Rockcliffe and the
Colvend coast is a secret: undiscovered, unspoilt and undeveloped.
There is hardly any traffic, no crowds and no noise. But within easy
reach there are places of interest for everyone:
It is has a colourful and varied history as shown by ancient castles
like Caerlaverock and Threave, Sweetheart Abbey and the Cornmill
New Abbey, and the artists colony of Kirkcudbright and modern
sculptures by Henry Moore and Andy Goldsworthy. Rabbie Burns lived
in Dumfries and his house there is worth a visit. Castle Douglas
a Fine Food Town with butchers, fishmongers, an award-winning
chocolatier, and a phenomenal whisky specialist. The Loch Arthur
Organic Farm Shop at Beeswing sells fabulous cheese and has an excellent
cafe. There is an excellent real ale also called Criffel, brewed
locally at the
Sulwath Brewery, and named after the highest local mountain (which
makes a good walk on a sunny day). Being somewhat off the beaten
track, this region attracts not only those in search of clean air
and wholesome food, but those who enjoy an individual lifestyle.
Annual events nearby include the International Flounder Tramping
Championships at Palnackie, the Wickerman Festival at Dundrennan,
and the Book Festival at Wigtown.
Within walking distance of the cottage are two pubs at Kippford,
and a teashop in Rockcliffe.
The shop at Colvend, 1½ miles away,
stocks all grocery necessities and has a very good cafe,
Treats and Eats. Dalbeattie, 5 miles away, has banks, doctors,
bus to Dumfries passes the end of the road, connecting
to the main line station at Dumfries.