Useful Links-Idle Hour Holidays, Southwest Scotland

 Useful Links to facilities in the local area

T  =  tried and tested - these shops and services come with our personal recommendation

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Food and Drink:


The Birch Tree               Public House                         Dalbeattie

The Bladnoch Inn
   T      public house also fishing permits        Bladnoch, nr Wigtown

The Galloway Arms T     public house & restaurant      Crocketford

The Harbour Inn T           Public House - excellent food!                Garlieston

The King's Arms Hotel  T public house                         High Street, Dalbeattie

Luigi's                            Italian Restaurant                 Maxwell Street, Dalbeattie

The Mariner Hotel   T      public house                         Kippford

Pat's Pantry                 cafe / tearoom                      Within Heathall Garden Centre, Dumfries

The Prospector's Pantry cafe / tearoom                   Gemrock Museum, Creetown

The Riverbank  T           cafe / tearoom                       Newton Stewart (near riverside car park)

The Smithy                  teashop and gift shop           High Street, New Galloway

Solway Tide  T               tearoom                                Kirkudbright


Historic Sites:

Burns House & Mausoleum  T                                       Dumfries

Caerlaverock Castle  T                                                  Near Dumfries

Carsluith Castle                                                             Carsluith, nr Newton Stewart

Dundrennan Abbey  T                                                    Dundreannan, nr Kirkcudbright

Sweetheart Abbey  T                                                      New Abbey, nr Dumfries

Threave Castle                                                               Near Castle Douglas

Whithorn Priory                                                             Whithorn, nr Newton Stewart



Castle Kennedy              Gardens, woodland, ruined castle         Just East of Stranraer on A75

Glenwhan Gardens         Award-winning gardens & tearoom       Dunragit, nr Stranraer on A75

Logan Botanic Gardens   Part of the Royal Botanic Gardens        Port Logan, nr Stranraer

Threave Gardens   T     NTS formal gardens and woodland       Just West of Castle Douglas off A75

Scotland's Garden Route     6 gardens in and around the Rhins of Galloway



Other places of interest, local events:

Bladnoch Distillery   Scotland's most southerly whisky distillery

Bladnoch Folk Festival   August

Catstrand    community arts venue in New Galloway

Civic Daze   Dalbeattie's community festival  - 1st week in August plus events throughout the year.

The Cocoa Bean Company      Handmade chocolates, cafe, children's activities at Twynholm

Creetown Country Music Festival

Dalbeattie Walking Festival   August

DGAA Rural Touring  Music, theatre and arts events in the region

Dumfries & Galloway Arts Festival 

Dumfries & Galloway Wildlife Festival   Two weeks of wildlife events in March/April

The Gallery at Lauriston   Open Sundays and by appointment - base of award-winning photographer Phil McMenemy

Galloway Dark Sky Park  

Galloway Photographic Collective    Collaboration of six local photographers / galleries

Hardrock Challenge     Duathlon in Dalbeattie Forest, October

Idlehour Gifts    Our gift shop on Dalbeattie High Street - enjoy a 10% discount on purchases over 10

Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival    June

Kirkcudbright Tattoo    August

Lochside Theatre     Small local theatre and (from April 2012) cinema in Castle Douglas

The Nail Factory     Gallery and Art Space in Dalbeattie

Newton Stewart Cinema
   Independent cinema and theatre

Newton Stewart Walking Festival   Week-long walking event every May

Spring Fling   open studios art & craft event

Theatre Royal    Scotland's oldest working theatre (Dumfries)

Wigtown Book Festival
   annual literary and cultural extravaganza in October (also spring Weekend in April)

Wigtown Show   the oldest agricultural show in Scotland

Wildseasons   fantastic source of info on all things nature-related throughout the region

Wild Spring Festival   A programme of nature-related events across the region; throughout April & May - see also this BBC News


Local Towns and Villages

Castle Douglas Food Town


Isle of Whithorn

Kirkcudbright Artists Town

Newton Stewart Gateway to the Galloway Hills


Wigtown Book Town



Dalbeattie:      Christ Church (Scottish Episcopal),  High Street  - Services  8.30am and 10.30am Sundays

                           St Peter's (Catholic),  Craignair Street  -  Sunday Mass 10am

                           Parish Church (Church of Scotland), Craignair Street  -   Service 11am Sunday

                           Baptist Church,  Mill Street  -  Sunday Services 11am and 6.30pm

                           Galloway Christian Fellowship (non-denominational), Town Hall   -  service 10.30am Sunday


Wigtown area:      Baptist Church   Services 11am Sunday

                              Catholic Church, South Main Street, Wigtown  Vigil Mass 6pm Saturdays

                              Church of Scotland,  Harbour Road, Wigtown    Services 11am Sundays

                               All Saints Scottish Episcopal church, Challoch, nr Newton Stewart   Services 9am & 10.30am Sundays


Other Resources:

Dumfries & Galloway! What's going on?      Excellent guide to things to see and do throughout the region

Visit South-West Scotland        Website of ADGAP - directory of accommodation providers in D&G

Historic Scotland         Historic buildings and other landmarks

National Trust for Scotland       Maintains many historic and significant landscapes, houses and gardens

Holiday Scotland         Many interesting articles and reviews


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