With such a wealth of things to do,
places to go and sights to see close by,
it's no surprise that Dumfries & Galloway
is described as 'Scotland in Miniature'.
So I decided to start a blog about life in and around Kippford and Rockcliffe and all the things to do in the area. The aim is to share this part of the world with others and provide information for anyone thinking of
visiting or for those who wanting to plan their stay.
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World class mountain biking
Riverview Lodge is only minutes away from the Richorn Trailhead, the access to one of the
famous 7Stanes mountain bike trails. With its coastal setting and the lack of any really big hills, Dalbeattie has a relaxed feel, but the riding is far from dull - the outcrops of rock and fine views make sure of that.
There’s a broad range of trails on offer and it’s the granite rock that defines the riding around Dalbeattie Forest.
The three trails, Ironhash,
Moyle Hill and the red graded, Hardrock
trail cater for all levels and there are miles
of cycle tracks throughout Dalbeattie Forest.
For more information visit the 7Stanes website.
For further information on our log cabin
or to confirm the availability of our holiday
cottage in Scotland contact:
Telephone: 01387 780545
Contact us about our log cabin in Scotland
Kippford holiday: Riverview Park, Kippford.
Our log cabin, holiday cottage has all you need for a self catering Kippford holiday. It is located in Riverview Park, on the outskirts of the charming Kippford sailing village and only a
short walk from Rockcliffe. Riverview Park is not a holiday park. It is a private residential area named for the parkland it stands in. The privately owned lodges are well spaced giving the lodge a feeling of privacy and seclusion, it's own private parking and spacious private garden.
The scenic village of Kippford, or Scaur, as it was once known, is situated along the shore of the estuary of the River Urr, and is approximately four miles by road and 20 minuites via the coastal path from the Victorian seaside village of Rockcliffe. Sailing is the hub of Kippford village life which was at one time the home of a small boat building business. Kippford has now become a favourite centre for sailing, walking, cycling, golf and bird watching as well as a relaxing place to escape to.
Kippford holiday village has:
• Two excellent local hostelries, The Anchor and The Mariner.
serve morning coffee, meals and a range of locally produced real ales.
• The Ark - shop specialising in country gifts and speciality local produce.
• Kippford Slipway and Chandlery – for all things nautical.
• The RNLI Lifeboat Station and Shop – gifts and souvenirs in aid of the RNLI.
• Kippford Village Hall – can be hired for special occasions or a gathering of your clan.
• The Solway Yacht Club – provides moorings and facilities for yachtsmen. They have an active racing, cruising and cadet membership and each season culminates in Kippford Week in August. A week of racing and excitement for all ages.
• The Mote of Mark – National Trust earthworks fort said to be featured in the Medieval love story of Tristan and Isolde is just along the Victorian Jubilee Path, a scenic coastal walk to Rockcliffe.
• Craigieknowes Golf Club – a 9-hole, par 3 course with many short but challenging holes and 'The Tee Room' which serves snacks and refreshments.
Locally you will find:
Beaches – Kippford, Rockcliffe and Sandyhills.
Golf – 5 courses within a 20 min drive including Southerness Links Course.
Birdwatching – there are several RSPB and WWT reserves within a 50 min drive.
Mountain biking – within easy distance of four of the 7 Stanes mountain bike trails.
Fishing – sea, coarse and game.
Watersports – available at Kippford and Loch Ken.
Horse riding – available at several locations locally.
Castles – from ancient to modern.
Gardens – Threave Castle is a mecca for Rhododendron lovers.
National Trust properties – from castles and gardens to coastal walks.
Tourist attractions – Cream 'O' Galloway and Mabie Farm Park will keep the youngsters happy.
Walks – over National Trust property and Forestry Commission managed woodland from an easy along the Jubilee Path to Rockcliffe stroll to a challenging walk up Screel.
Artists and photographers – the area is an inspiration to the many folk who pursue creative and artistic endeavours here. There are lots of galleries workshops and and studios where you can see their work. One example is: www.leemingpaterson.com - a husband and wife team who produce stunning landscape shots of the region.
Above: Red squirrel on the nut feeder at the lodge
Images top: Left to right - Kippford beach, the lower route of the Jubilee Path, the coastal path from Kippford to Rockcliffe, view out to Rough Island from the coastal path, Rockcliffe.
Come stay in our holiday cottage, Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway. A log cabin, self catering cottage in Scotland set in a wooded setting with balcony, a spectacular sea view and cosy log burning stove. Perfect self catering holiday accommodation for a short break, summer holidays or an adventure family holiday.