Places to visit

Local amenities

Kippford from sea eveningKippford seafront, within walking distance or 2 min by car, has 2 good pubs serving food (The Anchor and The Mariner) and The Ark gift shop and Tea Room By the Sea. There is also a chandlery, a public pier, RNLI Lifeboat station and a 9-hole golf course.

Colvend, 2 miles/5 min drive, has a good general store & cafe, Treats & Eats (summer season). General shopping including  award-winning butchers and an independently-owned small supermarket, is available in Dalbeattie, 3 miles/5 min by car. There is also  Luigi’s Italian and other local hotels and cafes for eating out.  Other places nearby for good food are the Steamboat Inn, Carsethorn and lots more round & about.

Castle Douglas, Scotland’s ‘Food Town’, is 20 min drive, with many independent shops. Beeswing, on the way to Dumfries, has the excellent Loch Arthur Farm Shop & Café.

Places to visit

Kippford_boat pontoonKippford has lots to offer for walking, cycling and picturesque views. Scottish National Trust owns the Jubilee Path which leads to Rockcliffe, where there is a sandy beach. SNT also own Rough Island, a bird sanctuary that can be reached at low tide.

There are many beaches in the area. Sandyhills, 3 miles by car, is one of the largest with shop and picnic areas.

Caerlaverock castleDumfries (15 miles), the region’s centre, has 2 cinemas, including the Robert Burns Film Theatre. The town was also the last home of Scotland’s Bard, Robert Burns. Nearby at Glencaple is the medieval Caerlaverock Castle, which is well worth a visit.

Picturesque Kirkcudbright, Scotland’s ‘Artists’ Town’, has several art galleries including the new Kirkcudbright Galleries  and Broughton House, home of E.A. Hornel, one of the famed Glasgow Boys. Kirkcudbright hosts Scottish Nights and Art Trails in the summer and has many good eating places including specialty fish and chips by the harbour. It also has a nice swimming pool.

Galloway Forest Park has forest drives, red deer and wild goats by day but is also home to UK’s first Dark Sky Park, taking advantage of the stunning night skies in this unspoilt region.

Sandyhills beach

Sandyhills beach

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