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Dalry, Glenkens & Castle Douglas

The Glenkens

view of the glenkens from the southern upland way
The Glenkens is situated north of Castle Douglas on the eastern fringe of the Galloway Forest Park in rural Dumfries and Galloway, southern Scotland. The Glenkens is a unique area within the River Ken Valley surrounding the famous Loch Ken and consists of the small scenic villages and hamlets of St Johns Town of Dalry (home of Brookford B&B), Balmaclellan, Dundeugh, Carsphairn, New Galloway, Laurieston, Mossdale, Parton and Corsock.

The Glenkens is an oasis of natural beauty with many things to see and do. It is an ideal base for a holiday in Scotland whether activity based or just simply to relax and enjoy the majesty and diversity of this area.

St. Johns Town of Dalry

a view of main street, st. johns town of dalry
Called variously Dalry, Clachan of Dalry, and St John's Town of Dalry, it features a picturesque collection of houses and cottages, irregularly scattered over a large area, with gardens, hedges, and rows of trees.

Besides several moats, cairns, and hill-forts, there are remains of a stronghold now submerged in Lochinvar reservoir, the Gordons' old tower of Earlston, and, at the top of the village about 50m from Brookford B&B, a large stone, known as St John's Chair. Buried in the churchyard lie three martyred Covenanters.

The old church, still visible today, is associated with a Tam-o'-Shanter-like legend whilst Dalry was the origin of the great Covenanters' Pentland rising, that ended at Rullion Green in 1666.

Today, although many of the traditional businesses have gone, some remain or have been replaced by a generation of new technology businesses due to good high speed broadband availability. Due to this and the excellent primary and secondary schools in Dalry, many families have relocated to the Glenkens to set up business and Dalry has retained a vibrant community spirit lost in so many small rural villages.

The amenities that can be enjoyed by visitors to Dalry include a hotel and inn, a local shop, a community shop, post office, garage with 24hr filling station, bank, town hall, church, community centre and library.

Local activities include golf, bowling, tennis/5-a-side football / basketball on an all weather surface, snooker, pool, darts, fishing (both coarse and fly) and a modern playpark for our younger guests.

Loch Ken

loch ken view from the bennanLoch Ken is an 11 mile long fresh water loch in the heart of the Glenkens area of Dumfries and Galloway in southern Scotland and has the enviable reputation of being one of the finest coarse fishing lochs in the UK.

But there is far more to Loch Ken than that. Take a drive along either shore of the loch and you will be amazed by the sheer beauty of the place.

Take a walk on the nearby Galloway Red Kite Trail and watch one of natures most beautiful creatures swoop and glide. If more active pursuits are required then a visit to the Galloway Activity Centre or  the Loch Ken Waterski School will fit the bill with a range of watersports including sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, waterskiing, quadbiking and laserquest.

Castle Douglas - The Food Town

castle douglas - the food town
Nestling between the Glenkens and Loch Ken to the north and the sweeping beaches of the Solway Firth to the south, the historic market town of Castle Douglas, only 16 miles south of Dalry, has always been at the heart of local agricultural and commercial life. Today the town flourishes as the Food Town of Dumfries and Galloway.

Livestock markets are still held every week, while the town’s unique mix of businesses attracts shoppers and visitors time and again. But it’s not only Castle Douglas's focus on food that will be to your taste. When it comes to speciality shopping, Castle Douglas has a unique range of independent businesses.
Castle Douglas holds a Food Town Day at the end of May each year with a street market and other events which is worth making a date in your diary. Contact us to book your accommodation for this event.