Town Houses

The properties we have included in this section are best suited to those who are looking to be situated in or nearby a town or city. We have accommodation in the centre of Edinburgh at Gladstone's Land, on the Royal Mile and close to Edinburgh Castle; an apartment at Holmwood just a few miles from Glasgow; and properties in pretty villages and towns such as
Falkland in Fife, Kirkcudbright, a pretty harbour town in Dumfriesshire, and Cromarty, an unspoilt little town on the north coast of 'the bonny Black Isle'. These are just a selection of the areas we cover but for a full list of all our town houses, please see the properties listed below.
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Paye House, Cromarty

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Inverness, Nairn, Moray & The Black Isle
  • 6
  • 3
  • Dogs allowed
18th-century Paye House lies at the heart of Cromarty's historic conservation area, surrounded by cobbled lanes and listed buildings. Its first recorded owner was the keeper of the County Gaol who also ran an alehouse. In later years it served as one of the town's hubs as a general store, a doctors' surgery, a chip shop and a depot for antique toys.
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Enjoy the Cromarty sunsets from the garden patio, make the most of the area's fine local ingredients on the kitchen's Rayburn and come home to a roaring open fire after walks around town.

 

Accommodation details



  • 2 storeys


  • Sleeps 6 - 2 doubles, 1 twin


  • Sitting room with open fire


  • Kitchen


  • Dining room/study area


  • Bathroom with bath and shower over bath


  • WC with wash basin


  • Garden with patio


  • Oil fired central heating


  • Free parking on Church Street, around the corner


  • EPC Rating: G20




 

About the area

Cromarty has plenty to enchant both travellers and holidaymakers: sandy beaches, Georgian architecture, bottlenose dolphins, and bird colonies of international importance. It first became a Royal Burgh in the 13th century. In the 1700s salt-fish processing and sea-trade helped to swell the town's economy, and many of its famous merchants' houses date from this era.

 

Cromarty is only 40 minutes' drive from Inverness, the "capital of the Highlands".

 

Things to do



  • Visit the birthplace of Hugh Miller. Miller was a stonemason, geologist and writer, whose thatched cottage is now a museum with a colourful garden of native plants.


  • Climb the 'Hundred steps' to South Sutor, accessed via the Reeds Park Path along the shore at the east end of town. The Sutors are rocks on either side of the firth thought once to be the abode of two giant shoemakers.


  • You'll be less than an hour's drive from Culloden. Discover the story behind the Jacobite uprising and the last battle to be fought on Scottish soil.




 

Getting there

Cromarty is 22 miles north-east of Inverness. From the Kessock Bridge in Inverness, follow the A9 north until signs for A832 to Cromarty.

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The Gladstone Flat, Gladstone's Land

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Edinburgh & The Lothians
  • 2
  • 1
  • Not allowed
Gladstone's Land is a unique historic building that was built to be the home of the wealthiest residents in Edinburgh. The oldest part was constructed during the reign of Mary Queen of Scot's and reached its full magnificence when the Gladstone family purchased and extended the property in the early 1600's. We are often described as a 'hidden gem' and lie just a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the 'Old Town'. Guests in our self catering holiday apartments soak up the atmosphere of historic Edinburgh whilst enjoying arguably one of the best addresses the city has to offer. Read More >
The Gladstone Family originally made their home in the top floors of the building and rented out the lower floors to a Knight and his family, and a Minister from St Giles Cathedral amongst others. When the Trust rescued the building from demolition in 1934, a wealthy Edinburgh resident gifted the Trust to help renovate the property and create apartments for those of little means.
- Forming an essential part of Edinburgh's Old Town silhouette, the Gladstone Flat provides views over the city and into the hidden courtyards that surround the rear of the building. The area is famous for having the world's first sky scrappers and Gladstone's Land is one of those last remaining tenements.

The Gladstone flat takes pride of place at the top rear of the building and offers the perfect cosy base for exploring the city.



To Make Your Stay Extra Special



    On arrival, you will be greeted by the following complimentary gifts:

  • Refreshing selection of Luxury Teas


  • Fresh ground coffee from our local supplier


  • All of our cleaning supplies are sourced from the environmentally friendly brand, Method.



