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Friars Carse

Dumfries, UK
  • This historic property is amid "some of Southern Scotland's finest attractions, [which] lie in the gentle hills & lush valleys of Dumfries and Galloway" (Lonely Planet)
  • The hotel is part of a 45-acre estate beside the River Nith, & has its own private fishing beat
  • Poet Robert Burns lived on a nearby farm & was a regular visitor
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98% (56 member ratings)

4.7Value for Money


Friars Carse Hotel
Dumfries, DG2 0SA
United Kingdom Map & Directions
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Set in 45 acres of tranquil woodland, Friars Carse Hotel is a country estate within the grounds of what was originally a 13th-century friary. This is an area steeped in history, and the bard Robert Burns spent much of his short but eventful life in the vicinity of Friars Carse -- even engraving lines with his diamond-point pen on the summer house windows. The stencil is now on display at Ellisland Farm Museum, which is just a short walk away.

Set on the banks of the River Nith, the hotel offers seasonal angling opportunities exclusively for hotel guests. There is also tackle storage, a drying room and freezing facilities on site.

The Whistle Restaurant uses seasonal produce and also offers an extensive wine list. It was here that a famous drinking competition took place, to win the right to be put into verse by Burns.

From the hotel, Sandyhills Beach is a 40-minute drive away, while Sweetheart Abbey is 20 minutes. Dundrennan Abbey, where Mary, Queen of Scots spent her final night in Scotland, and the moated triangular Caerlaverock Castle are both less than a 50-minute drive away.

With views across the well-maintained lawns that roll down to the riverfront, all bedrooms come with free Wi-Fi.

by Katie Warwick


  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • 100% smoke-free


  • Room service (limited hours)
  • Safe in reception

Room amenities

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea-making facilities
  • Flatscreen TV


  • Complimentary Internet access
  • Complimentary Wi-Fi in public areas


  • Hair-dryer
  • Luxury toiletries
  • Bathtub (in some rooms)


  • Complimentary parking
  • Off-street parking


  • Accessible bathroom in some rooms
  • Accessible meeting room
  • Accessible parking
  • Accessible path of travel
  • Accessible restaurant
  • Wheelchair accessible
Please note: Some amenities may not be available in all rooms and some amenities or services incur an additional charge and are subject to change. Please check with the hotel directly.


  • Standard check-in time: 3pm. Minimum age required to check in: 18.


  • Standard checkout time: 11am

Children and additional guests

  • Extra guests charges apply as follows: £10 per child, per night for children aged 13 and under.  There are no extra beds for adults. Extra beds/cots must be requested upon booking. Please use the Special Requests field to request an extra bed/cot. Supplements are not included automatically in the total price and will be charged directly by the hotel. See room descriptions for information about room occupancy levels.


  • Pets are allowed on request, in a limited number of rooms: £10 per pet, per night. Please enquire directly with the hotel before booking.


  • Cancellation policy & booking conditions vary by 'rate plan'. These will be displayed on the payment page after you have searched for your dates and selected a rate.

Getting there

The hotel is in Auldgirth, less than 20 minutes' drive from Dumfries railway station. Edinburgh and Glasgow airports are within 90 minutes' drive. The hotel has a free car park.


  • Friars Carse Hotel
  • Dumfries, DG2 0SA
  • United Kingdom

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