We chose Ghillie’s Bothy as the first place to stay on our epic 7 weeks adventure of Scotland in the wintertime, and we were not disappointed. Jill and Steve are the perfect hosts from beginning to end, always to hand, never in the way and friendly. The cottage is warm and comfortable and is in a perfect place for some door to door walks. The weather has been🌞- frosty mornings with brilliant blue sky.. Bumped into Laird Gladstone on one of our walks and saw artwork by Andrew Goldsworthy. Had a pub meal in Craigdarroch Arms in Moniaive, we were hungry that day …The tea room in Penpont is now open where you will be served by the lovely Deborah, and the prices are very reasonable and the food home made and delicious, payment by cash only. Many thanks, we will recommend to our friends and you never know we may return, missing it already.
Mark and David, North Yorkshire.
29th December 2018– 5th January 2019
Thank you for a lovely warm welcome- twinkling Christmas tree, yummy mince pies and Taffy treats!! Ghillie’s Bothy is wonderful- everything you need and more. Loved exploring the countryside and went on some amazing walks. We celebrated New Year by hiking up The Merrick – 2766ft- on a glorious sunny day. Also a great walk is to see The Striding Arches on the hilltops around Cairnhead, near Moniaive. Enjoyed our nights in with the log burner keeping us cosy. Happy New Year and Thank you.
Chris, Lisa and Taffy. Berwick-upon-Tweed
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Our third visit to this wonderful accommodation. Perfect as ever! Thank you so much for the treats- ours and Molly/Lunas- a very kind gesture. We’ve had such a relaxing break and will return home rested and recharged ready for the festive period. Molly was sad not to make full use of the paddock due to her poorly leg but Luna made up for that by tearing around. Santa Paws has left some early treats for Eachann and Bunty. Planning our 4th visit already!! Thanks for everything.
Jill, Peter Molly🐾and Luna🐾, Newcastle upon Tyne
24th November–1st December
Chris Martin, Salford. No comments left!
Would like to thank Jill and Steve for a lovely stay at Ghillie’s Bothy, a real hidden gem. The bothy itself is very cosy, loved the stove and the box bed,great to come back to after a day walking in the beautiful countryside. The paddock is brilliant for dogs and Hero loved running around to his hearts content. Thanks again.
Beth, Chris and Hero. Salford
Another lovely stay at Ghillie’s Bothy and this time for two weeks! The weather was great but it has made no difference to our pleasure at being here. Thanks again Jill and Steve, Eachann and Bunty for being the perfect hosts. Billy, once again is going to miss his friends! See you all next year! 🙂X🙂
Susan, Gordon and Billy, Portsmouth.
27th October – 2nd November Ghillie’s Bothy was CLOSED
We usually pass Dumfries and Galloway on our way up to Skye; we didn’t realise what we were missing! It’s a beautiful area and so peaceful ( but I’ll still have a day shopping in Glasgow!😁
Both of us love the bothy, especially the bed! It’s wonderful to come back from a chilly day out and into a cosy comfortable home. We will definitely be back another time. Thank you for a lovely welcome; a brew and cake were gravely appreciated. Loved the flowers too!
Thanks V much!
Malcolm and Kate, Derbyshire
Mowbray x 2 with Shadow, Leicester.
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29th September- 6th October
Thank you for making us feel very welcome and the flowers, dog treats and the extra touches like milk and tea and coffee. The Bothy is beautiful and well equipped with every comfort needed. In a beautiful area and so peaceful with many walks near and a bit further afield. Although a bit further afield we would recommend Culzean Castle especially if you have a dog as is ideal for miles of walks and the sea nearby. We would certainly visit again and would not hesitate in staying at Ghillie’s Bothy or recommending it. Thank you again.
Lisa, Alasdair and Pebbles, Derbyshire.
Many thanks for a perfect, peaceful and relaxing stay: a charming and cosy cottage with its own wonderful field, in a beautiful, quiet valley, and most of all for the warm and friendly welcome and care throughout, from the lovely cakes and dog treats and flowers and on and on. Thank you both very much and look forward torturing soon, I hope.
Margaret and Annie, Hertfordshire.
Lovely cottage. We all enjoyed our stay. Scenery beautiful. Thanks for the goodies and welcome.
Lorraine, Colin and Maisie. Hertfordshire.
Back for a second time! 5 stars as usual!
Jane and Tilly
-what a wonderful place- our stay was far too short! The cottage is truly fabulous- so well thought out to provide everything you need for a relaxing, special stay. We were so comfortable and slept beautifully in the super comfy bed. Ziggy enjoyed all the walks, especially playing and swimming in the fiver Nith. What a great find- we will be back- for longer next time. Thank you.
Simon, Sally and Ziggy, Bromsgrove, Worcs.
Hat a fantastic week we had. Ghillie’s Bothy is amazing with everything you could possibly want and a wonderful location too. Meg loved barking at everything that moved, and sometimes that didn’t! Will definitely be recommending this to friends and family and you will see us again.
Jane, Steve and Meg, Doncaster.
A warm and friendly greeting from Steve and Jill as we got out of the car, making us feel so welcome. The Bothy is beautiful and the attention to detail is second to none. The added gifts of fresh wild flowers, cakes and dog treats were lovely-thank you! We have loved our time at Ghillie’s Bothy and the pictures on the websitedo not do it justice. The surrounding area of Dumfries and Galloway is truest wonderful. Teddy loved running around in the paddock, a fantastic space for any dog to enjoy. Thank you for a wonderful holiday.
Tracy, Melvyn and Teddy🐾, Stourbridge.
Our first break with our dog Willis, and what a break we have had. Ghillie’sGhillie’s Bothy such a wonderful little place! Jill and Steve have thought of everything when it comes to things you might need during your stay. Great little place to explore the surrounding area and beyond. Willis will miss the paddock and especially miss his new doggy friends. Thank you so much Jill and Steve you made our stay even more special! Helpful and attentive throughout. Also lovely welcome treats! All the best for the future.
Cheryl, Andy and Willis🐾 Hull
28th July-4th August
Our second visit to Ghillie’s Bothy and still as wonderful as ever! Beautiful buildings inside and out. Steve and Jill were very welcoming- with cakes and doggie treats on arrival and milk in the fridge! The peace and tranquility is truly priceless! We are so reluctant to leave as ever. Thank you for allowing us to share your little piece of heaven. Wishing you all the best.
