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Galloway Astronomy Centre

Galloway Astronomy Centre

The location for anyone wanting to see thousands of stars in a dark sky


There are few places in the UK where you can clearly see the Milky Way and also the Andromeda Galaxy with just your eyes. The Galloway Astronomy Centre is such a place.

Located approximately 20 miles south of the Internationally recognised Gold Award Dark Sky Park at the Galloway Forest.

Our beautiful night sky is free of light pollution making viewing the wonders of the night sky an unforgettable experience.

One big advantage of the Galloway Astronomy Centre over other observatories is, after stargazing there is no travelling on unlit or icy roads, your warm accommodation is only a short walk away. Find out more here

We can also further accommodation just down the road at Monreith. Click Here for more information


Whatever you’re interested in, Astronomy or if you just want to experience seeing a sky full of stars.

We can take you on a journey around our Solar System and far beyond to see the many wonders of the Universe.

With our observatory housing a 16 inch reflecting telescope. (the largest in Dumfries & Galloway) And warm, comfortable accommodation in the cottage everything you need for star gazing is on site. 

Night sky tours are available to non residents too.

Please bring warm clothes, coats and hats it  can be cold at night at any time of the year.

Do you have a star named after you? Just let us know the details and we can advise the best time of year to visit to see your star.

Our primary aim at the Centre is to ensure guests get maximum enjoyment from a visit.

Carraig Shepherd’s Hut



Carraig Shepherd’s Hut is located in a small paddock at the far side of our Galloway Steading in South West Scotland.

The views are wonderful and the tranquillity and peace of the surroundings make a wonderful retreat from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

This is an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Here you are close to the Sea, to Lochs, Mountains and Moorland, to Castles and Ruins and Ancient history.


Lulled by the gulf stream, unexpectedly, palm trees grow.  Cows and sheep graze the lush green fields.

The sky seems vast. The quality of light has long inspired artists, both home-grown and from further afield. There is something special about the land here that instills creativity in all its forms. Writers and Musicians listen to the earth and let their words and music flow!

Carraig, as nearby Farmer Davy says, looks like it has always been a part of this landscape.

Come and share it with us!

What We Offer

Sleep in a sumptuous double bed on a deep, 2000 pocket-sprung mattress made up with luxurious, organic, fair-trade bedlinen.


lounge in the daytime on the bed with its pure wool throws and cosy scatter cushions or curl up at night to read in peace and quiet.

You could even watch a film on your tablet! (free wifi provided via TP-Link)

Keep Warm INSIDE

with the small, (but perfectly formed!) woodburning stove.

A log store for Carraig is outside the Hut.


Behind the Barn – Sit at the table and … if it’s cold …..

Toast marshmallows on the Chiminea!

Or … enjoy a barbecue – charcoal provided.


a 3-course meal or simply warm up some soup using the electric mini-oven, complete with grill and  hotplates.

We supply basic herbs and spices, olive oil, balsamic vinegar and salt and pepper to start you off.

There is a full-size fridge but no ice box (we sacrificed it for space).

And there is a toaster too!

Welcome Basket

you may not have had the time to shop for your breakfast before you arrive,

so to start you off we provide home-made bread; butter, milk, home-made jam; tea, organic, fair-trade, shade-grown coffee, sugar; and, if you like, we will also give you eggs from our pet hens – Reeny, Rita and Marge.

Freshen Up

in the Shower Room with its electric shower, washbasin and proper, flushing loo.

Organic, fair-trade hand and bath towels are provided.

Luxury shower gel, body lotion, shampoo, conditioner and soap from Noble Isle will not only scintillate the senses but add to your feeling of wellbeing.  No parabens and vegan friendly.

Loo paper is also sustainably produced.

Boot Scraper and Boot Rack

outside the Hut Door for your muddy Wellies and Walking Boots


 A perfect place to have your morning coffee or evening aperitifs as you admire the view or Stargaze at Night.

