Things to do

There are many choices of activity and places to visit. Providing you are not seeking bright lights and a club scene, we like to think that we have something to offer for everyone. 

We particularly recommend spending a summer evening on the patio, watching the sun set and the light changing on the abbey ruins. To make the best of this experience, make sure you have a bottle of good wine to hand!

Mountain Biking

This unspoiled corner of SW Scotland has become a “must visit” venue for both serious and occasional mountain bikers, and the Old School has been set up with their needs in mind. Bikes can be hosed down for over-night storage and repair in our secure and heated basement. Clothing can be washed and dried by arrangement.


The closest bike trails are at Dalbeattie, while Glentroul and Mabie are easily accessed. A little further afield are the 7 Stanes mountain bike trails. Whether you are looking for a family ride on the green-graded Ironhash Trail or more challenging red-graded Hardrock Trail with its black-graded sections, you will not be disappointed. As well as a skills area, Kirroughtree has been described as having some of the best technical and single-track trails in the UK.


SW Scotland is the home to over 100 golf courses. The closest (all within a half-hour drive) are:

Brighouse Bay, a 1200 acre, 18-hole Links course – playable all year and offering cliff-top views over the Irish Sea.

Kirkcudbright is an 18-hole parkland course offering panoramic views of the Dee estuary.

Gatehouse-of-Fleet is a 9-hole course that boasts the best views in Dumfries and Galloway.

Tongland is a 9-hole parkland course that will suit those seeking an easier game. There is also a 9-bay, floodlit driving range with bunker-play and putting practice areas.

Southerness is an 18-hole links course running along the Solway Firth that has hosted the Scottish Amateur Championships.

Colvend is a challenging 18-hole parkland course with views over the Solway Firth.



There are extensive walking opportunities, ranging from local coastal walks to the hundreds of kilometres of walking trails in the Galloway Hills. 

Your host is a keen walker and a qualified, experienced Mountain Leader who can offer help with your planning. 

By prior arrangement, it is also possible to provide guided walks and logistical help with transport arrangements.


Other activities and venues

·        Solway Firth bird watching

·        Quiet estuaries and sandy beaches

·        The Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm

·        The adventure play areas and superb ice cream at Cream of Galloway

·        Mabie Farm park

·        A quiet stop-off on the way to the ferry port of Stranraer