About the Hotel
Why We Love This Hotel
- This historic property is set amid "the gentle hills and lush valleys of Dumfries and Galloway," close to "some of southern Scotland's finest attractions" (Lonely Planet)
- The hotel is part of a 45-acre estate beside the River Nith and has its own private fishing beat
- Poet Robert Burns lived on a nearby farm and was a regular visitor
Set in 45 acres of tranquil parkland and woodland, Friars Carse is a country estate within the grounds of what was originally a 13th-century friary. The poet 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 a short walk away.
The hotel is on the banks of the River Nith, and offers seasonal angling opportunities exclusively for hotel guests (supplements apply). There is also tackle storage, a drying room and freezing facilities on site.
From the hotel, Sandyhills Beach is a 40 minutes' drive away, while Sweetheart Abbey is 20 minutes' drive. The ruins of Dundrennan Abbey -- where Mary, Queen of Scots spent her final night in Scotland -- and the moated triangular Caerlaverock Castle are both less than 50 minutes'drive.
The Whistle Restaurant uses seasonal produce and offers an extensive wine list. Rooms have free Wi-Fi, and many have views across the well-maintained lawns.