Accommodation Details



  • Sleeps 2 - One Twin Bedroom. Egyptian cotton bedding with luxury Himalayan fibre duvets.


  • Sitting room with Smart TV, HDMI cable and digital radio.


  • Kitchen - Fridge with freezer compartment, oven, hob, washer/dryer and microwave.


  • Shower room C


  • Gas central heating.


  • EPC Rating: D55


  • The apartment is located on the fourth floor of the building via a steep turnpike staircase.




About The Area:



    Situated on the Lawnmarket of the Royal Mile, we are right in the heart of Edinburgh's atmospheric Old Town. Discover the oldest part of the city, once home to many important literary and philosophical figures, including Robert Burns and Thomas Geddes. You are spoilt for choice with visitor attractions and galleries that represent Edinburgh's rich cultural heritage with the Whisky Experience, Mary King's Close, the National Galleries, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland all a short walk away, as well as numerous independent shops, cafes and restaurants.



Things To Do



  • Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and adjacent streets to find shops selling both traditional and lcoal products.


  • Taste Scottish and International cuisine, with a vast array of local restaurants and cosy cafes available in the area.


  • Take a walk in the beautifully laid out and award winning, Princes Street Gardens.


  • Soak up some culture at one of the many festivals Edinburgh hosts, including the world renowned 'Fringe' Festival each August.


  • Visit the elegant New Town and see how the High Society of the 18th century lived by visiting the National Trust for Scotland's Georgian House.



Getting There

Gladstone's Land is located in the Lawnmarket at the top of the Royal Mile. Waverley Railway station is a ten-minute walk or a short taxi ride away.

Edinburgh International Airport offers a bus link to Waverley Station and a tram service also operates from the airport to the city centre.



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The Harrison Flat, Gladstone's Land

  • Dates Available
  • 3 Star Very Good
  • Edinburgh & The Lothians
  • 2
  • 1
  • Not allowed
Gladstone's Land is a unique historic building on the Royal Mile that was built to be the home of the wealthiest residents of Edinburgh. The oldest part was constructed during the reign of Mary Queen of Scot's and reached its full magnificence when the Gladstone family purchased and extended the property in the early 1600's. We are often described as a 'hidden gem' and lie just a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the 'Old Town' Read More >
The area is famous for having the world's first sky scrapers and Gladstone's Land is one of those last remaining tenements. Guests in our self-catering holiday apartments soak up the atmosphere of historic Edinburgh whilst enjoying arguably one of the best addresses that the city has to offer; the Harrison Flat is the perfect cosy base for exploring the city.
The Gladstone family, originally made their home in the top floors of the building and rented out the lower floors to a Knight and his family, and a Minister from St Giles Cathedral amongst others. When the Trust rescued the building from demolition in 1934, a wealthy Edinburgh resident gifted the Trust 1000 Pounds to help renovate the property and create apartments for those of little means.
Forming an essential part of Edinburgh's Old Town silhouette, the Harrison Flat sits of the second floor of the property. In its heyday it was rented out to a wealthy Merchant named John Riddoch who imported expensive spices, lace, ribbon and trinkets. He also owned the very high-end Grocer on the ground floor which sold all the ingredients you needed to create a banquet for your VIP's and he owned the Tavern that nestled in the cellar where you could enjoy a wee dram or two!
To Make Your Stay Extra Special



    On arrival, you will be greeted by the following complimentary gifts:

  • Refreshing selection of Luxury Teas


  • Fresh ground coffee from our local supplier


  • All of our cleaning supplies are sourced from the environmentally friendly brand, Method.
    Accommodation Details



    • Sleeps 2 - One Twin Bedroom. Egyptian cotton

      bedding with luxury Himalayan fibre duvets.


    • Sitting room with Smart TV, HDMI cable and digital radio.


    • Kitchen - Fridge with freezer compartment, oven,

      hob, washer/dryer and microwave.


    • Shower room C


    • Gas central heating.


    • EPC Rating: D55


    • The apartment is located on the fourth floor of

      the building via a steep turnpike staircase.




