Rural Retreats - Southern Scotland

Staying with Scotland’s Best B&Bs means you can be sure of high standards and enjoy a rural retreat with a very personal, warm welcome from your hosts. We are all inspected by Visit Scotland Quality Assurance advisors and have been graded from 4 Stars right up to 5 Star GOLD.

The South of Scotland (including Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway and the Scottish Borders) has something for everyone with:

  • STUNNING SCENERY - rolling hills, magnificent forests, lochs and miles of unspoilt coastline.
  • OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES - scenic walks, mountain biking, cycling, fishing, horse riding, surfing, Dark Skies Park and more.
  • HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS - dozens of castles, the romantic Border Abbeys, Robert Burns country, and Abbotsford - the home of Sir Walter Scott.

South of Scotland forest, beach and coastline
Glentress Forest and Tweed Valley / Ayr beach / St Abb's Head (Scottish Borders)
Photos courtesy of VisitScotland by Ian Rutherford / Damian Shields / Kenny Lam

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in Ayrshire

Ayrs and Graces B&B in AyrshireAyrs & Graces Bed & Breakfast
This 5 Star GOLD B&B is in the pretty village of Alloway, near the Robbie Burns museum and Brig O’Doon. Just 3 miles from Ayr, this boutique B&B is in an ideal location to explore the south west of Scotland, enjoy Ayrshire's famous golf courses, or discover historic attractions such as Culzean Castle and Dumfries House. Choice of 3 ensuite rooms/suites. Two are on the ground floor with patio doors leading to the terrace, while the Brig o' Doon suite is situated upstairs. Delicious homebaking is served in the sumptuous lounge on arrival. Enjoy a wee nightcap of complimentary Malt Whisky. Breakfast can be served in the Dining Room overlooking the garden, or on the 40 feet long heated balcony with views across the Ayrshire Valley. OPEN from end August 2020. BOOK NOW

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in Dumfries and Galloway

Waterside Rooms B&B Dumfries & Galloway ScotlandThe Waterside Rooms
This 4 Star B&B on the coast directly overlooks the pictureque Solway Estuary in Dumfriesshire. Enjoy wildlife spotting and coastal walks or explore historic sites and castles including Caerlaverock. Gretna Green 7 miles. Dumfries 20 miles. Accommodation is in one self-contained suite of rooms with king sized bedroom, private lounge with sofa-bed, designer shower room and spectacular sea views. Sleeps up to 4 people. Breakfast is served in the upper dining room with panoramic views out over the Solway Firth. OPEN from end August 2020. BOOK NOW

Nithbank Country Estate near Dumfries ScotlandNithbank Country Estate
5 Star luxury accommodation at Nithbank Country Estate in this secluded Scottish Country House just 14 miles from Dumfries. Set in ancient woodland with river frontage and breath taking views, this is a peaceful retreat where you can also enjoy wildlife watching, field sports, fishing, golf, walking, cycling, mountain biking, Galloway Forest Park, distilleries and castles such as Drumlanrig. Supper is available by prior arrangement. Green Tourism Gold award and Biosphere Certification Mark from the Galloway and Southern Ayrshire UNESCO Biosphere for commitment to sustainability. Taste our Best award. OPEN from July 2020. BOOK NOW

Torbeckhill B&B near Lockerbie ScotlandTorbeckhill B&B
This 4 Star B&B (10 miles from Lockerbie) is set in 16 acres of grounds with spectacular views of the hills of South West Scotland and the Solway Firth, with the Lake District in the background. It is an ideal stopping off point if you are traveling North or South between England and Scotland with the M74 being just a few minutes away. Explore nearby castles such as Caerlaverock, Drumlanrig, Threave and Hermitage. Torbeckhill offers 2 bedrooms (double / twin) on the ground floor. As well as an extensive breakfast, guests can also enjoy a 2-course evening meal by prior arrangement. For 2020 - only open for previous guests.

Stay with Scotland's Best B&Bs in the Scottish Borders

Mill House B&B Scottish BordersMill House B&B
This 4 Star GOLD B&B is in a converted 18th century mill near Kelso. It is less than 2 miles from the English border and ideal for visiting the Berwickshire/Northumberland coastline, as well as the historic Border towns of Kelso, Melrose and Jedburgh with their famous Abbey ruins. Mill House is perfect for walkers as it is at the end of The Pennine Way and also close to St Cuthbert’s Way Trail from Melrose to Lindisfarne. Choice of 4 spacious rooms/suites (double, twin, family). A full Scottish breakfast is served in the panelled Dining Room. Guests can also relax on the patio or in the drawing room with open fire. OPEN from July 2020. BOOK NOW

Abbotshaw House B&B Scottish BordersAbbotshaw House B&B
This 4 Star GOLD secluded farmhouse is set in an unspoilt area of the Scottish Borders, within easy driving distance of Carlisle, Gretna Green and Northumberland. Due to Covid-19, only the Reiver Suite will be available (super-king size hand-carved mahogany bed, ensuite bath and shower, views over the Liddel Water valley). Minimum 3 night stay (discount £9 per night). Generous 4-course breakfasts. The house sits in 363 acres of farmland and woodland with a mile stretch of private river (fishing is free for guests). It also offers B&B for horses with stabling, turnout, a near Olympic size all-weather arena and lovely farm/forest rides. Abbotshaw House B&B is ideal for walking, cycling, fishing, horse-riding and star-gazing. Dogs welcome. OPEN from July 2020. BOOK NOW

The School House B&B near Jedburgh ScotlandThe School House B&B
This award-winning 5 Star Gold B&B near historic Jedburgh offers a choice of 2 rooms (double or twin). It is close to historic sites such as the Border abbeys and Floors Castle. The former Victorian School House has been thoughtfully converted and retains many period features. Breakfast is in the farmhouse style kitchen. Optional 3-course evening meals are served in the minstrel gallery dining area with antique furnishings, silver cutlery, crystal glassware and period table linen. Guests are welcome to relax in the large garden with patios, a summer house and a rockery with a water feature. There is also access to the adjacent forest. Dogs can be housed in the utility room. RE-OPENING IN 2021. BOOK NOW

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES

You can explore the rolling countryside with walking trails such as the Southern Upland Way, the Annandale Way and Mull of Galloway Trail, or be more adventurous at the 7stanes mountain biking centres in the forests of Southern Scotland. Fishing on the River Tweed, golf, horse riding and surfing are also popular pursuits.

Mountain biking in the Glentress forest. Photo by David-Anderson / Visit Scotland
Mountain biking in the Glentress forest. Photo copyright David N. Anderson / Visit Scotland

EXPLORE MORE RURAL RETREATS IN SCOTLAND:

Rural Retreats in Central Scotland (Edinburgh area, Perthshire, Fife)

Rural Retreats in North East Scotland (Angus and Dundee, Aberdeenshire)

Rural Retreats in the Scottish Highlands (Loch Ness, Lochaber, North Coast 500, Isle of Skye)

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