Sarah, Ben and Honeymoon🐾, Hertfordshire
What a little gem Ghillie’s Bothy is. Lovely decor, clean and comfortable. Loved the boxed bed, very comfy.. Bow, our Border Collie pup loved the paddock and made friends with Bunty and Eachann. Jil and Steve very friendly and helpful with local walks. The weather for the whole week has been very hot, so unable to use the log burner. We will definitely recommend to friends. A lovely touch was the cakes, milk in the fridge and dog treats. Hope to return in the future.
Slaney x 2, Reading. Second visit! No comments left.
24th June- 5th July
Lovely holiday. Cottage beautifully furnished and equipped. Surrounding area stunning. Jill and Steve very accommodating and put up with our noisy dogs- sorry!
Kay and Richard, Fred, Mave and Bee, Cambridgeshire.
Slaney x two, Reading. No comments left.
Thank you Jill and Steve for a great week.Bothy is fantastic, everything you could possibly need. Sadly it wasn’t cold enough to use your stove, I’m sure it’s super cosy in the winter. We had brillian weather all week and visited many of the places in the ‘Things to Do’ box, including many forest walks, which included driving the Raiders track and stopping off at the otters pool, so peaceful. Drumlanrig is a must, beautiful location with something for everyone. Thinks thoroughly enjoyed the paddock, racing round and round, just what she needed space to stretch her legs. one evening we sat out on the picnic bench and spotted a red squirrel running along the wall, a heron, red kites and high above the the trees an osprey! AMazing Anniversary week thank you for making it special. xxx
Sian, Lloyd and Tinks. Rugby, Warwickshire
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ghillie’s Bothy! Lovely and cosy, surrounded by beautiful views. We have really enjoyed exploring this part of Scotland, and have crammed in as much sightseeing as possible from the Galloway Forest Park, Crawick Multiverse, Gatehouse of Fleet to Kirkcudbrightshire’s and much more. squidgy and Munchie will definitely miss the paddock 🐾 and barking at their new friends through the gate!! Thank you to Jill and Steve for the warm welcome, will definitely recommend to friends. Thank you.
Luke, Vicki, Squidge 🐾 and Munchie
Wonderful week in this beautiful location, weather has been good all week, enjoyed some lovely walks. The cottage is very comfortable and well equipped. Hope to return next year. Thanks to Jill and Steve.
P.S. The use of the paddock was an added bonus and I give this amenity 10/10 Erik🐾
Paul, Gaynor and Erik, Newcastle under Lyne
What a beautiful place. The pictures online didn’t do it justice. Loved the log burner, so did the dogs, used it every night even on the days the weather was nice, seemed a shame to miss its comfort. The box bed a lovely touch, so comfy both had a great sleep every night. Loved the kitchen, cooked every night and ate out in the paddock in the sun. The boys loved the paddock, was nice to have a safe place for them to run around in. Lots of beautiful walks in the area, but if you are happy to go a bit further out we can recommend a visit to Ae Forest. If the beach is more your scene, an hours drive out to Rockcliff is well worth it; where you can walk to Kippford, where there are two dog friendly pubs and even a place that sells ice cream for the dogs.. All in all a great stay and hopefully we will be back soon after our baby is born. Jill and Steve are great hosts, nothing seems too much for them. Thanks again.
Andrew and Carolyn, Luda and Jinx, Paisley
Thank you for a lovely stay. The cottage is gorgeous, especially the log burner and box bed in the corner. We enjoyed the cakes and Will loved his biscuits. Spent most days mountain biking, lots of exciting trails in the area. We had a great week and hope to come back again. Thanks so much.
Jenny, Mike and Will🐾
P.S. can definitely recommend Brambles Cafe in Dalbeattie if anyone’s over that way. Was a great spot to relax after Will hurt his leg and needed a rest day!
28th April-5th May
Running out of things to say; this is our fourth visit and I think that says it all!! We love it here, we’re always made very welcome by Jill and Steve AND Bunty and Eachann. Safe to say we’re regulars!! As always before, we are already looking forward to our next visit. Thanks again Jill and Steve.
Sue, Gordon and Billy, Portsmouth
Wonderful relaxing stay. Lots of places are dog friendly. Enjoyed learning more about Robbie Burns. Lovely people.
Anna and Charlie, Shropshire.
Another wonderful stay- so peaceful and relaxing. We really don’t want to go back home😟. Thanks for the cakes and doggy treats on arrival- very kind. The crazy goldie girls have had great fun tearing around the paddock and then sleeping in front of the log burner. I’m sure we will be back again. Thanks again,
Jill and Peter ( and Molly🐾 and Luna🐾)
Thank you Jill and Steve for sharing your lovely cottage with us. It is really gorgeous and perfect. Unfortunately we had to leave a few days early as one of our dogs is unwell. We will be back, we love it.
Carly, Stuart, Sapper and Darcy. Stonehouse
*Thank you for letting us know that Sapper will be alright- J&S*
Well, here we are again, just a couple of months later, using magical Ghillie’s Bothy as a base for viewing properties in the area and enjoying one or two walks and the river too- thank you for the opportunity to walk along the river bank and watch a red squrrel for several minutes on the bank just opposite us. The top of Tynron Doon is a very rewarding one hours walk- a very special place and views towards the Lowther hills and Thornhill etc. Lovely to enjoy your company again, Jill and Steve, and thank you for the cakes and flowers to welcome us. Perhaps next time we see you it will be as near neighbours in D and G! 😁
Julian and Tania, Dorset
31st March-2nd April
Friendly welcome and gorgeous accommodation. We’ve all had a fantastic short stay and wish we were stopping for longer. The dogs thoroughly enjoyed their treats (thank you) and playing in the paddock. We’ll definitely be coming back again.😁
Gem, Chris, Alfie and Berry. Ribble Valley, Lancashire.
Beautiful little cottage in the most peaceful and stunning setting. I love that Charlie the lab and Jura the Jack Russell are so welcome, they loved tearing around the paddock! The little Easter cakes and chews for the dogs were a lovely surprise. It’s great that there is lots of information on things to do and places to walk. We spent the day walking and coming back to the Bothy to cook and enjoy the log burner. Lots of wild life to see in this area. We saw lots of red kites in the Galloway Forest and it was nice to watch the rabbits running around the paddock. A lovely week away- we will be back!
