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A Little More About Williamwood Farm

Highland Cattle, Highland Ponies, woolly sheep and so much more – on 300 acres of some of Dumfriesshire’s most attractive countryside with views of the Solway Firth….

Peace and quiet, naturally.

Imagine if you could escape to the old-world charm, where you could live in a traditional farm cottage, but still enjoy the modern conveniences of the city. Well, now you can, because Williamwood Farm Country Cottages has managed to transform their four farm houses into the ultimate escape for those who want to get away from the hustling and bustling of the city. If you want to wake up to the sounds of farm animals or a tumbling burn, Williamwood Farm is the place to be when you want to enjoy the ultimate in family holidays in Scotland.

Williamwood Farm is a little piece of heaven, set in the magnificent countryside of Dumfries and Galloway. The award-winning farm is situated ideally to allow visitors to explore some of the beautiful countryside in the UK and it is close to some of the greatest cities. Over the years we have welcomed visitors from near and far, and even from abroad who chose to spend their family holidays in Scotland here at Williamwood Farm.

Family Holidays in Scotland: A Short Drive – A World of Difference

Only five minutes’ drive from the Motorway, 10 minutes from Gretna Green and 25 minutes from Carlisle, Williamwood Farm offers a great escape for city dwellers looking for family holidays in Scotland. The farm is only one hour from Newcastle and Glasgow and about two hours from Manchester and Edinburgh, yet the atmosphere is completely different.

Williamwood Farm is a 310 acre farm that teems with wildlife, and offers a children’s farm, where your little ones can interact with small animals, or play in our adventure playground. You can even bring along some snacks and relax in our picnic area.

The farm is in close proximity to many local attractions, including Powfoot Beach, just 12km away.

Williamwood Farm Activities Enrich Family Holidays in Scotland.

The whole family can stay occupied with countless activities around the farm. Stay fit by riding or cycling, or catch a big one in our 2 acre fishing loch.

There are plenty options for walking around Williamwood Farm. We are trying to think of ways of adding to them all the time. Each route is colour-coded and shows a different aspect of the farm. For example, the blue route takes you around the loch, the yellow route through the woods (which are quite wonderful and relaxing to walk through, although you do need to watch your step in places) and the green route right around the farm on a specially-constructed route which allows you to see the farm at your own pace (some of our visitors run, cycle or ride), the surrounding countryside and some of the steps we’ve taken to create conservation areas, including new hedgerows and hedgerow trees.

In 2013, we planted over 11,000 young hedging and tree plants. In the spring of 2015, we planted a wood in memory of those who gave their lives in the First World War. The Woodland Trust has supported a series of these across the UK under the banner of “We stand for those who fell”. When in the process of planting the wood, guests were very welcome to join in and plant one of the trees.  During the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee we asked some local school children to come and plant a commemorative wood which we named Mick’s wood after Michael’s aunt who received an MBE for her work with the riding for the disabled in Wiltshire. Not many guests knew the wood was there so we have built a new bridge into the wood where you can see the trees and if you are lucky our resident buzzard that sits on the high perch Michael made to attract raptors into the wood. The path leads on up to the loch where another new photography hide has been built. During the spring many different species of wildfowl can be seen nesting and hatching out their young.

During outings, you will be able to safely observe the farm animals in their natural habitat. Be sure to take your camera along to capture the magnificent horses, birds and highland cattle, as well as the small animals in the wild, as this is an opportunity unlike any other.

At the end of the day, retire to your stylish, comfortable cottage where you can relax and unwind. That’s what family holidays in Scotland are all about.

It’s perfectly fine to spend the whole weekend in your cottage, if you just want to get away from it all and enjoy a few days of complete rest and relaxation.

Shirley and Michael welcome you to Williamwood Farm.


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