There’s lots to see and do in Dumfries and Galloway and the cottages are ideally situated for access to a variety of attractions throughout the region.


We have a walking leaflet of superb walking routes around the local countryside. There are seven walks varying in length all starting from the self catering cottages. The view shown below was photographed on the 3rd January from Walk 1.

Further afield, there are some lovely coastal and hill walks at the Solway Coast and Southern Upland Way respectively.

View from walk 1 Feeding pet lambs Belted Galloway


Whether you’re in to red squirrels, red kites or red Belted Galloways, there’s plenty of opportunity to catch Scotland’s wildlife at its best! Why not visit: WWT Caerlaverock Wetland Centre (19 miles away from the cottages); Eskrigg Nature Reserve (22 miles away); Bellymack Hill Farm Red Kite Feeding Station (25 miles away); Mersehead Nature Reserve (26 miles away); RSPB Ken-Dee Marshes Reserve (26 miles away); and the Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park (31 miles away).

Family Fun

There are lots of family friendly activities in the region, for example: Dalscone Farm Fun (11 miles from the cottages); Mabie Farm Park (15 miles away); the Galloway Activity Centre (22 miles away); the Cocoabean Company (29 miles away); and Cream O’ Galloway (35 miles away) to name but a few.


The farm is situated on quiet single track roads which are perfect for cycling, providing that you like the occasional hill! Guests are welcome to borrow our Ordnance Survey maps to plan their own route, or alternatively there are cycle trails nearby including the Kirkpatrick Macmillan trail.


There are many castles and grounds to explore. Drumlanrig Castle (9 miles from the cottages) is a beautiful red sandstone castle; Caerlaverock Castle (18 miles away) is a triangular castle; and Threave Castle (25 miles away) is a located on an island in the middle of the River Dee.

Coastal areas

Less than an hour’s drive from the cottages are Rockcliffe, Kippford and Sandyhills - three lovely coastal spots where you can explore rock pools, build sand castles, or enjoy an ice cream looking out over the Solway Firth.

Tortoiseshell Butterfly Woodpecker Pet Lambs

Mountain Biking

The cottages is ideally situated for access to the 7Stanes mountain biking trails. Each 7Stanes centre is within a 2 hour drive from the cottages. Ae is 12 miles away, Mabie 14 miles, Dalbeattie 22 miles, New Castleton 53 miles, Innerleithen 54 miles, Glentress 58 miles and Kirroughtree 70 miles. With over 400 km of biking terrain, the 7Stanes offers tracks suitable to all mountain biking enthusiasts. Bikes can be hired at Mabie and Kirroughtree. For those guests wishing to bring their own bikes, we provide a secure bike shed and bike washing facilities.


Within an hours drive of the cottages there are several artists’ towns including Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Moniaive. In Dumfries itself, Gracefield Arts Centre displays a range of exhibitions and works by a variety of local artists. There are also several environmental art installations by Andy Goldsworthy positioned throughout the region.

Dark Skies

The Galloway Forest Park, the first Dark Skies Park in the UK, is an hour and a half drive from the cottages and a must for those individuals wishing to discover the stars. The tranquil location of the cottages is suitable for guests wishing to see the stars above the farm.


South West Scotland offers a superb variety of golf courses with stunning views, including the Pines at Dumfries (10 miles from the cottages), Thornhill (7 miles), Powfoot (25 miles) and Sanquhar (20 miles).


Salmon and sea trout fishing is available two miles away from the cottages on the River Nith, with a variety of beats to choose from. Alternatively there are several brown trout and rainbow trout loch within five miles of the cottages.