Long Cottage

Balcary Mews, Shore Road, Auchencairn, Dumfries and Galloway, S.W.Scotland

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Description of Long Cottage

Long Cottage is a whitewashed, well-insulated, stone built cottage that was once a 19th century grain store and forms part of the secluded Balcary Mews courtyard. It fronts onto a quiet lane just 50 metres from the tranquil Balcary Bay in Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland. Across the Bay lies uninhabited Heston Island - with its lighthouse, remains of a 14th century fortified mansion and history of smugglers, it is now home to grazing sheep and seabird colonies. In the distance are the peaks of the Lake District.

The cottage is in a peaceful position and enjoys stunning coastal and loch walks from its front door. One of the most memorable walks in the region begins directly outside – the coastal path to Rascarrel Bay with its beautiful sea views and spectacular cliffs covered in wild flowers and teeming with nesting fulmars and cormorants, and from where, on a lucky day, you might spot dolphins, porpoises or seals.

Accommodation details

All electricity, bed linen and towels are included. Initial fuel for wood burner is provided. For a small fee additional fuel can be delivered and a simple welcome hamper provided by prior arrangement.

For the benefit of future guests, we regret no smoking is permitted and dogs must be kept on ground floor of cottage (stair-gate provided) and not left alone unattended during the day.

Ground floor
Living/dining room: Comfortable open plan room with wood burning stove, electric heater, flatscreen TV with DVD player and selection of traditional games. Dining table for 6.
Kitchen/diner: With extra large fridge, microwave, double oven, breakfast table for 6, washing machine, and beach chairs.
First floor
Bedroom 1: With king-size bed. Night storage heater.
Two steps down to...
Bedroom 2: With twin beds. Night storage heater.
Bedroom 3: With twin beds. Night storage heater.
Bathroom: With bath, shower, heated towel rail and WC.

There is a small, secluded garden across the lane directly opposite the cottage overlooking open fields and gentle hills. This is securely fenced for children and pets with patio, table and chairs for outside dining, secure award-winning Asgard bike storage for up to 4 extra-long adult mountain bikes and a drying area. In front of the cottage is a south facing area with table and chairs offering an inviting glimpse of the sea. Private parking is provided for one car with additional parking in the public car park immediately adjacent. 300 metres away, the Balcary Bay Country House Hotel, with sea views restaurant and bar, is open to non-residents. A local bus service links the nearby village of Auchencairn with Castle Douglas, Dalbeattie and Kirkcudbright.

The Area
Walk along the single track lane which follows the water’s edge to the village of Auchencairn and you will get wonderful views of Heston Island and the tide as it enters and leaves the Bay. You will pass a 17th century mansion, now the Balcary Hotel, tiny former fishermens’ cottages and a four-storey Victorian tower lodge. Only a few miles further is Screel Hill – from its summit you can enjoy a 360 degree view of the Galloway Hills and the Solway, and on a clear day you can glimpse the hills of Northern Ireland. The nearest town is Castle Douglas which is 10 miles away; due to its rich selection of traditional food shops and cafes it has been dubbed “food capital” of South West Scotland.

Set in the heart of the world-class 7Stanes Mountain Biking country, Long Cottage is also ideal to explore castles, ruins and abbeys or the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. The region’s Galloway Forest Park has been awarded the status of being one of only four Dark Sky Parks in the western world. In addition to offering extraordinary star-gazing experiences, its 150,000 acres have waymarked trails that are ideal for trekking and cyclists. Formal gardens and country parks can be found throughout the region including the island stronghold of Threave Castle, and the beautiful Threave Gardens. Loch Ken provides activities such as windsurfing, waterskiing and sailing, whilst the Colvend scenic route follows an unspoiled coastline of secluded sandy beaches and coastal villages with boat hire and yacht moorings.

The historic town of Dumfries is 22 miles away, renowned for its associations with Scotland’s national poet Robert Burns who spent the last five years of his life here, whilst the town of Kirkcudbright with its distinctive rows of colourfully painted houses and picturesque harbour was home to the colony of artists known as the Glasgow Boys.