Duncan, Kim, Charlie and Jura Braemar.
What a fantastic week we have had in the ‘Bothy’. How lucky we were to pick this from the 200or so in the brochure!! Loved the peace and quiet and the little cottage has everything you could need. Especially loved the box bed, we both slept like logs. Steve Nd Jill are really good hosts, there to help and guide Utd do not intrude. We will certainly be back and certainly recommend to our friends and family.
Love from Paul and Sandra, Halifax
We had a wonderful time in the Bothy, great walks especially using the paths to Thornhill (20miles round trip), Moniaive had a nice pub so did Thornhill, everyone is so friendly. Tea room in Moniaive is amazing, so much choice. The peace and quiet has been a nice change for us both, quality time cooking good food and some exciting moments like getting lost for 1 hour in the forest. We will be back, thank you so much for our lovely little home for 1 week, we could have stayed another we enjoyed it so much. See you again for sure.
Tracy and Dave, Central Glasgow
26th January-1st February
…and the snow, which fell softly here in Tynron on Wednesday, was the icing on the cake. Tynron is a perfect setting, as is all of Scotland. The wild and rugged beauty of the landscape north of the border captured our hearts long ago. So much so that we are making plans to move to Dumfries and Galloway. Think of us and wish us luck please! We are amazes at what you have done th the space in Ghillie’s Bothy. We have been very comfortable here. Extremely well equipped and beautifully decorated. It is a loved dwelling. The box bed is a dream to sleep in and thank you for the welcome cakes along with greeting us as we parked on Friday evening. The snowdrops are so pretty now…we were excited to see a red fox in the snow on the hills as we walked towards Moniaive, we’d spotted its tracks in the snow. We loved the radio in the kitchen too!
Julian and Tania, Tarrent Moncton, Dorset.
30th December-6th January
Ghillie’sBothy is lovely and very well equipped ( especially having a radio in the kitchen). Jill and Steve, thanks for getting the Hogmanay Ceilidh ticket it was great fun. We took you up on your recommendation of Piccola Italia in Moniaive and had a super meal in a pleasant and very relaxing restaurant. Thanks for a lovely and relaxing break.
Ghillie’s Bothy has been the perfect place to spend a cosy and peaceful Christmas. We have loved every second here from exploring the local surroundings to trips to Drumlanrig Castle and the gorgeous cost at Rockcliffe and Kippford. We have had plenty of lazy nights snuggled in front of the log burner and enjoyed cooking in the perfectly equipped kitchen. Pip has loved running around the paddock, the smell of pheasants, the tasty treats which you kindly left for her and mostly bombing around in the snow! We don’t really want to go home! Thank you so much.
kelly, Darren and Pip, Lancs.
A perfect gem. Ideal for a weeks peace and quiet.
Jane and Tillie, Ayr
What a wonderful weekend we have had. The Bothy is perfect in every way. Enjoyed a day at the Christmas Market at Drumlanrig Castle and a visit to some of the local villages. Such a relaxing break before the madness of Christmas. Molly and Luna (the crazy Goldies) loved having the freedom of the paddock to race round in. Luna, in particular, enjoyed snoozing in front of the log burner. Already planning when we can come back for another visit! Thank you so much for the treat on arrival for us and the pooches. Finding the bothy decorated with a Xmas tree etc was such a lovely touch too. Santa left an early Xmas present for Eachann and Bunty…a small treat. Again, thanks so much.
Jill, Peter, Molly🐾 and Luna🐾
What a perfect setting to celebrate our ten year anniversary together! We have fallen in love with Ghillie’s Bothy and dream of building a place like this of our own. We couldn’t have asked for a better welcome and the bothy has truly been one of the best places we have stayed. Thanks again, we hope to see you again some time.
Cat and Andy. Dundee
What a perfect find! Ruby loved the paddock and we loved the fire! Very thoughtfully renovated you’ve thought of everything! A cosy retreat that we’ll be sure to return to! Thank you very much for the welcome cakes and dog treats for Ruby!
Grant, Clare and Ruby🐾, Glasgow
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Stayed here over the weekend with the dogs. Such a cosy, homely little place, didn’t want to leave come the Sunday. Place is so clean, tidy and very unique, couldn’t have asked for a better time to relax and chill. A big thank you to Steve and Jill for a friendly welcome, lovely couple, you have a beautiful little bothy here and we will be passing on your number to all. Thanks again.
Mark, Sarah, Max and Robin🐾
Thank you so much Jill and Steve. We had a wonderful stay in your lovely Bothy. There’s only one problem-our stay was far too short! The Bothy is very cosy and beautifully decorated a real home from home. We will certainly be back and stay a little longer next time. The surrounding countryside is breathtaking- especially in the autumn. We wish you both every success in the future.
Sue and Alan, Cheshire.
Thank you for a lovely stay at Ghillie’s Bothy. Nel loved the paddock! Very cosy cottage, beautiful quiet setting. Thanks.
stephen, Jo and Neil. Cumbria.
29th September-2nd October
Ghillie’s Bothy is absolutely perfect. We have had such a good weekend and so don’t want to go home. The cottage is in the most beautiful location and we just didn’t have long enough to explore everything the region has. It certainly is a hidden gem. Molly and Tilly loved the paddock and we will all be returning soon- we hope. Thank you for the warm welcome and the scones.
Liz, Ekke, Molly and Tilly. Bolton
What a find 🙂 Ghillie’s Bothy is so delightful and in a beautiful area. We have enjoyed such a relaxing Autumn break. Thank you Jill and Steve for making our stay so comfortable and enjoyable. Looking forward to returning.
Sally and John, York
The cottage is absolutely perfect for our little getaway for the Bluegrass Festival. It has everything a person could need, except for coffee and a bar of soap, which we will bring next trip up. Lovely, well fitted out, very comfortable and beautifully decorated cottage. We may want to move in. Our hosts are absolutely lovely and most accommodating as well. Thanks so very much for providing such a lovely spot for travellers.
P.S. The cup cakes are addictive and we did find the coffee(oops)!
