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Our Top 10 Things To Do When Staying at Hillhead Farm, Dumfries

Enjoy this small and exclusive pod site with only 3 pods perched up on the Nithsdale hillside looking out to the valley below. Believe us when we say it’s a breathtaking view and stunning area to visit. There is so much to do and see in the local area from Castles, walks, lochs and water, mountain biking, forests, beaches, wildlife or just local restaurants for a bite to eat.

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Here are our favourite things to do in the local area while staying with us!

1. Drumlanrig Castle

At Drumlanrig Castle, you will find something for everyone. Explore the magnificent Pink Palace and its world class art collection on a guided tour. Marvel at the sights and scents in the acres of stunning Victorian gardens to explore. Shriek with delight in the woodland adventure playground. Watch crafters at work in the Stableyard Studios. Delight in the outdoors on our waymarked walks and world class mountain bike trails. Treat yourself in the Castle Gift Shop, Castle Tearoom or the Larchwood Cabin. An episode of the Outlander series was filmed here.

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2. Nith Valley Alpacas

Only 5 minutes from the pods site, meet the Alpacas and walk with them in the beautiful grounds of the Capenoch estate, spend some time with these lovely creatures and get a chance to hand feed them, suitable for all the family. (Places are limited so worth getting In touch for availability)

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3. Dumfries House

Part of the Prince’s foundation, a 2000 estate and 18th century house. With house tours, café, adventure playground and acres of gardens to explore, well worth a full day out.

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4. Ae forest (7stanes bike trails)

 Forest walking and cycling trails with a bike hire shop and café. Ae Forest is the perfect place to visit, whether you want to relax with a picnic beside the river, watch woodland wildlife, stroll through the trees or burn off some serious energy on the superb mountain bike trails. The waymarked routes include gentle rambles beside the sparkling Water of Ae as well as longer hikes into the hills with wonderful views. Ae Forest covers an area about the size of 10,000 football pitches. 

https://forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/forest-of-ae

https://www.facebook.com/AeBikeshopandCafe

5. Mabie Farm Park/ Mabie Forest (7stanes bike trails)

A farm park with lots of animals to meet and feed, large adventure playground, quad bike rides, zip wires and slides. Café and gift shop. Then next door is the forest with walking and cycling trails, an adventure playground and picnic areas.

https://forestryandland.gov.scot/visit/mabie

 6. Beaches

There are plenty of beaches to choose from- Sandyhills, Powillimount, Southerness, Carsethorn, Rockcliffe and Kippford.

7.  Loch Ettrick

Wild swimming and paddleboard tuition. The closest Loch to the pod site and popular with wild swimmers. Moffat SUP provide paddleboard sessions here, booking required.

https://www.facebook.com/moffatsup/

8. Grey Mares Tail Waterfall

This nature reserve has a dramatic waterfall. A paradise for botanists & wildlife enthusiasts who come to see the rare upland plants, peregrines, feral goats and, occasionally, mountain hares. A well-maintained steep path from car park to Loch Skene. A spectacular waterfall with walking trail featuring a loch at the top.

https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/woods/grey-mares-tail-nature-reserve

 9. Dalscone Farm Fun

With a large indoor soft play area and fun-filled farm park, Dumfries’ top destination for families!  Enjoy the indoor soft play area, meet all of our famous animals, and play in our award-winning farm park! A family run farm park with lots of activities, featuring a café, an impressive toy shop and farm shop as well.

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10.  Ellisland Farm/ Robert Burns House

Visit the farmhouse built by Robert Burns for himself and his family.  Find out more about daily life in the late 18th century in the farmhouse kitchen, and be inspired in Robert’s Spence where many of his famous poems were written. Then take the trip to Dumfries and visit the simple sandstone house that is a key pilgrimage site for Burns’ enthusiast from around the world where the national bard spent his last years. Over the years it has attracted many famous visitors including the poets Wordsworth, Coleridge and Keats. View original manuscripts and some of Burns’ personal belongings. See his desk and chair in the study where he created some of his finest works.

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With lots to do in the area, Hillead is the perfect base for your next adventure in Dumfries & Galloway!

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Our Top Ten Things To Do When Staying at Leitrim Lodge, The Mournes

Our unique and stylish Leitrim Lodge pods offer a perfect short getaway for couples and families set in the heart of The Mournes, Ireland’s most famous Mountain range. You are in an exclusive group of 6 luxury pods at the foot of the picturesque Rocky Mountain. The Mourne Mountain Region is designated as an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and parts are owned by the National Trust.

Here are our favourite things to do in the local area while staying with us!

