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The area local to Carron Cottage is full of interesting places to visit and things to do. Here is just a small selection of what’s on offer, with links to explore further.
Drumlanrig Castle – the ancestral seat of the Dukes of Buccleuch and Queensberry. An impressive and beautiful Renaissance castle built in the 17th century. Visit the gardens, tearooms, shops and an adventure playground, as well as the castle itself. Just 4 miles north of Carron Cottage.
Dumfries House – one of the most beautiful stately homes in the UK, saved by HRH The Prince Charles in 2007. Fabulous gardens, an adventure playground, arboretum and much more. 30 miles north of Carronbridge.
Ellisland Farm – built by the Robert Burns as his family home in 1788, the place where he wrote many of his works including “Auld Lang Syne”. Visit the museum and farm to find out more about Scotland’s bard. You can also visit the Robert Burns Centre and his burial place in Dumfries, a 20 minute drive to the south of Carronbridge.
Museum of Lead Mining – located at Warnockhead, the highest village in Scotland. Offers the only underground mine tour in Scotland. Why not pick up a gold panning licence while you’re there and try your hand!
Morton Castle – 13th century castle ruins in a breathtaking setting. Just a 2 mile walk (uphill!) from the cottage.
Durisdeer – a lovely little hamlet with a church that holds a beautiful surprise!
Simply taking a drive in the wonderful countryside surrounding the cottage is a delight. The magnificent Lowthers, an extensive area of hill country, are on the doorstep and are divided by three scenic passes, the Dalveen, the Mennock and the Crannick.
There is unlimited walking for all abilities, quiet roads for the cyclists and the 7stanes Mountain Bike Trail Network for those who prefer the off road type of cycling.
For golfers, Thornhill Golf Club is just down the road and there are another six golf courses within a half an hour drive of the cottage.
Galloway International Dark Sky Park – the first area in the UK to be recognised by the International Dark Skies Association. The Observatory was tragically destroyed by fire on 23rd June 2021, but you can still go to one of the many visitors centres to take in the magnificent views.
The Solway Firth – not quite the seaside, but you will still find lovely beaches along the river estuary, as well as great walks and pretty villages to explore. Rockcliffe, Southerness, Sandyhills and Balcary Bay are all worth a visit.
Kid friendly activities
There are lots of places for families to enjoy in the area, in addition to the adventrue playgrounds already mentioned. Here’s a taste of what you will find.
Dalcone Farm Fun – fabulous fun for all the family! Indoor and outdoor play parks, animals, farm shop and much more.
Mabie Farm Park – lots of animals, indoor paly barn and outdoor activities.
Dino Park – soft play and dinosaur park, including garden centre.
The village of Thornhill is about 1.5 miles south of Carronbridge and has a selection of shops for essential items and leiasure shopping. Visit the Thornhill website for information on all the village has to offer.
If you want to walk to Thornhill, there is a footpath all the way.
Supermarkets – SPAR and the Co-op – these are both small outlets where you can find all the basic items you will need. Open from early until late everyday.
Boots the Chemist – open everyday except Sunday. There is a Medical Centre and Dentist in the town.