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Nestling on a hillside overlooking the sparkling waters of Luce Bay, Whitecairn boasts panoramic views over the Mull of Galloway to the Isle of Man and beyond.
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Galloway Cottages

6 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 5
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Galloway Cottages is part of our Daisy Door Cottage Style Collection, beautifully located in the heart of Galloway, just a stone’s throw from picturesque Wigtown Bay, and surrounded by a ’hidden secret’ landscape that boasts some of the finest scenery in Scotland.
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Sandgreen Caravan Park

9 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 4
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Set in the wonderful rural and scenic location of Dumfries & Galloway, Sandgreen Holiday Park sits right on the coast with its own private sandy beach. Offering stunning sea views across Fleet Bay.
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Brighouse Bay Holiday Park

13 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 6
Pets 2
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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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Queenshill Lodges

15 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 3
Pets 2
Mary Queen of Scots is said to have stopped to rest here while fleeing defeat at the battle of Langside and just a few miles away at Dundrennan, is where she took her last steps on Scottish soil before sailing to England.
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The Pond Lodges

15 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 2
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Set in a wonderful rural and scenic location, The Pond holiday park looks out to the rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway.
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Bennane Shore Holiday Park

28 Miles from Wigtownshire
Sleeps 4
Bennane Shore Holiday Park nestles on the beautiful Ayrshire coast on 1 mile of private coastline.
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Ayrshire Visitor's Guide

Welcome to Wigtownshire, a hidden gem in Scotland's Dumfries and Galloway, where rugged coastlines meet tranquil countryside. It's a paradise for outdoor enthusiasts, with opportunities to hike the rolling hills, cycle scenic routes, or spot wildlife in the Galloway Forest Park. Foodies can savour fresh, local seafood and traditional Scottish fare at cosy pubs and restaurants. An intriguing fact: Wigtown, the region's heart, is Scotland's National Book Town, brimming with bookshops and literary festivals. For a memorable escape, whether it's a cosy couple's retreat, a lively trip with friends, or an action-packed family holiday, a lodge stay in Wigtownshire is unbeatable.

Why Take Your 2024 Lodge Break in Wigtownshire?

Wigtownshire, a charming corner of Dumfries and Galloway, is a tapestry of lush countryside and rugged coastlines. It's a breath of fresh air for those looking to escape the city's hustle. The area's rich in literary history, with Wigtown being Scotland's National Book Town, and it's gearing up for the annual Wigtown Book Festival. Lodges here offer a personal touch, more space, and a sense of seclusion that hotels can't match. What's unique? The untouched natural beauty and the Galloway Forest Park, a stargazer's paradise as it's one of the few Dark Sky Parks in Europe. Plus, there's something new: the opening of luxury eco-lodges that blend sustainability with comfort.

If you're visiting Wigtownshire with kids

Absolutely, Wigtownshire is a playground for kids! They can explore the Galloway Forest Park, visit the Cream o' Galloway for ice cream and adventure activities, or enjoy the sandy stretches at Mossyard Beach. Lodges are ideal for families, offering space for kids to play and parents to relax.

**Things to pack for kids:**

  1. Wellies for puddle splashing
  2. Swimwear for beach days
  3. Outdoor gear for forest adventures
  4. Binoculars for wildlife spotting
  5. Books and games for cosy evenings in

Remember to bring layers for the unpredictable Scottish weather and a sense of adventure for the countless activities available!

Pet Friendly Wigtownshire Adventures

Wigtownshire rolls out the welcome mat for pets. Many lodges have enclosed gardens, perfect for your furry friends. You'll find several pet-friendly spots to eat and drink, like The Steam Packet Inn in Isle of Whithorn, where dogs are greeted with water bowls and treats. A top tip: always check with the lodge about their pet policy to ensure your companion is as welcome as you are. And don't forget to pack the essentials for your pet, including their favourite toys and a comfy bed.