Clip and Harry, Godalming, UK
Super week what a little gem Ghillies Bothy is. Warm welcome and cakes, spotless and clean nice and cosy warm, will recommend to everyone. Many thanks to Jill and Steve.
Karen and Dave, Lancaster
A wonderful place to stay, comfortable, cosy and well furnished. So peaceful and lovely walks right from the doorstep. Lyra loved watching the fire! We will be recommending Ghillie’s Bothy to everyone. Thank you for having us and for being so accommodating for Lyra too on her first holiday.
Holly, Mark and Lyra. Burnley, Lancashire
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Beautiful cottage, very well equipped and ideal location for exploring Scotlands hidden treasurers. A big thank you to Jill and Steve for their wonderful suggestions on where to visit(Drumlanrig Castle and Culzean Castle) both require a full day as plenty to do. Many thanks and best wishes.
James and Kimberly, Siddington, Cheshire
The end of another lovely week here! Sad to be going but looking forward to coming back next year. Billy had the best time with Eachann!! Thanks Jill and Steve x
Sue, Gordon and Billy, Hampshire
Great stay! Lovely place! Lovely people!
Steph and Laura, Oakley and Sasha. Glasgow
What a lovely welcome! Thanks for the milk and scrum my cake. Bothy gorgeous. Cosy and quiet. Slept really well. Loved our wee holiday here. Lots to see and do. Thanks again.
David and Irene and Murray the Westie, Kinross
29th July-5th August
We have had such a wonderful week at Ghillie’s Bothy. Such a lovely building to stay in, quiet and relaxing, and fully equipped for every eventuality.. Steve and Jill the owners made us very welcome. We will definitely be returning one day. A little slice of heaven! Thank you.
Sarah Ben and Honeymoon🐾, Hertfordshire
We have had such a brilliant time staying in Ghillie’s Bothy. Thank you so much for all your tips on the area- we have seen such beautiful countryside and cycled through spectacular scenery. The Bothy was just the best place to relax and enjoy after busy days exploring! Many Thanks,
Millie and Tom, Manchester.
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We both loved the cottage and was very comfortable, with lots of nice touches (cake)! There were so many good things about this holiday scenery, peace, weather, castles. Thank you so much for making our stay comfortable and welcoming us both. Many thanks.
Lorraine, Colchester, Essex
24th June-8th July
Thank you for letting me call Ghillie’s Bothy home again for the last two weeks. Despite the mixed weather I’ve had a fantastic time, visiting new places and returning to old favourites. Returning to the Bothy at the end of each day has been a joy! Thank you again.
A fantastic wee bothy in a scenic location surrounded by lots of wildlife. Blessed with great weather, very relaxing, time slowed right down. We really enjoyed our visit. Thanks.
Gail, Gordon and Ziggy. Mid Calder
Our second visit to this lovely Bothy and it will not be our last! We love the area very much and some great venues to visit nearby. We recommend Logan Botanical Gardens to visit. Our thanks to Jill and Steve for their help and especially to Eachann🐾 (Love him)!
Margaret and Malcolm and Dougal 🐾Crewe, Cheshire
27th May-3rd June
What a great place!! Well equipped ‘Bothy’, lucky with the weather ( for a few days)- great castles within easy driving distances, would recommend to friends/family. Thank you.
Sue, Phill, Sara and Serge. Matlock, Derbyshire
We have had a wonderful week relaxing here at the bothy. A real home from home, in a perfect location. Beautifully decorated and the bed- wow, so comfy! This was our first visit to the D&G area and we have enjoyed exploring the local area. Thornhill- yummy meal in the B&Q Arms, Castle Douglas-delicious fish and chips from ‘Moores’ while enjoying the view at Loch Ken, and a few wonderful local walks. Ralph I’ve enjoyed a run in the paddock every day and the treats! Thanks Jill and Steve, you are the perfect hosts- we would not hesitate recommending.Hope to return one day.
Alison, Joe and Ralphie🐾
A warm welcome awaited us and sunshine for our whole stay. Beautiful Bothy and scenery. Enjoyed fantastic walks,. Brunch at The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms Hotel is a must. Piccola Italia is a gem, fantastic meal and atmosphere. Walk up Tynron Don on a sunny day and you will be rewarded with an amazing view. Just a perfect place. Many thanks.
Petra, Simon and Flint, Kirkby Lonsdale
Our 2nd visit to the Bothy as we loved our stay in October 2016. We have been blessed with good weather and even got sun burnt on the Sunday! We love the peace and quiet of the location and the friendliness of the locals! We had a great trip to Cream O’ Galloway for lovely ice-creams and great walks- we even saw some adders mating! We would also highly recommend a visit to Drumlanrig Castle and the grounds which have some lovely walks and gardens. Overall, as last time, a perfect place for a lovely relaxing break! Thank you!
Gary, Nicola and Honey. Bramley, Leeds
What a find! A perfect hide-away made more special by everyone’s friendliness. A very special thank you from St John and I and our two dogs.
St John and Di with Bailey and Kyra. York
8th – 12th April
One of the most beautiful cottages I’ve stayed in. The box bed was like stepping in to a fairytale…Tynron was a lovely base for walking and it was a treat to be able to walk straight from the door – thank you for the helpful maps! My return visit to Striding Arches lived up to expectations- this was the main reason I decided to stay here but I will definitely return to explore further. Thank you for creating such a cosy and charming refuge- it was a real pleasure to spend time here.
Fantastic accommodation in a beautiful location. The cottage is perfect, everything you need and more. We enjoyed cosy evenings warm and snug with the stove, and loads to do in the day, we even attempted cycling to Moniaive to the pub despite the steep hills! Wonderful birthday break, would love to come back. Thanks Jill and Steve!
Birds seen/heard round the bothy: chiffchaff, heron, nuthatch, tree creeper, song thrush, wood pecker blackbird.
Helen and Owen, Perthshire
What a fantastic time we’ve had. The cottage is great everything you need- love the fire, bed, shower and kitchen. Great paddock area to let the dog loose and enjoy the sunshine. The surrounding villages are beautiful and eating out has been a pleasure. A completely relaxed and chilled time- perfect just what we needed. We would highly recommend and definitely hope to return one day! Thanks Jill and Steve xxx
James, Clare and Jiggy, Parkhead, Glasgow.
