Self-Catering Holiday Cottage, Scotland

Comments from our visitors

“Well another fabulous stay! Thank you for your hospitality, it’s been wonderful. Relaxing at the cottage we enjoyed seeing deer, rabbits and hares. We were blessed with some windy but beautiful weather too. Thank you.”

January 2019.

“It’s been a great relaxing week. The cottage is fabulous, everything catered for. Added bonus was the fires. Thank you.”

January 2020.

“Lovely cottage and area. Thank you for my birthday extras. Thanks again and all the best for 2020.”

New Year 2019/2020.

“Once again a relaxing week away from the hustle and bustle with the added bonus of festive fun! Look forward to our next visit.”

Christmas 2019.

“We’ve had a wonderful, relaxing week in your beautiful cottage. As soon as we came we felt at home, the little extras made that special touch and Kep enjoyed his treats. The views are stunning and we have been visited most days by the local deer. Thank you for a lovely stay in a beautiful cottage, we have felt so relaxed and cosy. We will be back and will recommend you.”

November 2019.

“Once again thank you for your lovely cottage. It really is a dream to stay here, stunning. See you next year.”

November 2019.

“Fabulous cottage, thank you so much. We’ve had a relaxing and active week with stunning weather. Happy days, we hope to return soon.”

October 2019.

“The cottage is lovely and in a fantastic location, we could just sit and look at the views all day. Thank you Alison for the generous goodies. We had good weather most of the week and have been to the lighthouse, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Logan Botanic, a lovely walk on the Southern Upland Way around Portpatrick to Dunskey burn. All in all a fab holiday and we will be back.”

October 2019.

“We had a really lovely break, in no small part due to the care you put into providing such a well-equipped and welcoming base. We will definitely recommend you to friends.”

September 2019.

“As soon as we opened the door to your welcoming cottage we felt at home. The lighthouse and Mull of Galloway were the adult’s favourites. Our granddaughter loved Aldouran woods, the Gruffalo trail was fabulous. We’ll definitely be back.”

September 2019.

“Our 4th time at this wonderful cottage. Had another great week and we enjoyed all the goodies. Ellis loved her ball and had fun with it on the beach at Sandhead. Thanks for helping to make our week memorable.”

August 2019.

“We’ve been all over the place during our stay. Highlights (although every day was great) are Ardwell Bay (although the road down is interesting!), Galloway Forest Park (otter pool and wild goat park especially), Mull of Galloway and Corsewall Point. We’ve enjoyed lots of drinks and cakes out and about and our favourites were The Smithy in New Galloway and the café at Mull of Galloway – it really is coffee with a view. It’s going to be disappointing next week when I have to get up and there are no rabbits or cows to watch. We’ve seen so many different birds, a deer, hare, rabbits, goats and all for free. The RSPB in Yorkshire charge to get a good view of their gannets – not here! We will definitely have to come back as there are so many more places to see.

Thanks for letting us stay in your cottage, it is so peaceful and relaxing. We hope the next visitors enjoy it as much as we have.”

August 2019.

“Our 3rd visit coming on holiday and it never disappoints. A very relaxing holiday and also a very busy holiday for our 2 German Shepherds, Taz and Iggy – all the smells and sounds and going to the beach every day – omg! If the weather is a bit wet and windy just get in the car and drive to one of the many beautiful places along the coast towards Isle of Whithorn or towards Ayr past Loch Ryan.”

August 2019.

“So where to begin to summarise one of the best holidays we’ve ever had? We ‘ummed and arred’ for such a long time before booking a week in a part of the country we’d never visited before. All the positive reviews certainly helped make our minds up. If this one does the same for someone else that would be great. From our arrival at the cottage we all settled into a lovely relaxed pace of life, so much so the list of things to do has only been partially ticked off. Fantastic cottage, fantastic location, fantastic time! We’ll have to come back now to tick off a few more things.”

July 2019.

“It’s the little touches that make a great holiday cottage brilliant and this has them. The welcome pack, the message on the board, the note about the truck rally… I could go on. We have spotted so many birds including kestrel and buzzards. 2 deer appeared one evening and on the last night we watched 2 barn owls hunting. Plenty to do in the area regardless of the weather. A thoroughly relaxing holiday, couldn’t wish for more.”

July 2019.

“This is the best cottage we’ve ever stayed in and we’ve stayed in quite a few. We’ve been coming here for many years and the standard is as high today as it was the first time we came here and so dog friendly. Thank you for all the lovely treats you left us and for all the lovely things you do around the cottage that makes our holiday special. We’ve enjoyed every minute.”

