Lochinch Castle Cottages | Self-catering in Dumfries & Galloway | Alastair Sawday's Special Places to Stay

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Lochinch Castle Cottages - Self-catering in Dumfries & Galloway

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Lochinch Castle, Stranraer, DG9 8RT, Dumfries & Galloway
Scotland, Reino Unido

Emily Stair

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+44 (0)1776 702024(landline)

Come for history, wildlife and a stunning garden estate with acres to roam. Bring children and dogs too. Fabulous

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On an isthmus hugged by freshwater lochs is one of Scotland's finest gardens with the dreamy ruins of Castle Kennedy at one end and Lochinch Castle, the family home of the Stairs (they've been here for generations) at the other. With 75 acres to roam, all ages will be happy here; walks ramble off in all directions. Explore land sculptures built in the 1730s; spot geese, herons, maybe an osprey, red squirrels and otters too. There are mesmerising displays of rhododendrons, azaleas and embothrium, and the ancient Monkey Puzzle Avenue is a treat. Find three charming properties. Chauffeur's, on the top floor of a two-storey Victorian carriage house, has pretty French chateau style turrets, an open fire, long views, a large kitchen and three beautifully restful bedrooms. Balker Lodge, originally a gate house, is a cleverly revived bolthole for two. Ice House is a single-storey cottage with two pretty bedrooms, a log-burner in the sitting room and a pristine kitchen. All have their own private outside space, splendid welcome baskets with delicious cakes, and you get the run of the gardens. Why not take a guided tour with head gardener, John, who's worked here for 25 years!

Limited mobility
At least one bedroom & bathroom accessible without steps.
Children welcome
Suitable for guests with children aged 3 and over.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Credit cards
Credit or debit card payment accepted.
Wireless internet access available.
Pets welcome
Please let the owner know if you want to bring pets.
Public transport
Within 10 miles of a bus/train station.
Working farm
Or vineyard.
Owner has pets
Animals living on the property.
Bikes available
On the premises to hire or borrow.
Vegetarian meals
Available on request.

Electricity included

Open fire / woodburner

Microwave oven

Central heating

Mobile reception




Cooked meals available

Washing machine

Restaurant within 3 miles

Shop within 3 miles

Pub within 3 miles

Relaxation areas

Breakfast available

Breakfast included



Spa on site

Bar on site

Free parking on site

Free parking nearby

Paid parking nearby

Local points of interest from Emily Stair:

Puntos de interés sobre la región de
Emily Stair:

  • Guests enjoy unlimited access to Castle Kennedy Gardens and the surrounding Lochinch Heritage Estate, a traditional working agricultural estate.
  • Fishing, country sports, wild-life viewing, walking trails, estate Land Rover tours and a whole range of activities are available for guests to enjoy at Lochinch.
  • The Gardens is set between two natural lochs, which are a Site of Special Scientific Interest for breeding wader and wintering wildfowl, and surrounded by 75 acres of beautiful sculptured terraces, avenues and stunning gardens.
  • The surrounding area is full of un-spoilt scenic treasures, including deserted sandy beaches, exotic gardens, rolling hillsides and open estuaries. The Southern Upland Way is located close by as is the River Luce which offers excellent fly fishing.
  • Local attractions include a whisky distillery, Mull of Galloway Lighthouse, Wigtown Book Town and the picturesque seaside village of Portpatrick where guests can enjoy excellent seafood restaurants, village stores and pubs.
  • Farther afield, there are numerous castles, historic and family attractions; book, music, food and art festivals; as well as museums, visitor centres, adventure playgrounds, cycling and walking trails.
Puntos de interés

Guest feedback
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"I had the most wonderfully relaxing and peaceful time at the ice house cottage, walking my dogs, baking scones and soda bread, exploring bays and beaches and drawing and watercolouring in front of lovely log fires. Every comfort was thought of and It was a truly comfortable and happy stay. Many thanks to all."


noviembre 2016
"We have now stayed in both Ice House Cottage and Balker Lodge and found them both beautifully presented, in stunning locations and with the added bonus of acres of estate grounds to meander through and wildlife to spot. Would definitely recommend! "


septiembre 2015
"Just spent a lovely relaxing week at the new property on the Stair Estate, Icehouse Cottage, which has been done to a very high standard. Comfortable beds, well appointed and a cosy log burner which came in handy during a downpour! Garden also lovely and great views. Access to numerous walks around the estate which we, and our cocker spaniel pup thoroughly enjoyed was the icing on the cake. Thoroughly recommended for anyone wanting a relaxing break in a lovely setting. "
mayo 2015

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  • 1 Apartment for 6
  • , 1 House for 2
  • , 1 Cottage for 4
Precio:(i) £360 a£825 por semana

£15 booking fee per booking; £45 breakages deposit; £15 charge per dog per week (max 2 dogs).

Información de las reservas:

Minimum stay: 3 nights. Short breaks available.


Cooked or continental breakfast £12-£13. Dinner £12.



Paw prints Bringing your dog
Handy to know:

Great walks in acres of gardens and beautiful countryside.

Dog treats:

Dog baskets, spacious comfortable rooms and advice on walks.

Dog fee:

Dogs £15 per dog per week. Max. 2.

Bringing your dog

Lochinch Castle, Stranraer, DG9 8RT, Dumfries & Galloway

Self-catering Chauffeur’s Apartment (self-catering)
Apartment ~ 3 twins/doubles; 1 bathroom
Precio: (i) £ 400 a £ 825 por semana
Self-catering Balker Lodge (self-catering)
House ~ 1 double; 1 bathroom
Precio: (i) £ 360 a £ 550 por semana
Self-catering Ice House Cottage (self-catering)
Cottage ~ 1 double, 1 twin; 1 bathroom
Precio: (i) £ 380 a £ 695 por semana

Emily Stair

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+44 (0)1776 702024(landline)