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Nestled 5 miles from the historic harbour town of Kirkcudbright, Brighouse Bay Holiday Park is a family owned pet-friendly holiday park offering a mix of stylish accommodation on the stunning Solway coast.
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Mouswald Lodge Park

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Mouswald Lodge Park is part of our exclusive Bouja Luxury Boutique Breaks Collection, beautifully situated in the well-established grounds of Mouswald Place Mansion House.
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Queensberry Bay is a peaceful retreat, located on the south west Scottish coast, near Annan in Dumfriesshire.
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Westlands Country Park is part of our Wanderwood Lodge Holidays Collection, providing the perfect country retreat in the Borders of Scotland.
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Dumfries-shire Visitor's Guide

Welcome to Dumfries and Galloway, a gem in Scotland's scenic Lowlands that promises a blend of adventure, serenity, and gastronomic pleasure. Fancy a trek through the Galloway Forest Park or prefer the tranquil Solway Coast? This region has it all. Savour the local flavours with a plate of fresh Solway Firth seafood or indulge in a traditional Scottish pie. Did you know this area inspired the famous poet Robert Burns? Whether it's a cosy retreat for two, a fun-packed family holiday, or a chill-out session with friends, opting for a lodge stay here is a top choice for an unforgettable break.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Dumfries Shire?

Dumfries Shire, or Dumfriesshire, is a gem in the south of Scotland, brimming with rolling hills and a patchwork of forests and farmland. It's not just the scenery that's captivating; the area is steeped in tales of Robert Burns, who lived and wrote many of his famous poems here. In 2024, Dumfries Shire is upping its game with new attractions and events, including the vibrant Big Burns Supper festival celebrating Scotland's national poet. Choosing a lodge over a hotel means you get your own slice of this rural paradise, complete with the comforts of home. It's the uniqueness of Dumfries Shire – its blend of culture, nature, and tranquility – that sets it apart as a lodge break destination.

If you're visiting Dumfries Shire with kids

Absolutely, Dumfries Shire is a playground for kids! They can explore castles like Caerlaverock, get hands-on at the Dino Park, or meet furry friends at Mabie Farm Park. Lodges offer space for kids to play and parents to relax, often with nature right on your doorstep. Plus, having a kitchen means easy meal times with fussy eaters.

  1. Comfortable walking shoes for exploring
  2. Waterproof jackets – the weather can be unpredictable
  3. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  4. Swimwear for the beach or pools
  5. Sunscreen, even in Scotland!
  6. A good camera – you'll want to capture the memories
  7. Any favourite snacks or treats
  8. Outdoor toys like a frisbee or football
  9. Layered clothing – it can get chilly in the evenings
  10. A cosy blanket for stargazing outside your lodge

Pet Friendly Dumfries Shire Adventures

Dumfries Shire loves pets, and you'll find plenty of lodges with enclosed gardens for peace of mind. The area is dotted with pet-friendly pubs and eateries; The Ship Inn at Dumfries and The Steamboat Inn at Carsethorn are just a couple of spots where your furry friends are welcome. When booking your lodge, look for places with easy-clean floors and nearby walking paths to keep tails wagging.

Dog walking ideas in Dumfries Shire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Mabie Forest Various Woodland DG2 8HB
Caerlaverock Wetland Centre Up to 3 Wetlands/Birdwatching DG1 4RS
Rockcliffe to Kippford 3.5 Coastal DG5 4QJ
Dumfries Riverside Walk Varies River/Urban DG1 2RY
Galloway Forest Park Various Forest/Lake DG8 7BE

Remember, Dumfries Shire is a place to unwind and enjoy the simpler things in life, so pack your bags, grab the lead, and get ready for an adventure that both you and your pet will cherish.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to rekindle the flame or just spend some quality time with your significant other, Dumfries Shire has got you covered. Picture yourselves in a cozy lodge, perhaps one that offers a pamper pack to spoil each other. Imagine unwinding in a private hot tub under the stars after a day exploring the picturesque surroundings. For a touch of indulgence, check out lodges that provide spa experiences. When it comes to dining, you'll find that many lodges offer intimate settings perfect for a romantic meal. If you fancy stepping out, there are charming local eateries that cater to lovebirds looking for a special evening.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Dumfries Shire is a treasure trove of traditional Scottish fare. Think hearty stews and fresh, local produce. For a taste of the region, try the famous haggis or freshly caught Solway Firth seafood. The best pubs and restaurants often feature these local specialties. For families, The Old Bank in Dumfries is a hit with its welcoming atmosphere and diverse menu. Couples might prefer the intimate setting of Truffles Bistro in Castle Douglas, known for its exquisite dishes and fine wines.

