Gatehouse of Fleet
The quiet little town of Gatehouse of Fleet lies 10 miles west of Kirkcudbright, a mile or so north of the A75. Even though the area has been inhabited since 1700s it has existed only after that. The town takes its name from its location near the mouth of the river called the Water of Fleet which empties into Wigtown Bay at Fleet Bay, and its former role as the "Gait House" or "the House on the Road on the River Fleet" or toll booth of the late 18th century stagecoach route from Dumfries to Stranraer, now the A75 road. It was a safe haven along this route.
Local Sights & Activities for Gatehouse of Fleet
There are several pleasant walks in the surrounding countryside, including to Cardoness Castle, about 1€ miles to the south, standing on a hill overlooking the B796 which connects Gatehouse with the main A75. The remarkably well-preserved ruin was the home of the MacCullochs and is a classic example of a 15th-century tower house. There are excellent views across Fleet Bay from the top floor. Info: Apr-Sep daily 0930-1830; Oct-Mar Sat 0930-1630 and Sun 1400-1630. £2.20, concession £1.60. Tel 0131-6688800 (HS). Details of other local walks are given in a leaflet which is on sale at the tourist office. In the grounds of Cally Palace Hotel are Cally Gardens, a specialist nursery and walled garden centre, with around 3,500 varieties of plant. Info: Apr-Sep Tue-Fri 1400-1730, Sat, Sun 1000-1730 £1.50.
About 2 1/2 miles south of town off the A75 is Cream o'Galloway, Rainton Farm, a family business where award-winning ice cream is made. There's a viewing gallery where you can watch the ice cream being made, and a children's woodland play area. Info: Easter-Sep daily 1100-1800, Oct 1100-1700. Charge for adventure playground. Tel 01557-814040, Cream O Galloway
The A75 runs west from Gatehouse to Creetown, standing on the east shore of Wigtown Bay, overlooked by the distinctive bulk of Cairnsmore of Fleet hill (2,330 ft). It's a lovely stretch of road as it hugs the shore, with good views across the bay. In Creetown is the Gem Rock Museum, which has a wide range of precious stones on display. Info: Easter-Sep daily 0930-1800; Oct and Nov daily 1000-1600; Dec-Feb Sat and Sun 1000-1600, £2.90, concession £2.40 Tel 01671-820357, Gem Rock East of Gatehouse, off the A75 at Burnbrae, Twynholm is a museum dedicated to Formula 1 star David Coulthard who was born in the area. The collection includes memorabilia from his go-carting days up to the present. There's a popular tearoom too called The Pit Stop - presumably you have to eat very quickly. Also good bar meals at the Star pub opposite. Info: Apr-Oct Mon-Tue, Thu-Sat 1000-1600, open Wed 1000-1600 in Jun. £2.50, £1.50 concessions. Tel 860050.
Gatehouse of Fleet Hotels & Accommodation
Set in 500 acres of its own grounds is A Cally Palace Hotel, Tel 814341, Cally Palace Hotel A very exclusive Georgian mansion and former home of local laird James Murray who amassed a massive fortune from the cotton industry, it now offers impeccable luxury and top-class facilities. Rather more down-to-earth are the B-C Murray Arms Hotel, on Ann St, Tel 814207. Also serves good bar meals; and E The Bobbin Guest House, at 36 High St, Tel 814229. B&B accommodation is on offer at D-E The Bay Horse, Tel 814073, at 9 Ann St. A little way out of town is the highly recommended D-E High Auchenlarie Farmhouse, Tel 840231, open Mar-Oct.
Self Catering Cottages in Gatehouse of Fleet
- GATEHOUSE OF FLEET - Kirkcudbright Sleeps 5
- Brownhill East Sleeps 6
- West Lodge Cally Estate Sleeps 3 - 6
- Glenbrig Sleeps 5
- Gatehouse of Fleet, nr. Kirkcudbrightshire. Sleeps 4
- West Gable Sleeps 6
Self catering Cottages Near Gatehouse of Fleet