Dog walking ideas in Wigtownshire

Route Distance (miles) Scenery Postcode
Galloway Forest Park Various Forest & Wildlife DG8 7BE
Mossyard Beach 1.5 Beach & Coastal DG7 2ET
Garlieston to Cruggleton Castle 3 Coastal & Historical DG8 8BT
Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve 2.5 Wetlands & Birdlife DG8 9TJ
Stranraer to Loch Ryan 4 Lakeside & Views DG9 8SQ

These routes offer a mix of terrains and sights, ensuring every walk is an adventure for you and your dog.

Romantic Breaks for Couples

If you're looking to whisk your partner away for some quality time together, Wigtownshire's lodges offer the perfect escape. Imagine unwinding in a secluded lodge, perhaps one with a hot tub under the stars – it's the ultimate romantic gesture. Luce Bay Lodges are a prime pick, offering pamper packs for that extra touch of luxury. For those seeking relaxation, some lodges provide spa experiences, ensuring you and your loved one return rejuvenated. Dining out is also a treat, with local restaurants serving up intimate atmospheres ideal for a couple's night out. The combination of privacy, comfort, and indulgence makes lodges in Wigtownshire a top choice for couples.

Local Cuisine and Dining Experiences

Wigtownshire's local cuisine is a celebration of Scottish fare, with fresh seafood and traditional dishes like haggis taking centre stage. For a memorable meal, head to The Pheasant in Sorbie, known for its gourmet approach to local ingredients. Families looking for a welcoming spot should try Henrys Bay House Restaurant, which offers a relaxed setting and a menu to please all ages. Couples might enjoy the intimate setting of Knockinaam Lodge, where fine dining meets stunning coastal views. These dining experiences showcase the best of Wigtownshire's culinary scene.

For a good night out

When the sun sets, Wigtownshire's pubs and venues come alive. For a lively atmosphere, The Grapes in Stranraer is a hit with locals and visitors alike, offering a selection of ales and live music events. If you're after a more traditional pub experience, The Steam Packet Inn in Isle of Whithorn won't disappoint with its cozy vibe and hearty meals. Whether you're looking for a pint and a chat or a night of entertainment, Wigtownshire's nightlife has something for everyone.

Fishing

  • Loch Ryan - Known for sea fishing, particularly mackerel and pollock (Postcode: DG9 8TB)
  • White Loch of Myrton - A freshwater loch for tranquil fly fishing (Postcode: DG8 9LH)
  • Bladnoch River - Offers salmon and trout fishing, permits required (Postcode: DG8 9AB)
  • Luce Bay - Coastal fishing with opportunities for tope and bass (Postcode: DG8 0JT)
  • Castle Kennedy Gardens - Picturesque fishing for rainbow trout (Postcode: DG9 8SL)

Wigtownshire's waterways provide ample fishing opportunities for enthusiasts. From serene loch-side spots to the rugged coastline, there's a variety of settings to enjoy this peaceful pastime.

Outdoor Adventures

For outdoor thrills, Wigtownshire doesn't disappoint. Galloway Activity Centre offers everything from archery to windsurfing, with prices starting around £10 for some activities. They're open seasonally, so check ahead for availability. Watersports enthusiasts can head to Luce Bay for kitesurfing and paddleboarding. With the dramatic landscapes as your backdrop, outdoor adventures in Wigtownshire are both exhilarating and picturesque.

Shopping and Souvenirs

Name Type On Offer Postcode
Wigtown Market Local Market Books, crafts, local produce DG8 9HL
Stranraer Craft Shop Gift Shop Handmade gifts, souvenirs DG9 7EJ
Castle Kennedy Gardens Shop Garden Shop Plants, garden gifts DG9 8SL
Whithorn Visitor Centre and Shop Visitor Centre Historical books, local crafts DG8 8PY
Kirkcowan Cycles Outdoor & Cycle Shop Bikes, outdoor gear DG8 0HQ

For shopping in Wigtownshire, these spots offer a range of options, from local crafts to outdoor gear, ensuring you'll find the perfect memento of your visit.


