TRAVEL

Slow britain

General:

•Public Transport - http://www.dumgal.gov.uk/timetables has all the timetables – include?

•VisitScotland information centres are now called VisitScotland iCentre

•Mobile/4G coverage can be patchy but don’t have to travel far for it to connect

•General tourist information can be found at - https://www.visitscotland.com/destinations-maps/dumfries-galloway/

•Dumfries & Galloway Council produce a series of free paper and downloadable cycling guides, also search www.bikemap.net

 

Going Slow in Dumfries & Galloway:

P18 Nocturnal Wildlife Tours are no longer but Keith Kirk, local wildlife photographer and writer, does offer Nocturnal Wildlife Experiences - http://dumfriesandgallowaywildlife.co.uk

P18 WildSeasons no longer run Spring/Autumn festival due to lack of funding but website is still good source of wildlife events info.

P20 also Farmers’ Markets at Gatehouse, Colvend, Glenkens, Kirkcudbright,

 

 

Chapter 1. ANNANDALE & ESKDALE

P32 - the telephone number for Gretna iCentre has changed to 01461 335208. Also, a new local information centre has opened at 9 The High Street, Moffat DG10 9HF, phone: 01683 221210

P32 Welcome to Langholm, Market Place, Langholm. Phone: 013873 80914 / 013873 81163,  jason@langholminitiative.co.uk, www.langholm-online.co.uk

P32 Moffat Can no longer offers cycle hire

P33 accommodation - Summerlea House B&B, Bridge House, Queensberry

P35 & 37 - Carole's Milkbar is now closed and reopened as a retro / 2nd hand shop

P35 Ram Shack, Reloved, and bric-a-brac shops now on Well Street

P36 - Black Bull Inn has reopened - food, accommodation, music and Burns connections

P37 Telfords Coaches 502 no longer runs

P39 Chariots of Fire – Sadly Amanda Saville passed away during 2016. The work of Chariots of Fire continues led by her husband, John

P44 Food & Drink in Lockerbie - Just Be Bistro, Townhead Hotel

P44 Eskrigg now has its own car park along the track just off Vallance Drive

P44 Hallmuir Chapel has been locked since the keyholder died in 2016

P46 ossburn Community Farm - https://www.mossburn.org/ 

P48 Salmon trail along river Annan accessed from Hoddom castle, charts the life cycle of a salmon from egg to Atlantic migration with info boards along riverbank

P49 Dalton Pottery – Now closed and reopened as a gin distillery (open to the public)

P49 new rum distillery coming to Dormont Estate https://www.ninefolddistillery.com/ , https://www.facebook.com/Dormont-Estate-556584461136943/

P53 New address - Devil’s Porridge, Stanfield, Annan Road, EASTRIGGS

P58 Del Amitri restaurant has now moved from Annan to Powfoot. The Powfoot Hotel, Annan DG12 5PN, 01461 70030, www.delamitrirestaurant.co.uk

P59 Mike Youdale is no longer at WWT

 

Eskdale

P64 New visitor centre - Welcome to Langholm, Market Place, Langholm. Phone: 013873 80914 / 013873 81163,  jason@langholminitiative.co.uk, www.langholm-online.co.uk

P65 Blue Moon café – veggie & vegan food https://www.bluemoonlangholm.co.uk/

P68 Gilnockie Tower now open to visitors without an appointment and houses the Armstrong museum

 

Chapter 2. NITHSDALE

P74 202 & 212 operated by James Robertson and Houstons

P74 221 Stagecoach West and Brownriggs

P80 Sanquhar - Little Ark - https://www.facebook.com/Alisanimals/

P82 New website to www.crawickmultiverse.co.uk

P83 food and drink – A’ the Airts website is www.atheairts.org.uk , Nithsdale website is www.nithsdalehotel.com, Burnside Tearoom  

P86 Wanlockhead – ‘Hidden Treasures’ brand has been dropped and now the Museum of Lead Mining.

P97 - Moniaive – The chocolate shop has moved too Thornhill.

P100 cruck cottage website is www.cruckcottage.com

P100 Auldgirth – shop is now closed and reopened as BBQ Pitstop

P100 Auldgirth – http://www.worldpeace-uk.org

P104 Dunscore – new Heritage Centre to Jane Haining in the church

P119 Farmersfield Rest-home for Elderly Donkeys, Farmersfield Farm, Dunscore, DG2 0JS - family run charity, arrange a suitable date and time prior to going so they can make sure they are available to show people round.

p123 -  Drummuir Farm Cafe & Ice Cream Parlour, Clarencefield Road, Collin, Dumfries, DG1 4PX, 01387 750 599, www.drummuirfarm.co.uk

 

Chapter 3. DUMFRIES & NITH ESTUARY

P108 the cycle HUBs no longer exist

P114 Moat Brae and Centre for children’s literature is being developed

P116 -117 Food & Drink - cafe Scrumptious has opened up in the old wine cellars of the Rugmans Hall on Whitesands offering an interesting and reasonably priced menu. www.scrumptious.vpweb.co.uk

