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Shiel Cottage




Property Information

  • All ground-floor
  • Two bedrooms: 2 x double
  • Bathroom with bath, hand held shower, basin and WC
  • Kitchen/diner
  • Utility
  • Sitting room
  • Electric central heating with underfloor heating in kitchen/diner and bathroom and woodburning stove
  • Oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, WiFi, TV with free channels
  • Selection of complimentary organic ishga body wash/shampoo/conditioner – please do not remove the bottles
  • Fuel, power and starter pack for stove inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Ample off-road parking
  • Lawned garden with seating
  • One well-behaved dog welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Shop 12.8 miles, pub 12.9 miles
  • Note: Check-in is from 4pm
  • Note: Dogs only allowed in the kitchen/diner and the living room and not in the bedrooms
  • Please advise to take 4G simcard or pay as you go card as you can now get reception on the track road but not at the house at present
  • It is advisable to download google off line maps on your phone or tablet as helpful having the information without internet connection in the area
  • Note: Property is a remote location and accessed via a track which can become impassable during the winter months
  • Note: property has its own water supply via a bore hole.

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Shiel Cottage is a remote holiday let located 45 minutes away from the nearest village of Thornhill, concealed up a one-way track.

The characteristic stone bungalow is the perfect setting for a secluded getaway for a tranquil and relaxing getaway. The detached property boasts a serene location, encompassed by miles of rolling hills of Dumfries and Galloway.

After parking in the large, gated parking area outside and entering the cottage you are welcomed by a cosy sitting room, with an alluring wood burner. The traditionally styled kitchen/diner is well-equipped for a perfect self-catered getaway. Adjacent is a small utility area with a washing machine just in case you are caught in the rain while out exploring the blissful Scottish countryside.

At the Shiel you have the choice of sleeping in two well-presented bedrooms, both of which have double beds, plenty of storage space and electric fires for the harsh winter months. The bathroom is fitted with underfloor heating and large bath and handheld shower.

In the garden why not self-indulge by wander around the lawned garden where you can take in the tranquility of the upper dale of Nithsdale comprising of broad valleys and the Southern Uplands. Shiel Cottage is a wonderful romantic setting for couples where couples can escape their day-day routines.

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Things to do

Located on the edge of the southern upland way Shiel Cottage is a gateway to a haven for walking, hiking, and cycling. Adjacent to Southern Upland Way Path 504 there is over 200 miles of scenic multi-use paths on your doorstep. You can take in the aesthetic scenery and explore the low hills of Carsphairn and Lowther. The route has many different types of geomorphologies, and a wide variety of land management techniques can be identified along the route. These include sheep farming, wind farms, grouse moorland, cattle farming, natural hardwood forests and commercial forestry.

At Shiel Cottage you located near Sanquhar the home of Crawick Multiverse, an incredible land art installation for all to enjoy the wonders of cosmology, science and art. Savour the beautiful landscape by exploring the pathways which connect the four ecologies of grassland, mountains, water gorges and desert past striking and distinctive landforms, each representing a astronomical and cosmological feature or theory.

Located in the southeast is Thornhill, a popular village, where you can find an array of shops, traditional Scottish pubs and artisan cafes. Why not treat yourself to an indulgent lunch at Jinty-B’s Cakes and Tearoom, or a glamorous meal out at one of three Michelin starred restaurants in Dumfries, the Auldgirth Inn, or even manifest your inner chocoholic at the Moniaive chocolatiers.

Located just outside the village is the magnificent Drumlanrig Castle which is set on an 80,000 acre estate comprising a country park and Victorian gardens. The castle is considered to be one of the finest examples of late 17th century Renaissance architecture in Scotland, boasts an internationally renowned art collection and is designated by Historic Environment Scotland as a Category A Listed Building.

As early as the 17th century the area was engulfed with mining activity with Leadhills and Wanlcokhead famous for lead mining while Sanquhar and Kirkconnel were famous for coal mining.  History enthusiasts can enjoy a day at the Museum of lead mining located 18.8 miles northeast of the property in Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village.

For the more adrenaline fueled individuals there are an assortment of mountain biking trails around Drumlanrig Castle and a short 20 minute drive away is the Forest of Ae one of the many venues of the 7stanes mountain bike trails located across the south of Scotland. Alternatively, you can explore the rolling Galloway glens and hills and discover picturesque forest trails, with three friendly visitor centres, distinct wildlife and a colourful history at Galloway Forest Park, approximately 20 miles from Shiel Cottage.