Dalbeattie and The Solway Coast

Barclosh Farm

Barclosh Farm is conveniently sited for those wishing to visit the many attractions the area has to offer. 

Dalbeattie is a small picturesque town set in the beautiful Galloway countryside. Close at hand is the Solway Coast with its golden sands and good bathing for all the family. The area is equally famous for the hills, some rising to more than 2,000 feet, providing breathtaking views, superb walking and abundant wild life.

To the south of Barclosh are the cliffs and beaches of the Colvend Coast, one of the finest parts of Galloway. The beaches at Sandyhills and at Southerness are extensive, whilst there are six miles of walks along the cliffs and nearly seventeen miles of walks in Dalbeattie Forest alone. The Mabie Forest, Screel Hill and Doach Wood offer yet more miles of walks and scenery to the keen walker.

Golfers are well catered for; two local courses at Kippford, one at Dalbeattie, two at Southerness, one at Sandyhills, one at Castle Douglas, offer a good range of challenges. For more information on these and the other Dumfries and Galloway courses, go to Dumfries & Galloway Golf Links

Barclosh is a very good base for those wishing to visit sites associated with Scotland's turbulent history. Thirteen miles to the north-east in Dumfries, where Bruce murdered the Red Comyn at Greyfriars church.

About the same distance by road to the east is New Abbey, whose beautiful Sweetheart Abbey was built by Princess Devorguilla in memory of her husband, John Balliol. Their son John briefly ruled Scotland, as did his grandson, Edward, after which the MacFergus castle near Dalbeattie was razed to the ground. But the association with Scottish history continued; at Threave Castle, near Castle Douglas, Mons Meg may have been used to help batter the Black Douglas's stronghold into submission.

To the south and west, twelve miles from Dalbeattie, the ruined walls of Dundrennan Abbey bear witness to the place where Mary Queen of Scots left Scottish territory for nineteen years of English exile and final execution at Fotheringhay Castle. Looking again at Dumfries, the greatest Scottish poet, Robert Burns, lived in three homes in Dumfries, finally dying there. All this, within fifteen miles of Dalbeattie.