Home Restaurant, 66 Whitesands, DG1 2RS; 01387 262296

Hullabaloo Restaurant closed September 2017 and reopened January 2018 by owners of Townhead, Lockerbie

Pizzeria il Fiume is now http://www.littleitalydumfries.co.uk/

P116 Thistle maze in dock park

P119/121 Glencaple tearoom & shop burned down Sept 2017, reopened April 2018 as The Boathouse - https://caerlaverock.org.uk/category/news-2/the-boathouse-glencaple/

P121 Food & Drink – Caerlaverock Castle, WWT, http://www.drummuirfarm.co.uk/ at Collin

P126/127 Shambellie walled garden is now open only a couple of times each year.  Shambellie House has reopening plans http://shambelliehouse.org/

 

Chapter 4. THE STEWARTRY

P135 new website address - http://www.carsphairn.org for heritage centre

P139 – CatStrand – stream no longer runs beneath glass panels following severe flooding

P139 New Galloway community shop - https://newgallowaycommunity.shop/ 

P139 Kitty’s Tearoom has sadly now closed due to retirement

P142 website typo - http://www.glenlair.org.uk/

P142 website typo - http://www.scotlandsgardens.org/

P143 Earth’s Crust Bakery – Has relocated to Castle Douglas. 36-38 St. Andrews Street, Castle Douglas, DG7 1EN. tel: 01556 502506. www.earthscrustbakery.co.uk  

P144 Raiders’ Road has seasonal opening (Easter to end Oct) and £2 charge

P145 The goats are now on a strict diet and request you don’t share your picnic with them

P145 Glentrool – does open at weekends in winter

P147 Tourist Information Centre now closed

P152 Kirkpatrick Durham eco and treehouse accommodation - http://www.brockloch.co.uk/

P154 Granite Kitchen is now closed

P154 Dalbeattie quarry is Craignair not Craignure

P154 Skeoch utility car - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-south-scotland-43168686

P154 Palnackie – accommodation www.kirkennan.co.uk  also worth visiting the Old Mill Art Gallery https://www.theoldmillgallery.com/about/ in Palnackie and the Community run village shop.

P155 Willow Tree – now closed

p157 - The Ark Gift Shop and Deli, Kippford, DG5 4LN; info@kippford-gift-shop.co.uk

P158 Gatehouse of Fleet – A Lasting Legacy. Anthony Wolffe passed away in February 2016.

P160, Pat no longer works at Mill on Fleet

P160 Mason Arms at Gatehouse has been refurbished

P166 Galloway Smokehouse – Allan Watson and team fish the Solway and sell/smoke the catch from smokehouse and the new, adjoining, restaurant.

P168 Creetown – accommodation and bike hire http://barholm-centre.co.uk/

P170 http://www.ellangowan.co.uk/ now open

P172 The David Coultard Museum – Has relocated to The Cocoa bean Factory

P172 Star Hotel, specialises in gluten free dishes

P174 new Kirkcudbright art gallery opened June 2018 - http://www.kirkcudbrightgalleries.org.uk/ 

P183 Galloway Wildlife Conservation park is now closed

P180 Food & Drink – Station House Café & Cookery School - http://stationhousecookeryschool.co.uk/ 

P182 Dundrennan – The Crown & Anchor Tearoom and B&B has opened just opposite the Dundrennan Abbey ruins. www.crownandanchordundrennan.co.uk

P182 Old Smugglers Inn is now closed

p184 Borgue - Senwick Alpaca Trekking. www.senwickalpacas.co.uk and produce sold in on site shop of produce reared on the farm - https://www.senwickalpacas.co.uk/senwick-shepherds-shop/

 

 

Chapter 5. MACHARS & MOORS

P188 buses:

•Four Sunday departures of 500

•can no longer find the McCulloch Coaches Dumfries/Stranraer service, but do operate a few services out of Stranraer around Rhins and as far as Glen Luce – include in Rhins chapter only

•500 operated by Stagecoach West Scotland

•Service 415 is now operated by Stagecoach West Scotland/ DGC Buses

•416 operated by Stagecoach West Scotland

p189 - the Visit Scotland Info Centre in Newton Stewart is now closed.