Wonderful cottage/bothy. Very relaxing stay we loved it…don’t want to go home.
Annie, Noodles and Zennie xxx
15th – 19th March
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We’ve had a fantastic few days relaxing at Ghillie’s Bothy. The house was equipped with everything we needed. Skye the collie loved the Morso wood burner which was on every night! Thanks for having us.
Love Simon, Sarah and Skye X🐾X, Stewarton, Ayrshire
Thank you to Gill and Steve for this gorgeous bothy. Location is gorgeous. Pippin loved the paddock. Weather mixed but still had some good walks. Had some great meals out. Italian in a Moniaive- food is delicious, lovely staff, worth a visit, a great find. hope to come again.
Jennie, Stewart and Pippin. Southport, Merseyside.
Beautiful cottage, we have stayed in many and this is by far the nicest! Really want to take the mattress home! (Will definitely be buying one of these). Very warm welcome, enjoyed the cakes- thank you. Ideal area for walking two Labradors! Wish we had booked a week, but we will be back!
Best wishes, John, Lyn, Milly and Maddy
With such wonderful attention to detail who could fail to have perfectly peaceful break! Such a fabulous place to stay and regain some energy! I look forward to returning in the future with my new boy Stanley!
P.S. Elsie would’ve loved it here, but she was here in spirit!
Best wishes, Louise and Mylo🐾, Hamilton
28th December- 2nd January 2017
What a beautiful bothy. Thank you for making us all feel so welcome. We loved the reindeer cakes and treats for Jersey. Couldn’t think of a better way to see in the New Year. Very best wishes
Polly Mike and Jersey🐾 Preston
What a wonderful stay. Thanks so much. I really appreciated the thoughtful little touches like bath sheets instead of towels, the cosy blankets and fresh milk on arrival. The highlight was the beautiful Chrostmas tree. Just what was needed at the end of hectic year.
27th November – 4th December
We had to come back!! Just as lovely as our first stay. We felt at home the minute we walked through the door. And Billy ran straight to look for Eachann… Then into the paddock! Unfortunately we don’t get to spend as much time as we like ‘just chilling’ as we have lots of family to visit in Dumfries and Galloway. Loved coming ‘home’ in the evening and relaxing in front of the stove – once we got the hang of it!! Thank you Jill, Steve and Eachann. See you next year!!🙂XXX
Sue, Gordon and Billy, Havant, Hampshire.
What’s not to love! Perfect bothy, perfect location, lovely hosts. We’ve had such a lovely winters break we will definitely be back. Dogs have loved every second, particularly being able to run straight out the door into a fully enclosed paddock! Made plenty of use of the well-equipped kitchen, lovely decor throughout, maintained to a high standard! Bed was lovely and cosy warm even with freezing temperatures over night. Morse stove was to die for! PErfect location for walking straight from the doorstep including Tynronn Doon! Made plenty of ventures out including Drumlanrig Castle, Crawick Multiverse, Galloway Forest Park and Portpatrick to walk towards the Killantringan Lighthouse. Have seen plenty of small birds, a heron, red squirrels, red seers, a Chinese water deer at Crawick, a rabbit in the paddock and even some seals around Portpatrick. Met some lovely locals and their dogs and both Eddie and Bramble eventually came round to Eachann after meeting him on a walk. Thank you very much, we hope to be back soon.
Love Luke, Alicia, Eddie and Bramble xx Nottingham.
PS. Was lovely to arrive to some lovely little cakes and dog treats- the cherry on the top! 🙂
We have had a lovely week at the Bothy, which is the most perfectly equipped and comfortable cottage! The log burner has been on every night, and despite the low temperatures we have been toasty warm! We have seen a brief glimpse of the Supermoon, some snow, Red Deer ( at Galloway Forest hide) and several Red Kites- and lots of stunning scenery! We have also eaten out at some wonderful places- the Piccola Italian, The B&Q Hotel in Thornhill, Thomas Tosh and spent a few pounds in The Moniaive Chocolate Shop! Thank you!
Anna and Mark, Suffolk
What an absolutely perfect place to relax. It is absolutely luxurious, peaceful, immaculate and the owners attention to detail, nothing short of marvellous. A perfect, idyllic setting to disconnect and leave your worries behind. Comfy, cosy and perfect in every detail. On arrival, greeted with a small treat and biscuits for the dogs. I did not want to leave (ever)🙂. I will be back very soon. Thank you for a well needed time out.
Gordon, Beau and Jago. Dumfries.
2nd November- 9th November
WOW,WOW,WOW!! This place is amazing- everything I wanted and more. Thank you for creating such a gorgeous cottage/holiday home. I really appreciated all the details; what a thoroughly well thought out place! Kudos to you both!! Wee Rosaloved it here – will definitely be back! Love from Linda and Rosa.
Linda and Rosa, Glasgow.
Wonderful cottage and location. We have really enjoyed discovering this fantastic part of Scotland. Great hospitality in Moniaive and surrounding area. Pristine environment and a nice welcome from Jill. We hope to return next year.
Anna and Roy, Chulmleigh, Devon
Perfect. Just what we were looking for- only better. Located amongst lovely scenery with various footpaths for walking Bella the puppy. Well placed for river fishing and so tastefully decorated and appointed. We feel we’ve discovered a place we’d like to return to. Thank you.
Paul, Mandy and Bella. Whether by, Yorkshire
8th- 15th October
We’ve had a lovely time at the Bothy! What a cosy little place it is! We’ve all enjoyed the facilities and made good use of the well equipped kitchen!🙂 We’ve loved the cosy built-in bed, so comfy and soft! What a delight the wood burning stove has been too, we’ve made use of it every day. We’ve not even needed the heating on. We’ve also enjoyed many walks and exploring the area too. Honey our Labrador has loved the paddock area and the local area too. Jill, our hostess was very helpful and friendly too- thanks for the cakes and useful advice. We would love to come again maybe next year. Looking forward to it already, but not to leaving! Thanks.
Gary, Nicola and Honey
24th September- 8th October
We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay at Ghillie’s Bothy. A very relaxing holiday spot “away from it all”. It’s our first time in this area of Scotland and we found it to be very beautiful. Many thanks to Steve and Jill for being such helpful- wonderful hosts (thanks for the info on the bed- so, so comfortable)! We will be returning next year- all being well.
