Auchencairn,DG7 1QZ ,Castle Douglas
This hotel is a vision of pure white and cream that shimmers in the reflection across the waters of Balcary Bay. Gazing out of the hotel's numerous sea-view windows you can see Hestan Isle, the hide-out of 17th century smugglers on the Solway coast. Balcary Bay was originally owned by a shipping company and once known to harbour illegal contraband in its secret underground passages. Located deep in isolated Galloway, there is a satisfying amount to see and do as you escape the well-trodden paths of Scotland's tourist hot spots. The area is packed with National Trust properties featuring some of the best gardens in Scotland. Galloway benefits from the warmth of the Gulf Stream and enjoys a long mild and enjoyable holiday season. There are several nine and eighteen hole golf courses nearby. For those that enjoy scenery as nature intended there is also cycling, riding and bird-watching. Balcary Bay's restaurant offers classic Scottish food with a French influence that sees the lunch menu adopt a bistro style.