    About The Area:

    Situated on the Lawnmarket of the Royal Mile, we are

    right in the heart of Edinburgh's atmospheric Old Town.

    Discover the oldest part of the city, once home to many

    important literary and philosophical figures, including

    Robert Burns and Thomas Geddes. You are spoilt for

    choice with visitor attractions and galleries that

    represent Edinburgh's rich cultural heritage with

    the Whisky Experience, Mary King's Close, the National

    Galleries, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum

    of Scotland all a short walk away, as well as numerous

    independent shops, cafes and restaurants.

    Things To Do



    • Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and adjacent

      streets to find shops selling both traditional and

      lcoal products.


    • Taste Scottish and International cuisine, with a

      vast array of local restaurants and cosy cafes

      available in the area.


    • Take a walk in the beautifully laid out and

      award winning,Princes Street Gardens.


    • Soak up some culture at one of the many festivals

      Edinburgh hosts, including the world renowned

      'Fringe' Festival each August.


    • Visit the elegant New Town and see how the High

      Society of the 18th century lived by visiting the

      National Trust for Scotland's Georgian House.


    • Getting There

      Gladstone's Land is located in the Lawnmarket at

      the top of the Royal Mile. Waverley Railway

      station is a ten-minute walk or a short taxi

      ride away.

      Edinburgh International airport offers a bus link to

      Waverley Station and a tram service also operates

      from the airport to the city centre.



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O'Neill Flat, Gladstone's Land

  • Dates Available
  • 4 Star Excellent
  • Edinburgh & The Lothians
  • 4
  • 2
  • Not allowed
Gladstone's Land is a unique historic building that was built to be the home of the wealthiest residents in Edinburgh. The oldest part was constructed during the reign of Mary Queen of Scot's and reached its full magnificence when the Gladstone family purchased and extended the property in the early 1600's. We are often described as a 'hidden gem' and lie just a stone's throw away from Edinburgh Castle, in the heart of the 'Old Town'. Guests in our self-catering holiday apartments soak up the atmosphere of historic Edinburgh whilst enjoying arguably one of the best addresses the city has to offer. Read More >
The Gladstone Family originally made their home in the O'Neill apartment at the top front of the building and rented out the lower floors to a Knight and his family, and a Minister from St Giles Cathedral amongst others. You can still see hints of their original Renaissance hand painted cor on the exposed stone work, making our apartment unlike any other in the city.
Forming an essential part of Edinburgh's Old Town silhouette, the O'Neill Flat provides magnificent views over Edinburgh and Fife at the rear and shuttered windows at the front provide a glimpse of the Royal Mile. The area is famous for having the worlds first sky scrapers and the Gladstone's Land is one of those last remaining tenements. Stretching out over two upper floors and elegantly furnished in modern Scottish style, the apartment has an authentic atmosphere that blends contemporary luxury with period details and proudly boasts furnishings from the renowned Scottish textiles company, Anta.

To Make Your Stay Extra Special



    On arrival, you will be greeted by the following complimentary gifts:

  • Refreshing selection of Luxury Teas


  • Fresh ground coffee from our local supplier


Accommodation Details



  • Fifth and sixth floor


  • Sleeps 4 - One double and One twin bedroom.

    Egyptian cotton bedding with luxury Himalayan fibre duvets.


  • Sitting room with Smart TV, DVD player, HDMI

    cable and digital radio


  • Kitchen with full sized dishwasher, fridge with freezer compartment, oven, hob and microwave.


  • Gas central heating


  • Shower room


  • Utility room with washing machine


  • EPC Rating: D55


  • The apartment is located on the fourth floor of the building via a steep turnpike staircase.




About The Area:

Situated on the Lawnmarket of the Royal Mile, we are right in the heart of Edinburgh's atmospheric Old Town. Discover the oldest part of the city, once home to many important literary and philosophical figures, including Robert Burns and Thomas Geddes. You are spoilt for choice with visitor attractions and galleries that represent Edinburgh's rich cultural heritage with the Whisky Experience, Mary King's Close, the National Galleries, St Giles Cathedral and the National Museum of Scotland all a short walk away, as well as numerous independent shops, cafes and restaurants. The main train station at Waverleyis close by and there are bus stops close to the property.