P.S. Moniaive Choclatiers in Thornhill is worth a visit. Exquisite chocolates!!
Malcolm, Margaret and Dougal. Crewe, Cheshire.
Lovely little cottage. Very quiet and in the middle of “nowhere”. Have had a very enjoyable, peaceful time. All to sudden it is “time to go home”. Bothy is very well equipped with everything you could want. Many thanks to you.
John and Catherine, North Yorkshire
A bonny bothy finished to a high standard with a well equipped kitchen and soporific box bed. Stunning scenery and majestic countryside offering plenty of variety and a wide range of walking routes to suit every aptitude. Toby(Border terrier) was in his element frolicking in the paddock. Moreover, Jill and Steve were genial hosts. What more could one wish for?
Bridget, Sacha and Toby, Lancashire.
31st August-10th September
This has even a super week, it really has. Ghillie’s Bothy was perfect for all of us in every way. Thank you for your warm welcome and advice throughout our stay. I’m only sorry that Breezer was nasty to Eachann (note from Admin”she wasn’t-he made her jump!”). We hope to be back.
Eric and Steph and Breezer, Old Aberdeen
Such a beautiful hidden gem. Cottage comfortable and beautifully decorated and well equipped throughout. We visited Drumlanrig Castle and walked in the gardens with our dog. Lots of walks around the castle and enjoyed a cream tea. Popped to Moniaive chocolatiers in Thornhill- delicious( we had to buy a few chocolates to try and we’re planning to buy a few more on our way home!) Jill and Steve very helpful and on hand if there is anything you need. Lovely walk if you go out of the cottage drive and turn right-follow road until you reach the end and go through gate on left. Used log burner every night. Our dog is so tired after all the walks we’ve been on- he has never ending so quiet in the evenings! We’ll definitely be coming back to Ghillie’s Bothy as it really is a hidden gem tucked away in the Scottish countryside. Lots more to explore that we wren’ table to fit in during our stay. Thank you Jill and Steve for our cakes and dog biscuits on arrival- lovely touch. Hoping to be back soon!
Pete, Sam and Ernie, Caerphilly, South Wales
Another wonderful week at Ghillie’s Bothy. Just perfect! Thank you Steve and Jill. We hope to be back again soon. Best wishes,
Kevin, Lyndsay and Coiney, Stirling
A well thought out and beautiful cottage very well equipped with lots of thoughtful added extras, including dishwasher tabs, cling film and foil to reference just a few. Thanks also for the cakes and milk on arrival, which were appreciated. Thanks for making the cottage comfortable and cosy and immaculately clean. Drumlanrig Castle is worth a visit as is Galloway Forest local Italian Restaurant serves superb food, check out the tartan chocolate from chocolatiers in Thornhill! lovely weeks holiday, lucky with the weather-Friday the only rainy day. The cottage will stay in our memories as one of the best we have ever stayed in! We will recommend to others.
P.S. Pumpernickel Cafe in Dumfries is lovely food and cake.
Best wishes Jen and Andy, Sheffield
Fantastic time, beautiful cottage, wonderful hosts, don’t want to leave. A perfect way to spend a honeymoon. Thank you.
Sama and Mike, Hollins, Bury, Lancs
Lovely honeymoon is this beautiful little Bothy. We had such a lovely welcome from Steve and Jill and they have made our time here even more special🙂. Lovely Italian in Moniaive (would recommend booking) such lovely people and very welcoming. Really good steak in Ayr ‘The Waterfront’. Would recommend visiting Kippford and Kirkcudbright, beautiful little coastal towns…sad to be leaving but hope to return. Thank you for everything Steve and Jill ❤️❤️ *log burner on every night!* 🙂
Lauren and Luke, Grange-Over-Sands, Cumbria
Nice comfortable, cosy cottage- made to feel very welcome. Lovely area. Hope to return.
Mike and Anne, Elgin, Scotland
“It is easy to notice that Ghillie’s Bothy was carefully decorated to make guests’ stays very enjoyable. Its location is beautiful and quiet (very pleasant walks!) yet not far from several interesting sites in beautiful southern Scotland. Upon arrival we found delicious little treats and a welcoming smile from Jill. Many thanks for a lovely week indeed.
Mario and Maria, Leeds
2nd– 16th July
Really lovely holiday. Quiet and relaxing. Fantastic accommodation. Kitchen very well equipped. Standard very high. Superb location. Especially suitable for dogs. Bobby, border collie and Olly, springer spaniel, have enjoyed it too.Very safe environment for dogs! Made very welcome. Thank you for the arrival cake and milk. Recommend Thomas Tosh in Thornhill for coffee and scones!
Jonathan and Ruth with Bobby and Olly. Devon
25th June–2nd July
We had a lovely week here in Ghillie’s Bothy- such a lovely, peaceful place! The cottage is beautiful and spotlessly clean. We haven’t slept so well for ages; even Billy had long lies! So much thought has gone into making this a perfect place to be – the paddock was complete heaven for Billy and as he’s only 6 months old, freedom to roam is something fairly new to him and he loves it! We will definitely be back! 🙂 Thank you Jill and Steve and Eachann.
Gordon, Sue and Billy. Havant, Hampshire
Perfect place to relax and chill from the city life. Batteries totally recharged… Beautiful cottage, fully equipped with all the essentials and decor stunning! Our two labs loved the enclosed paddock, played for hours, whilst we enjoyed the sunshine. Amazing walks (no car needed). Moniaive a welcoming village where we met the locals over a few beers and they even arranged a ‘dog friendly’ taxi home for us as the weather changed. Will definitely recommend…Thank you.
Nicola, Glenn, Sky and Jess. Newcastle upon Tyne
Our third visit and each time is better. So relaxing- just what you need-a place to stop the world and get off for a while. Weather warm and dull, ideal for walking and dogs- Daisy (whippet) loved it. There is a dog friendly cafe in Castle Douglas called ‘The Mad Hatter’. We certainly plan to make another visit.
Margaret, Norman and Daisy, Wideopen, Newcastle on Tyne
I’ve always wanted to live in a cottage and Ghillie’s Bothy definitely didn’t disappoint. The cottage is perfect- from its stunning location to the tasteful decor- so much so that it’s impossible to fault. With so many places to visit in Dumfries and Galloway I hope to return again soon! Thank you 🙂
28th May – 4th June
What an escape this beautiful little house is. Have had an amazing week with stunning weather; very lucky. Thanks Jill for your warm welcome and answering all of our questions about this lovely area. You have created a special place here! Very sad to be leaving. Thanks again.