P189 Cycle hire is now Kirkcowan Cycles, The Old Red Cross Hall, Victoria Lane, Newton Stewart, DG8 6DA T: 01671 401529 www.kirkcowancycles.co.uk 

P190/2 Kirroughtree House Hotel – is now closed https://www.kirroughtreehousehotel.co.uk/ 

P193 Beehive bothy between northeast of New Luce on SUW - https://www.dgoutdooraccess.org.uk/

P194 Wigtown – Craft Hotel & Restaurant, 30 South Main Street, DG8 9HG; 01988 403 236;  www.craftrestaurant.co.uk 

P194 Wigtown - Faodail opened by sons of Mary Arnott, Priory Antiques, Whithorn

P196 Kirkcowan – no longer offer bike hire, moved to Newton Stewart

P196 Clugston loch, near Kirkcowan – good for fishing

P197 The Pheasant pub in Sorbie is an Italian restaurant

P197 Bladnoch distillery has reopened

P197 http://www.unit3gallery.co.uk/ Creek Road, Bladnoch

P198 change walk directions – From Galloway House gardens - On the return route to Garlieston, instead of continuing through the farm steading buildings to join the 'back drive' you turn left just before the cattle, continue for approx. 30m then turn right on to a track that joins the back drive just ahead of where you used to join it.

P200 Whithorn House hotel / tearoom is now closed reopening as self-catering

P202 Whithorn – Iron Age roundhouse reconstructed by the Whithorn Trust inspired by the 2500-year-old remains found at nearby Monreith

P202 Whithorn – Wee Garden Gallery

P203 Swallow Theatre, Moss Park, Ravenstone, DG8 8DR 01988 850368 – new owners P204 food & drink – Whithorn House no longer B&B and café

P204 Isle of Whithorn - www.ninianslanding.co.uk to accommodation

P204 Scotland’s most southerly cinema – Machars Movies

P211 change dates for Galloway Astronomy Centre, they also do astronomy B&B - http://www.gallowayastro.com/accommodation.htm 

P212 Port William www.theclansmanrestaurant.co.uk

P212 The View - Port William Independent Rescue Service Action Committee – café https://www.pirsac.org/menu-and-times 

 

Chapter 6. THE RHINS

P216 Ardwell garden is now closed and Dunskey is open by appointment only.

P218 www.visitkirkmaiden.co.uk no longer works, Info centre has a facebook page

P218 train still operated by Scotrail, trains are no longer direct from Glasgow, change at Ayr - https://www.scotrail.co.uk/sites/default/files/assets/download_ct/sr1712_a5_ayrshire_inverclyde_and_stranraer_12214_web.pdf

p218 saylsa website no longer works

P218 buses:

•500 operated by Stagecoach West Scotland

•11 departures daily

•Four Sunday departures of 500

•no longer a McCulloch Coaches Dumfries/Stranraer service

•Service 407 operated by Stagecoach West Scotland, McCullochs Coaches, and Wigtownshire Community Transport

•Service 408 operated by Stagecoach West Scotland and McCullochs Coaches

•Service 411 operated by McCullochs Coaches

P219 Rhins Coastal path now includes 11 miles of Loch Ryan Coastal Path

P221 Glenwhan – Shepherd’s Hut - http://glenwhangardens.co.uk/xtra-ql/accomodation/

P222 Castle Kennedy accommodation - http://castlekennedygardens.com/holiday-cottages/

P224 VisitScotland iCentre in Stranraer closed March 2018.

P226 Stranraer – Food & Drink

•Stir-it is now Fig & Olive café https://www.figandolivecafe.co.uk/

•Driftwood Café in Agnew Park, DG9 7JZ; 01776 706361

•Landos Italian - https://www.facebook.com/LandosStranraer 

•Stranraer Oyster Festival is now an annual event

p229 http://www.leswaltwetlandgarden.org.uk/ no longer working, but does have https://www.facebook.com/aldouranwetlandgarden/ 

P230 Corsewall lighthouse up for sale - https://www.scotsman.com/property/fancy-owning-unusual-scottish-hotel

P230 The Arty Bit shop, Kirkholm – Galloway artists outlet run by Sarah- Jane Coleby https://www.facebook.com/TheArtyBitKirkcolm/?fref=mentions Plan to also do cycle hire.

P231 portpatrick brewery - http://www.portpatrick-brewery.co.uk/

P234 accommodation at Dunskey Estate

P234 Killantringan lighthouse cottages now sold and still for rent

P235 food & drink.

•Crown Hotel has a new website - www.crownhotelportpatrick.com

•Port Pantry website no longer works – has a Facebook page

P236 Ardwell - http://www.loganbakehouse.co.uk/ - website is under construction. https://www.facebook.com/LoganBakehouse1 Deliver locally in a red three-wheeler vehicle

P236 Ardwell garden is now close

P238 new at Logan Botanic - Victorian-styled Conservatory is an exciting new development. The three-zone glasshouse houses a spectacular array of rarely displayed South African plants. This is a major step forward for the environment as it is the UK’s first “Green” public conservatory where modern technology is utilised to help the environment. The conservatory is powered solely by Air Source heat pumps and solar power panels which help them to minimise our CO2 emissions.

P239 new website for logan fishpond - https://www.logan-fishpond.com/ 

P240 new website for On Yer Marks - http://www.onyermarks2.co.uk 

P243 https://www.facebook.com/MarinersCoffeeShopDrummore

P242 RSPB Mull of Galloway reserve is open all year round, the cottage visitor centre is seasonal

 

 

 

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