For a good night out

When the sun sets, Dumfries Shire comes alive with options for a memorable night out. If you're after a traditional pub experience, The Globe Inn, once frequented by Robert Burns, is a must-visit. For a more modern vibe, Dickie's Bar offers a great selection of drinks and often hosts live music. Don't forget to check out the local theatres for a show or a concert, adding a cultural twist to your evening.


Dumfries Shire is an angler's paradise, with numerous spots for a peaceful day of fishing. Here's a list of some prime locations:

  • Castle Loch, Lochmaben - DG11 1LP
  • The River Nith - for salmon and trout fishing, various access points
  • Mill Loch, Lochmaben - DG11 1PN
  • Whitefield Loch - near New Abbey, for pike and perch, DG2 8BX
  • Estuary Fishing at Carsethorn - for flounder and sea bass, DG2 8DS

Outdoor Adventures

For those who love an adrenaline rush, Dumfries Shire doesn't disappoint. Galloway Activity Centre offers everything from sailing to laser tag. Watersports enthusiasts can enjoy kayaking, windsurfing, and stand-up paddleboarding. Prices vary, but you can expect to pay around £40 for a half-day activity. They're open seasonally, typically from March to November, so plan your visit accordingly.

Shopping and Souvenirs

NameTypeOn OfferPostcode
Gretna Gateway Outlet VillageShopping CentreDesigner brands at discount pricesDG16 5GG
Threave Garden and EstateGift ShopLocal crafts and plantsDG7 1RX
Wigtown Book TownBook ShopsRare and second-hand booksDG8 9JH
Loch Arthur Creamery and FarmshopLocal ProduceOrganic foods and craftsDG2 8JQ
Gracefield Arts CentreArt Gallery & ShopArtworks and souvenirsDG1 1JQ

Dumfries Shire offers a unique shopping experience with a mix of outlets, local crafts, and bookshops. Whether you're after designer bargains or a unique Scottish keepsake, you'll find something to remember your lodge break by.

Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Dumfries Shire

Conifer Lodges, Newton Stewart

Driving Distance: 1 hour 15 minutes (50 miles) | Sleeps: 2-8 | Pet friendly? Yes

Conifer Lodges

What to expect: Conifer Lodges offers a tranquil retreat nestled in the heart of the Galloway Forest, with cosy log cabins that blend seamlessly into the natural surroundings. Expect private hot tubs, nature trails, and a serene atmosphere perfect for unwinding.

Who will love these lodges? Nature enthusiasts, families seeking a peaceful getaway, and couples looking for a romantic escape will find Conifer Lodges ideal. The best thing about this park is its seclusion and the unique opportunity to stargaze in one of the UK's few Dark Sky Parks.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can enjoy on-site fishing, woodland walks, and cycling. The nearest place to eat and drink is the picturesque town of Newton Stewart, just a short drive away, offering a variety of cosy pubs and eateries. There's no shortage of entertainment with the hot tubs and the natural beauty that surrounds you.

What's nearby? The lodge is a gateway to the Galloway Forest Park, about 30 minutes away, where you can engage in outdoor activities like hiking and wildlife watching. The Kirroughtree Visitor Centre is a 20-minute drive, offering interactive displays and information about the local area. Costs vary depending on the activity, but many walking and cycling routes are free.

Accommodation options: Conifer Lodges provides a range of accommodation, from cosy cabins for couples to larger lodges for groups or families. All are designed with comfort and privacy in mind, and many are pet friendly, so your furry friends can join in on the adventure.

Kippford Holiday Park, Kippford

Driving Distance: 50 minutes (35 miles) | Sleeps: 2-6 | Pet friendly? No

Kippford Holiday Park

What to expect: Kippford Holiday Park is renowned for its beautifully landscaped grounds and stunning views over the Urr Estuary. It offers luxury lodges with modern amenities, ensuring a comfortable and stylish stay.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for couples and families looking for a picturesque coastal retreat, Kippford Holiday Park is perfect for those who appreciate a blend of luxury and nature. It's particularly unique for its scenic coastal walks and proximity to the charming village of Kippford.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park itself doesn't offer much in the way of entertainment, but its charm lies in the tranquillity and the opportunity to disconnect. Nearby Kippford has lovely pubs and cafes for dining out. For golf enthusiasts, there's a course just a short drive away.

What's nearby? The lodge is close to the Colvend Coast, a mere 15-minute drive, offering beautiful beaches and coastal walks. For family fun, Mabie Farm Park is about a 30-minute drive and offers activities for all ages. Entry fees apply, but it's a full day of fun with petting animals, go-karts, and play areas.