1. Climb Slieve Donard

Take a hike up Northern Irelands Highest Peak, Slieve Donard. The views from the summit are extensive and on a clear day the Isle of Man, Wicklow, Donegal, Wales and Scotland may be seen, as well as the long stretch of Newcastle Beach.

2. Explore Murlough National Nature Reserve and Beach

Murlough is an excellent area for walking and bird watching due to its spectacular location at the edge of Dundrum Bay and the Mourne Mountains.

It offers the best and most extensive example of dune heath within Ireland, a network of paths and boardwalks through the dunes, woodland and heath with an array of butterflies and wild flowers.

3. Visit Silent Valley and Ben Crom

Silent Valley Reservoir in the heart of the Mourne Mountains is one of the most beautiful places in Northern Ireland. Enjoy a short hike above this pretty reservoir in the Mourne Mountains. 

4. Step into the Narnia Trail at Kilbroney Forest

This family loop trail takes you through woodland at Kilbroney Park in Rostrevor. The famous writer, C S Lewis, as a young boy, spent much holiday time in the Mournes and Rostrevor. This family trail seeks to capture the imagination of children of all ages.

5. Visit Fort Evergreen

Fort Evergreen offers children the opportunity to see, learn about and interact with animals through activities such as bottle-feeding lambs, hand-feeding sheep and goats, grooming ponies and stroking rabbits and guinea pigs.

Find out more here: https://www.fortevergreen.co.uk/

6. Tee off at Royal County Down

Royal County Down is located in one of the world’s most naturally beautiful links settings in the Murlough Nature Reserve. Enjoy a day of golf and head back to the pods to relax in the afternoon.

Find out more here: https://www.royalcountydown.org/visitor_information

7. Take a tour of the Game of Thrones Studio

Located at the filming location of Linen Mill Studios in Banbridge, Northern Ireland, Game of Thrones Studio Tour invites you to step behind the scenes of The Seven Kingdoms and beyond.

Find out more here: https://www.gameofthronesstudiotour.com/

8. Get on your bike at Kilbroney Mountain Bike Trails

On the shores of Carlingford Lough, the Rostrevor Mountain Bike Trails powered by Chain Reaction Cycles offer some challenging mountain biking where efforts are rewarded with incredible coastal views and exhilarating singletrack descents.

Find out more here: http://www.mountainbikeni.com/rostrevor/

9. Get up close with Cranfield Aplacas

Whether you want to take a gentle stroll on the beach with Alpacas or simply relax in their charming company whilst enjoying the most stunning views, Cranfield Alpacas is a must visit day out destination.

Find out more here: https://cranfieldalpacas.com/

10. Hike up Rocky Mountain, Tornamrock and Pierces Castle

Just a short walk from the pods is Rocky Mountain. Explore Rocky Mountain, Tornamrock and Pierces Castle- this trail is great for hiking and walking.

and one extra… Santa’s Cottage ( Santa’s official Residence in Ireland)

Only a 2 minute drive from the pods and open from 19th November – 24th December.

You can book via http://santascottage.co.uk/

With lots to do in the area, Leitrim Lodge is the perfect base to explore the beautiful Mournes and beyond!

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10 Things To Do When Staying at Cardross Estate

Cardross is the gateway to the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park. The pods are located on the West of Cardross, with breath-taking views towards Ben Lomond, the foothills of the Scottish Highlands, and the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park. A truly unique and historic setting for a romantic and/or relaxing short break away. 

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Here are our favourite things to do in the local area while staying with us!

1. Green Aspirations

Located next to the pod site and also on the Estate is Green Aspirations Scotland. It was established as a Community Interest Company in 2013. They are a social enterprise aiming to provide benefit to the community rather than to make a profit.  They work with different groups of people – community groups, young adults, school pupils, kids and crafters – to develop traditional skills, create an appreciation of the woodlands, and encourage sustainable and healthy environments. They run amazing family days where you can try your hand at Axe throwing, shelter building and enjoy a BBQ lunch. They also provide the charcoal for the BBQ packs for Cardross.

Find out more: https://www.greenaspirationsscotland.co.uk/

2. Stirling Castle

Cardross is only a 20 minute drive from Stirling. The city is home to many historic sites including one of Scotland’s grandest castle, Stirling Castle.

