Holiday without a car
Although Kirkennan is in a rural area it is possible to have a good and varied holiday here without using a car.
Arrive by train
The nearest train station is Dumfries. From here it is sometimes possible to get a taxi from the station forecourt (£20-£25 2014 prices), however to be safe it is best to pre-book a taxi. For taxis based in Dumfries try Maxis taxis on 01387 255050 or Barnhill Cabs on 01387 247341 (if you have dogs with you check you are getting a taxi that will take them). For taxis based in Dalbeattie try Dowden’s on 01556 611098 (office hours) Mobile:07775 828 893 or 07979 811 315 (wont take dogs) or Turnups on 07876 573 321. NB the Dalbeattie taxis tend to be run by one person, so it is advisable to book ahead of time or they may be busy.
If you want to holiday without a car we suggest you get an initial grocery order delivered [Tesco will deliver grocery orders over £40 for a minimum charge – we are not currently aware of other shops that will do this]. This order can then be topped up from the village shop in Palnackie which is walking distance (0.7 miles) and sells basics. Alternatively you can get the 505 bus to Dalbeattie (flag down the bus outside the gates of Kirkennan). Bus times can be found here, the bus will pass Kirkennan shortly after leaving Palnackie.
Activities without a car
Visitors can spend time wandering around Kirkennan itself, or walking for miles through Ramshaw wood or up to Raven’s Craig without needing any transport. If you want to go further afield you can rent bikes from MPG Cycle Hire in Dalbeattie or take the bus. Route 505 passes right outside the gate of Kirkennan and the driver will stop if you flag it down. Heading towards Kirkcudbright on the 505 you can visit Red Haven beach and Torr point, walk up Screel (ask the driver to drop you at the turnings for each of these), or visit Auchencairn, Dundrennan Abbey or the artist town of Kirkcudbright. In the opposite direction you could have a day out in Dalbeattie or Dumfries. The route 372a goes from Dalbeattie along the coastal route to Dumfries dropping off at Kippford, Rockcliffe and Sandyhills. We have been told that it is OK to take dogs on the buses, though we haven't tried this.
Bear in mind that this is a rural area and busses are not very frequent so it is important to plan your trip out and back before leaving. Traveline Scotland Journey Planner can help to plan bus routes.
Tours can be arranged with the following local companies who will collect from Kirkennan for a fee:
- Nocturnal Wildlife Tours, based in Castle Douglas
Eating and drinking
Palnackie – less than a mile’s walk away has a café/restaurant/bistro and a pub (dogs welcome) which serves meals. Dalbeattie can easily be reached by bus, taxi or bicycle as described above.