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Favourite Haunts

I often share where our travels have taken us and the great places we stumble across so today I thought why not share some of our favourite haunts right here in Dumfries and Galloway.

As you may know by now we are situated in the very beautiful South West of Scotland in Kirkcudbrightshire to be precise.

We are lucky enough to be on the edge of the Galloway Forest ( all 300 square miles!) and within a 30 minute drive of the coast. This means great walks, trails and great off road biking and lots of trips to the seaside in summer. Also we are a designated dark sky area so it’s perfect for stargazing.

As well as making the most of the outdoors here we can quite easily fulfil our other 2 loves of shopping (for vintage or antiques..no surprise there) and food!

I should also mention that Castle Douglas our nearest town is known as the food town of the region and has a great selection of butchers, fishmongers, greengrocers and bakeries so ideal for stocking up on fresh local produce.

Here are some of our favourite places –

  • Rhubarb in Kirkcudbright is a gift shop selling new stylish homewares, gifts for him, her, dogs and baby…one of my go to places for greetings cards and the odd treat for myself. They describe their look as cool, clean, crisp contemporary country home living.
  • Established since 1989 Hazels Antiques in Castle Douglas is a result of unwanted items from house clearances stored in an old warehouse. Tucked down a side street we love to go and have a good rummage and we have found some great pieces such as an old leather chair and hand carved mirror both of which we found space for in our home. You do have to get your hands dirty and have a good old look around to find the real stand out pieces that can either be restored, upcycled or in many cases given a very good clean.
  • Loch Arthur Creamery including cafe and farm shop in Beeswing is a relatively new find based on a recommendation but a winner. They a social enterprise and registered charity that produce fresh organic veggies, sell all the best whole foods and also have a vibrant cafe.
  • We are fortunate enough to have a great foodie pub nearby. The Clachan Inn (St John’s Town of Dalry) has been finalist for pub of the year for a few years running now and I can honestly say we have never had a bad meal there. The bustling but down to earth atmosphere at the weekend is a sure sign they are cooking up a storm and locals and visitors alike flock there for a great dinner. All the food is freshly made from high quality locally sourced produce. Another plus is the real ale and craft beer which can be enjoyed by the log fires in winter.
  • For ice cream lovers and those with kids in tow Cream O’Galloway is a great place to go. They have an award winning visitor centre and offer a woodland adventure playground, indoor play areas, pedal kart track, beautiful walks and nature trails and most importantly in my book….luxurious dairy ice cream. You can even take a tractor rides to tour the farm. A great day out!

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We have not yet finished exploring the area ourselves and are always hearing or stumbling across fantastic new places. There are many other sights to visit and I could do a whole post on the beaches…..far too many to mention here.

If you have any favourites in this area we would love to hear from you.

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