Even in Winter it’s wonderful to face the elements, wrapped up warm, a comforting hot chocolate in hand!

Or maybe a nip of whiskey! (Our private well water goes with the local Bladnoch single malt perfectly!)

And a Garden all to yourself!

Free Parking





Wigtown and Bladnoch Golf Club


Wigtown & Bladnoch Golf Club a pleasant 9 hole course that offers a good test of golf to players of all abilities.

Set in rolling parkland on the edge of Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, the course is a haven for those seeking relaxing golf and a friendly atmosphere. Around the course there are magnificent views of Wigtown Bay.

Visitors are given a warm welcome to Wigtown & Bladnoch Golf Club
The course is easily accessed as playing times are not restricted, although it is advisable to phone ahead for weekend golf.

Castlewigg Holiday Park

Our park is open 50 weeks a year.

Whether you’re interested in one of our static holiday homes or a weekend stay in your motorhome,  Castlewigg Holiday Park is the perfect destination.

A warm welcome to our family-friendly park in Castlewigg, Scotland. Our park is in the heart of the Machars Peninsula and boasts outstanding views and local surroundings.

Whether you’re looking at owning your own static holiday home on our park or you wish to visit us for the weekend in your motorhome or tent, Castlewigg Holiday Park is the perfect destination for you.

The coast of Dumfries & Galloway is warmed by the Gulf stream which provides a mild climate to our park. The local area includes many different attractions including Galloway House, Castle Kennedy and the Logan Botanical which boasts a range of tropical plants.

If you would like to find out more information about our park, view one of our static holiday homes or book your stay then please get in touch with us by calling 07760 591 276 or sending us an email to

Wigwam® Holidays Wigtown


The unspoilt beauty of this south west corner of Scotland is the perfect antidote to the hurly burly of modern life. Wigwam® Holidays Wigtown, is a hidden treasure situated on a small beef and sheep farm.

Wake up with the cows and sheep grazing quietly in the adjacent field.

We have 7, luxury heated, en-suite Wigwam® Cabins, 5 of which  have with their own fantastic electric hot tubs, to help soothe away the stresses.

We are also delighted to offer one of Wigwam’s first accessible cabins. Our cabin is wheelchair friendly, sleeps 5 and has its own hot tub. The cabin adds an extra touch of luxury for all people with or without a disability.

A short drive away you will find deserted beaches, magnificent forests, rugged moors and beautiful lochs, not only perfect for chilled-out holidays, if you want a bit more action you can also find a range of activities and sports, from walking and cycling to golf and fishing.

For the children there are many fantastic days out to be had including Cream o’Galloway Ice Cream Farm with adventure play area and much more. The Cocoa Bean Co is a chocolate Factory where you can make chocolate and play indoors or out. For children big and small there is Laggan Outdoor Centre with one of the longest zip wires in Europe.

The Galloway Forest offers exceptional walking and cycling and has been designated the first Dark Sky Park outside the USA. The Galloway Hills has beautiful moors, mountains, lochs and rivers, with at its heart the Galloway Forest Park, some 150,000 acres of forest land with waymarked trails that are ideal for trekking and cyclists will enjoy the famous 7 stanes mountain bike tracks.

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.

Visit South of Scotland Golf for a comprehensive details of all courses at

Bladnoch Distillery

Visitor Centre and

Melba Cafe


Welcome to Bladnoch Distillery. Our 202 year-old distillery opens its doors once again.

Bladnoch Distillery produces premium Single Malt Scotch Whisky, paying tribute to the rich history of Bladnoch and traditional lowland style Scotch Whisky.

Discover how Bladnoch and Pure Scot whisky is crafted first hand with a tour through the key sites of the distillery.

Tour includes a tasting of three of our favourite releases from the Bladnoch and Pure Scot range.

Our Melba Cafe is serving a beautiful lunch menu showcasing the finest local produce and a selection of homemade cakes and treats.