Things To Do

  • Take a stroll along the Royal Mile and adjacent streets to find shops selling both traditional and local produce.


  • Taste Scottish and International cuisine, in the vast array of local restaurants and cosy cafes available in the area.


  • Take a walk in the beautifully laid out and award winning, Princes Street Gardens.


  • Soak up some culture at one of the many festivals Edinburgh hosts, including the world-remowned 'Fringe' comedy festival each August.


  • Visit the elegant New Town and see how the High Society of the 18th century lived by visiting the National Trust for Scotland's Georgian House.




  • Getting There

    Gladstone’s Land is located in the Lawnmarket at the top of the Royal Mile. Waverley Railway station is a ten-minute walk or a short taxi ride away. Edinburgh International airport offers a bus link to Waverley Station and a tram service also operates from the airport to the city centre. < Hide

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    The Coach House, Holmwood House

    • Dates Available
    • 3 Star Very Good
    • Glasgow, Ayrshire, Argyll & Arran
    • 5
    • 3
    • Not allowed
    This Victorian oasis lies just a few miles from the cosmopolitan centre of Glasgow, providing a holiday base that is tranquil, relaxing, and only 20 minutes away from the heart of the action.
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    Set in acres of surrounding greenery, Holmwood's former Coach House would have accommodated the merchant owner's stable grooms. The house has plenty of space for all the family, with its own enclosed garden for children to play in safely.

     

    Accommodation details



    • 2 storey - entry is on the first floor via an external stairway


    • Sleeps 5 - 1 double, 1 twin, 1 single


    • Sitting room/dining area


    • Kitchen


    • Spacious bathroom with bath and shower over bath


    • Downstairs WC with wash basin


    • Gas central heating


    • Electric fire in sitting room


    • Private parking available


    • EPC Rating: D55


     

    ... Our guests said...

    "... a beautiful property in a beautiful setting...As my wife wrote in the visitors book, it is like a suburban oasis. Thank you so much." (Mr.Knowles, Wallasey)

     

    About Holmwood House

    James Couper, a local paper manufacturer commissioned the building of Holmwood House in 1857. By 1858 it was complete, designed by Alexander 'Greek' Thomson and widely thought to be his finest domestic work.

     

    Richly ornamented with neo-classical motifs and acres of surrounding greenery, the house is a symbol of how mercantile wealth grew to compete with aristocratic inheritance during this fascinating period in history.

     

    About the area

    Glasgow is a vibrant cultural hub, home to world-class art exhibitions, pioneering theatre practitioners and Scotland's national ballet company.

     

    Holmwood is ten minutes away from Glasgow city centre by train, with a walk of ten minutes to the station.

     

    Things to do



    • Cook up a storm with fresh vegetables purchased from Holmwood's own vegetable garden.


    • Spend a night at the theatre. The Citizens Theatre offers traditionally staged plays, the Arches has great atmosphere and an avant garde programme, while the Tramway is a fantastic contemporary space created from an old tram shed.


    • Visit the Tenement House to see a different side of Glasgow life, from the early 20th century. This four room house was lived in by independent woman, Miss Agnes Toward for over 50 years.


     

    Getting there

    Holmwood is on Netherlee Road, Cathcart, Glasgow and is 4 miles south of the city centre. Netherlee Road is off Clarkston Road (B767). The nearest station is Cathcart, 1 mile away.

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    The Pavilion, Lamb's House

    • Dates Available
    • 4 Star Excellent
    • Edinburgh & The Lothians
    • 6
    • 3
    • Not allowed
    The Pavilion is a newly-built, self-contained 3-storey house, sitting within the curtilage of Lamb's House in Leith. It has been built in the style of the early 18th century with particular attention to detail, including an eye-catching "ogee" roof. Inside, furniture and fittings are of a quality and style to match. A fine south-facing Italianate garden can be enjoyed by the guests.
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    Lamb's House, built in 1610, is one of Edinburgh's most interesting buildings. A-listed, this 5-storey building is only a stones throw from the historic Port in the heart of Leith. Built as a tenement, it consisted of 6 booths on the ground floor with 6 small but very grand fats on the upper floors. These were rented to the Edinburgh merchants who controlled all trade in the port at the time..

