Grobdale Of Girthon
Grobdale of Girthon is an excellent small farm with facilities suitable for sheep rearing, a small herd of native cattle or a selection of animals. In addition there are a range of traditional outbuildings adjacent, which have been re-roofed and repaired and provide dry storage, animal sheds or potential for conversion to Ancillary or Holiday accommodation, subject to the usual consents.
'Grobdale' in Anglian means the 'dividing valley', separating the parishes of Girthon and Balmaghie, home-village of the McGhies. These latter 'the kindred of Alfren', and unusual in the local parishes in being of Gaelic origin, may have fled east from Ireland after the Battle of Clondarf, or, as has been recently suggested, brought south to augment the depleted peasant workforce after the Black Death. Girthon, which is of great antiquity, is supposed to have derived its name, signifying, in the Celtic language, an enclosure or sanctuary. The parish is bounded on the south and west by the bay and river of Fleet.
Modern Gatehouse provides a primary school, community centre, hotels, post office, bank, chemist, doctor's surgery, coffee shops, and two small supermarkets. A popular tourist spot, there is a keen sense of community within the town, with the annual Gatehouse Gala and Midsummer Music festival being particular highlights of the year. A wider range of shops, supermarkets and services can be found in the surrounding towns of Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart, with the regional capital of Dumfries offering the West of Scotland University Campus, a major hospital (with a new Hospital currently under construction), a range of high street shops, retail parks and large supermarkets.
There is sailing and sea angling on the Solway as well as other water sports, the area's rivers and lochs provide good opportunities for salmon, sea trout and trout fishing. The harbour town of Kirkcudbright is known as the Artists' Town, and similarly to Gatehouse draws visitors to the area throughout the year. Castle Douglas is a designated Food Town, and is home to many local producers of specialist foods and beverages. There are sandy, picturesque beaches within close proximity to Gatehouse at Sandgreen and Mossyard.
To the north of the property there are hundreds of square miles of mountains, forests and lochs. Black grouse, goosander, curlew, oystercatcher and greylag goose all nest in the valley. Resident or visiting birds-of-prey include merlin, kestrel, peregrine, buzzard, hen harrier, red kite, osprey, golden eagle, and barn, brown, and short-eared owls. It is home to the rare small pearl-bordered fritillary; whilst red squirrel and roe deer abound in the woods. The surrounding land is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest, it is therefore protected from any further forestry encroachment. The nearby Galloway Hills provide good hill walking and the Galloway Forest Park is officially designated as a Dark Sky Park, affording astronomers phenomenal views of the stars due to the absence of artificial light. The area also offers numerous opportunities for cycling enthusiasts, including mountain biking on the Seven Stanes routes, and several golf courses are within a short drive, including a 9 hole course at Gatehouse of Fleet. Equestrian pursuits are well catered for throughout the region, including riding schools and livery facilities, with the nearby Barstobrick Equestrian Centre holding dressage and show jumping competitions throughout the year.
There are good communications to the area with regular flights to London and mainland Europe from Prestwick Airport 59 miles, Edinburgh Airport 111 miles, and Glasgow airport 91 miles respectively. There are mainline railway stations in Dumfries, Lockerbie and Carlisle, and the M74 Motorway network link at Gretna is about 53 miles to the east.