Things To Do

Activities Nearby

Drumlanrig CastleActivities available locally are wide ranging and cater for all ages – a local riding and trekking centre, over 30 golf clubs in the region and numerous other opportunities for outdoor fun like fishing, walking, cycling and shooting.

Highly recommended for a visit is the nearby Drumlanrig Castle, the ancient Douglas stronghold and home of the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. And just down the road from Thornhill is Ellisland Farm the home of Scotland’s National poet Robert Burns.

Activities available locally are wide ranging and cater for all ages.
 Thornhill is a delightful rural village with several eating places, pubs and cafés. It is also known for its chic boutiques and local shops.


With a choice of many courses in Dumfries and Galloway, you can play serious golf or just a few relaxing rounds of holiday golf. Play an enjoyable round at Thornhill where Andrew Coltart honed his skills, or try the challenge of the famous Solway links course at Southerness.

Drumlanrig Castle and Country Park

The historic Scottish castle, constructed from local pink sandstone and set on a hill at the end of a long ridge, affords visitors beautiful views across Nithsdale to rolling hills and woodlands. This ancient Douglas stronghold is brimming with treasures; fine paintings and furniture, carvings, tapestries and silverware dating from a bygone age of opulence. The Country Park provides visitors an opportunity to enjoy the Buccleuch Countryside directly surrounding Drumlanrig Castle. Drumlanrig Castle and Country Park also offers way-marked walks, excellent cycle routes, adventure playground, tearoom and many events throughout the year.

Riding & Trekking Centre

Adjacent to the steadings is Camplebridge Riding and Trekking Centre where the absolute beginner to the experienced rider can participate in individual riding lessons or hacks of various duration. For smaller children pony rides can be arranged and for the very adventurous carriage lessons can be booked.


Dumfries and Galloway is famed for its stunning landscapes and coastline, and cycling holidays are the ideal way to explore. With lots of off-road trails and miles and miles of quiet country roads. If an off road challenge for your cycling holidays appeals, then make sure you take time to visit one of the nearby 7 Stanes mountain biking centres or Drumlanrig Castle cycle routes.

Wanlockhead & Leadhills

Wanlockhead, Scotland’s highest village, a short drive away, owes it’s existence to lead mining. You can experience what it was like to live as a miner in the eighteenth century and a guided tour of Lochnell Mine gives the visitor a vivid sense of what lead mining was all about. Enjoy a trip at the Leadhills and Wanlockhead rail society which operates a two foot gauge tourist railway between the two villages.


The River Nith, which flows south from New Cumnock to south of Dumfries is the largest of the Solway rivers and offers excellent salmon and sea trout fishing for anglers of all abilities and experiences. Fishing in both loch and river are available within easy reach of the cottage. Drumlanrig Castle and Country Park also offers exclusive river and loch fishing on the estate.

Places to Eat

Less than a mile away is Trigony, a luxury Scottish Country House Hotel. Dining, whether in the restaurant overlooking the gardens, or in the cosy bar with its welcoming open fire, is always a pleasure. All the food is prepared with the greatest of care from the home made organic bread to the ice-cream.

A few hundred yards away is New Cample Farm shop and tearoom. The tearoom is cosy and welcoming and you’ll be sure to be offered tasty, wholesome and home baked fare – whether it be a light lunch, snack or heart-warming bowl of soup. All of the dishes are made using the shop’s fresh produce and a choice of Fairtrade teas and coffees.