Features of Long Cottage

  • Additional Facilities
  • Set in the heart of East Stewartry National Scenic Coastal Area, Long Cottage is an ideal base for families, walkers, bird-watchers, cyclists, or for anyone wishing to find a tranquil break. In addition to forests, lochs and gardens, the area is steeped in history with numerous castles and ancient ruins to explore. If you are a family with children, you can be down on the beach within less than a minute.

Local Information

Nearest town: Castle Douglas, 10 miles (dubbed 'food capital of South West Scotland').
Nearest medical centre, dentist and chemist, Castle Douglas.
Nearest shop and bus stop: Auchencairn, 2 miles
Nearest restaurant and bar (a la carte and bar meals): Balcary Bay Country House Hotel, 300 metres
Nearest railway station: Dumfries, 22 miless
Free Wifi: Balcary Bay Country House Hotel, 300 metres

Accessibility Details

The property is not suitable for wheelchair users.


Shortbreaks are offered, with a minimum of three nights

Long Cottage Rates:

Low season: 3rd February - 31st March, £450 a week (£80 per night for mini break - three nights minimum)

Peak season: 30th June - 1st September, £620 a week (£100 per night for mini break – three nights minimum)

Festive: 15th December - 5th January, £620 a week (£100 per night for mini break – three nights minimum)

Standard: All other dates - £580 a week. (£90 per night for mini break - three nights minimum)


Usual change-over day: Friday – arrival after 4.00 pm, departure before 10.30 am.

Booking Conditions

Conditions of Booking
Bookings can be secured with a non-returnable deposit of 20 per cent of the total rental amount. (If however the booking is cancelled and the period re-let, the deposit will be returned). Bookings are only deemed firm on receipt of the deposit. The balance must be paid in full 4 weeks prior to arrival. If the date of arrival is less than 4 weeks when booking, the full amount is due immediately.
Sub-letting is not permitted and no more than 6 adults/children are permitted to stay overnight.
Weekly lets run from Friday to Friday – arrival after 4.00 pm, departure before 10.30 am.
Up to two well-trained dogs are welcome by prior arrangement on the strict condition they are kept on ground floor of cottage (stair-gate provided) and not left alone unattended during the day.
For the benefit of future guests, we regret no smoking is permitted in any area of the cottage.
We do not ask for a breakages/damages deposit but it is a condition of each booking that the cottage is left in the same clean and tidy state that it was found in on arrival.
We cannot accept any responsibility for damage, loss or theft of personal property nor injury to persons.
You are strongly advised to take out cancellation insurance when booking. Should you need to cancel, you are responsible for full payment if within 4 weeks of arrival. However if we can find a replacement booking, we will return all amounts paid including your deposit.

Payment can be made using bank transfer. Please contact Sian for details.

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Location details for Long Cottage

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  • Distance from:
  • 37 minutes drive from Dumfries (22 miles)
  • 1 hour 26 minutes drive from Carlisle (58 miles)
  • 2 hours 8 minutes drive from Workington (90 miles)
  • 1 hour 14 minutes drive from M6 J44 with the A74 and the A7 (54 miles)

  • Nearest Beaches:
  • 28 minutes drive from Rockcliffe (15 miles)
  • 29 minutes drive from Sandyhills (16 miles)
  • 30 minutes drive from Dhoon (16 miles)
  • 36 minutes drive from Brighouse Bay. Borgue (19 miles)
  • 42 minutes drive from Carrick Bay (22 miles)
  • 41 minutes drive from Southerness (22 miles)

(All distances and times are approximations)

Getting Here

Long Cottage can be reached -
By road:
On approaching the village of Auchencairn from the direction of Dalbeattie, take a single track road (Shore Road) which follows the water's edge for 2 miles. Long Cottage can be found at the end just past the Balcary Hotel, as you turn down towards the sea.
By air: Nearest airports, Glasgow, Prestwick, Carlisle
By train: Nearest station, Dumfries
By bus: A local bus service links the village of Auchencairn (2 miles from Long Cottage) with Castle Douglas, Dalbeatie and Kirkudbright (connecting with buses to Dumfries)