Fordbank House


Bed and breakfast in Book Town


Fordbank House is a distinctive Victorian country residence, the former home of the McLelland family who set up Bladnoch Distillery ( in 1817 and ran the local Preserved Potato Manufactory and Farina Mill.  It lies within a private, gated garden of one acre with an orchard and extensive views of the surrounding countryside.

Lesley and David Miller will be your hosts and will be greeting you on your arrival, serving breakfast every morning and available throughout your stay. They are happy to advise on local activities and places to visit in the beautiful surroundings of the Machars peninsula.  Wigtown is five minutes away by car, and hosts Scotland’s national Book Festival ( in late September, early October.

Three bedrooms are available: a king size, double, and twin through



sleeping 6 in total. The comfortable rooms all have en-suite facilities. Linen, towels, hairdryer and complimentary toiletries are provided and an iron is available on request. Tea and coffee making facilities are available in bedrooms.

Guests can enjoy a delicious breakfast while taking in the gentle rolling landscape of the Galloway countryside from the dining room. Fruit, cereals, preserves and home-made bread/toast, tea and coffee are provided, or guests can request porridge, or a cooked breakfast if required.









The area is rich in music and art festivals throughout the year and is popular for walkers, cyclists, anglers, and people who love the outdoors.  Whether you like coast or country, you’ll find something to delight you in this unspoilt part of Scotland.  Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the area is also rich in a selection of impressive gardens to visit (  and indeed the owners of Fordbank are in the process of restoring the garden to its former splendour.  Nearby Galloway Forest is renown for its 7 Stanes cycling route ( and its dark skies.  Beaches, historical sites as well as a plentiful selection of pubs are within easy reach.



Craigmount Bed and Breakfast

a 19th Century Listed Manse offering Bed & Breakfast in Scotland’s National Book Town

Nicole and Malcolm are delighted to welcome you to their home in Wigtown, in the heart of Dumfries and Galloway, with it’s stunning coastline of rocky shorelines, sandy beaches and ancient woodlands.

Craigmount is an attractive, 3 storey former Manse, dating back to the early 19th Century. Whilst retaining many original features, it provides a relaxing , comfortable place to stay, with wonderful views of Wigtown Bay and the local golf course.


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Craiglemine Cottage Caravan

 We have a 2 bedroom 35ft x 12ft caravan fully equipped for self catering located at the small, family run

Monreith Sands Holiday Park.

The caravan is double glazed and centrally heated throughout with an additional electric fire in the lounge.

The boiler also supplies constant hot water.

Sorry we do not accept dogs.

Strictly no smoking or vaping is allowed in the caravan.Accommodation

The caravan can sleep up to 6 persons – 4 adults and 2 children

.Bedroom #1 – with standard size double bed and fitted wardrobes and cupboards.

All bedding provided.

Bedroom #2 – with two bunk beds with cupboard space.

All bedding provided.

A travel cot and high chair can be provided on request.

Lounge / Dining Room – the lounge has large windows and has a sofa which is a fold out double bed inside. The room also has fitted cupboards.

The dining area has a circular table with 4 chairs.

There is a 26” TV and DVD player – you are welcome to bring you favourite films.

Kitchenfully fitted with a gas cooker, microwave, fridge, kettle, toaster, pots and pans.

Cooking utensils, a 6 piece dinner service and cutlery are also provided.

Tea, Coffee and sugar are supplied at the start of the holiday, but will not be replenished during your stay.

Bathroom – with shower, toilet and washbasin. We do not supply towels.


We don’t have an availability calendar as yet for the caravan to check vacancies please phone 01988 500594.





In a peaceful position close to the gardens at the centre of historic Wigtown, Scotland’s National Book Town, this traditional flat provides an excellent holiday base in the centre of picturesque Galloway with some of the finest scenery in southern Scotland on the doorstep.

Wigtown has a long and distinguished history, as the former County Town.  It has retained an old-fashioned charm, enhanced by being Scotland’s book town. It provides a pleasant setting in which to meander, appreciating the high quality gift shops, small gallery, excellent plant nursery, numerous book shops and many cafes.


