WALK, RUN, CYCLE!

It's always good to stretch the legs even on holiday! Here are some easy routes starting and finishing at the house.

From the house (A), you can take three different directions that are all suitable for bikes or running:

  • Go left from the gate will take you to Gelston (7 miles circular route). Turn right at the crossroads in Gelston then follow the public road for 2 miles, then turn right towards Rhonehouse. Follow the road past Slagnaw farm then turn right after the farm (not left into Rhonehouse) and head back to the house (signposted Gelston).

  • Go straight ahead from the house up past some of the other houses in the hamlet, (signposted Rhonehouse). Turn right in Rhonehouse then head towards Threave Garden. At bottom of hill (Threave garden on your right), turn right (signposted Gelston) and head back up the hill to the house (4 miles circular route).

  • Go right from the gate and into town (1.5 miles into Castle Douglas).

  • Castle Douglas can also be accessed by turning left at the gate and after about 5 minutes walk you will see on the left hand side a fenced path across the fields into Castle Douglas. After a mile, you can turn left following Lover's Walk (prettier walk) or go straight to the Cuckoo Bridge (busier road). This one is best on foot-  wear wellies if wet, but is a lovely walk.


HILLS

  • Screel - You can see Screel (Point B on the map above) from the garden room of the house and it has fabulous views and is a good challenge to clear the air.  We recommend driving to Auchencairn and parking in the car park before you start your climb!

  • Criffel - Located near the historic village of New Abbey. Criffel a hump-backed hill that at 1871 feet is the highest for miles around. Make time to explore the beautiful, ruined, Sweetheart abbey on the way home.

  • Rockcliffe To Kippford - is a lovely walk to explore two different beaches and reward yourself with an ice cream at Rockcliffe!

  • Jaw Bones Of A Fin Whale At Laggan - A truly remarkable feature to see! Start your day with breakfast and sea views at Gather. The walk up the hill to see the whale bones is a short but steep one! This will probably take you around 30 minutes but the pictures and views you'll get at the top will last a life time. Alternatively instead of turning off the path towards the whale bones you can continue climbing up the hill and reach the top of Ben John which has spectacular views over the Solway Firth and beyond!

  • For a day trip, head to Portpatrick and the Killantringan Loop. Lots of lovely places for lunch in Portpatrick

CYCLING

Midkelton House is on route 7 (which goes from Sunderland to Inverness) taking in breathtaking views of forests, hills and lochs. You can do as much or as little of the 540 mile route as you like...

Other great cycling routes include:

  • 7 Stanes - World-class mountain biking centres with award-winning trails offer some of the best mountain biking in the country. You don’t have to be an experienced mountain biker to enjoy these famous trails: there are a wide range of routes to suit beginners, families and experts.