishly furnished with care and attention to detail, Elizabeth Ann Hughes warmly welcomes you to this traditional Scottish country home in which the discerning visitor is assured of the best of individual attention. Creative menus, tailored to personal tastes, using the very best local produce, make dinner at Scaurbridge a delicious experience.

The gentle hills and romantic moors, peaceful woodlands and crystal clear rivers and streams make it the perfect area for walking, cycling, bird watching, fishing and other countryside pursuits to be found far from the cacophony of city life.

Explore our region and discover its history and gracious character.

Elizabeth Ann Hughes invites you to come and relax in stylish luxury at the delightful Scaurbridge House, Penpont, Thornhill, a graded listed Georgian manse. The perfect place to unwind. Small private country house offering bed and breakfast all tailored to make your stay the very best at the most reasonable price. Welcoming, romantic, log fires, beautiful country garden with superb views to the Lowther Hills, great local food.

The Hopetoun Arms Hotel

is a grade two listed building and is the highest residential hotel in Scotland, sitting 1297ft above sea level.




Nestled in the heart of the Lowther Hills it is in a quiet rural location. A perfect stop off point if traveling north or south, and a perfect place for a nice relaxing break. The Hopetoun Arms itself is steeped in history with mentions from Dorothy Wordsworth in her book “The grand tour of Scotland” Published in 1804.

The village itself has a heritage trail which will have you visit such delights as, John Taylors Grave, who died in 1770 at the remarkable age of 137 and The curfew Bell which was rung to inform the miners of their shift changes.

Although we are in a rural setting we are only forty five minutes from Glasgow and just over one hour to Edinburgh and Carlisle.

The village has the oldest subscription library in the UK which is open to visitors and the highest golf course in Scotland. Situated just behind the hotel.

We have 8 en suite letting bedrooms Doubles, twin and family rooms from £85 per night Singles from £65.00
Free wi-fi
A lounge bar and a small locals bar
Free parking
Camper vans are very welcome, and we have 5 electric hook ups
Bikers and cyclists welcome and we have secure lock up for bikes
Bunk house opening late 2019
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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.


Thornhill, set in the picturesque Nith Valley saw the beginning of the transition of transport from legs to wheels.

As you cycle the traffic free roads of Dumfries & Galloway, remember Kirkpatrick Macmillan, the man who had the vision to put the wheel and the pedal together and give us the bicycle.


Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

If you like delving deep into history, soaking up the finest culture, exploring beautiful countryside – or adrenaline-fuelled mountain biking – you’ll love a day at Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate. From activities for kids to salmon fishing, you’ll find a raft of activity awaiting you. The Castle has 120 rooms, 17 turrets and four towers and from your very first glance you’ll know you’re entering a special place. Special enough, in fact, that the producers of Outlander recently used the Castle for filming their second series!

You will discover Rembrandt’s Old Lady Reading and family portraits by artists such as Thomas Gainsborough, landscapes by Paul Sandby and the Dutch masters, and cartoons by Rowlandson amid the finest furnishing and antiques.

The 90,000 acre Estate boasts miles of beautiful walks and acres of gardens. Launch yourself down one of our championship mountain biking trails, or hook yourself a salmon, fishing on the river. Activities for kids include everything from the adventure playground to ranger-led wildlife walks and a host of events.

The Castle is the stunning Dumfriesshire seat of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry, and they hope you find it as inspiring as they do.

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