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The Barn

Rockcliffe, Ayrshire and Dumfries & Galloway (Ref. 1037177)

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  • Sleeps 2

  • Bedrooms 1

  • Bathrooms 1

  • Pets Yes

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  • Icon/Feature/Off-road parking Off road parking
  • Icon/Feature/Open fire Open fire
  • Icon/Feature/Garden or Patio Garden / Patio
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Cot available
  • Icon/Feature/Baby-friendly Highchair available
  • Icon/Feature/Shop Pub/shop < 1 mile
  • Icon/Feature/By the sea Seaside


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7 Customer Review(s)

  • Mr Justice

    “We enjoyed the walks around the area,the barn was comfy and had all you need for a week .”

    - Mr Justice, June 2021

The property

Dalbeattie 6.7 miles.

Offering a truly unique holiday cottage within walking distance of Rockcliffe Beach on the North shore of the Solway Firth in Dumfries & Galloway, The Barn is a true delight of a dwelling to escape to with your other half, the baby and the dogs.

Settled down a ¼ mile farm track road, this enchanting cottage is the perfect way to discover the countryside of South West Scotland and the Colvend Coast.

The open-plan living space boasts a rustic charm, with the woodburning stove being great for a romantic evening indoors.

Here you can snuggle up on the sofas in front of the television, or sit together at the dining table to enjoy a home-cooked meal along with a celebratory glass of fizz for your special occasion.

Although modest, the kitchen area holds all the essentials you could need for your trip tucked away beneath its wooden units; bring a book from home and settle down on the window seat as your breakfast simmers on the hob and your loved one enjoys a rejuvenating shower in the ground-floor bathroom.

The bedroom can be found in the form of a chalet-style mezzanine, with wooden panel lined ceiling only adding to the character of the property, here you can kick back and relax in the double bed with doors opening out to the roof terrace.

With stunning views all year round, be sure to sit out on this peaceful spot with your morning cup of coffee, overlooking the woodland and beyond – there's no better way to begin your day than breathing in the fresh country air with ample opportunities to spot the local wildlife.

After you’ve benefited from the forestry and beach walks on your doorstep, you can continue exploring the local area by foot, with the beauty of Castle Point being within easy reach, making a great spot for a picnic.

The highly popular Rockcliffe Beach is ¾ mile away, and is the perfect spot for soaking in the panoramic views which are widely appreciated by all, easily accessible by walking or cycling for everyone including dog-walkers.

The Barn is perfect for red squirrel spotting, right from the kitchen window, various wildlife including deer can be observed from the roof-terrace around dusk and dawn, where you can also enjoy the countryside's dark skies which are perfect for stargazing and planet-watching.

The property is also in the best location for forestry, offering beautiful scenic walking or cycling, past a loch, taking you out to Kippford, not to mention the 7Stanes mountain bike trail in the nearby Dalbeattie Forest.

Head over to Dalbeattie where you will be greeted by all the amenities you could need positioned along the Barr Burn, with plenty of opportunities for outdoor activities including mountain biking and golfing.

Venture over to the Galloway Forest Park for scenery and adventure like no other, or simply soak in your scenery from the beauty of your abode.

The Barn is a remarkable base for your scenic escape to Scotland, and you’ll be sure to return again.


  • One double mezzanine bedroom
  • Ground-floor bathroom with bath, shower over, basin and WC
  • Open-plan living space with kitchen, dining area and sitting area with woodburning stove
  • Chair bed
  • Electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine, TV with FreeSat
  • Fuel and power inc. in rent
  • Bed linen and towels inc. in rent
  • Off-road parking; car port has space for 2 cars
  • First-floor roof terrace with furniture, accessed by bedroom
  • Travel cot and highchair available
  • Two well-behaved pets welcome
  • Sorry, no smoking
  • Rockcliffe Beach ¾ mile
  • Shop 1 mile, pub 0.9 miles

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About the location


Kippford 4.1 miles, Dalbeattie 6.7 miles, Castle Douglas 12.5 miles

Rockcliffe is one of a number of small seaside villages along the stretch of the north shore of the Solway Firth known as the Colvend Coast. Rockcliffe is an extremely pretty place. An arc of largely white-painted houses and cottages stand on the landward side of the road, looking out over the beach. The village stands on the east side of the mouth of Rough Firth, the estuary of the Urr Water. Two islands are visible offshore; the more distant is Hestan Island, complete with its lighthouse and cottages, and closer in, a third of a mile from Rockcliffe, is Rough Island. This is accessible on foot at low tide, either via a causeway of sorts from the north, or directly across the sand from Rockcliffe. Anyone intending to visit should first find out how long they have before the incoming tide cuts the island off once more: and the island should be avoided in May and June to allow nesting seabirds to breed in peace. The beach at Rockcliffe attracts many visitors, though it has two very different aspects, depending on the state of the tide. Visit at high tide and the sea can be within a few yards of the sloping wall beside the road. At low tide, on the other hand, the nearest open water can be the better part of a mile away, beyond the beaches and the craggy rocks that punctuate them, beyond Rough Island, and beyond the mudflats in the estuary. There is very little commercial activity in Rockcliffe. A cafe stands on the seaward side of the road near the south east end of the village. And on the hillside North of Rockcliffe is the Baron's Craig Hotel. Outside the village itself, much of the land in the area is owned by the National Trust for Scotland. This includes parts of the coastal strip South to Castlehill Point, which marks the true entrance to Rough Firth, and Rough Island. Apart from the coastal land North West of Rockcliffe, a footpath leads to Kippford, a mile away and en route you pass the Mote of Mark. This dark age hillfort overlooks the Urr Estuary and is thought to have been occupied for up to 300 years until being destroyed by fire in the 700s. It is said to be named after Mark, King of Dumnonia, and links have been made with the story of Tristan and Isolde and with the legends of King Arthur.

This property offers the following short breaks:

  • Winter