The pretty village of Balmachlellan is located in Dumfries and Galloway, in Southwest Scotland. Nestled by the River Ken, in the Galloway Hills, it is an idyllic base from which to explore the region. Within a few miles of Balmachlellan holiday cottages, vast expanses of unspoiled countryside can be discovered. The area’s gently rolling hills, lush valleys, farmland and woods are a paradise for hiking and wildlife-watching, and it is often possible to walk for many miles without seeing another soul. Walking into the village from your Balmachlellan holiday cottage, you will notice rows of historic stone homes with slate roofs. There are far-reaching views across the countryside from the centre of the village, near the war memorial, and Galloway cattle can often be seen grazing in the field.
A gentle burn trickles through the village, and there is a picturesque church at Murrayfield. Balmachlellan Stores sells groceries including plenty of fresh, local produce. The village is overlooked by a 12th century motte, flanked by the Old Edinburgh Road, which was once used by pilgrims making their way to St Ninian’s Shrine. Just north of the village, Barscobe Castle dates from 1648 and is one of the finest remaining examples of a Scottish tower house. Many beautiful walks can be enjoyed on self-catering holidays in Balmachlellan, including the Glenkens Jubilee Walk to New Galloway and Dairy, where red kites and black grouse can be spotted.
Thanks to the warming gulfstream, the weather in Dumfries and Galloway is surprisingly mild, which is good news for visitors planning to horse-ride, fish or mountain-bike in the spectacular Galloway Forest, on Balmachlellan’s doorstep. A scenic 50-minute drive eastward from Balmachlellan, Dumfries is a charming market town on the banks of the River Nith, with a theatre, renowned festivals, and a unique museum housed in a hilltop windmill.