     



    Leith, on the shore of the Firth of Forth in North Edinburgh, has served as the city's port since the 12th Century. It was the centre of manufacturing and commercial activity with mills, sugar refineries, engineering works, breweries and distilleries, ship building, lead and glass works and many more. All of these were dependant on the river and the harbour. Today it is a vibrant part of the city where some of the best restaurants have replaced the traditional industries. The much acclaimed Michelin starred restaurant, Martin Wishart is 70 metres from the Pavilion's front door.

    Short breaks (minimum of 2 nights) available. Please contact the Holidays Department by telephone (0131 458 0305) or by email (holidays@nts.org.uk) for further details.

     

    Accommodation details



    • 3 storey


    • Sleeps 6 - 1 twin with en suite shower and 2 double bedrooms (one with a half tester, the other with a box bed)


    • Sitting room with dining area


    • Kitchen


    • Bathroom with cast-iron bath


    • Utility room


    • Underfloor heating controlled by individual thermostats


    • Parking for one car in private courtyard


    • Access to Renaissance garden


     

     

    Things to do



    • The Georgian House (NTS), on Edinburgh's Charlotte Square, is a restored Robert Adam-designed town house that was home to John Lamont, 18th Chief of the Clan Lamont, and his family until 1815. It gives a fascinating insight into life both upstairs and downstairs.


    • The Royal Yacht Britannia was a home to Queen for over 40 years, sailing over a million miles around the world. It is now berthed at Ocean Terminal in Leith, just a short walk from Lamb's House.


    • The Water of Leith flows from the Pentland Hills (south of Edinburgh) through the city and out into the Forth at Leith. A walkway runs beside it from Balerno to Leith (12 miles).


     

    Getting there

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    The Pend, Whithorn

    • Dates Available
    • 4 Star Excellent
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 4
    • 2
    • Not allowed
    History is built into the walls of this 16th-century lime-washed gatehouse to the Priory at Whithorn. A magnificent dark wood four-poster bed rests at the centre of its master bedroom, 17th-century windows open out onto the street, and a smoking peat fire warms the lounge.
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    The Priory next door once housed the relics of St Ninian, a local missionary, bishop and mystic healer who died around 431AD. Medieval Kings and Queens travelled to Whithorn to pray at his bones, seeking either cures or salvation.

     

    Accommodation details



    • 2 storeys


    • Sleeps 4 - 1 double, 1 twin with 6ft box beds


    • Large sitting/dining room with working fireplace (bag of fuel provided)


    • Kitchen


    • Bathroom with bath and shower attachment


    • Family room


    • Small paved courtyard with garden furniture and barbeque


    • Under-floor oil-fired central heating


    • Internet access in adjacent Visitor Centre


    • Off-road parking is available


    • Public transport accessible


    • EPC Rating: E39


     

    The Pend has some doorways below standard height. The master bedroom's 17th-century windows open directly on to the street below and may not be suitable for young children.

     

    ...Our guests said...

    "A few quiet days in the Shire over Half Term. By and large we retraced our steps from ( many ) previous visits : trying to spot all of the crosses in St Ninian's Cave; enjoying the snowdrops in the woods at Galloway House; book browsing in Wigtown, and watching wildflowl at the hide by the harbour... As always the local produce is so good that we hardly had anything that was not sourced with D&G" (Mr. Welfare,Director of English Heritage, York)

    "A wonderful and special place for our holiday. We've never been to the area before, and your welcome and the beauty of this cottage were a gift to us...And peat fires every night" (Mr. and Mrs. Chapman, Pittsburgh, PA )

    "The Pend is just fabulous, every conceivable thing is here ( including a beautiful Christmas tree and festive table decorations) all carefully thought about." ( McNaught Family, Edinburgh)

     

    About Whithorn

    The Pend lies at the heart of the Outstanding Conservation Area of Whithorn, one of Scotland's oldest settlements and once the seat of Celtic Christianity.

