Carrick Bay, Gatehouse of Fleet, South West Scotland


Local Area

Distance from Owl Cote & The Bird’s Nest: 2 Minute walk

Carrick Bay, Gatehouse-of-Fleet, Kirkcudbrightshire, Dumfries-and-Galloway, South West ScotlandCarrick Bay enjoys an amazing rural setting as well as providing a romantic hideaway from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Located just 5 miles from Gatehouse of Fleet, the safe Carrick shore is a place of unspoilt natural beauty boasting a picturesque sandy beach. This haven of peace and tranquillity reflects in its way the overall beauty and charm of the area.

There are numerous beautiful walks to be had at the beach and around Carrick shore and visitors can also enjoy swimming, sailing, windsurfing or canoeing in the bay. Those less energetic can relax and enjoy the peace, meet up with friends and have a barbecue.

Distance from Owl Cote & The Bird’s Nest: 5.4 Miles

Gatehouse of Fleet is a village situated near the mouth of the Water of Fleet, ten miles west of Kirkcudbright.

In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, Gatehouse of Fleet was a thriving industrial centre with cotton mills, shipbuilding, a brewery and its own port. It was known locally as the ‘Glasgow of the South’.

Traces of this industrial past can still be found in its buildings and street names and in the Mill on the Fleet, a former textile mill which is now an award-winning visitors’ centre tracing the economic and social history of Gatehouse.

Gatehouse provides opportunities for a variety of sporting activities, including golf, walking, cycling, fishing and sailing. Port Macadam, once the town’s harbour, is still used by small pleasure craft.

Among the local historical attractions are Cardoness Castle, a late 15th-century fortified tower house that was the ancient seat of the McCullochs, and the ruins of Anwoth Church with its atmospheric graveyard, complete with Covenanter graves.

On a visit to Gatehouse in 1793, Robert Burns penned the first draft of his famous poem, Scots Wha Hae, at the Murray Arms.

There are several shops and a grocery store in the village, and a variety of places to eat out.

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Distance from Owl Cote & The Bird’s Nest: 9.4 Miles

Kirkcudbright is a harbour town on the Solway coast that has always been popular with artists. Located around 10 miles form Castle Douglas, and only 6 miles from the A75.

Kirkcudbright (pronounced kir-coo-bree) sits on the banks of the River Dee and is the only town on the Solway coast with a working harbour. It’s an attractive town with a colourful blend of medieval, Georgian and Victorian buildings. Kirkcudbright became a magnet for Scottish artists in the late 19th century, and is now know as The Artists’ Town beacuse of this association.

MacLellan’s Castle is a ruined 16th century tower house by the harbourside and nearby is Broughton House, a smart Georgian townhouse which was once the home of the artist Edward Hornel. The house has some impressive Japanese gardens.

Other town attractions include the Tolbooth Art Centre and Harbour Cottage Gallery.  There are many independent shops within the town and a supermarket, alongside some great places to eat out.

Distance from Owl Cote & The Bird’s Nest: 16.1 Miles

Castle Douglas is an 18th century market town that is also a designated Food Town with lots of local produce.

There are around 50 local businesses in Castle Douglas that either produce or sell quality food and drink. The town has many independent shops selling a great variety of goods in addition to food. There are also a variety of establishemnts providing meals and snacks, and several supermarkets/grocery stores. The town also has a Post Office and filling station.

Located around 18 miles from Dumfries along the A75, the town is a thriving centre for prosperous local farming. The Stewartry Agricultural Show is an annual event that takes place nearby in August.

Beside Castle Douglas is Carlingwark Loch, dotted with islands and great for boating and learning to sail and picnicking. There is a caravan park and kids’ playground by the loch and at the far end of the loch is National Trust for Scotland’s Threave Garden, House and Estate open to visitors all year.

On an island in the River Dee stands 14th century Threave Castle, the great fortress of the Douglases. Nearby is Threave Wildfowl Reserve, an important place for wintering wildfowl, where visitors can watch the birds from hides.

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Directions to Owl Cote & The Bird’s Nest

From DUMFRIES travelling on the A75, exit Left onto the A755, which is opposite the main GATEHOUSE OF FLEET sign.

After 3/4 of a mile, on a hard left-hand bend turn RIGHT at BARHARROW FARM.

Take this small road (B727) for 500 yards, then turn RIGHT, sign posted CARRICK 4 Miles.

Continue on this road, past CREAM O’GALLOWAY for 3 Miles – until you see another sign post for CARRICK 1.5 Miles on the RIGHT at Knockbrex House.

Take this road which follows the coast and after 3/4 mile, turns into a rough track:  continue for approximately 1 mile right down to sea level.

There is a small cottage called LICHEN on the left, a small white cottage 50 yards infront called CARRICK and OWL COTE is situated directly behind CARRICK cottage.