Courtyard Holiday Cottages

East Kirkland Farm



East Kirkland Farm is situated on the edge of the Solway Firth, overlooking Wigtown Bay and the magnificent Galloway hills beyond. The cottages are within easy reach of the small town of Wigtown, proud to call itself Scotland’s National Book Town.  With its numerous second hand book shops, choice of cafes and restaurants and a selection of delightful craft/antique shops, there’s plenty for you to enjoy.

Courtyard Holiday Cottages offer comfortable, self-catering accommodation arranged around a small courtyard, with owner accommodation on site.  Cottages sleep from 3 to 6 people and can be booked individually or as a whole (sleeping up to 19 people) for family gatherings/special occasions.  We boast a fantastic heated indoor pool (open April to end Oct), a selection of bicycles for guests to use, drying room, dvd and games library, play park with swings and a games barn for those rainy days.  Well behaved pets are welcome!

With its beautiful beaches, historical sites, forest parks, gardens and numerous other visitor attractions, Wigtownshire is an ideal location for walking , cycling, fishing, golfing or sight seeing.




The Riverbank Cafe



The Riverbank Cafe is a popular venue for visitors and locals alike who just love the fresh baking, excellent coffee, paninis, toasties, salads, burgers, breakfast, soup, desserts, sandwiches and children’s menu.


Much of the produce used in The Riverbank Cafe is sourced from the Dumfries and Galloway region such as their cheese, pork and smoked produce.


The Riverbank Cafe is located next to the main car park in Newton Stewart and there is plenty of public parking as well as some private, more secure spaces provided behind the cafe.

Come and visit


Browse our selection of Books.

Then, have a well earned leisurely cup of Coffee, tea or chocolate accompanied by a delicious cake, scone or a bowl of soup or a snack.

We also have a selection of Art.

 What more could you want?

In Scotland’s National Book Town – Wigtown

Location, opening, contact: click here

Self-catering that feels like home is how we like to think about Southfield. This spacious, three-bedroom Georgian townhouse is in the heart of Wigtown, Scotland’s Book Town. Exploring the many book shops is highly recommended. Trying to wear out the kids? We are close to sheltered sandy beaches, great cycling, plenty of hills for long walks and some fantastic days out for all ages. There’s one of Scotland’s botanic gardens nearby and fabulous star gazing in Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s first Dark Sky Park.


Families travelling with the older generation appreciate our double en-suite bedroom on the ground floor. There’s a newly renovated kitchen (2018) plus a comfortable sitting room with large screen tv. On the first floor there’s a large double bedroom, a room with three singles for children and friends and a family bathroom, that now includes a shower over the bath. There’s a more grown up sitting room as well also with large screen tv,  so no more arguments over who wants to watch what!


Wigtown’s location is perfect for trips to the Galloway Hills for walking and for keen mountain bikers one of the Seven Stanes courses is located nearby at Kirroughtree outside Newton Stewart. There’s no need to jump in the car – walks from the front door  will take you to the nearby bird hide overlooking the Wigtown Bay Nature Reserve. On a rainy day we definitely recommend supporting our local bookshops. Southfields is opposite The Bookshop, immortalised in Shaun Bythell’s critcially acclaimed Diary of a Bookseller. At night head for Britain’s First dark Sky Park in the Galloway Hills to star gaze.


Relax in our large walled garden with different areas for the whole family. You can read quietly in the sheltered courtyard as the swallows dart overhead. Eat lunch at our purpose built picnic table. Let the children escape safely to set up camp in the treehouse towards the end of the garden.

Craiglemine Cottage B and B

See a different side of Scotland this year …One without mountains, midges or crowds of tourists.

Galloway has a fantastic sea to sky landscape, from safe sandy beaches and rugged cliff top walks to rolling hills and quiet historic ruins.

The cottage with its peaceful atmosphere is a wonderful place to unwind for a short break or longer holiday.

