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Rockcliffe and Kippford from South Glen Brae: Ed Iglehart [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (www.creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Kippford and Rockcliffe are on the East Stewartry Coast, an unspoilt National Scenic Area with two other NSAs in close proximity. It is in Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland, a region known for it's wonderful scenery, biodiversity, turbulent history, smugglers and black and white 'belted' cattle known as Galloway Belties. This stretch of coastline has many names. Known locally as the Colvend Coast or the 'Secret Coast' (due to the peace and tranquility) it is often referred to as the 'Scottish Riviera' due to it being the holiday resort of choice for Victorian millionaires and having a Gulf Stream influenced microclimate: evidenced by palm trees in some gardens. Castle Douglas, the food town is a short drive away and Kirkcudbright, the Artists Town is over the next headland.

This a scenic and unique part of the world and we started the blog to share the experience of living in this wonderful place. We hope that it will be of interest to others who live here and give those planning to visit the area a taste of all it has to offer.

The blog has a correspondent in both Kippford and Rockcliffe village, you can also follow their Twitter feeds on the right of the page. If you would like to get involved we look forward to hearing from you.

Saturday, 11 February 2012


For the first post I want to tell you a little about why I've set up this blog. If you are all sitting comfortably... I'll begin. 

I visited Kippford and Rockcliffe from being a small child so I jumped at the chance to move here several years ago. I love this scenic part of the world that has such an abundance of wildlife and so many special places. When I first visited Riverview Lodge with a view to buying it: I stood on the deck, took in the wonderful scenery and the views out to sea and Heston Island and decided that this was the property for me. It was perfect for me: a cedar lodge with two bedrooms, a double and a twin, panoramic estuary views, a cosy wood burning stove, a 'Little House on the Prairie' style covered balcony and a large deck area. 

I now let out Riverview Lodge as a holiday lodge. For those who want to see it here is a link to the website: www.holidaycottagekippford.co.uk

There is private parking and a spacious garden making it ideal for kids and dogs. Pets are welcome and there are fantastic beach, coastal, woodland and hill walks close by so dogs love it here. It is the ideal place for a romantic break, a family holiday, a base for an adventure holiday or simply somewhere to chill out with friends. 

Set in a wooded, rural location the lodge looks out over the Urr Estuary (with the Solway Yacht Club moorings) to Screel and the forests beyond and is situated in a National Scenic Area (NSA). One of the big plus points for me was that the private, spacious garden is regularly visited by a host of native birds and red squirrels, and occasionally deer, badgers and foxes. Guests who bring nuts, fat balls and bird seed are well rewarded by regular visits. 

Once in the lodge you get the feeling of a rural retreat yet it's only a 12 minute walk down to the quaint, well known sailing village of Kippford (with it's sailing club, local pubs, sea front walks, gift shop and deli and RNLI lifeboat station) and a 30 minute walk to the picturesque Victorian seaside village of Rockcliffe. Richorn Trailhead, the start of the Dalbeattie 7 Stanes mountain biking trails are only a few minutes away and there is even a 9 hole golf course just over the hill - there really is something for everyone around here, it's no surprise that Dumfries and Galloway is described as 'Scotland in Miniature'. 

With such a wealth of things to do, places to go and sights to see I decided to start the blog to share this part of the world with others and provide information for anyone thinking of visiting or wanting to plan their stay.

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