Accommodation options: The holiday park features a variety of lodges, from intimate one-bedroom lodges perfect for couples to three-bedroom options suitable for families or small groups. Note that pets are not allowed at this park.

Queensberry Bay Holiday Park & Spa, Annan

Driving Distance: 40 minutes (25 miles) | Sleeps: 2-6 | Pet friendly? Yes

Queensberry Bay Holiday Park & Spa

What to expect: At Queensberry Bay Holiday Park & Spa, guests can indulge in a luxurious spa experience while enjoying the stunning coastal views. The lodges are equipped with modern facilities, including private hot tubs, offering a perfect blend of relaxation and comfort.

Who will love these lodges? This park is a haven for couples and families looking for a pampering break with a touch of elegance. The on-site spa facilities make it unique, providing a rejuvenating escape for those who need to de-stress.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park boasts a spa complete with a sauna, steam room, and a range of treatments. There's also a small shop and café on-site. Dining options can be found in the nearby town of Annan, offering a selection of restaurants and pubs.

What's nearby? The Solway Firth coast is right on your doorstep, offering peaceful beach walks. The Annandale Distillery is about a 20-minute drive, where you can tour and taste local whisky. The cost of a tour varies, but it's an insightful experience into Scotland's whisky heritage.

Accommodation options: The holiday park offers a selection of lodges, from snug units ideal for couples to larger lodges that can accommodate families. Many of the lodges are pet friendly, so you won't have to leave your four-legged friends behind.

Glenearly Caravan Park, Dalbeattie

Driving Distance: 30 minutes (15 miles) | Sleeps: 2-6 | Pet friendly? Yes

Glenearly Caravan Park

What to expect: Glenearly Caravan Park is set in 100 acres of open countryside, providing a peaceful setting for a relaxing break. The lodges are spacious and come with all the home comforts you'd expect, surrounded by stunning landscapes and wildlife.

Who will love these lodges? Families and outdoor enthusiasts will be particularly drawn to Glenearly Caravan Park. Its location makes it ideal for those looking to explore the natural beauty of Dumfries and Galloway, with plenty of space for children to play and explore.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The park has a children's play area and plenty of open space for outdoor games. The nearest dining options are in Dalbeattie, just a short drive away, offering a variety of local eateries and pubs.

What's nearby? The 7stanes mountain biking centre at Dalbeattie Forest is only a 10-minute drive, offering trails for all skill levels. For a historical outing, Sweetheart Abbey is around a 20-minute drive, with entry fees under £10 for a glimpse into Scotland's past.

Accommodation options: Accommodation at Glenearly ranges from static caravans to luxury lodges, suitable for couples, families, and groups. The park is pet friendly, so it's a great choice for those wanting to bring their pets along for the holiday.

Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Dumfries Shire

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Estate

  • Opening Times: Seasonal (check website for details)
  • Prices: Various (discounts for families and groups)
  • Postcode: DG3 4AQ
  • Est. time required: Half-day to full-day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

When you're scouting for lodges in Dumfries Shire, make sure to carve out time for Drumlanrig Castle. This stunning 17th-century castle is a treasure trove for art lovers and those keen on architecture. With its beautiful gardens and country park, it's ideal for families and anyone looking to soak up some local culture. They've got a fantastic adventure playground for the kids, and the castle itself houses a remarkable art collection. Try to visit during one of their events or festivals for an extra special experience. And if you're into cycling, bring your bike – the estate has some top-notch trails.

Phone number: 01848 331555 | Web:

Caerlaverock Castle

  • Opening Times: Year-round (except 25/26 Dec and 1/2 Jan)
  • Prices: Adult £6.00, Concession £4.80, Child £3.60
  • Postcode: DG1 4RU
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

If you're a fan of medieval history or just love exploring old ruins, Caerlaverock Castle is a must-see. It's unique for its triangular shape and moat – seriously, it looks like it's straight out of a fairytale. Kids will have a blast pretending to be knights or princesses. The castle also has a visitor centre that sheds light on its storied past. The best time to visit is during the summer when they often have reenactments and events that bring history to life. Don't miss the siege warfare exhibition – it's a real eye-opener!

Phone number: 01387 770244 | Web:

Dumfries Museum and Camera Obscura

  • Opening Times: Year-round, Tuesday to Saturday
  • Prices: Free entry to the museum, small fee for Camera Obscura
  • Postcode: DG2 7SW
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Nearby

For a rainy day or when you just want a break from the great outdoors, check out Dumfries Museum. It's packed with local history and fascinating artefacts. The real highlight, though, is the Camera Obscura on the top floor. It offers a unique view of the surrounding area and is one of the oldest still operating in the world. It's a hit with both adults and kids, giving a magical perspective on the town. The museum is free, but there's a small charge for the Camera Obscura – totally worth it, by the way.