June 2019.

“Despite a rather wet and windy week we have thoroughly enjoyed our 2nd visit to Kirklauchline Cottage. Just like last year we found relaxation in the peaceful surroundings that we were wanting. A lovely day at Castle Kennedy which turned out to be the best day of the week (weather-wise). We enjoyed walks at Sandhead, Wig Bay and Kirroughtree.

The cottage is just as magical and we feel it calling us back even before we leave! Thanks for the welcome pack and the roses and your hospitality. Looking forward to next time.”

May 2019.

“Another wonderful week. The cottage and area have such lovely vibes. Wildlife is amazing. We were visited in the middle of the day by a large fox. Rabbits around here are so cheeky. Again been so lucky with the weather. Already looking forward to a return trip. You have a wonderful cottage here, real home from home. Thank you again.”

May 2019.

“Fantastic cottage, cosy and comfortable with amazing views and in a quiet position. We’ve had a great week – all seasons in the same week weather-wise but had some lovely walks around Portpatrick and Isle of Whithorn. Been coming to this area for 25 years now so will definitely be back.”

April 2019.

“Marvellous cottage, couldn’t have asked for any better. The welcome package was a brilliant touch. Maps and guide books a great asset to finding where to go. Dogs had a great time on all the lovely walks. Will definitely recommend to others and will be back.”

April 2019.

“Well what a windy week! Nevertheless we have managed to get out and about – two lovely walks in the Galloway Forest Park (Glen Trool our favourite) and a wet and windy walk along Sandhead beach. The sun came out for our drive down to the Mull of Galloway – just amazing! Spectacular views and we had the walk around the lighthouse all to ourselves! Tasty lunch at Tigh Na Mara and even tastier lunch at Old Colfin Creamery (yummy soup).

But the best bit… is knowing we were driving back to a warm, cosy and relaxing cottage with everything we could need. Maddie and Bramble have slept the evenings away in front of the fire. Thank You for everything.

PS: Labelling the OS maps is a brilliant idea and the dressing gowns.”

Mr and Mrs C, Maddie and Bramble the cocker spaniels, Merseyside. March 2019.

“What an absolutely amazing and thoroughly blissed out time we’ve had. Exactly what was needed. Going home feeling so relaxed and refreshed. Hector had so much fun exploring the harbour and meeting so many wonderful people. Thank you.”

Miss K and Hector, miniature english bull terrier, Bury. January 2019.

“Thank You Alison, Dave and Bob for another super break in your lovely, cosy cottage. New Years Eve was blissfully quiet with no fireworks and New Years Day brought us dolphins at the Mull of Galloway and a shooting star from the decking. What a perfect way to start 2019. Thank You.”

Mr and Mrs M and Tyson, Worcestershire. New Year 2018/19.

“Another amazing Christmas here. Perfect weather, loved every minute of our time here. There is so much to see and we will be back. Thank You so much.”

Mr and Mrs F, Bonzo and Sky, Sheffield. Christmas 2018.

“Alison and Dave. Thank You for a lovely holiday. Your cottage is perfect. We will be back next year.”

Mr and Mrs B, Kyra the flatcoated retriever, Staffordshire. November 2018.

“Thank You Alison for preparing so carefully, this is a lovely croft cottage with everything we could need. We’ve enjoyed the beaches and country walks and went to Campbell’s in Portpatrick last night – lovely meal. Thank You for all.”

Mr and Mrs M, Charlie and Lola the labradors, Larbert. October 2018.

“Thank you for a wonderful relaxing stay in your beautiful warm, cosy and so well appointed cottage. We all had a fantastic time thank you for being so thoughtful with the message to us on the chalkboard, the welcome pack, toiletries and other supplies are so welcome especially milk for cuppa. What more can I say a great unwind in the beautiful wilderness.”

The M family, York. October 2018.

“Thanks for a warm and comfortable cottage. A cosy hideaway from both storm Helena and storm Ali. The weather has been dramatic and the coastline impressive in the windy conditions. Had a great wee first time to Galloway. We will certainly come back.”

Mr and Mrs P, Northumberland. September 2018.

“What a lovely cottage. Everything you could need including goodies. Had a change of weather almost every day. We have had a great holiday thank you. PS: lovely message on chalk board.”

Mr and Mrs C, Roxy & Perry the dachshunds, Preston. September 2018.

