Tumbling Banks

Self Catering

Kirkland Farmhouse, Colvend, Dalbeattie, DG5 4QE

    Tumbling Banks lies within Kirkland Estate, which is a 300 acre farm. It is in an area of outstanding natural beauty, with views to the Lake District, the Isle of Mann and the Moffat hills. At night in dry weather the sky is crystal clear.

    The cottage is close to the village of Colvend and is a practical base from which to visit South West Scotland, relax and chill out or as a base for the active holiday option. On the farm there is stabling and grazing facilities for two horses, with access to a rubber surfaced arena, show jumps and a small cross country course (weather permitting).

    Tumbling Banks has been converted from its previous use as a granary. Downstairs sleeps 2 and the externally accessed loft sleeps 2 more. A large French window leads out to a patio (with barbecue facilities) and access to a small tree plantation which you can walk through. It is double glazed throughout and has modern appliances within, giving snug, comfortable accommodation with adjustable electric heaters in each room. Up to 2 dogs are welcome but are not allowed in bedrooms.

    There is use of a recently built tarmac tennis court by arrangement with the owner. On site Kirkland Estate has an abundance of wildlife, including roe deer, hare, foxes, red squirrel and various species of bird such as buzzards, sparrow hawks, herons, swallows, finches, woodpeckers, Canadian geese and barn owls. Owing to the variety of habitats on the farm there are several plants indigenous to South West Scotland, including 6 different kinds of orchid, found on the hill, in peaty areas and by the Black Loch. A variety of tracks give walkers easy access to the estate.

    Close by is Rockcliffe beach, which is popular with families as it is safe, has rock pools as well as sand, and the sea is warm, heated by the Gulf Stream and the long shallow beach the tide has travelled over. Sandyhills is just two miles away with a long stretch of golden sand. The National Trust owns the coastal area between Sandyhills and Rockcliffe and maintains the walkers' path, which winds above cliffs and down to smugglers coves. There is also the attractive Jubilee path going from Rockcliffe to Kippford, which is a very picturesque estuary port for sailing boats. Birdwatchers may also visit the RSPB reserve at Merse Head and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Centre at Caerlaverock, famous for the huge flocks of Barnacle Geese that visit between October and April.

    Other local amenities include mountain or leisure biking in the Dalbeattie forest, three golf courses at Colvend, Barnbarroch and Southerness which welcome visitors, sailing, pony trekking, a deer park, Threave National Trust Gardens, castles and local craft centres. There are art galleries and National Trust properties at Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas. Both towns are picturesque and well worth visiting.
    The Colvend Corner Shop is only half a mile away and sells general groceries and local produce, there is also lunchtime café nextdoor. Rockcliffe has a tea and a cake shop. There is a hotel nearby which has a popular bar and restaurant for informal meals. Kipford also has two great hotels which serve bar meals and have good views onto the tidal estuary. Colvend church is a stone's throw from Tumbling Banks and welcomes visitors.

    3 Self Catering
    Cyclists Welcome Walkers Welcome
    Opening Times
    Open All Year
    2014 Opening Times
    1 Jan 2014 - 31 Dec 2014

    Room Information

    Number of Rooms / Units
    Room / Unit Type
    Room / Unit Tariff*
    Tumbling Banks
    £350.00 per unit per week

    Normal charges are £350 per week in low season and £400 1st July to 31st August inclusive. A charge of £10 is made for dogs and £100 for horse livery. Full details are included on the web site at www.tumblingbanks.co.uk Please telephone 01556630336 or e-mail Mrs Sinclair (faithsinclair@gmail.com) for further details.

    Note: Prices are a guide only and may change on a daily basis.

    Accommodation Type

    • Farm On this farm there are horses, cows and sheep.
    • Self Catering Holiday This is a self catering facility with 1 unit downstairs and a further unit upstairs accessed by an external stairs.


    • Children Welcome


    • No Smoking Permitted
    • Picnic Area

    Leisure Facilities

    • Television
    • Outdoor Recreational Facilities

    Payment Methods

    • No credit cards accepted
    • Cash
    • Cheque


    • Parking
    • Cycle Hire Nearby
    • Bike Storage Available
    • Private Car Space
    • Private Parking


    • Shop within 2 Miles / Mobile Shop
    • Tea & Coffee Available
    • Eating Out Facilities within 2 miles


    • Kitchen
    • Lounge
    • Freezer
    • Laundry Facilities not on Complex
    • Iron Available
    • Covered Drying Facilities Available
    • Electric Cooker
    • Indoor Drying Facility
    • Shower
    • Private Bathroom
    • Fridge
    • Shared Bathroom
    • Microwave
    • Heating Throughout Property
    • Wash Hand Basin
    • Drying Facilities
    • Outdoor Drying Facility
    • Electric Shaver Point
    • Hairdryer Available

    Languages Spoken

    • French Speaking


    • Village Location
    • Rural Location
    • Property On Farm
    • Coastal Location

    Special Requirements

    • Senior Citizens
    • Families
    • Single Travellers
    • Non smokers
    • Young People
    • Dogs Welcome Up to two dogs. Dogs may not enter the bedrooms.
    • Pets Welcome

    Road Directions

    Tumbling Banks is located at Kirkland Farm in Galloway, south west Scotland and is accessible from the M6 or M74. Kirkland Farmhouse is 20 miles from Dumfries. Follow the signs to Dalbeattie and take the A710 to Colvend. Upon entering Colvend turn right signposted Rockcliffe. After the church on the right ignore the first right which is the farm entrance, (farm cart track), and take the second right after the church at the white 'Tumbling Banks' sign on the road.

    Public Transport Directions

    Getting there by railway:- The nearest British Rail station is Dumfries which is about a thirty minutes away. Lockerbie, on the high speed London Euston to Glasgow line, is about forty-five minutes away by road.

    Getting there by aeroplane:- The nearest airport is Preswick International which is about one hour and forty-five minutes away by road. Glasgow International and Newcastle International are about two hours away by road to the North and East respectively.

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