About a mile from the sea at Port Mary and nestled within scenic pastoral farmland, the Old School B & B overlooks the impressive ruin of Dundrennan Abbey. Founded by Cistercian monks in 1142, the abbey is where, on 15th May 1568, Mary Queen of Scots spent her last night on Scottish soil before boarding a fishing boat at Port Mary to cross the Solway Firth to Workington, imprisonment and eventual execution in England.
Close to the fishing community of Kirkcudbright (7 miles) and the market town of Castle Douglas (11 miles), the rural hamlet of Dundrennan is in the heart of Burns country.
Kirkcudbright with its delightful harbour and colourful streets is known as the 'Artists Town' of South West Scotland.
Visitors from the USA may be interested to know that Kirkcudbrightshire was the birth place of John Paul, better known by his alias “John Paul Jones”, the American naval hero of the American War of Independence.
One of John Paul’s exploits included a daring raid into the Irish Sea in 1778 and a landing on our local coast at St Mary’s isle, when he attempted to kidnap the Earl of Selkirk.