Rockcliffe

Kippford Seashore Winter

Kippford Seashore Winter

Kippford

Kippford

Kippford village

Kippford village

Caerlaverock Castle

See and do

Absolutely fabulous; the lodge…the weather; the food in The Anchor. We will be back! Dumfries & Galloway hospitality – brilliant!  Gilchrist Clan & Ritchies April 2011

On the southern coast of Dumfries & Galloway, Kippford is a perfect base for exploring this hidden corner of Scotland. A former fishing village, home to the Solway Yacht Club and with a public launching jetty, it is popular for yachting, kayaking and other water-sports. Also, 2 pubs serving food, a 9-hole golf course, chandlers, art & gift shop, a pottery, RNLI shop & lifeboat station.

The village is a ‘no-through-road’ which adds to its charm. Shell & shingle beaches can be reached along a quiet coastal walkway and the neighbouring village of Rockcliffe is a very pleasant mile away via National Trust lands – the Jubilee Path – with views to Rough Island and Hestan Island in the bay.

Sandy beaches are nearby in Rockcliffe and at Sandyhills (3 miles), which has a large golden beach with facilities, shop & picnic areas

Towns nearby for shopping are Castle Douglas (‘Food Town’) – 15 mins, renowned for independent shopping. Kirkcudbright – 25 mins, pretty harbour, art galleries & cafes. Well known for attracting artists. Broughton House is open to public (former home of ‘Glasgow Boy’, E.A. Hornel). Dalbeattie – 5 mins. Nearest town to Kippford, handy for all local shopping and especially good for award-winning butchers. Wigtown – 1 hour, Scotland’s ‘Book Town’, home to 20 book-related businesses. Also Bladnoch, Scotland’s most southerly whisky distillery

There are plenty of opportunities for activities in the area

Dumfries & Galloway is proud home to 5 of the 7 ‘Stanes’ mountain biking areas. The 7stanes has already won numerous awards and have turned southern Scotland into the ‘perfect mountain biking holiday destination’. Dalbeattie Forest is accessible 500 metres from the lodges! Other nearby ‘stanes’ include Mabie, 25 mins drive, Ae, 45 mins, and Glentrool and Kirroughtree, around 60-90 mins. There are plenty more gentle cycling opportunities in the many forest trails around Kippford and Colvend.

Golf is available across the road from the lodges at Craigieknowes, Kippford (9-hole); and at Colvend (3 miles) and links course, Southerness (10 miles), both 18-hole

Watersport courses and taster sessions can be booked at the Galloway Sailing Centre – Loch Ken, nr New Galloway – other activities including rock climbing, archery, Laser Quest also available

Horseriding at Barend Riding Centre, Sandyhills

Family days out

Cream O’ Galloway Visitor Centre – nr Gatehouse of Fleet, ice cream made on the farm (tours available), adventure play for all ages. Cafe serving organic burgers & ice cream (of course!)

Cocoa Bean Co, Twynholm, off A75 – Chocolate factory with chocolate-making workshops. Open 7 days. Cafe & shop. Now in new premises with outdoor play

Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park – Kirkcudbright, set in 27 acres of mixed woodland above the picturesque coastal town of Kirkcudbright, is the wild animal conservation centre of southern Scotland.  A varied collection of over 150 animals from all over the world can been within the peaceful and natural settings in the woodland.

Mabie Farm Park – nr Dumfries, 20 mins drive via New Abbey. Great fun with animal paddock, pet handling, indoor & outdoor play incl go-karting, quad bikes, hay barn. Cafe & picnic areas

Threave Castle – nr Castle Douglas, historic tower reached by a wee boat!

Caerlaverock Castle – Glencaple, one of Scotland’s best preserved and only triangular castle, is near Dumfries. Soon to feature in the David Tennant film, Decoy bride. Nearby is the Caerlaverock Wetland Centre

Mersehead RSPB Bird Reserve – 15 mins drive. Wetlands, walks, visitor centre – especially good for children. Thousands of Barnacle Geese arrive each Autumn

Red Kite feeding farm – Nr Laurieston. Amazing opportunity to see these birds come in to feed

National Museum of Costume – Shambellie House, New Abbey. Period costumes in lovely setting of Scots Baronial mansion house. New Abbey village is worth a visit also for Sweetheart Abbey and the Abbey Cottage Tea Room

Local Eating Places

The Anchor and the Mariner pubs in Kippford, only 10 mins stroll down the hill from the lodges, both have outdoor seating and are well placed to enjoy the views over the Galloway hills, especially as the sun is setting on a summer evening! The Mariner has a large garden with play area

Garden Tea Rooms, Rockcliffe – pretty cottage tea-room with lovely home baking

Clonyard House Hotel, 1 mile. Good bar suppers and dining room

The Laurie Arms, Haugh of Urr on road to A75, 4 miles. Another good pub eatery

Colvend Cafe, Colvend, 2 miles – beside the excellent ‘Jean’s’ General store/newsagent

Designs Gallery – 179 King St, Castle Douglas, shop, art gallery & cafe. Disabled access via lane through the garden

Jewel in the Crown – 17 King St, Castle Douglas, good Indian restaurant

Selkirk Arms, Kirkcudbright – in either The Bistro or The Aristas restaurant. Said to be origin of Robert Burns’s ‘Selkirk Grace’