Find out more: https://www.stirlingcastle.scot/

3. Bike Hire: Aberfoyle Bike Hire

Cardross is surrounded by many miles of traffic free trails which pass through the heart of the Trossachs. Our bike renting partners will have bikes ready at your pod for your arrival

Here are four of the most notable routes from Aberfoyle:

  • Aberfoyle to Kinlochard. A beautiful ride along the waymarked forest road on the south side of Loch Ard, ending at the Wee Blether Tearoom. Hilly forest road (approx. 1.5 hours/7miles)
  • Aberfoyle to Buchlyvie/Drymen. Following the railway route along the river, this route divides after two miles to offer the choice of a flat ride to Buchlyvie (7 miles) or a hillier single track road to Drymen (13 miles)
  • Duke’s Pass. A famous climb, straight from the main street in Aberfoyle. Challenging but with wonderful views and, once over the top, there are options to continue to Callander or Loch Katrine

To rent a bike during your stay visit: https://aberfoylebikehire.co.uk/

4. Hiking Trails

Cardross Estate borders the Eastern edge of the Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park and the foothills of the Trossachs. The National Park sits on the cusp of the Scottish Highlands, a beautiful region of lochs, glens and miniature mountains. Our site is blessed with fantastic hiking trails and some of Scotland’s most iconic lakes. 

Visit https://www.10adventures.com/hikes/loch-lomond-and-the-trossachs/ for more information on nearby walks and hikes!

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5. Action Adventure Activities 

Based at an Outdoor Activity Centre on the edge of the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park they offer a wide range of activities from water-sports to quad biking!

Find out more: http://www.actionadventureactivities.com/

6. Go Ape

Only 20 minutes from Cardross is the UK’s #1 adventure company! From tree-to-tree crossings and 3km zip treks to nets hanging 30 feet above the forest floor and all-terrain Segways, Go Ape has all the adventure boxes ticked and is sure to tire the whole family out!

Find out more:  https://goape.co.uk/

7. Golf at Gleneagles

Gleneagles is one of the greatest names in the world of golf. With three of the top golf courses in Scotland and as recent hosts of The Ryder and Solheim Cups.  Just a 40-minute drive from your pod!

Find out more: https://gleneagles.com/golf/

8. Loch Katrine Cruises

Loch Katrine and surrounding areas are steeped in history and is recognised as the favoured and much loved setting of some of Sir Walter Scott’s most famous poetic works, as well as boasting links to Scottish legend Rob Roy MacGregor

Take a cruise on beautiful Loch Katrine and admire the amazing landscapes which change through the seasons.

Find out more: https://www.lochkatrine.com/

9. Blair Drummond Safari Park

Located on a perfectly flat 160-acre estate just outside Stirling, Blair Drummond is Central Scotland’s most exciting family visitor attraction and the perfect place for a family day out. Go on an exciting safari drive-thru, meet giraffes, say ‘hello’ to the cheeky monkeys, explore one of the UK’s best dinosaur attractions, or run wild in their giant outdoor play area, a guaranteed action-packed day the whole family will enjoy.

Find out more: https://www.blairdrummond.com/

10. Glengoyne Whiskey Tour

Glengoyne is often described as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery. It is open 7 days a week and offers a range of fantastic distillery tours and tastings, including the Malt Master Session where guests can create their very own whisky, bring a bottle back to your pod and enjoy a wee dram by the campfire!

Find out more: https://www.glengoyne.com/distillery-tours/glengoyne-tour-and-tasting

With lots to do in the area, Cardross is the perfect base for your next Scottish Adventure!

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Further Space to Attend Scottish Land and Estates Annual Conference

Further Space is set to sponsor Scottish Land and Estates Annual Conference which is taking place in Edinburgh at the Sheraton Grand Hotel and Spa on the 17 May 2022.

The theme of this year is, ‘Homes At The Heart Of Rural Communities’ and provides a terrific line up of speakers who will challenge and inspire including Sarah-Jane Laing, SLE Chief Executive, Shona Robison, Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government and Dr Moses Jenkins, Senior Technical Officer, Historic Environment Scotland.

The Conference is aimed at providing insight and ideas, practical tips and solutions as well as real-life examples from land managers and the experts and will look at a wide range of issues including; planning, funding, community engagement and energy efficiency.

Further Space who believes ‘That Amazing Should be Open to Everyone’ will be showcasing their luxury glamping and the ability for farmers, estate owners and landowners to profitably diversify into micro-tourism. 

Simon Fisher, Market Manager at Further Space said, ‘We are delighted to be attending the Scottish Land and Estates Annual Conference. Our partnerships with landowners helps to reduce the risks associated with land diversification. We help lower the start-up capital, requirement, lower financial risk, provide access to expert advice on planning and reduce the burden required to run their sites’.

Come and see us at the event. We’d love to have a chat with you.