Cairndoon Steading ref: CC537155

Whithorn near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Dishwasher 
  • Ground Floor Facilities 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Sea View 
  • Rural Location 
  • Satellite TV 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Pets – not allowed 
  • Coastal within 1 mile 
  • Coastal within 3 miles 
  • Coastal within 5 miles 
  • Shower Cubicle 


Cairndoon Steading is a lovely attached steading and gives the perfect excuse for a relaxing holiday in this secret little corner of Scotland which soon becomes addictive! Almost every window in the steading offers a  living gallery capturing the Galloway Hills, the sea and open countryside. From a stunning coastline peppered with some lovely beaches away from the madding crowd to the patch work countryside criss crossed by dry stone walls. Galloway has been relatively untouched for many decades and this adds to the charm of the area. Cairndoon Steading has been beautifully restored from its lowly beginnings and is now a most charming home from home with every detail enhancing your stay from the oak lintels and original exterior stonework to open plan living space and luxurious and spacious bathrooms. The accommodation is conveniently accessible to those with disabilities. It provides a superb base for cyclists and hikers and those wishing to explore the area, with many activities and seriously good food on offer here.

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Ground floor

This lovely steading is on two floors, heated by oil fed under floor heating on the ground floor, oil fed radiators in the first floor bedrooms and electric under floor heating in the first floor en suite facilities and comprises;
Open plan Sitting/Dining and Kitchen: This light and spacious room has lovely views from every window. Bi-fold patio doors lead directly onto the garden for al fresco dining or just drinking in the amazing sunsets here. TV with free sat. Single span modular staircase with child friendly safety bars in-built leads to the first floor.
Kitchen: With electric fan assisted oven, solid plate electric hob, fridge with ice box and microwave
Utility Room; With washing machine and dishwasher
Bedroom 1: With two single beds and lovely views over the garden and countryside and sea beyond
Shower Room; With spacious shower enclosure, WC and wash basin. Heated towel rail and shaver point.

First floor

Bedroom 2: With double bed with lovely sea and rural views. En suite spacious shower enclosure, WC and wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point.
Bedroom 3: With two single beds and views across rolling farmland towards the sea. En suite with spacious shower enclosure, WC, wash basin, heated towel rail and shaver point

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All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.


Large garden area with patio. Disabled access. Off road parking for 3 cars. Internet access available
The gaps between the spindles on the staircase are more than 10cm and therefore extra care maybe needed if you have small children in your party.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    5 Miles
  • Distance
    5 Miles
  • Restaurant
    5 Miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    5 Miles
  • Railway station distance
    40.0 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

There is a tiny little 12th century church nestled above the beach at St Medan’s which is just down the road at Monreith. Sitting atop a rocky outcrop is a little bronze otter commemorating the life of the author Gavin Maxwell who wrote Ring of Bright Water and lived locally. Dumfries and Galloway has a superb range of golf venues ranging from championship links courses to cliff top courses include St Medan’s, Scotland’s most southerly golf course. This family friendly 9 hole course makes optimum use of the hilly peninsula and has panoramic sea views across Luce Bay. As you would expect the fishing here is first class whether you prefer to fish sea or loch and as the climate here is temperate it is just the ticket for a beach barbecue! But if you prefer your fish already caught, there are some good local fish restaurants. Monreith is a well known beach for fishing and with a multitude of lochs in this area this is a haven for coarse fishing. The year offers a full and varied programme of music, festivals and art trails. Bladnoch Distillery is the host to the annual folk and blues festival. For book lovers everywhere then head to Wigtown which is Scotland’s book town. The annual Newton Stewart festival boasts a great selection of walks. Fans of the Wicker Man film will be interested to know that many scenes were filmed in Whithorn and surrounding area; most famously, the last sequence was filmed on the cliffs at Burrowhead. We are very fortunate to have the Galloway Forest park on our doorstep. Three hundred square miles and stunning beauty are just waiting to be explored here in Britain’s largest forest park. But it’s not just about trees; the park boasts tranquil valleys amidst heather clad hills, rugged rock faces, burns cascading down majestic slopes and the forest, moorland and lochs rising up to the grandeur of the mountains.
Names like The Merrick, Mulwharcher and the Rhinns of Kells entice walkers to their outstanding challenges. Stretching from seashore to mountaintops, the Galloway Forest Park has an outstanding variety of wildlife. Red and Roe deer thrive in this woodland park whilst buzzards and red kites petrol the skies. The forest is easily accessible to everyone through the three visitor centres at Glentrool, Kirroughtree and Clatteringshaws. The forest park has been designated as the UK’s only Dark Sky Park due to the lack of light pollution in this area and for experienced stargazers and novices to see the night sky here is one of the winders of the world. The area is a haven for cyclists in particular for those seeking an adrenaline rush as the 7Stanes is fast becoming one of the most sought after destinations in the UK for serious mountain biking. The Isle of Whithorn is now a pretty little fishing village but years ago it was an island cut off at high tide but now there is a causeway which links to the mainland. Irish pilgrims used to land at The Isle on their way to visit St Ninian’s shrine at Whithorn Priory. St Ninian was sent from Rome to spread Christianity throughout Scotland. According to legend St Ninian retreated to a local cave for contemplation and visitors can now walk to this emotive spot.

Things to do nearby

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.

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.

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.

Moffat Fishery

The flyfishing on offer at the Moffat Fishery is second to none with its peaceful location in the rolling Scottish Borders.

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.

Galloway Activity Centre

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

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.

Buittle Reservoir

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

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.

River Cree

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

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