At Craiglemine Cottage B and B you can be sure of a warm welcome all year.

Whether you prefer activities such as walking, cycling, fishing or golf; or like more being more relaxed seeing beautiful formal gardens or some of our 6000 year history – all are in easy reach in this lovely part of Scotland.The Galloway Forest – the UK’s first Dark Sky Park is to the north.

The cottage too has a wonderful extensive view of the night sky.


The pleasantly decorated and furnished accommodation comprises:

Double/Family Room. This large room with washbasin has an attractive view to the distant Galloway hills.Extra beds can be added for small children

Single/Twin Room. Bright and south facing.Each room has tea / coffee making facilities plus an alarm clock. The rooms share the bathroom facilities plus second toilet.

The spacious residents Lounge / Dining Room is a perfect place to unwind after a day of sightseeing. Although the cottage is centrally heated the cast iron stove in the stone fireplace provides a cosy warmth for the autumn and winter evenings

We provide evening meals on request.Children of all ages welcome – free for under 6 years. Experience for yourself the variety and beauty of rural Galloway.

Wireless Broadband Internet is available.

Please mention this web site when making an enquiry

Wigtown Festival Company runs the annual Wigtown Book Festival every autumn in Scotland’s National Book Town.



Wigtown Book Festival is delighted to announce that it is welcoming audiences and authors back to Scotland’s National Book Town this autumn following last year’s digital-only event.

Taking as its theme, “Hello Stranger”, the 2021 festival (22 September to 4 October) will be two days longer than in previous years, with more than 140 events for adults and young people, around half the pre-Covid number.

At the town’s heart will be a new, free outdoor venue, The Gardens, with a large screen and informal seating which aims to be Wigtown’s answer to Wimbledon’s Murray Mound. Selected live audience events will also be streamed from Wigtown to audiences around the world.

The full programme will be released on Friday, 13 August when booking is due to open online. But some of the authors attending the Dumfries & Galloway event in person include novelists Val McDermid, Francis Spufford and Salena Godden, philosopher AC Grayling, broadcasters Rory Cellan-Jones and biographer Emma Soames.

The 10 (12) day festival features author talks, music, visual arts, film, and performances for the whole family. There are over 250 events and activities with dedicated children’s and young people’s programmes.

As well as the main festival we run other activities across Dumfries & Galloway throughout the year. These include workshops in schools, creative writing weeks, lecture weekends and events run with other organisations e.g Peter Pan Moat Brae Trust, The Stove, D&G Arts Festival and Upland.

Number 7 Ninian’s Landing

Number 7 Ninian’s Landing is a stylish one bedroom first floor apartment for 1 or 2 people located on the harbourside in the Isle of Whithorn. The holiday accommodation is located in the heart of the village with a spectacular sea view overlooking the attractive harbour.

The Isle of Whithorn is one of Scotland’s most Southerly villages and from the village there are spectacular sea views across towards to Kirkcudbright, Cumbria and the Isle of Man.

Self-catering holiday in the Isle of Whithorn

Number 7 Ninian’s Landing is a stylish first floor apartment sleeping 1 or 2 guests with a fabulous sea view across the harbour. The apartment building stands on the site of a former fisherman’s warehouse and there is a nautical theme throughout the building.

Number 7 has an open plan living, dining and kitchen area, fully fitted kitchen and comfortable furnishings. The kitchen has everything you need for a perfect self-catering holiday:

The living area has a comfortable furnishings, flat screen TV, DVD player, Freesat, Amazon Firestick and unlimited Wifi. There are guide books and tourist information to help you plan your day trips and holiday activities.

The bathroom has a bath with an electric shower over the bath, heated towel rail, hand wash basin and WC. A fluffy bath sheet and hand towel are provided for each guest together with a bath mat. Complimentary hair and body wash is provided.

The EPC rating is band C.

