Sanquhar Cottage, DG4 6DL
This super, spacious, built, light filled bungalow is just the ticket for exploring the ancient town of Sanquhar and the lovely Scottish region of Dumfries & Galloway. Sanquhar was originally called ’Sean Caer’ meaning ’old fort’ or ’old castle’ in the Geltic tongue. Today the castle lies in ruins next to Scotland’s much loved coast to coast walk, the Southern Upland Way, which runs from Portpatrick in the west to Cockburnspath in the east. Sanquhar is the site of the world’s oldest post office and the old town is steeped in history including the imposing Tolbooth, which was erected in 1735 at the instigation of Charles Duke of Queensberry and designed by William Adam. For fans of the great Robbie Burns, Sanquhar lies on the Burns Heritage Trail which begins at his boyhood home in Alloway and takes in Ellisland, his former home in Dumfries & Galloway. Burns drew his inspiration from the area’s wild and dramatic landscapes, its towns and its people.
The Ayrshire coast offers a huge choice of great days out including the beautiful Isle of Arran or the Isle of Cumbrae home to Britain’s smallest cathedral. Visitors can take a trip on The Waverley, which is the last sea going paddle steamer in the world. The area is a paradise for golfing enthusiasts with a 9 hole course in Sanquhar and further a field the Open Championship standard courses at Royal Troon, Turnberry and Prestwick. Ayr is within an easy drive and the local racecourse plays host to the Scottish Grand National. Dumfries House in Ayrshire is one of Britain’s most beautiful stately homes and best kept heritage secrets. The house has been described as an 18th Century time capsule since the principal rooms and contents have remained virtually unchanged for 250 years. By way of contrast, the cities of Glasgow and Edinburgh offer an abundance of cultural pursuits not to mention some first class shopping! Step back in time and visit Thornhill, a very individual and charming little town with its ancient lime trees edging the high street. Originally built to house estate workers from Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill has preserved a distant charm all of its own. Whatever your interest there really is something for everyone.