Dalbeattie nestles in the valley of the River Urr, the name means valley of the silver birch. The town has a thriving and friendly community with a good range of shops, small supermarkets, cafes, hotels, restaurants. The town also has …
Dalbeattie nestles in the valley of the River Urr, the name means “valley of the silver birch”. The town has a thriving and friendly community with a good range of shops, small supermarkets, cafes, hotels, restaurants. The town also has award winning butchers, a veterinary surgery, nursery, primary and secondary schools in a brand new state of the art education campus, a museum, solicitor, a dental practice and a health centre. In addition there are a selection of sporting facilities including a park with boating lake, a bowling green, an active tennis club, football club and facilities, as well as a nine hole golf course. In the summer months a Civic “Daze” programme runs a variety of events enjoyed by the local community and visitors alike.
The nearby market town of Castle Douglas, known as Dumfries & Galloway’s Food Town, also provides a variety of shops, two larger supermarkets, health services, pool and leisure facilities, veterinary services, and a thriving livestock market. Dumfries which is approximately 25 minutes by car and is the principal town in the area which provides a wider range of schools, shops, retail outlets, and other services including a major hospital, the Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary. Dumfries is home to the Crichton campuses of both Glasgow University and the University of the West of Scotland.
The South West of Scotland is well known for its mild climate, attractive unspoilt countryside and beaches, and the diversity of sporting, fishing, and recreational pursuits. There is good hill walking in the nearby Galloway Hills, and cycling along designated cycle routes as well the Seven Stanes mountain bike routes, including nearby Dalbeattie Forest and Mabie Forest. The Galloway Forest Park, well known for its beauty and tranquillity, is home to Britain’s First Dark Sky Park, which affords astronomers phenomenal views of the stars. For walking enthusiasts there are many lovely walks in the area including between the quaint villages of Kippford and Rockcliffe along the Jubilee Path, and coastal walks along the cliffs at Portling to Sandyhills where there is a popular beach. (Please note the tides on this stretch of the Solway Coast come in very quickly owing to the flat sands). For golf enthusiasts there is the nearby 18-hole championship course at Southerness, 11 miles away, and there are several other courses nearby including Kippford, Dalbeattie, and Castle Douglas. The Solway coast is popular with sailors, and both Kippford and Kirkcudbright have yachting clubs and safe moorings, in addition Kirkcudbright has an award winning “blue-flag” marina. Kirkcudbright is known as Scotland’s Artists town with a number of galleries offering a range of exhibitions throughout the year.
Communications to the area are good. There are mainline railway stations in both Dumfries and Lockerbie, providing excellent links to both the north and south. The M74 motorway network is 42 miles distant, and there are regular flights to other parts of the UK, Ireland and Continental Europe from Prestwick Airport 63 miles north, and Edinburgh and Glasgow both 96 miles.