Lucy and Neil, Cheshire.
21st – 28th May
We returned to Scotland for our fourth wedding anniversary. We think we have found a hidden gem. Ghillie’s Bothy-what a lovely little place. Decor lovely and the added touches made it a home from home. Great information available and Jill and Steve gave us some ideas of what to do. We have walked miles and the scenery is stunning. What a lovely gem of Scotland. Thanks. We think the dogs are even tired!!!
Lynn, Billy and Cal with Bella and Jack. Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire
7th – 14th May
Ghillie’s Bothy is tastefully decorated, well equipped and comfortable. Ollie our Paterdale Terrier was safe in the paddock to roam free. We were lucky enough to have the glorious weather this week to take advantage of the chairs in the paddock for an early morning and late evening cuppa listening to the birdsong and sheep. Idyllic! Lochside Spa ( North of New Cumnock) on A76 is beautifully located beside the loch (as the name suggests) with excellent food. Loved the climb up Tynron Doon and over the hills to Moniaive. We’ve loved exploring D&G. Seeing an adder was amazing near Rockcliffe – a first.
Sally and Ian with Ollie. Carlisle
30th April-7th May
Lovely week mixed weather!! But it did not spoil our hols -Great cottage met all our needs 😀 Recommend Blackaddie house for a fantastic meal, artisan bakers in Castle Douglas-down side street next to pancake house- pizza and Thomas Tosh. Thanks Jill for a lovely week.
Marie and Pete, Corbridge, Northumberland
Lovely- Thank you.
Carolyn, Graeme and Halu. Muthill, Scotland.
We’ve loved our stay here-thank you. The cottage is very cosy and comfortable, we’ve loved the decor so much that we’ve taken some inspiration for our own house! All of your tips for things to do locally were spot on; we enjoyed visiting Drumlanrig and Morton Castles and ate a delicious pizza at the local Italian. Thank you for the yummy treats for both us and our dogs and we have loved that dogs are so welcome here that you provide bowls for them. We’d love to come back. Thank you! 🙂
Sarah and Adam with Jackson and Maebe, Helensburgh
25th – 29th March 2016 Easter
We have thoroughly enjoyed our long weekend at Ghillie’s Bothy. We found the cottage perfect and well equipped for our needs. Our little dog Teddy has loved his holiday, he enjoyed many walks here and loved the paddock! Excellent to have an enclosed space for him! Many thanks to Jill and Steve for your hospitality, lovely to have met the both of you. Thank you for our Easter treats ( Easter cupcakes and bones for little Teddy). We are very sad to be leaving and hope to be back again! Thanks again.
Jennifer, Chris and Teddy. Glasgow
Gillie’s Bothy was closed during Ferbruary and March.
4th-7th January 2016
Had a lovely few relaxing days here at Ghillie’s Bothy. Jill and Steve were both very welcoming and have equipped the Bothy with everything you could need- it is immaculately clean and has felt very cosy and private. Lovely surroundings and walking opportunities. Would recommend Thomas Tosh for cake and gift shop and had a really great meal at The Buccleuch and Queensberry Arms. Sad to leave but will definitely be back and would recommend to others!
Lewis and Eilidh, Edinburgh
28th December 2015–3rd January 2016
Absolutely love this cosy, beautifully decorated bothy. Haven’t even left yet but already planning another trip! The hosts are lovely and friendly, the surrounding countryside is quiet and pretty. Erik (our bulldog) loves the wood burner so much we are having trouble getting him out at all! Really well equipped kitchen! We were welcomed with sparkling wine and mince pies, plus a Christmas card from Jill and Steve. Really do love this special little place, we shall certainly be back!
Scott and Jodie with Erik, Selby, North Yorkshire.
21st-28th December 2015
A perfect gem of a place- we can only re-iterate what others have already said. Beautiful scenery, wonderful cottage and thoughtful hosts – thank you. We had a fabulous Christmas and honeymoon! We will definitely recommend and hope to come back again soon.
Dave, Pippa and Nellie
11th-14th December 2015
What a fantastic internet find this amazing little cottage is. Beautifully furnishe, and given the temperature outside, amazingly cosy, from the excellent kitchen to the comfortable bed and the woodburning stove we loved every bit of Ghillie’s Bothy. Lovely walks, great biking to be done ( when we come back due to the icy conditions). If you fancy a trip slightly further afield, then we recommend the book shops in Wigtown…
Coral and Steve, Northumberland
14th November 2015i
Ghillie’s Bothy was just perfect for our honeymoon-cosy, warm and with everything we needed for days spent walking in the beautiful Scottish countryside and evenings spent drinking wine and playing cards by the fire. Jill and Steve have clearly put a lot of thought into making the Bothy a home from home and it has exceeded our expectations. We have done two local walks -to Moniaive and to Penpont -both excellent. We also visited Annandale Distillery, which was very interesting and had a look in Thomas Tosh in Thornhill- an excellent choice of gifts!! We have really enjoyed chatting to Steve and Jill who could not have been more welcoming. We don’t want to leave, but will definitely be back! Perhaps for our first wedding anniversary…?! Thank you Jill and Steve we are proud to be the first honeymoon couple at Ghillie’s Bothy – we are pretty sure we wont be the last!
Agnes and Ian, Forest Hill, London
5th November 2015
We’ve had a wonderful autumn break in this cosy cottage. We’ve found the bothy excellently equipped and just right for 2. The peaceful surroundings have been bliss. Highlights of our trip have been Caerlaverock Castle, seeing Autumn Watch being filmed at the WWT centre and spiced hot chocolate at Thomas Tosh. Fantastic place to stay- would love to visit again. Thanks to Jill and Steve.
Colin and Katie, Kilbarchan
23rd October 2015
Liked it so much the first visit we came back and enjoyed it so much again. we went to the Forest of Ae – good walking for dogs- small café there. Also went to the RSPB Mersehead where you an get on to the beach. The geese are due to fly in for the winter. We have seen Red Kites in the area and you an visit the Red Kite centre in Dumfries. The weather was good and quite warm. Hopefully we can come back next year. Thank you Jill and Steve. Must try tartan chocolate from Moniaive- Delicious!