Top lodge breaks for 2024 in Wigtownshire

Nunland Hillside Lodges, South West Scotland

Driving Distance: About 11 minutes (7.70 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Nunland Hillside Lodges offer a serene escape with panoramic views of Dumfries and Galloway's forests and foothills, complete with luxurious hilltop lodges or cosy valley lodges, all featuring contemporary styling and the option of indulging in an outdoor hot tub.

Who will love these lodges? Ideal for families, couples, and pet owners seeking a tranquil retreat, Nunland Hillside Lodges cater to those who appreciate luxury amidst nature. The hilltop lodges are perfect for romantic getaways or family adventures, offering a unique blend of seclusion and panoramic countryside vistas.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Onsite, guests can enjoy a limo service, bike hire, and farm shop deliveries (charges apply). For dining, the nearest eateries are a short drive away, offering local Scottish fare. The lodges provide a perfect setting for relaxation, especially with the hot tubs overlooking the stunning landscape.

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum (20 minutes), Mabie Farm Park (15 minutes), and the picturesque Sweetheart Abbey (20 minutes), each offering a unique experience at reasonable entry fees.

Accommodation options: Nunland Hillside Lodges offer a range of accommodation options suitable for couples and families up to four people. Pet-friendly options are available, ensuring your furry friends can join in on the fun. Each lodge is designed with comfort and style in mind, and many include an inviting hot tub.


Landal Barnsoul, South West Scotland

Driving Distance: About 15 minutes (7.73 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 6 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Landal Barnsoul is a haven of natural beauty, offering a range of lodges that blend seamlessly with the Dumfries and Galloway landscape, providing the perfect base for outdoor enthusiasts to explore the region's stunning coastlines, woodlands, and local villages.

Who will love these lodges? Outdoor adventurers, families, and couples will find Landal Barnsoul to be an idyllic setting. With opportunities for mountain biking at 7stanes, hiking, and beachcombing along the region's beautiful beaches, it's a paradise for nature lovers and those seeking an active break.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? While the lodges are currently under development, guests can look forward to exploring the surrounding natural beauty. The local area is ripe for walking, cycling, and discovering hidden coves along the coastline.

What's nearby? The area is rich in outdoor activities, with the Galloway Forest Park (30 minutes) offering stargazing opportunities, and the Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre (40 minutes) providing a range of thrilling pursuits.

Accommodation options: Landal Barnsoul features a variety of lodges, from cosy one-bedroom options perfect for couples to spacious three-bedroom cabins ideal for larger groups or families. Pet-friendly choices are available, and some lodges boast luxurious amenities like outdoor hot tubs.


Queenshill Lodges, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: About 18 minutes (14.02 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 4 | Pet friendly? Yes

What to expect: Queenshill Lodges are steeped in history and offer a peaceful retreat with well-equipped lodges nestled within an old mansion house's grounds, adjacent to a beautiful walled garden that guests are welcome to explore.

Who will love these lodges? History buffs, nature enthusiasts, and families will enjoy Queenshill Lodges. The site's connection to Mary Queen of Scots adds a touch of historical intrigue, while the surrounding countryside provides ample space for outdoor activities.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? Guests can enjoy walks through miles of paths, horse riding at Barstobrick, and exploring The Galloway Faerie Trail. Breakfast hampers can be delivered to your lodge for a delightful start to the day (additional charge).

What's nearby? Nearby attractions include Threave Castle (30 minutes) and the Galloway Activity Centre (40 minutes), offering a range of outdoor pursuits for all ages.

Accommodation options: The lodges at Queenshill cater to various group sizes, with options ranging from cosy lodges for couples to family-friendly accommodations. Pet-friendly lodges are available, and some feature private hot tubs for an added touch of luxury.


