Culsharg Cottage - a cosy 2-bed holiday cottage to let in Glentrool, Galloway Forest Park

 

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Glentrool is properly RURAL. There is a pub, The "House O' Hill" that serves excellent food less than a mile from the cottage, but the nearest shop (Aldi/Sainsburys) is ten miles away in Newton Stewart, so you will need to stock up prior to arrival - or go to the pub a lot! There is also a local Visitor Centre/Cafe less than a mile away, but it is seasonal and may be either closed or weekends-only during the off-season. Worth checking though as they do excellent haggis/cheese toasties.

There is a bus service that runs between Newton Stewart and Girvan that calls into Glentrool on the way past several times a day, but realistically you'll need some transport of your own to enjoy this area fully.

Glentrool is very much about the outdoors. We are a family-friendly 7Stanes mountain bike trailcentre. The Kirroughtree 7Stanes centre is just 12m to the south offering tougher MTB routes.

We are part of the 7Stanes mountain bike trails organisation and the local trailhead is just 3/4m from the village. It has two family friendly green MTB trails, and a fast swoopy-bermed blue route. The Kirroughtree 7Stanes centre is just 12m to the south which offers tougher blue, red & black MTB routes. Dalbeattie, Mabie and Ae trail centres are further along the A75 around Dumfries. The Scottish Open Access code does however mean that there are lots of other, non-designated routes that you can enjoy on a MTB.

The area is also perfectly placed for road biking, being about ten miles south of the "Ayrshire Alps" where there are some cracking climbs and descents for roadies. I've done them all (nearly!) and can offer firsthand advice on routes

There also lots of varied walking and hillwalking routes. The local visitor centre, about 3/4 of a mile from the cottage, acts as a starting point for some marked walking trails of varying length, but for the more adventurous there are lots of more strenuous hillwalking routes that can be enjoyed, including a trip up The Merrick, Galloway's highest peak. The starting point is just 4 miles along the road from Glentrool Village.

We actually live next door to Culsharg Cottage, so while we will obviously respect your privacy during your stay, we are also on hand to help with any issues and offer first-hand advice on how to enjoy the terrific area we live in and are happy to chat and give advice about enjoying the area, cycling/walking routes etc. places to visit, directions etc etc. I work as a photographer, my wife designs and makes jewellery, and we have a small gallery at our home, Gallery Sia Tri. We also perform as a singing duo around the local area.

There is secure bike storage and bike wash facilities (a hose!) at the rear of the cottage. I also usually have a few spares lying around and tools to borrow, and there is an experienced bike mechanic living in the village for any more serious mechanicals, and another very well-stocked bike shop in Newton Stewart, ten miles away. They also do full repairs and also bike hires.