The spacious double bedroom has a king size bed,  built in wardrobes and hotel quality bed linen is provided. There is a sea view from the bedroom and a view of the Isle of Whithorn Tower on the headland, which is an aid to navigation.

Outside at Number 7 there is a private courtyard with a designated parking space and lots of walks from the doorstep.

Isle of Whithorn

The Isle of Whithorn is one of Scotland’s most Southerly villages. There is an award winning CAMRA pub in the village with its own microbrewery. The Steam Packet serves delicious lunch and dinner using the finest of local produce and dogs are welcome in the bar. There are tables on the harbourside for lunch, dinner or refreshments outside to enjoy the views. St Ninian’s Tearoom is a short walk from Number 7 and here you can enjoy breakfast, lunch, dinner or afternoon tea by the sea. The shop inside the tearoom has a Post Office and sells all the essentials you might need for your holiday.

There are lots of walks from the doorstep and lots of places to visit and attractions nearby. Scotland’s Book Town, Wigtown, is a short drive away from Number 7.

Your holiday at Number 7 Ninian’s Landing

Number 7 sleeps up to 2 guests and we welcome dogs at no extra charge (1 large or 2 small/medium).

Number 7 is open all year round, including Christmas and New Year. Book your next holiday, short break or weekend away (3 night minimum stay) at Number 7 Ninian’s Landing in the Isle of Whithorn.

Contact: Alison Smith

Telephone or Text: 07824 770968

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Wigtown Summer Street Market

is a market which takes place on the market square every Saturday from Easter weekend until end of September, open from 10am till 3.30pm.

A selection of Fresh Bakery goods, fruit and vegetables provided by busniesses from Girvan. Locally made craft makes and pictures. Books, clothing and charity and local organisations stalls.

Details of whats on at at each weeks market can be found on the Wigtown Summer Street Market Facebook page





Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest LNR in Britain. (more…)

 Refurbished to a high standard, Woodpecker Cottage is situated in the heart of the Galloway conservation village of Bladnoch,  less than a mile from the attractive former county town of Wigtown (Scotland’s National Book Town), in Galloway, Southwest Scotland. Close by are safe sandy beaches, rolling hills, quiet roads and rugged coastlines. Galloway abounds in beautiful gardens, including Logan Botanic Gardens, Scotland’s most exotic. There are several golf courses (one within a 5 minute walk of the cottage) and the area has many places of historic interest.

Nearby Whithorn has been a place of pilgrimage for hundreds of years; St. Ninian brought Christianity here in the 4th century, a good hundred years before St. Columba in Iona.

Across a field from the cottage is the River Bladnoch with salmon and trout day permits available. There’s an attractive, traditional child-friendly pub and restaurant with beer garden on the riverbank within two minutes walk.

Bladnoch is also the home of Scotland’s most southerly distillery, a beautifully maintained complex producing fine malts and offering daily tours and whisky tasting. Within easy walking distance there’s a country house pub and restaurant.

Galloway is often referred to as “Scotland in miniature”. The wilderness of the Galloway Hills is close by for serious walkers. For ramblers there are plenty of less challenging byways. It’s also renowned as being one of the best mountain bike areas in Britain.

Wildlife is plentiful including ospreys and peregrines, otters and deer. There’s excellent river, loch and sea fishing. This is an ideal spot for a holiday and getting away from the stresses and strains of modern life. People will speak to you in the shops and pass the time of day on the streets.

Woodpecker Cottage sleeps up to six with one double bedroom on the ground floor, and one double and one twin upstairs. It has a kitchen and bathroom on the ground floor (both with a natural slate floor), utility room and games room with pool table and table tennis table. The sitting room and dining area has a stripped pine floor and an Aga glass-fronted multi-fueled stove. There’s also an efficient oil-fired central heating system throughout the cottage. A large well-planted garden includes a secluded area ideal for barbecues.

Sorry no pets.
No smoking.
High chair and travel cot available on request.
Contact Mary Arnott
T: 01988 500517
M: 07500 965565

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