The Pond Lodges, Ayrshire

Driving Distance: About 21 minutes (15.13 miles) | Sleeps: Up to 2 | Pet friendly? No

What to expect: The Pond Lodges offer an intimate and scenic getaway with well-appointed studio lodges that feature stunning views of the Dumfries and Galloway countryside, perfect for couples seeking a romantic and secluded break.

Who will love these lodges? Couples looking for a romantic retreat will find The Pond Lodges to be an ideal choice. The tranquil setting and the opportunity for pony trekking on-site provide a unique and intimate experience.

What can you do here? Anything onsite? The lodge park is designed for relaxation, with the option of having a freshly prepared breakfast hamper delivered to your lodge. The covered decking and outdoor seating area are perfect spots to enjoy the serene environment.

What's nearby? The picturesque towns of Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas are within easy reach, offering cultural and historical experiences. The park is also close to various walking and cycling trails.

Accommodation options: The Pond Lodges are exclusively designed for couples, with studio lodges that include kitchenettes, en-suite bathrooms, and comfortable king-size beds. Some lodges feature outdoor hot tubs, providing the ultimate relaxation under the stars.


Don't Miss These Fantastic Days Out In Wigtownshire

The Book Town - Wigtown

  • Opening Times: Varies by shop
  • Prices: Free entry to the town, costs vary by shop/event
  • Postcode: DG8 9JH
  • Est. time required: Half to full day
  • Nearest parking: Available throughout the town

Wigtown is Scotland's National Book Town, brimming with bookshops and literary history. It's a paradise for readers and a charming spot for a leisurely stroll. The annual Wigtown Book Festival is a highlight, drawing authors and book lovers from all over. If you're staying in lodges in Wigtownshire, this cultural haven is a must-visit. The best time to visit is during the festival, but any time of year offers a cozy and inviting atmosphere. Tip: Check out the local events calendar for book readings and signings to make your visit extra special.

Web: www.wigtown-booktown.co.uk


Galloway Forest Park

  • Opening Times: Open 24/7
  • Prices: Free, charges for certain activities
  • Postcode: DG8 7BE
  • Est. time required: A few hours to full day
  • Nearest parking: Various car parks throughout the park

Galloway Forest Park offers a vast playground for nature enthusiasts. With its designated Dark Sky Park status, stargazing here is phenomenal. There's also mountain biking, hiking, and wildlife spotting. It's a fantastic day out for families and adventurers alike. Visit during clear nights for the best stargazing experience. Tip: Rent a bike at the visitor centre to cover more ground and discover hidden gems of the park.

Phone number: 0300 067 6900 | Web: forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/galloway


Whithorn Priory and Museum

  • Opening Times: Check online for seasonal times
  • Prices: Adult £4.50, Concessions £3.60
  • Postcode: DG8 8PY
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: Nearby the venue

Discover the cradle of Christianity in Scotland at Whithorn Priory and Museum. The site is steeped in religious significance and archaeological intrigue. It's a thought-provoking visit for those interested in history and spirituality. The collection of early Christian stones is particularly impressive. Tip: Don't miss the crypt, it's a serene and atmospheric spot that's often overlooked.

Phone number: 01988 500508 | Web: historicenvironment.scot/visit-a-place/places/whithorn-priory-and-museum


Bladnoch Distillery

  • Opening Times: Check online for tour times
  • Prices: Tours from £10
  • Postcode: DG8 9AB
  • Est. time required: 1-2 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

For whisky lovers, Bladnoch Distillery is a treat. One of the oldest Scotch whisky producers, it offers insightful tours and tastings. Learn about the distillation process and sample some of the finest malts. The best time to visit is during the week when you can see the distillery in full operation. Tip: Opt for the premium tasting to try exclusive aged whiskies.

