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Choose from 3 characterful cottages set on a small, organic Scottish Estate in a scenic coastal area bulging with birds & other wildlife; enjoy the woodland, riverside, Victorian walled & landscaped gardens - or just dog walk for miles from the door.

Quote greentraveller when you book and you will receive tour of the biomass system

Rooms: from 2 to 4 (sleep 5, 5 and 7), depending on the cottage.

Weekly cost: Lodge £310-£900: Mews £260-£640; Woodsedge £280-£715

Meals: Self-catering, restaurant & pub 1 mile
Open: Year round
Address: Kirkennan Estate Holiday Cottages, Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway, DG7 1PE
Tel: +44 (0) 1556 600438

Why we've chosen the Kirkennan Estate

3 family and dog friendly Kirkennan Holiday Cottages set on a small, organically run Scottish Estate, specifically managed to support wildlife. Guests are welcome to enjoy the grounds including woodland, riverbank, mature gardens & Victorian walled garden.

The beautiful, peaceful Kirkennan Estate is bordered by the tidal Urr Water, close to the Solway Coast; an ideal location for exploring the whole of Dumfries and Galloway. The cottages provide comfortable accommodation within 35 acres of formal lawns, oak wood and walled garden home to the free range chickens. Guests can keep their eyes peeled for red squirrels, roe deer, a range of birds, bats, badgers and, if you are lucky, otters.

Choose from Woodsedge Cottage (sleeps 5), The Lodge (sleeps 5 + 2) and The Mews (sleeps 4 + 1). Each cottage is well equipped for self-catering and has its own garden area; paved private roads extend through the formal gardens of the Estate that are suitable and accessible for wheelchairs, pushchairs, young bike riders and mobility scooters (one is available for the use of guests). The cottages are pet friendly and well behaved dogs are welcomed at no extra charge (they can be let off the lead in the 14 acre Jock’s Wood).

Kirkennan is less than a mile from the friendly village of Palnackie where you can find a pub, bistro, community run shop and art gallery. A short drive will take you to the 'food town' of Castle Douglas with a range of independent shops, or Dalbeattie known for its outdoor activities including 7-Stanes mountain biking. The wonderful Solway Coast with sandy beaches and dramatic coastal walks is minutes away whilst woodland walks are available from the doorstep.

 Eco credentials:
   How do you reduce your draw on energy:
Most of the buildings on the Estate are heated by a district heating biomass system (one cottage is not as it is too far away). Majority of windows are double glazed. Purchase policy for new electrical items is always to go for as energy efficient as possible. When purchasing other items where possible we select ones that are recycled/second hand, sourced from local artists/craftspeople or fair trade/organic.

   How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill:
Guests are requested to recycle where possible and given information on where to take it (kerbside recycling is not yet available locally). Compostable bags are provided for organic waste and guests encourage to place in compost bin. We use a bulk dispenser for washing up liquid & washing powder (shampoo is not provided)

   How you reduce your consumption of water:
Our water supply is metered. We do not have power-showers. Cards are left on beds requesting guests to indicate which beds and towels have not been used so we don't wash unnecessarily. We have made a policy decision NOT to install hot-tubs despite their popularity due to environmental considerations. Plants in the garden are selected so that they do not require watering wherever possible. Eco-products are used for cleaning toilets.

   How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible):
We do not provide food as the cottages are self-catering. However on arrival guests are given a selection of produce from our garden along with a money off voucher to encourage them to use the local community run shop (where I volunteer). We also promote local markets on our facebook page.

   Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?:
We have a page on our website explaining how guests can holiday without a car. https://www.kirkennan.co.uk/contact/holiday-without-a-car-public-transport-holidays

   Additional information:
One of our cottages is wheelchair accessible.

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Top eco features of the Kirkennan Estate

  • heating biomass system

  • recycle as much as is possible

  • guests are given a selection of produce from the garden

  • guests are encouraged to support local businesses including the local community shop

  • gardens & woodland managed organically to encourage wildlife



Kirkennan Estate, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland
Nearest train station: Dumfries train station

Directions from station:
A taxi from the station takes approx 30 min and costs £20-£25 (2014 prices). The bus from Dalbeattie to Auchencairn will drop you outside the gate of Kirkennan on request. Bus times change seasonally so check http://www.travelinescotland.com/lts/#/travelInfo for details of buses.

Plan your journey by train

Buy rail tickets online and then collect them at any main station.
Bookings usually open 10-12 weeks before your date of travel.