“What can we say that has not been said many times in this book? Very little so we will say it all again! This is our first visit but we have found Kirklauchline to be a fantastic, and to us, a magical place. We came looking for somewhere that offered us something special to recharge our jaded and depleted batteries and we found it. We wanted somewhere to chill out and Alison had promised that this was the place and it lived up to our highest hopes. We arrived eventually having navigated through fog that reduced visibility to 5 yards or less with the help (hindrance) of the sat nav that apparently wanted us to take the scenic route. We arrived with initially relief and then delight to discover that Kirklauchline Cottage exceeded our hopes and expectations and was warm and welcoming after our journey. We have loved every minute of every day here and will leave smiling. Our memories will be of Portpatrick, Caste Kennedy, Ardwell Beach, Killantringan, Sandhead, Glenwhan and the various walks and tea rooms there. Carla the westie loved all the walks especially on the beaches. Will we return? You bet!”

J, M and Cara the westie, Forfar. September 2018.

“Third time at this fabulous cottage. So comfortable and homely. Had a lovely week and Ellis had a ball. We are not sad because it’s over we are smiling because it’s happened. Looking forward to next year. x”

The Y family, Ellis the border collie, Hamilton. August 2018.

“Another fantastic week up at Kirklauchline Cottage. Our 4th visit and we still love it here, thank you Alison and Dave.”

Mr and Mrs C, Ezzy and Ferris the weimaraners, Nottingham. August 2018.

“This is the best cottage we have ever been to. Mine and my sister’s room is the biggest room we’ve ever stayed in. There are some lovely walks along the beach and I think our little puppy Freya really enjoyed herself. This was her first holiday cottage she has ever stayed in. Thank you so much for the lovely stay and the little message on the chalkboard. Olive the bigger sister.”

The C family, York. August 2018.

“This was our first visit to this wonderful cottage and to Portpatrick. Everything was perfect. Alison and Dave have thought of every detail in making this home from home. We felt instantly welcome and Sammy settled in within minutes, which was wonderful to see. We had some fantastic days exploring and then coming back to this cosy cottage was so lovely. The treats and lovely blackboard message was so special. Sammy loved his cow neighbours too. Thank you for all these special memories.”

Mr and Mrs B, Sammy the dog, West Yorkshire. July 2018.

“Our first visit we had an amazing week. Cottage is lovely and has everything we would ever need. We thoroughly enjoyed visiting various beaches, Ardwell bay was by far our favourite but a very bumpy road down. We had a lovely meal in the sun at the Crown in Portpatrick and we can’t believe how dog friendly Portpatrick is. We especially loved spotting the basking shark. We had a lovely time. Thank you so much for letting us stay.”

Mr and Mrs B, Magnus & Rebus the golden retrievers, Falkirk. July 2018.

“Our 2nd visit and not disappointed. Really lovely break away. Weather on our side. We will be back, thank you for all the goodies.”

D, R, Beau the collie cross and Millie the cairn terrier, North Yorkshire. June 2018.

“Our first time visiting this fab cottage but been to Portpatrick on many occasions. We did not realise there was so much more to see and do. The maps, hints and tips of places to visit were great. Also the cottage itself was amazing and very well equipped with plenty of thoughtful touches. Weather 26 degrees all week, views and peace and quiet here were stunning. As was the abundance of wildlife including hares and badgers. Thanks so much.”

MC family, Glasgow. June 2018.

“We’ve had another lovely two weeks here at this delightful cottage. We absolutely love it here and aren’t ready to go home yet. We always discover something new each time we come here. This year it’s Logan Bakehouse. They don’t have a shop but you can email an order to them by Wednesday and they will bring your order to Sandhead (10 minute drive) between 10 to 10.30 on Friday. We met them in the picnic car park. They sell real bread and delicious pastries. Thanks Alison and Dave for everything. See you next year.”

Mr and Mrs H, Finn the flat coated retriever, Middleborough. June 2018.

“Weather stunning all week but it’s the beauty of this place that makes it special. Thank you for your many thoughtful touches – the food and local beer was sublime. Loved the OS map and book ( I bought one on your recommendation – so many places to see, do need to return) and the bird books and binoculars. Amazed at such varied and abundant wildlife, the peace, quality of light, air and water and in summer yet so few people around. Everyone so friendly too. Freya was giddy with joy on the beaches and in the sea every day. Want to come back for some dark sky star gazing with a furry companion Freya to keep my toes warm. Thank you for a place I don’t want to leave.”

J, S with Freya the boxer, Leeds. Jun