There are an abundance of activities available on the Barnbarroch Estate itself. Woodland walks, tennis, cycling, animal petting (all carrots for Jake supplied).
The nearby coastal villages of Kippford (1.1 miles) and Rockcliffe (3.5 miles) have been famous since the end of the nineteenth century for their tranquillity and the stunning beauty of the coast in which they nestle. Our guests love windy coastal walks along miles of undulating exhilarating sea air followed by something nice to eat in one of the small pubs and restaurants in Kippford or Clonyard. A little further afield lies the Granite Town of Dalbeattie (5 minutes drive) which provides all the local services you will need for your stay. From buckets and spades, extra fishing tackle to a post office and a small local bank, Dalbeattie does everything with a friendly smile. Why not stop off at the Granite Kitchen Cafe for a bowl of their daily soup? Ah King whose ancestors hail from Hong Kong makes a mean scampi and chips and the Indian takeaway will deliver on request.
If its culture you’re after then head on over to Dalbeattie’s little museum on main street. There’s a lot more in there than you might expect. Take a wander along the aisles of nostalgia in one of Scotland’s last traditional ironmongers. MacKenzies in the Main Street and owner Janet Crosby stocks little bits and pieces you might not have seen in many years.
An easy 15 minute drive on from Dalbeattie is the market town of Castle Douglas. Known as Scotland’s Food Town for the number of butchers, grocers and fishmongers Castle Douglas is also a great place for shopping for Scottish products and the Designs Cafe on the town’s main King Street is a favourite for both shopping and its fantastic garden restaurant.
The main town in the area is Dumfries. This is the home of Robert Burns Scotland’s National Poet. There is everything here for the Burns fan. Perhaps of most interest is the Globe Inn, Burns’ favourite watering hole. The bar at which he stood has remained entirely unchanged down the centuries.
– Golf –
There are all sorts of options for the golfer from a challenging little 9-hole course just minutes from the Estate along the road at Kippford. The restaurant at the course ‘The Tee Room’ is a great place for a home-made meal after a couple of rounds practice for some of the bigger challenges ahead. For just along the coast lies the links course of Southerness, a championship level course. There are 9-hole courses to enjoy at Colvend, Castle Douglas and Dumfries which also has an 18-hole course.
– Birdwatching –
The Solway Coast is rightly praised for the variety and abundance of its wildlife. Red squirrels, badgers bats and deer abound. But it is the birds that seem to fascinate our visitors most. Rough Island which lies just off the coast at Rockcliffe is a bird sanctuary and can be reached by walking over the mudflats at low tide. The warning cries of the many varieties of gulls during nesting time remind visitors of the strict rules against disturbing the birds. The Mersehead Reserve run by the RSPB is worth the 20 minute drive at any time of year but its the geese migration that draws most interest!
The Galloway Red Kite trail is an unforgettable drive up Loch Ken. Turn right at the Clock Tower in Castle Douglas and head North into an indescribably beautiful scenic drive along a sparkling blue loch with the giant birds of prey circling lazily above you seemingly leading you on to the quaint town of New Galloway and the famed Kitty’s Tea Room. Make sure you get the full story of the salty sea dog who built the solid wood ceiling of the restaurant from the timbers of a wreck tied up in Palnackie, the village which lies directly opposite Barnbarroch on the other side of the estuary.
– Mountain Biking –
Barnbarroch Estate is about three minutes drive from the entrance to the local Dalbeattie 7 Stanes cycling trail centre. There are exhilarating trails for mountain bikers of all ages and abilities, ranging from family-friendly green routes on fairly flat forest roads to (very!) challenging, hilly and technical black trails and everything inbetween. Mountain bikes are available at Barnbarroch Estate on request.
– Skywatch –
The Galloway Dark Sky Park is famous throughout Europe as one of the best places to watch a galaxy far far away. Book early because visits here are popular.