Up to three horses can be stabled during your stay. Pasture access for grazing, use of the ménage and use of a stable for each horse is available. There are horse friendly routes requiring minimal use of main roads which are accessible from Tumbling Banks. If you wish to use this facility, please discuss it first with Mrs Sinclair.
There is a safe, child friendly sea bathing from nearby Rockcliffe beach. Alternatively, there are indoor pools at Castle Douglas and Dumfries, or, by arrangement with Mrs Sinclair, you can use the Kirkland Farmhouse outdoor pool.
The Kirkland Farmhouse tarmac tennis court is available by agreement.
Bird Watching and Wildlife
There are different species of bird on the farm, including several pairs of buzzards, sparrow hawks, herons, swallows, finches, woodpeckers, Canadian geese (at the relevant time of the year) and barn owls. Merse Head RSPB reserve is 10 minutes drive away; Carsethorn 15 minutes. The farm is also host to mammals including: red squirrels, hare, roe deer and badger.
Flora and Fauna
Kirkland farm has benefitted from a Rural Stewardship Scheme for some 25 years. The farm is managed with bio-diversity in mind. There are several different habitats, ranging from bog land, herb rich pastures, lowland heath, to water margins. Each of these holds plants indigenous to the South West of Scotland.
Tumbling Banks can be used as a place to commence a range of nature walks on the farm, along the coastal path from Rockcliffe to Sandyhills, the Jubilee Path to Kippford, or a brief stroll to the iron age Mote of Mark in Rockcliffe.
The cottage is situated within reach of the Seven Stanes Dalbeattie forest rides, which offer a choice of gentle or more challenging routes, all with marked signs. There is secure parking for bicycles in the barns.
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Shopkeepers in Castle Douglas and Dalbeattie offer a range of locally sourced food.
Instruction in painting is available from a local artist.
Community singing takes place on the last Friday in every month in Colvend Hall and is for folk who like to sing but have no formal training or prior experience.
Colvend Parish Church
Services take place normally at 11.30 on Sundays led by the Rev. James Gatherer.
Threave Gardens at Castle Douglas (10 miles) is well worth visiting if you are interested in trees as well as flowers. There is a National Trust shop and a restaurant which produces home made soup and cakes.
There are two golf courses within easy reach (Colvend and Southerness), a par three course, sailing at Kippford, pony trekking at Sandy Hills, local craft centres, and sandy beaches.
Local Shops and Dining Out
Colvend Corner shop is 1 mile away and supplies a range of local and national products. The Stuffed Olive café at Colvend Corner serves paninis and other snacks. Rockcliffe has a four star hotel and a tea shop. The Clonyard has a popular bar and restaurant. Kippford has two main hostelries, the Anchor and the Mariner with views onto the tidal estuary.