Why visit Kirkennan, South West Scotland in Winter?

21st December - 19th March

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At Kirkennan

  • Rates are at their lowest in our 3 holiday cottages The Lodge, The Mews and Woodsedge and are all inclusive (no hidden costs like ‘winter heating supplements’). Bookmark our page on last minute special offers if you are able to come at short notice.
  • All the holiday accommodation has full central heating and is cozy and warm.
  • Garden birds are active on the feeders, red squirrels are frequently seen in Kirkennan gardens and the Urr river plays host to a variety of water birds.
  • All holiday accommodation has either an open fire or a wood burning stove with an initial supply of fuel provided - and the long dark evenings are a great excuse to snuggle down by a real fire to read a book or watch a movie.
  • There is little light pollution and the night sky is dramatic, and the early nightfall means you don't have to stay up late to enjoy it.
  • The trees have lost their leaves and show the beauty of their branches.
  • From mid to late January onwards the flowers start to arrive and Kirkennan’s gardens are full of snowdrops, winter aconites, crocuses and then daffodils.
  • The 3 Kirkennan fields are empty of stock from 1st December to 28th February and guests are welcome to walk across them and use them to exercise dogs.

In South West Scotland

  • Beaches, walks, attractions and historic sites are quiet – you may well have them to yourselves.
  • It is a great time for birdwatching as Dumfries and Galloway, South West Scotland plays host to internationally important populations of over-wintering birdlife:
    • Barnacle Geese arrive from Svalbard and are particularly dramatic during their dawn and dusk flights between feeding and roosting grounds at RSPB Mersehead and WWT Caerlaverock.
    • Whooper Swans mass at WWT Caerlaverock where they are fed twice daily.
    • Starling murmurations can be seen. Gretna Green is reknown as a key location to see this amazing site, but in 2016 there were also reports of murmurations in Castle Douglas, RSPB Mersehead and Kirkudbright.
    • Greenland Whitefronts can often be found at Threave, Ken-Dee Marshes and Loch Ken and the Castle Kennedy area.
    • Waders can be seen at Southerness, Carsethorn, Powfoot, Newbie, Annan and Wigtown Bay.
  • There are organised star gazing opportunities in The Galloway Dark Sky Park. Check out Viridian Skies or Freelance Ranger for upcoming sessions.
  • Big Burns Supper – the world’s biggest Burns’ Night celebration takes place in Dumfries in January (20-28th January in 2017).
  • A number of local gardens open for Scotland’s Snowdrop Festival (end January – Mid March): Castle Kennedy (weekends 4th Feb – 26th March 2017); Barjang Tower (23-26th Feb 2017); Craig (19th Feb 2017).
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