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Self-catering holidays on Scotland's Solway Coast



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Garlieston and the Machars of Galloway

Garlieston started life as a purpose built fishing village in the 18th century, on the estate of the Earl of Galloway, whose home, Galloway House, is a short walk from Tide's Reach. A handful of fishing boats still work out of Garlieston harbour, which is also used by a number of pleasure vessels. The public slipway is directly in front of our property, and a boat park is now available nearby. During the Second World War, the Mulberry Harbours used in the Normandy landings were designed at Garlieston, and relics of these can be seen along the shore.

The village has a pub, the Harbour Inn, offering good quality meals, and a Post Office / General Store. Further shops and facilities can be found in nearby Whithorn and Wigtown - Scotland's national booktown with over 20 bookshops.  Garlieston Bay is an inlet off Wigtown Bay, which is a nature reserve, providing over-wintering for many wild fowl; seals and dolphins can often be seen from the coastal paths which start straight from our front door.

The Machars area was recently voted one of the world's top ten most authentic areas, and visitors will love the unspoilt rolling countryside and quaint small towns and villages, rich in history. As well as its booktown status, Wigtown is well-known for its cpnnections with the Covenanters, overlooked by a monument too the Wigtown Martyrs, imprisoned in what is now part of the town hall before being drowned on the nearby shore.  Nearby Whithorn is home to St Ninian's Priory, founded by the first Christian missionary to Scotland. There are also numerous pre-historic remains around the area, including the Torhouse Stone Circle near Wigtown and Barsalloch Iron Age Fort overlooking Luce Bay.

The local coastline can be quite rugged, with some great views across the Solway, with numerous attractive small bays and hidden beaches - one of our favourites is Monreith, near Port William, which was the family home of author Gavin Maxwell.

A little further afield, there are 6 beautiful gardens forming Scotland's Garden route, including the RHS Logan Gardens. Port Patrick on the Irish Sea Coast is well worth a visit - if only for the spectacular view across to Ireland and the Mountains of Mourne. The Mull of Galloway is Scotland's most southerly point - the view from the lighthouse is said to offer views of Scoltand, Ireland, England, the Isle of Man and - on a really clear day - even Wales!


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Coming Up around the Region
Just a few festivals and special events planned for 2017 
          Wild Spring Festival - various locations across the region; April
          Wigtown Spring Weekend - May 
          Newton Stewart Walking Festival - 2nd week of May
          D&G Arts Festival (incorporating 'Spring Fling') - music, drama and visual arts across the region; End of May
          World Oceans Week events at Rockcliffe and Port William; June
          Environmental Arts Festival   
          Flavour Fortnight   celebrating the best of D&G food & drink. Early September.
          Wigtown Book Festival  Late September/Early October
          Wild Autumn  wildlife related events across the region

We will offer you an extra 25 off any 7 night stay when you mention one of these events, or 10 off a short break. 
Does NOT apply where late booking discounts are already in place.


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In October 2012, we opened Idlehour Gifts, situated  Dalbeattie High Street,  stocking a range of candles, soaps and toiletries (including Yankee Candles, Rose & Co bath products and locally produced Scaur Glen Soaps), Greetings Cards (including images from local photographer Phil McMenemy), photo frames, mirrors and other giftwares. Be sure to visit us for something special to take home to friends and family - or just a little treat for yourselves! Guests at either of our two properties enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases over 10


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Savings when you stay with us to take part in local wildlife and arts events.

Late booking discounts often available

Discounts for couples and over 60s out of season


See 'Special Offers' for full details of all late availability and early booking discounts  

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