Explore Scotland's Heritage with McMillan Hotels
With its rocky and sandy coastline and lush green inland forests and hills, it is no surprise Dumfries and Galloway continues to inspire visitors to explore the delights of this beautiful corner of Scotland.
This part of the lowlands of Scotland also boasts a wide variety of beautiful gardens, and heritage properties to visit and explore, and it is here that McMillan Hotels have three hotels in great locations making them the perfect choice for short breaks and stays.
On the Solway coast, the Cally Palace Hotel & Golf Course is an awardwinning four star hotel set in over 150 acres of grounds.
Originally an 18th century country mansion, the 56 bedroom property combines grand period style interiors with all the modern comforts you would come to expect.
With spacious accommodation and expansive views of the estate grounds and the Dumfries and Galloway countryside, Cally Palace also has its own golf course and an indoor leisure complex with swimming pool.
And if you needed any further evidence to the quality of the hotel, Cally Palace has been awarded Hotel of the Year for the South West region for 2016 at The Scottish Hospitality Awards.
McMillan Hotels also offers the North West Castle Hotel, a comfortable and conveniently-located three star hotel in Stranraer.
The town centre hotel has been family owned and run for more than fifty years, and 'The Castle' - as it is affectionately known, was formerly the home of Sir John Ross, the famous Arctic explorer who was instrumental in the discovery of the ice bound trading route known as the 'North West Passage'.
Today, North West Castle is an excellent base for exploring the beauty of the local area. It offers 72 en-suite bedrooms, 'The Regency' dining room, The 'Alpine' Restaurant and Grill, plus a range of leisure facilities which includes swimming pool, sauna, spa bath, a gym and even its very own
indoor curling rink (open October – April).
To complete the trio of hotels, the Fernhill Hotel is a three star property set in private gardens overlooking the village of Portpatrick, its harbour and the Irish Sea.
Once the main ferry port to Ireland, Portpatrick is the proverbial "Jewel in the Crown of Galloway" and today is a bustling yacht and fishing village with attractive craft shops and friendly harbour side pubs. This stunning panorama is never far away as it greets you as you check in to the hotel and is a delightful scenic backdrop which you can enjoy while you dine or relax over a drink.
Most of the hotel's accommodation also benefits from this unspoilt coastal scene and the rooms at Fernhill range from cosy classic rooms to Sea View rooms with their own balconies and elegant deluxe rooms.
If you are looking for a garden break in South West Scotland, McMillan Hotels are the people to talk to and be staying with. Their Garden Breaks include dinner, bed and breakfast at the Cally Palace Hotel & Golf Course, Fernhill Hotel and North West Castle Hotel.
But that’s not all, guests will enjoy entrance to one garden each day. Gardens included are Ardwell Gardens, Castle Kennedy Gardens, Dunskey Gardens, Glenwhan Gardens, Logan House Gardens, Logan Gardens and Threave Gardens.
If you are part of a larger gardening group and are thinking about touring the gardens in the area, other properties worth visiting include Caerlaverock Castle, Drumlanrig Castle plus Culzean Castle & Country Park and Dumfries House (both in Ayrshire) to name a few. There’s also the Isle of Whithorn, Cocoa Bean Chocolate Factory and Cream o’Galloway Ice Cream which are all located in Dumfries & Galloway. With that in mind, the team at McMillan Hotels will be delighted to help plan your trip.
Whether it is a stay at the Cally Palace, North West Castle or Fernhill Hotel, you can look forward to McMillan Hotels helping you enjoy a relaxing stay and explore the garden and heritage delights that Dumfries and Galloway and south-west Scotland has to offer.