Thing's To Do

We are really lucky to have some great places to visit, eat and drink in such a short drive from our lovely lodges. To help you plan your trip with have picked out some of our favourites which we have listed below.

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Mountain biking

There are some great places to go mountain biking around Dumfries and Galloway, if you want to go local there are some great tracks around the Cally Woods which you can cycle from the lodge.If your feeling more adventurous try one of the “7 Stanes”, we love Kirroughtree which has a bike hire centre and café on site.

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Cream of Galloway

Ice cream parlour and kids activity centre - the most amazing ice cream!

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Crafty Gin Tour

Why not spend the day drinking gin? We have a fantastic local distillery which you can where you can tour the factory and sample their product!

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The Wee Pottery

Always a hit with our two children and a great indoor activity if it does rain is the wee pottery, Amy and the team always do a great job of looking after you.
T: 01557 337216

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Chocolate Factory

Great for kids as it has a fantastic soft play and café, you can even have the full chocolate experience and make your own chocolate! T: 01557 860 608

Girl playing in the soft play at Ernespie farm

Ernespie farm

Definitely a favourite in our family! It has a great soft play for the kids and a wonderful café it's well worth a trip if you're in the area.

alexander the lama in its field

Galloway Alpacas

Great family day out which is a little bit different. Experience meeting Alpacas in an amazing location. You can simply do a meet and greet or take them on a trek. My two girls would highly recommend it!
T: 07598797220
Bookings Info@gallowayalpacas

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Threave Garden

Great National Trust for Scotland site, amazing gardens which are open all year round. The site also has a great cafe we would recommend for lunch and also offers the chance to see Osprey nesting in the wild. ​

A traditional gate stands proudly amidst the breathtaking Scottish landscape, its weathered wooden frame a timeless symbol of entry into the majestic wilderness beyond, where rolling hills, lush greenery, and rugged beauty await exploration and discovery


If walking is your thing then there are lots of options right from your door, with so many options we have attached a separate walking guild which you will find in the lodge and the end of this page.


Being so close to the coast there are some great beaches in the local area which can be enjoyed all year round.

Our favourite three: Carrick, Sandgreen, Mossyard which are all within 5 miles of the lodge.

At Carrick Beach, laughter dances on the breeze as children play joyfully in the sparkling sea. Against the backdrop of sun-kissed sands and azure waters, their carefree spirits illuminate the scene with boundless energy and pure delight. With each splash and giggle, they create cherished memories against the backdrop of nature's grandeur. Carrick Beach, with its pristine beauty and endless horizons, serves as the perfect playground for these moments of uninhibited joy. Here, amidst the soothing rhythm of the waves and the warm embrace of the sun, every splash becomes a testament to the magic of childhood and the timeless allure of the sea.

Places to Eat in and around Gatehouse of Fleet

Gather restaurant looking amazing at night


Only just opened Gather is a new restaurant offering great food with a great views. We would highly recommend the breakfast if you fancy getting out one morning.
Tel: +44 (0)1557 840 217

Masonic Arms at great pub in Gatehouse of fleet

Masonic Arms

Great local pub with friendly staff and good food.
Telephone 01557 814 335

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Galloway Lodge

A firm favourite of ours mostly as I love the coffee!, It also does a great breakfast and lunch which I would recommend. There is a burger night on Friday and Saturday which both adults and children love.
Telephone 01557814001

The Ship Inn in Gatehouse of Fleet

The ship

Another great local pub with fantastic food.
Tel: 0771 341 2030


Mr Pooks

Newly opened Mt Pooks offers high-quality food using local ingredients, ideal if you want a special treat. ​
Tel: 01556 504000
(This is in Castle Douglas, which is about a 20-minute drive away.)

Some of the above restaurants are also doing takeaway, please contact them directly to confirm.

Take away

There are several good local takeaways in the area and below I have just listed three of our favourites.

Thai Kitchen (Kirkcudbright) – 07465 812331
Jade Palace Chinese take away (Castle Douglas) – 01556 503730
Polar bites Fish and Chips – (Kirkcudbright) 01557 339050

Online delivery

Don’t know about you but we love when we are going away to book an online food delivery to be delivered around the same time as we get there, all of the main retailers deliver to the area but we find Tesco has the most slots. We would also recommend trying to book at least a week in advance as they do get booked up quickly in the supplier months.

Nearest Charging point

We now offer limited charging onsite which you can book with us directly before you book. On top of this there are electric car charging points located at Gatehouse Of Fleet Public Car Park, DG7 2HP which is part of the ChargePlace Scotland EV charging network. There are 8 devices and 16 connectors available at this charging location.

The best way to search and explore the public charge points in and around DG7 2HP, see live status data, plan you route and see EV community updates is to use the charging point map on desktop or download the Zap-Map app. 

Their are 8 faster EV chargers at gatehouse of fleet


Luxury self Catering Lodges

What we mean by luxury self catering

Dog friendly holidays

Your local guild on what to do

Building the dream

How we build our lodges

Walking Guide

Walks in the local area

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