Phone number: 01988 402605 | Web: bladnoch.com


Logan Botanic Garden

  • Opening Times: March to November, 10am - 5pm
  • Prices: Adult £7.50, Concessions £6
  • Postcode: DG9 9ND
  • Est. time required: 2-3 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

Logan Botanic Garden is a subtropical oasis in Scotland, thanks to the Gulf Stream's warming influence. The garden boasts exotic plants from South and Central America, Southern Africa, and Australasia. It's a colourful and educational day out for plant lovers and families. Visit in spring or early summer to see the garden in full bloom. Tip: The onsite Potting Shed Bistro serves delicious local produce, perfect for a post-walk lunch.

Phone number: 01776 860231 | Web: rbge.org.uk/visit/logan-botanic-garden


Mull of Galloway Experience

  • Opening Times: Check online for seasonal times
  • Prices: Varies for different attractions
  • Postcode: DG9 9HP
  • Est. time required: 2-4 hours
  • Nearest parking: On-site

The Mull of Galloway is Scotland's southernmost point, offering stunning views, a lighthouse, and an RSPB nature reserve. It's a breathtaking day out for nature lovers, photographers, and families. Climb the lighthouse for panoramic views, and keep an eye out for seabirds and seals. The best time to visit is during the summer months when the wildlife is most active. Tip: Wear sturdy shoes and bring binoculars to get the most out of the wildlife experience.

Phone number: 01776 840554 | Web: mull-of-galloway.co.uk

When planning your trip to Wigtownshire, consider staying in one of the many lodges available. They offer a comfortable and serene base from which to explore these fantastic attractions. Whether you're into books, nature, history, or whisky, Wigtownshire has something special for you.

FAQs

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

Expect a cosy retreat with all the comforts of home, often surrounded by nature. Lodges in Wigtownshire offer a peaceful escape with stunning countryside views. Many have modern amenities like hot tubs, and you're never too far from a quaint town or scenic walking trail.

What should I pack when visiting Wigtownshire?

Pack for all weathers – a waterproof jacket and good walking shoes are essential. Don't forget a camera for the breathtaking landscapes. If you're staying in a self-catering lodge, bring some basic groceries to get started, although local shops like Wigtown Co-op can cover your needs.

Can you park outside the lodge?

Most lodges in Wigtownshire come with their own parking space, often right outside the lodge. It's super convenient for unloading your gear. If you're unsure, check with your lodge provider beforehand, but parking shouldn't be a worry.

What if it rains during my lodge break?

Rainy days are perfect for exploring local attractions like Wigtown Book Town or enjoying the lodge's amenities. Many lodges come with board games, books, and cosy fireplaces. Plus, a dip in a hot tub can be even more magical in the rain!

Can I get food delivered to my lodge?

Yes, local eateries and supermarkets offer delivery services. For a special treat, try ordering from Galloway Fishmonger for some fresh local seafood. Just be sure to check delivery options in advance as rural locations may have limited services.

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

Absolutely! Wigtownshire is stunning in the quieter months. You'll enjoy crisp walks, fewer crowds, and cosy nights in. Plus, off-season rates for lodges can be more budget-friendly. Just make sure to check seasonal opening times for local attractions.

Will my hot tub be cleaned before we arrive?

Definitely. Lodges with hot tubs in Wigtownshire adhere to strict cleaning protocols to ensure your safety and comfort. The tub will be ready for you to jump in as soon as you arrive, so you can start relaxing straight away.

Are there any pet-friendly lodges in Wigtownshire?

Yes, many lodges welcome pets, so your furry friends can join the adventure. Places like Three Lochs Holiday Park are great for dogs with lots of space to explore. Always check the lodge's pet policy when booking.

What local activities are available near the lodges?

You're spoilt for choice! From hiking in Galloway Forest Park to visiting the Bladnoch Distillery, there's plenty to do. For a unique experience, check out Wigtown Book Festival if you're around in autumn.

How accessible are the lodges for those with mobility issues?

Many lodges are designed with accessibility in mind, offering features like ramp access and ground-floor bedrooms. It's best to discuss your specific needs with the lodge provider to ensure they can accommodate you comfortably.

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