Apart from a quiet read in the lodges or gardens, perhaps
one of the many diverse books on the shelves, or watching
the swallows nesting under the eves, or a dip in the hot tub,
or playing one of the many games provided, or joining us for
a meal or a movie... you might occasionally want to leave
There is so much to do here and the area is seriously un-crowded,
much to the amazement of visitors.
Dumfries and Galloway is one of the most outstandingly beautiful, least spoilt and least known parts of Britain. Galloway, in the Southwest of Scotland has a stunning coastline, with many beautiful, secluded, sandy beaches. The Southern Uplands contain breath-taking hills and mountains, with flora and wildlife to match anywhere in the UK.
The local towns and villages are outstanding, with the jewel being the Artists town and fishing port of Kirkcudbright, only 3 miles from us. The food town of Castle Douglas is 7 miles away and is an excellent shopping area for quality food and drink, including Sulwath Brewery that produces award-winning ales. The cultural life is excellent, with regular music and arts and crafts festivals throughout the year.
The south west of Scotland contains some of the most beautiful gardens in the country, including the sub-tropical Port Logan botanic gardens, warmed by the Gulf Stream.
As well as many beaches nearby there are Swimming
Pools in Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Brighouse
Bay Holiday Centre and the larger DG One Sports
Centre in Dumfries which is currently closed for repairs (See www.dgone.co.uk
Cream O’Galloway –Organic
ice cream, outdoor and indoor adventure areas and go
karts, nature trails, café. Near Gatehouse of
Fleet -10 miles. Recommended –our grandchildren
love it. ( See www.creamogalloway.co.uk
Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park.
Only 3 miles away . A great experience with plenty of
space for the animal collection. (See www.gallowaywildlife.co.uk)
Dalscone Farm. Dumfries. 27 miles
away. Great outdoor and indoor playground for all children.
Creetown Gem Rock Museum. 20 miles
away. Great for a rainy day. Award winning fascinating
collection. (See www.gemrock.net
Laggan Outdoor centre near Gatehouse
of Fleet (15 miles away). Adventure activities for all
ages. (See www.lagganoutdoor.co.uk
The Galloway countryside is very rich in birds , animals and
A popular attraction is Red Kite bird of prey feeding
daily at Laurieston, 10 miles away.
There are numerous reserves .The most spectacular is
WWT Caerlaverock Wetlands Centre. 1,400acre nature
A vast area of mudflats that contain many thousands of geese, swans, ducks and other birds, particularly in winter months.
35 miles. Also Castle. Recommended (See www.wwt.org.uk
Mill on the Fleet, Gatehouse. Restored
18th century cotton mill.
National Museum of Costume, Shambellie
House, New Abbey- also Gardens.
Combine with a visit to Sweetheart Abbey
ancient monument in New Abbey. 20 miles (See www.historic-scotland.gov.uk)
for this and many more Castles and monuments in the
region. This includes Cairnholy, remains
of 2 chambered cairns 4,000 years old. 15 miles.
Dumfries and Galloway is a famous walking area with the 212
mile Southern Upland Way, and the Galloway
Forest Park trails. There are stunning coastal walks
as well as beautiful walks directly from The Waterhouse. There
are 4 Lochs between 5 and 15 minutes away and a forestry walk
10 minutes away as well as superb panoramas of the mountain
ranges. We provide a map for these.
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The popular 7 Staines Mountain Bike Trails
are nearby and this is a great area for all biking. Bikes
can be rented locally.
Probably the best area in Scotland for visiting gardens
due to its Southern location and mild Gulf Stream.
The large National Trust Gardens at Threave
are only 7 miles away – ( See www.nts.org.uk
Broughton House town garden and Art Gallery
is 4 miles away in Kirkcudbright, also National Trust (See
Our personal favourite 2 gardens are further away near Stranraer,
about 80mins drive away:-
Logan Botanic Gardens is a large stunning
tropical garden protected by the Gulf Stream and large walls.
A visit is like leaving Scotland and arriving in a tropical
paradise. ( See www.rbge.org.uk/logan
This can be combined with, Glenwhan Gardens
at Dunragit, a unique 12 acre garden built on a hillside overlooking
Luce Bay. Informally and abundantly planted with ponds and
moorland walks. ( See www.glenwhangardens.co.uk
Further on is the Mull of Galloway visitor centre
and lighthouse, the southernmost tip of Scotland( See www.mull-of-galloway.co.uk
Also nearby to Stranraer is Castle Kennedy Gardens,
famous for Spring and early Summer Rhododendrons (See www.castlekennedygardens.co.uk
) A great day trip, but get up early.
Cally Gardens Nursery in Gatehouse of Fleet
is a must. A large walled garden packed with a vast range
of plants, some found nowhere else in Scotland. Many are for
Also nearby are smaller high quality nurseries, Buckland
Plants, 1 mile, and Mutehill Nursery, 2
There are many excellent restaurants and pubs within a few
miles of us. Castle Douglas is a Food Town.
There are also drink producers.
Sulwath Ale Brewery in Castle Douglas (8
miles) produces excellent award winning real ales and do a
daily brewery tour at 1.00 lasting about 90mins .Includes
tasting. Very popular rainy day option for male visitors.(See
Annandale Distillery in Annan was reborn in 2014 following an extensive £10.5million restoration project. Once again single malt Scotch whisky is being produced in the region after almost a 100 year sleep.
Loch Arthur Community produces and sells
organic cheeses, meat and veg from its farm shop near Beeswing
(25 miles). Enjoy a snack in their new cafe.
Restaurants of quality include in Kirkcudbright The Selkirk
Arms, Castle Restaurant and The Auld Alliance.
There are Indian, Chinese and Italian Restaurants in Castle
Good Pub grub can be found at The Laurie Arms,
near Castle Douglas ,the Kings Arms, Castle
Douglas , The Gordon House, Kirkcudbright
and The Masonic, Gatehouse of Fleet with
a sunny conservatory and large garden for children.
Fresh fish can be bought in Kirkcudbright in the harbour
at Polarbites, who have an excellent adjoining
Fish and Chip shop with 'sit in' or 'take away' service.
Castle Douglas has 3 butchers and Kirkcudbright 2 and both
also have good Delis.
The Fullarton Theatre in Castle Douglas has
numerous events throughout the year from quality traditional
music to plays, rock and movie screenings. ( See www.lochsidetheatre.co.uk
to see what’s on when you visit)