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Location

Dumfries & Galloway is really easy to get to - fly into Glasgow or Prestwick just about two hours by car distance away - or take the ferry over from Ireland in just a couple of hours.  Drive along the main motorways from England and Scotland, or take a train or coach and sit back and enjoy the journey.  The first thing you'll notice about Dumfries and Galloway is just how beautiful this lowland part of Scotland is.  From the rocky and sandy coast, to the lush green inland forests and hills.

Southerness itself is some 14 miles from Dumfries, the largest town in the South.  It is located right on the shoreline of the Solway Firth, directly opposite the Lake District.  It is a small coastal village, located approximately 2 miles (3.2 km) south of the A710 between Caulkerbush and Kirkbean.

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Southerness - Skeena Lodge

Click for larger image The Lake District over Solway Firth

Solway Firth

Click for larger image Oyster Catchers on the beach

Oyster Catchers on the beach

Click for larger image Worker Cottages

Southerness

Click for larger image Southerness Lighthouse

Southerness Lighthouse

The village today is a fascinating blend of old and new, an old core which has seen the addition of modern holiday development in recent decades.  The end result has a very unique feel.  At the end of the main street past the small single storey worker cottages (built as a model coal mining village around 1770s) is the unusually shaped lighthouse built in 1749 to guide shipping up the Solway Firth to Dumfries.

Click for larger image Southerness

There is a regular local bus service to and from Dalbeattie (12 miles from Southerness) and Dumfries (14 miles from Southerness) it is more frequent during the summer season. (www.houstonscoaches.co.ukLink opens in a new window or tab or www.dumgal.gov.ukLink opens in a new window or tab or www.travelinescotland.comLink opens in a new window or tab)

Click for larger image View of Criffel from the garden

Criffel

Click for larger image View from garden across Gillfoot Bay to Powillimont

Gillfoot Bay to Powillimont

The village has to the north a magnificent backdrop of the "Marilyn" Criffel, and to the south the sandy bay of Gillfoot.  There are good views on a clear day across the Solway Firth to the Lakeland fells.  (Binoculars provided at Skeena Lodge).

Within walking distance of Skeena Lodge is JJ's Fish and Chip Shop (open March to October) which also sells pizzas and a range of take away meals and fresh fish.  The Paul Jones Hotel serves lunches and evening meals. The Mermaid Bar, The Venue and The 19th Hole are best for entertainment at weekends and some evenings during the summer months. The Mini Market sells bread, milk, newspapers and a few essentials and gifts.  There are two launderettes and two swimming pools close by.  The swimming pools welcome visitors for a reasonable fee during the holiday season.