Scaurbrae Cottage ref: CC537105

Speddoch near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

Scottish Tourist Board 4 Star Self Catering



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  • Barbecue 
  • Bike Store 
  • Dishwasher 
  • Enclosed Garden/Patio 
  • Garden / Patio 
  • Highchair 
  • Open Fire 
  • Pets – no charge 
  • Rural Location 
  • Stairgate 
  • Woodburning Stove 
  • Decorated at Christmas 
  • WiFi 
  • Cot Available 
  • Washing Machine 
  • Green Scheme 


This lovely stone-built, light-filled and spacious cottage has delightful pastoral views from every window. Nestled in a quiet rural corner of the Cairn Valley, with the benefit of delightful walks in every direction, yet only 15 minutes from Dumfries and 30 minutes from the lovely beaches and coves of the Solway coast. This charming property is just the ticket for that much dreamed of carefree and relaxing holiday- the perfect spot to unwind and recharge batteries.
The cottage is a haven for wildlife, regular visitors to the garden include red squirrels, deer, woodpeckers, nuthatch and many more.  Red Kites and Buzzards frequently soar in the skies above.  Scaurbrae has no light pollution so the clear night skies are amazing.  Over 150 years ago this lovely cottage would have been home to one of the many estate workers employed to work on the Speddoch Estate. It has now been lovingly restored offering every modern comfort whilst retaining a charming rustic feel. There are so many delightful attractions it would be impossible to mention them all. These are all beautifully packaged within this relatively undiscovered and temperate county with some 200 miles of stunning coastline to the south and west. Please note:- Owner is happy to take bookings any day any duration.

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Accommodation details

Ground floor

 The property has a new eco friendly full central heating system and comprises:
Entrance hall: with under-stairs storage cupboard
Lounge:  with wood burning stove (initial basket of logs provided), TV, DVD player and sofa bed (for +1 (no extra charge, bed linen supplied request on booking)
Kitchen / diner: with electric fan oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge / freezer and slim-line dishwasher
Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

First floor

Bedroom 1:  with double bed and lovely views over garden and open countryside
Bedroom 2:  with two single beds and lovely open views of the garden and countryside beyond. ( An additional z bed is available for this room, no extra charge, bedding supplied please request on booking.
Annexe:  for extra storage.

Second floor

Third floor

Fourth floor


All fuel, (initial basket only for the stove) bed linen and towels included.  Wi-fi connection. Full size Cot, stair gate and High chair.


Partially enclosed garden mainly laid to lawn and includes garden furniture and BBQ, secure storage within annex for outdoor equipment. Shared use of owner’s laundry room with washing machine and tumble dryer.  Owners are happy to accept a delivery from a major supermarket prior to arrival. Open views from both property and garden. Off-road parking for two cars.

Please note there is an Access Statement available for this property. If required please call 01228 406721.
  • Nearest town
  • Shops
    7 Miles
  • Distance
    9.5 Miles
  • Restaurant
    7 Miles
  • Nearest railway station
  • Pub
    2 Miles
  • Railway station distance
    10.0 miles
  • Lake

About the local area

The Twelve Apostles Stone Circle is just down the road and is the largest stone circle on mainland Scotland.       Despite the name, only eleven stones remain. Close by is a walk with a difference, set around a sculpture park affording lovely views of Glenkiln Reservoir. There are pieces by Rodin, Henry Moore and Sir Jacob Epstein, collected since 1951 by the local landowner Sir William Keswick and placed in a completely natural environment.
The lovely little town of Thornill with its wide streets lined with 100-year-old lime trees was developed in the 18th century as an estate village for Drumlanrig Castle, home of the Duke and Duchess of Buccleuch and Queensberry.   The castle is a fine example of 17th century renaissance architecture.  Savour the flavours of Castle Douglas, known locally as the ‘Food Town’, with its lovely choice of shops and visit Threave Castle where the custodian rows visitors across to the island amongst the swans. The picturesque Artists’ Town of Kirkcudbright is well worth a visit. Here you can watch the fishermen unload their catch; explore the wynds and ancient Tollbooth on the historic High Street. During the year there is a huge programme of events from Spring Fling where local artists’ open their studios to music festivals, exhibitions and local traditions. The annual Riding of The Marches is an exciting event and the brolly parade at Kirkcudbright’s jazz festival is a colourful extravaganza. The Galloway Forest Park, now officially classified as one of the very few places left in the world where it is possible to see a clear night sky, is the largest in the UK and is affectionately known as the ‘highlands of the lowlands’ and boasts three hundred square miles of wild beauty just waiting to be explored. The walking in this area is second to none. Visitors are strongly advised to bring their walking boots and discover some of the finest walks like the Merrick which rises above Loch Trool and the Rhins of Kells, a stunning ridge walk.  The county is also home to some of the best mountain biking on offer, five of the seven internationally regarded 7Stanes biking venues are located within an easy drive.  For those mere mortals who prefer to feel the comfort of solid ground beneath their feet, the venues also extend a warm welcome to walkers!
The Cairn Water is on the doorstep and fishing permits can be arranged. Sea fishing in the area is also of the highest quality. Golfers are also well catered for with a range of courses on offer including the championship standard course at Southerness.

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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