Luxury self catering holiday cottage near the Colvend Coast in South West Scotland...

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Out & About

The perfect location…..

WhinSitting deep in Southern Scotland with an extensive coastline backing onto the Galloway Hills, our region is sometimes referred to as “Scotland in Miniature” as it embraces every type of scenery to be found across Scotland, yet we remain relatively undiscovered and the natural landscape provides the perfect location for inspiring activities where people of all ages can relax and enjoy themselves, or take part in their own Solway Self Catering adventure.

Local Wildlife

Red KiteLook across the Solway Firth from your deck and you will see Rough Island, a bird sanctuary with nesting oyster catchers and ringed plovers. You can walk out to the island (tide and nesting season permitting) to enjoy unspoilt views of the surrounding area, and over to the dramatic crags of Screel.

As you enjoy the view from your cottage vantage point you may be forgiven for thinking you are on the set of Spring Watch, as by day you will see lots of interesting birds including red kites, flowers, butterflies, red squirrels and roe deer to name a few, right in your own woodland garden.

Barnacle Geese about to land MerseheadWith RSPB Mersehead, the nesting Ospreys at Threave, and the Red Kite feeding station at Crossmichael you have a bounty of wildlife havens to visit for every day of the week.

Galloway Dark Skies Park

On a clear night you will have a truly breathtaking view of our wonderful night sky, being on the edge of the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, where you can sit back and marvel at the billions of stars above without the interference of light pollution. One recent guest told us, “I never knew the sky had so many stars.”

Events and Local Attractions

Over the centuries Dumfries and Galloway has provided a stimulus for artists, writers, inventors and engineers. The Artists’ Town, the Book Town, various museums and galleries all provide a means of exploring these aspects of our wonderful part of the country.

Throughout the year, Dumfries and Galloway stages many events and festivals including, The ‘Big Burns Supper‘, ‘Spring Fling‘ – an open arts and crafts event with venues across the whole region, ‘Savour the Flavours‘ fortnight which is an opportunity to taste your way round the region including Castle Douglas ‘Food Town’, ‘Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities‘ and ‘The Wicker Man’ music festival.

Eating In or Eating Out?

With Scotland’s Food Town, Castle Douglas a few miles from your cottage, you have a bounty of local produce to choose from, should you decide to dine in using our well equipped kitchen, washed down with a local beer or two from the brewery in Castle Douglas.

Kippford is home to the well-known Anchor pub and restaurant which serves good quality food, has an open fire to dry out your wet trail dog, and a choice of real ales.

Mix it up a little?

To help you plan your days and so to help you make the most of your stay, we have compiled a portfolio of information, guides and suggested itineraries for your day ahead.  You will find these on arrival at your holiday cottage.

Mix and match the local events with beaches, castles, forest walks, gardens, things to do with children on a rainy day, mountain biking, golf, fishing, sailing at Kippford and going out for some local seafood and a pint of local Galloway Gold from Sulwath Brewery!

You will also find the local area maps with walks and bike trails available for quick and easy reference.

“Home from home . . . a great place to base yourself if you are planning on getting around all of the ‘7 Stanes’ mountain bike trails.  N Russell, London