Pubs and Places to Eat

near Kirkennan Estate Holiday Cottages

Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland

Our 3 holiday cottages are well equipped for dining in. However it is also fun to eat out whilst on holiday. There are many options of places to eat out nearby including pubs, cafes and resaturants. The list below is by location and distance from Kirkennan and includes local ones as well as ones that might be a welcome stop during a day's excursion to explore the area. See also our list of dog friendly eating places. Places that offer takeaways can be found at the bottom of the page.

A lot of places have changed opening hours due to COVID 19 and some are only doing pre-booked meals or takeaways. It is advised to always call to check before travelling.

Quotes are from Kirkennan visitors - we welcome additions to this list.


0.7 mile from Kirkennan self catering cottages - walking distance along the road (take a torch if going/returning after dark).

The Glenisle Inn in Palnackie is the nearest pub. Patrick at The Glen Isle serves food Wed & Thurs 5-8.30, Fri 2-8.30 and Sat & Sun 12.30-8.30. Dogs are welcome. 01556 600429


2.5 miles
De Caff - good coffee and home made cakes. Open Mon-Sat 9-5pm

Galloway Soup Company have tables outside so you can sit with your dog. 'Also sell a lovely selection of local produce' (April 2019)

Luigi’s Restaurant serves Italian food every day from 5pm till late.

Haugh of Urr

5.5 miles

The Laurie Arms in Haugh of Urr is a pub with good food that is known for its real ales. CAMRA regional winner in 2016. Dog friendly.


6 miles

The Anchor pub in Kippford serves food and locally brewed beer. On a fine day it is a wonderful spot to sit overlooking the water. It is dog friendly.

The Ark cafe serves light lunches and great cakes. Open weekends only out of season.

Castle Douglas

7 miles

Carlo’s is an Italian restaurant on the main street in Castle Douglas. 'Nice food' (Sept 15)

Double Dutch Pancakes 'for anyone who loves pancakes there is a lovely little place in Castle Douglas... they do sweet and savoury. Wonderful - so give it a try'.

Kings Arms 'Puddings were worth the money and very nice' (Dec 17)

Mad Hatter Cafe - 'Dog friendly inside so great for breakfast on the go' (April 19)

Moores Fish and Chips - 'for a crazy variety of take out!' (April 19) Takeaway only - there are picnic benches a short walk away at Carlinwark Loch.

Mr Pook's Kitchen a new restaurant that showcases local produce. A good place for a special occassion. (no dogs)

Nikos is a Greek restaurant on the main street in Castle Douglas. It serves good fish. 'We had a fabulous Greek meal'

Threave House and Gardens 'Also good for lunch' (Sept 17)


9 miles

Loch Arthur Farmshop and Cafe A great place for lunches and snacks (not open in evening or on Sundays)


9.2 miles
Barend Bar & Restaurant - 450 yds from Sandyhills beach - 'Very good food, piping hot, good value and very welcoming' ( Dec 17). Dog friendly


13 miles

The Schoolhouse, Ringford 'Once again we went to the Schoolhouse and had a wonderful high tea'


16 miles

Polarbites an upmarket Fish and Chip shop near the harbour in Kirkudbright where you can eat in and take your own wine. 'Always friendly at Chip shop on the front in Kirkcudbright- large portions! And lovely view of harbour' (April 19) (Dogs not allowed inside but there are picnic tables nearby)

Selkirk Arms Hotel - fine dining in a comfortable atmosphere using local produce (does not allow dogs).

Station House Cafe and Cookery School - Cafe is open Wed - Sat 9.00-17.00 and Sun 10.00-17.00 serving food from local produce. The chef Nick also runs a cookery school.

The Cafe at Kirkcudbright Galleries - a nice place for coffee or lunch

The Garret Cafe Bar - opened August 2018. Serves locally sourced food. Dogs welcome in bar but not restaurant.


16 miles

The Steamboat Inn at Caresthorn is an interesting pub to visit with lots of historic local memoribilia. It overlooks the sea and does good food. 'A quirky, warm, welcoming pub, reasonably priced home cooked food'. (Dec 17)

New Abbey

18 miles

Abbey Cottage Tearoom next to Sweetheart Abbey is great for a break after visiting the Abbey, or climbing Criffel.

Gatehouse of Fleet

21 miles

The Galloway Lodge 'We had a lovely lunch' (Oct 15)

New Galloway

21 miles

The Smithy Tea Room 'My favourite... great food, lovely hosts and dogs made very welcome outside' (April 19)


23 miles

Galloway Smokehouse 'Fresh produce and great smoked products' (Oct 17)


43 miles

Reading Lasses 'Beautiful lunch and bookshop. The Pea and Ham Soup is to die for and the homemade cakes are gorgeous. The staff are lovely and it is really cosy' (Oct 17)

Bargrennan (near Loch Trool, Galloway Forest Park)

45 miles

House O'Hill 'Lovely meals and dogs allowed in bar' (April 19)


Auchencairn Store is open till 6pm and does takeaway evening meals Mon-Sat.
The Dragonfly Auchencairn: Takeaway service every Friday and Saturday 5.30pm-8pm for vegetarian Pizza, Curry sauce, Rice/Chips Phone or message in your order by 3pm 01556 640088

The Chip Shop Dalbeattie
Every 4th Tuesday in the month Dumfries Mobile Fish and Chips visits Auchencairn. Pre-order advised.
Every 2nd Thursday in the month the mobile Pizza waggon visits Palnackie harbour. Pre-order advised.

Luigi's Restaurant and takeaway in Dalbeattie

Moore's Fish and Chips in Castle Douglas
Seahorse Chinese Takeaway in Dalbeattie 'good if you don't want to eat out'. (July 15) Closed Tuesday
Shezan Indian Takeaway, Dalbeattie

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