Phone number: 01387 253374 | Web:

Mabie Farm Park

  • Opening Times: Seasonal (check website for details)
  • Prices: Various (family tickets available)
  • Postcode: DG2 8EZ
  • Est. time required: Half-day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

If you've got kids in tow or just love animals, Mabie Farm Park is a delightful spot. It's a hands-on experience where you can feed and pet a variety of farm animals. They've also got some cool outdoor activities like quad bikes and a boating pond. It's a great place to let the kids burn off some energy while you enjoy the scenic surroundings. Check their website before you go – they often have seasonal events like pumpkin picking or Easter egg hunts.

Phone number: 01387 259666 | Web:

The Devil's Porridge Museum

  • Opening Times: Year-round
  • Prices: Adult £6.50, Concession £5.50, Child £4.00
  • Postcode: DG12 6TF
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

History enthusiasts, listen up: The Devil's Porridge Museum is where you'll get your fix. It tells the fascinating story of the largest munitions factory in the world during WWI. The interactive exhibits are engaging for all ages, and you'll leave with a newfound appreciation for the workers who played a vital role in the war effort. It's a poignant reminder of the past that's both educational and moving. They've also got a nice café to relax in after your visit.

Phone number: 01461 700021 | Web:

Galloway Activity Centre

  • Opening Times: Seasonal (check website for details)
  • Prices: Various depending on activity
  • Postcode: DG7 3NQ
  • Est. time required: Half-day to full-day
  • Nearest parking: On-site

For those who crave adventure, Galloway Activity Centre is your playground. They offer a wide range of activities from sailing and windsurfing to archery and laser tag. It's perfect for families, groups, or solo travellers looking to challenge themselves. The setting on Loch Ken is stunning, and there's something for every skill level. Make sure to book in advance, especially for popular activities like their climbing tower or waterpark. And if you're staying in one of the lodges in Dumfries Shire, this is an easy day trip that'll be the highlight of your holiday.

Phone number: 01556 502011 | Web:

Remember, when you're planning your escape to the lodges in Dumfries Shire, these attractions are just the tip of the iceberg. There's so much to see and do, you'll be spoilt for choice. Whether you're after history, nature, or a bit of thrill-seeking, Dumfries Shire has got you covered.


This is our first lodge break, what will it be like?

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by serene nature. Many lodges in Dumfries Shire offer modern amenities like Wi-Fi and hot tubs. You'll have privacy and space to relax, with countryside or woodland right on your doorstep for exploring.

What should I pack when visiting Dumfries Shire?

Pack for all weathers – layers are key. Include waterproofs for unpredictable showers and sturdy footwear for countryside walks. Don't forget your swimsuit for hot tub lodges, and if you're self-catering, some essentials to get you started, although local shops can provide the rest.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Dumfries Shire offer convenient parking, often right beside your accommodation. It's perfect for unloading your gear and makes day trips easier. Check with your specific lodge, as some may have designated parking areas a short walk away.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rain can't spoil the fun! Lodges often come with board games, books, and cosy interiors for a relaxing day in. Plus, Dumfries Shire boasts attractions like Dumfries Museum and Robert Burns House that offer great indoor alternatives.

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, many local eateries and supermarkets offer delivery services to lodges. Apps like Just Eat or Deliveroo might operate in the area, but it's also worth checking out local gems like The Galloway Soup Company for hearty meals delivered to your door.

Is Dumfries Shire a good place to visit ‘off-season’?

Absolutely, Dumfries Shire is stunning year-round. Off-season visits mean fewer crowds and often lower prices. Enjoy brisk walks, cosy pubs like The Steamboat Inn, and perhaps even a snowy landscape in the winter months.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs in Dumfries Shire prioritise cleanliness and hygiene. Expect your hot tub to be thoroughly cleaned and water quality checked before your arrival for a safe and relaxing experience.

Are there activities for kids near the lodges?

Dumfries Shire is family-friendly, with activities like Dalscone Farm Fun and Mabie Farm Park offering outdoor play areas and animal encounters. Many lodges also have outdoor spaces for kids to run around and explore safely.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges cater to varying mobility needs, offering ground-floor bedrooms and walk-in showers. It's best to discuss your requirements when booking, as some lodges, like those at Queensberry Bay Holiday Park, are specifically designed for accessibility.

Can I bring my pet on a lodge break in Dumfries Shire?

You'll find plenty of pet-friendly options. It's a great region for dog walks, with beaches and trails aplenty. Just check the lodge's pet policy beforehand, as some may charge a small fee or have specific rules for furry guests.

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