The holiday village of Southerness is virtually on the doorstep and visitors are welcome to enjoy the 18 hole championship golf course. As a base for touring this is the perfect spot; the picturesque Colvend Coast with its lovely beaches and stunning cliff walks; the pretty coastal villages of Rockcliffe and Kippford are a short drive to the West; the RSPB nature reserve at Mersehead is just up the coast and the highly acclaimed 7 Stanes for mountain bikers is close by in the granite town of Dalbeattie. For walking enthusiasts, Criffel offers the most amazing views and on a clear day you will see the Lake District hills and the Isle of Man with the Solway Coast laid out below you. This area is steeped in history and an easy hour’s drive will reveal Sweetheart Abbey; McClellan’s Castle in the lovely harbour town of Kirkcudbright; Drumlanrig Castle the home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Dundrennan Abbey Mary Queen of Scot’s last resting place on Scottish soil. For the health conscious, the recently opened DG1 is the place to go in Dumfries as the number one state of the art fitness centre and for those wanting a more leisurely afternoon then Dumfries has lots on offer. There are several established restaurants and pubs all within half an hour’s drive offering a variety of cuisine for every taste and budget. For those quiet reflective times, East Cottage has two cosy sun rooms to take in the glorious view of the ever changing seascape and the majestic Lakeland Peaks.