Margaret and Norman with Daisy, Newcastle on Tyne
17th October 2015
Lovely welcoming people. house lovely and comfortable like a home from home. would come back again, walks for the dog were great. Sad to leave.
Allan and Agnes with Titan. Duntocher
15th October 2015
Dear Steve and Jill, this was a wonderful time out, the bothy fitted us like a glove. The scenery is , for us, new and awesomely depleted of humans. We looked in vain for the Aurora Borealis and made some unexpectedly long trips. Thank you for your hospitality and helpfulness in all respects. We will spread the word! Thanks again.
Ulli and Elsa, Amsterdam, Holland
5th October 2015
We really enjoyed our long weekend in this beautiful bothy. Stunningly decorated with a really comfy bed. We had such a peaceful few days, kept cosy by the stove and we will certainly return to this 5* accommodation. A perfect end to our 10th wedding anniversary celebrations.
Kelly Ann and Michael, Strathaven, S. Lanarkshire
27th September 2015
we have had the best time on our 1st family holiday. Fell in love with Ghillie’s Bothy straight away! Absolutely love the Morso stove, we had it roaring away every night and early morning! Our seven month old daughter slept better here than at home! Archie loved the paddock to run around in. The Bothy is fantastically equipped with everything you need and I didn’t need to pack half of the stuff that we brought with us! Beautiful location and we have been spoilt with glorious sunshine every day (5 days). hope to return for our wedding anniversary in March. 🙂
Jo, Dan, Baby Violet and Archie. burnley, Lancs
21st September 2015
we had a lovely long weekend at the Bothy. Everything you could need provided. We’ve asked if it is for sale as we have enjoyed our time here so much! We now have some inspiration to do our own home improvements. We will definitely be back again. 🙂 x
Sean and Michelle, Coventry.
12th-16th September 2015
What a fab little cottage, so neat and compact with everything we needed. Beautifully restored!! When can we move in?!! Gorgeous buns too! Fantastic Bed! Had a great time on the many forest walks in the local area. Gorgeous scenery. The dogs loved it too and meeting Ecchan???(sorry, probably spelt that wrong) He is a lovely dog anyway. A fab relaxing time, sorry to leave, would love to come again!!
Allison and Richard with Lola, Splash and Dibble xxx Holme on Spalding Moor, Yorkshire
29th August 2015
How lucky we were to find this beautiful cottage, which has been lovingly restored. Jill and Steve have put a lot of thought in to making it a great place to stay, keeping the cottage design with modern needs. We couldn’t wish for anything more for a relaxing time away. Jill and Steve made us and our two dogs feel very welcome, cant wait to return.
P.S, Great bed, very comfy! Fab kitchen. Love the stove! Hot!
Ian, Jeanette, Cyrus and Harvey. Co.Durham
21st August 2015
A lovely cosy bothy in beautiful countryside. We all had a great holiday and Mr C really enjoyed all of his walks and doing zoomies in the paddock! The box bed is really comfy- not too soft, not too hard and just like baby bear’s bed it was ‘just right’! The bothy is well equipped and has been beautifully furnished. The rainy day box is a nice touch- Kevin had never heard of Pass the Pigs up until now! It’s a shame we have to go home really! We would love to stay here and drink tea in between going for our walks. Thanks for a lovely holiday. It was just perfect!
Kevin, Lyndsey and Coiney the greyhound. Clackmannanshire
8th August 2015
Great place, snug and cosy. Beautifully furnished and stocked with everything you might need (and more). Would come again! Couldn’t get the rug in my bag so I had to leave it!
Kate and Dan, Derbyshire
26th July 2015
Ghillie’s Bothy is beautifully furnished and comfortable its been perfect for our first stay in the area and incredibly relaxing. Great walks and views from doorstep and in local area. the wood burner stove is wonderful, we used every night! Perfect for dogs, peace of mind to have a safe area to run about in, Martha will miss her field. Feel we have found a wee gem of a place and kinda want to keep it a secret- will definitely be back. Many thanks.
Harriet and Alastair with Martha, Glasgow
23rd July 2015
Dear Jill and Steve, we had a fabulous time here in the wee cottage, it was so restful and peaceful, exactly what we needed. The place is beautifully furnished and there is everything you need. Despite the weather we had some great walks and found the sunshine for a bar-b-q. The Shakespeare at Drumlanrig was excellent. I would recommend anyone to see what Illyria Theatre Co. are up to because their production was brilliant. We will be back soon.
Shirley and Gordon, Edinburgh
17th July 2015
Wonderful cosy cottage, modernised but not losing its character. Good walking for dogs. Daisy loved it. Lovely and private but knowing Steve and Jill were close if needed was great.The bed is unique but very warm and comfortable. Drumlanrig Castle well worth a visit- lots of walking in the grounds. Hope to come back. Seen in the courtyard- red squirrel, stoat, rabbit and some birds. Seen in the area 2 red kites, heron.
Norman and Margaret with Daisy, Newcastle upon Tyne
4th July 2015
Our first time in Dumfries and we really enjoyed it. The spot of this cottage is beautiful and well located. Loved the cottage, really well equipped and beautifully refurbished and furnished, with a great eye for detail! We didn’t get to try the Morso stove as we were here in the hottest week of the year so far…guess we have to come back for this! Many thanks, hope to be back.
Connie and Tim, Newcastle upon Tyne
15th June 2015
We had a fantastic time in our little cottage. Excellent place with a fantastic kitchen and loved the bed. Highly suggest a trip to the Italian. Jill and Steve are excellent hosts who really make you feel welcome and part of a little bit of history. Many thanks and see you again!
Geoff and Sam with George and Henry, Dollar
26th May 2015
Beautiful cottage, loved the Morso stove! Best stocked kitchen ever! Super comfy bed (too high for wee dogs!) Even cushions and blanket for lazing in the sun. Charlie and Ruby loved the paddock for running around in- with slight tweaks now fully enclosed for little dogs. Perfect retreat from busy city life, leaving completely chilled and relaxed. Thanks for having us, we hope to be back.
Helen and Mark with Charlie and Ruby, Glasgow.