Pieces of 8 ref: CC537097

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

Scottish Tourist Board 3 Star Self Catering



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  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden / Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Golf nearby 
  • Highchair 
  • Pub within 1 mile 
  • Open Fire 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Romantic Collection 
  • Wifi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Pieces of 8 is a charming mid terraced cottage set in the pretty little village of Palnackie in the heart of Galloway.  The accommodation is spread over three floors and is immaculately presented throughout with a cosy open fire in the lounge making this cottage a suitable choice regardless of the season. The name of the cottage is apposite as this area was notorious for its smuggling connections. Never more so than at nearby Balcary where the hotel was riddled with holes for secreting the contraband. Walter Scott wrote of the area that “Few people take more enthusiastically to the ’free-trade’ than the men of the Solway Coast” Take assurance that your ‘Welcome Pack’ will be quite legal!

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

The property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
Sitting Room: With open fire, FreeView TV and DVD player available on request.
Kitchen/Dining/Living room: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and DVD player - a lovely spacious yet cosy room with window overlooking the garden.
Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC, wash basin and washing machine

First floor

Bedroom 1: With double bed enjoying lovely views of Barlochan Hill
Bathroom: With bath, shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

Second floor

An open staircase leads directly into the bedroom and care must be taken.
Bedroom 2: With 2 single beds and large velux window overlooking the garden and countryside.

Third floor

Fourth floor


All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wood and coal for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi connection available.


Fully enclosed garden at rear with outdoor furniture. Storage area for bicycles and fishing equipment etc. On street parking.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    100 Yards
  • Distance
    4 Miles
  • Restaurant
    100 Yards
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    In Village
  • Railway station distance
    23 Miles
  • Lake

About the local area

Many years ago Palnackie was once a thriving port but is now a quiet little village renowned for its annual World Flounder Tramping Championship. The village is surrounded by stunning landscape, great walks and of course the beautiful Solway Coast.
Scotland’s only round tower is a stroll away whilst Threave Castle is an exciting prospect but you’ll have to pay a visit to discover why!
For those who enjoy a good walk, highly recommended is the White Port a little sandy beach to be shared by the occasional oyster catcher! You could just leave the car and enjoy a different walk each day but with the many other temptations on offer this would be difficult!
The area is a haven for mountain biking with the highly acclaimed 7Stanes on offer at 5 great venues in the county. The surrounding area also offers great cycling opportunities for those who just want to unwind. The Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest and it offers mile after mile of off-road paths skirting lochs and moorland and spectacular sightings of wildlife. The Galloway Forest Park holds lots of secrets but the most amazing one is its status as one of only four places in the World where you can view the night sky so clearly. So come and stay and open your eyes to one of the most awesome sights.
For walkers the area is unbeatable and the Galloway Hills although not as lofty as those in the Highlands offer some seriously challenging adventures without the crowds!  
Throughout the year there is something on offer for everyone, from the acclaimed Spring Fling, Wigtown’s Book Festival, various music events, arts and crafts, Kirkcudbright’s annual tattoo, to walking festivals and great jazz. All this and over 200 miles of dramatic coastline, a beautiful landscape and a temperate climate.

Things to do nearby

The Machars Cycling Routes
The Machars Cycling Routes

These routes make up a collection of quiet roads which allow you to experience the local moorland, sea and wildlife from the area whilst taking in a little local heritage on the way.

River Urr

At 35 miles long, the River Urr has plenty of good sights to fish on. Again salmon and trout are common here but the river is one of only three in Scotland which allows fishing until the end of November.

River Cree

The River Cree rises from Loch moan before taking its path through woodland and moors before joining the sea near Newton Stewart.

7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails
7 Stanes Mountain Bike Trails

For riders of all ability and confidence the 7 Stanes are a series of mountain bike trail centres around the South of Scotland. The centres offer all different kinds of trails from woodland routes to rapid downhill.

River Bladnoch and Tarf Water

Well renowned for its spring salmon fishery, the River Bladnoch also has a good amount of summer salmon making fishing on here a real treat.

Galloway Activity Centre

Offering sailing, windsurfing and a whole host of other water bourne activities.

Loch Ken

Loch Ken is located in the heart of Dee Valley and has historically been a thriving area for Pike with the famous Kenmure pike caught back in 1798 being said to weigh in at a huge 72lbs.

Buittle Reservoir

Between Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas, Buittle Reservoir is well stocked monthly bringing you fantastic trout fishing.

Cycling around Drumlanrig Castle

Set in vast woodland, Drumlanrig Castle really is a stunning place to go riding.

Drumlanrig Castle

Commissioned in 1691 by William Douglas, Drumlanrig Castle is set in a magnificent 90,000 acres of land including a Country Park and Victorian Garden.

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