Cycling around this area of South West Scotland is one of the best recreational ways to explore the region. Often described as one of Scotland’s undiscovered gems. Dumfries and Galloway offers perfect cycling territory because of its extensive network of quiet roads. Recommended Routes:

  • Ecclefechan and Burnswark (18 miles)
  • Eskdalemuir and Castle O’er (35 miles)
  • Gretna Green and the Borders (34 miles)
  • Annandale and the Solway Coast (30 miles)

Please ask at reception for more information. Or alternatively you can view the cycling section of the tourist boards website.


Dumfries and Galloway covers some 2000 square miles and a guide to all the walks and climbs would run into several volumes. Here in Scotland we have a long and proud tradition of mutual tolerance between landowners and the public as far as access to the countryside is concerned. In moorland and mountain areas you will find there are few restrictions on walking as long as everyone behaves sensibly and observes the Country Code.

Please ask at reception for leaflet/local maps. Or alternatively, view the walking section of the tourist boards website.


There are many golf courses in the local area such as:-

plus many more.

The hotel offers special golfing packages from £77.50 per person which includes Dinner Bed & Breakfast with a round of golf.

We have our very own putting green for extra practice or just a bit of fun.

Please ask at reception for a leaflet.


With five major fishing rivers nearby and plenty of estates where field sports can be arranged, BEST WESTERN Dryfesdale Country House Hotel will delight the sports enthusiast.

There are few restrictions for cyclists and walkers and both will delight in the countryside around the hotel.

Golfers will find many courses in the local area and the hotel can arrange tee times.