Activities in and around Kippford
Kippford and the surrounding area with its mild climate (due to the influence of the Gulf Stream) provides fantastic opportunities to enjoy wonderful scenery, varied wildlife, historic buildings and beautiful gardens, along with outdoor activities most of the year.
Kippford is a picturesque sailing village on the Urr Estuary. At the beginning of the 19th Century the village was a busy ship-building and fishing centre. From the early 1900s onwards it developed as a resort for leisure and sailing. Today, Kippford is home to the Solway Yacht Club. There is a village hall where events and exhibitions are held and a small gift shop and tea room, but it still feels like the place that time forgot.
The village has a no-through road and benefits from limited traffic, which contributes to the peaceful ambiance of the village. It also has two popular family friendly pubs each a short stroll from Rosemount Guest House: 'The Anchor' and 'The Mariner', serving great 'pub grub' food daily along with locally brewed real ales. Further afield, in the surrounding villages and towns, there's plenty of choice for places to eat to suit all tastes.
The nearby town of Dalbeattie is the local 'Granite Town', with its old quarry that provided the area with the material that built the area's grand old houses, including Rosemount. There is also the Titanic connection – the Titanic's 1st Officer Murdoch was born in Dalbeattie, which is well documented and displayed at the Dalbeattie Museum. Today the town provides us with all our basic amenities for shops, banks, post office & chemist.
Castle Douglas a little further away is the 'Food Town', providing a busy market town high street with cafés, art & crafts, and gift shops.
The area is renowned for its many coastal and rural walks with some commencing literally on our doorstep. The scenic Victorian Jubilee path starts in Kippford, offering a gentle walk to Rockcliffe. Be more adventurous and the coastal path will take you all the way to Sandyhills. Maps of local walks are also available for guests to use throughout their stay. You will also find a wide variety of walking routes at the following link: Walking Dumfries & Galloway
Many of the local towns organise Walking Festivals throughout the year which are a fantastic way of meeting both locals & visitors and enjoy the varied landscape of the region on foot. Our local town of Dalbeattie holds one in August and details can be found via the following link: Dalbeattie Walking Festival
We are located only 5 minutes from the world-renowned 7Stanes mountain-bike trail at Dalbeattie (Mountain Biking Heaven!). Mabie trail is only 20 minutes from Rosemount by car, while Kirroughtree, Ae and Glentrool are all within a 45-minute drive by car. Keep up to date with what's happening on the 7Stanes at their website: 7stanesmountainbiking
We have secure bicycle storage, bike cleaning and repair area and clothes drying facilities. Bike hire and repair centres are all close at hand.
Locally there are a number of Golf courses for players of all abilities. Dumfries and Galloway has a superb range of Golf courses for enthusiasts of all abilities. In Kippford there is a 9-hole par-3 course. Colvend Golf Club is a mere 5-minute drive and the championship course at Southerness only a 15-minute drive from Rosemount.
Course fishing and game fishing is available locally, both Loch and river fishing. We have full information available on fishing in the area and where guests can obtain any required permits.
Rosemount provides secure lockup facilities for storage of sports equipment, eg bicycles, golf clubs, fishing equipment and drying facilities for wet coats, boots, clothes & shoes.
Blessed by the balmy breeze of the Gulf Stream which gives Dumfries and Galloway its surprising warm weather the gardens of the region are some of the best in Scotland. The superb Threave Gardens – just 15 minutes from Rosemount – are a must and are beautiful throughout the year. Our Guest Information packs in all bedrooms provides full information of all gardens in the region.
Nature and wildlife
The area is renowned for its abundance of wildlife, guests can often spot red squirrels, deer and wild flowers on the walk from Kippford to Rockcliffe. We have a Heronry immediately behind Rosemount and these superb birds can be seen swooping down to the Estuary to feed.
The Dumfries and Galloway Wildlife Festival is held every year for 2 weeks at the beginning of April and includes a number of exciting events from trips to Caerlaverock WWT, Guided Hawk walks and of course the Red Kite Trail only 15 minutes drive from Rosemount.
For our younger guests
The walk from Kippford to Rockcliffe on the lower path via Rough Firth takes you past Bengairn – a house occupied by a resident artist who has created many fascinating visual displays that children love. The shell beach at the end of this road is also a lovely place for children to run and enjoy the outdoor air.
For those hot days of summer you can't do better than Sandyhills beach. It's a short 10-minute drive with a superb sandy beach which is also great for flying kites! For the occasional rainy day a visit to the Art Café at Dalton is a must where children can make and keep their own pottery. It also has a great café for mums, dads and grandparents!
Mabie Farm Park is well worth a visit, and don't go home without visiting Cream O'Galloway - the makers of delicious ice cream, and where there's a play area and more than 2 miles of nature walks. Treat yourself and the family with a visit to the Coco-Bean Chocolate Factory at Tynholm