     

    Visiting Whithorn Priory you will join a long line of Royal pilgrims, from Edward II of England through to Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. 15th century pilgrims from Europe were required to obtain a badge from the priory as proof of their visit - the precursor to today's passports. The ruins of the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and its adjacent crypts are only an echo of the grand structure that would once have stood.

     

    Whithorn is famed for its outstanding local produce and is at most three miles in any direction from the sea. At nearby Garlieston the shallow sandy beach is very suitable for toddlers and young children, since there is no deep water.

     

    About the area

    Whithorn lies at the south end of the Machars, or 'plains of Galloway', a peninsula surrounded by sea on three sides and, rich dairy farm country on the fourth.

     

    Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the surrounding countryside is an archaeological treasure trove. Ten miles away, Wigtown, Scotland's new Book Town, is home to a variety of bookshops and hosts a literary festival in September, as well as fairs and regular markets.

     

    Things to do



    • Pull on your hiking boots and head to the Southern Uplands, half an hour's drive away, for some challenging hill walking.


    • The Galloway Forest Park is home to the UK's first Dark-Sky Park, a hotspot for stargazing, due to its pitch black unpolluted skies.


    • Rock and harbour fishing, golf and off-road driving for the adventurous are available nearby.


     

    Getting there

    To reach Whithorn, turn south at the Newton Stewart roundabout on the A714 following signs to Whithorn.

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    The Precinct House, Whithorn

    • Dates Available
    • 4 Star Excellent
    • Dumfries & Galloway
    • 3
    • 2
    • Not allowed
    Two centuries younger than its next door neighbour The Pend, Precinct House echoes back to a time when Whithorn's medieval streets were being refashioned in the Scottish Georgian vernacular style. The house is made up of two buildings joined together by a glass atrium, perfect for sunny indoor dining.
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    The name refers to an early monastic precinct, which was divided up to make the gardens of later houses. Period fire grates, Georgian furniture and a magnificent four-poster bed create a faithful reconstruction of the house as it originally stood.

     

    Accommodation details



    • 2 storey

    • Sleeps 3 - 1 double, 1 small single with compact box bed

    • Sitting room

    • Glass-roofed dining room

    • Kitchen

    • Shower room

    • Enclosed courtyard with garden furniture and barbeque

    • Free wifi (telephone calls up to one hour also free)

    • Under floor oil-fired central heating

    • Open fire - 1 bag of fuel provided

    • Parking available on the front street

    • Public transport accessible

    • EPC Rating: E40


     

    About Whithorn

    The Precinct House lies at the heart of the Outstanding Conservation Area of Whithorn, one of Scotland's oldest settlements and once the seat of Celtic Christianity.

     

    Visiting Whithorn Priory you will join a long line of Royal pilgrims, from Edward II of England through to Robert the Bruce, James IV and Mary Queen of Scots. 15th century pilgrims from Europe were required to obtain a badge from the priory as proof of their visit - the precursor to today's passports. The ruins of the 12th-century Romanesque cathedral and its adjacent crypts are only an echo of the grand structure that would once have stood.

     

    Whithorn is famed for its outstanding local produce and is at most three miles in any direction from the sea. At nearby Garlieston the shallow sandy beach is very suitable for toddlers and young children, since there is no deep water.

     

    About the area

    Whithorn lies at the south end of the Machars, or 'plains of Galloway', a peninsula surrounded by sea on three sides and, rich dairy farm country on the fourth.

     

    Inhabited since the Bronze Age, the surrounding countryside is an archaeological treasure trove. Ten miles away, Wigtown, Scotland's new Book Town, is home to a variety of bookshops and hosts a literary festival in September, as well as fairs and regular markets.

     

    Things to do



    • Pull on your hiking boots and head to the Southern Uplands, half an hour's drive away, for some challenging hill walking.

    • The Galloway Forest Park is home to the UK's first Dark-Sky Park, a hotspot for stargazing, due to its pitch black unpolluted skies.

    • Rock and harbour fishing, golf and off-road driving for the adventurous are available nearby.

     

    Getting there

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