Stables Cottage is a comfortable dog-friendly self-catering cottage for both family and friends looking to enjoy walking, cycling, fell running trails and wild swimming in the Southern Uplands of Scotland.

Bedrooms: 2 Sleeps: 4 / 6 Bathroom: 1 Pets welcome

Stables Cottage is in the peaceful rural valley of Eskdalemuir near the Scottish/English border. The area is rich in wildlife, history and archaeology, close to three Roman forts: Bessie's Hill, Castle O'er and Baillie Hill. Two stone circles lie just the other side of the river - enjoy easy walks and cycle paths, along timber trails through forests for miles in every direction in idyllic Scottish Borders countryside.

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Stables Cottage, Watcarrick, Eskdalemuir, Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway.

The Cottage is situated in the beautiful hills of the Southern Uplands overlooking the tranquil valley of Eskdalemuir. There are forest trails, river-side ambles, walks in remote terrain, hills with breath-taking views, mountain-biking routes, local and long distance cycling routes

Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, the first Buddhist monastery (1968) in Europe, is open to day visitors and is just 2 miles away, it has a temple, monastery, shop, cafe and huge range of courses. There is a Café Bistro a mile away in Eskdalemuir village itself which serves excellent lunches and homemade cakes. There are often exhibition of local artists work and there is a small shop selling artisan items and a few basics such as bread and eggs.

Langholm and Lockerbie are only 30 minutes away and have supermarkets, shops, cafes, pubs and take-away. The pretty market town of Moffat (about 35 minutes) is lovely for a wander around its independent shops and has excellent pubs and eating choices. It has a Farmer's Market every 2nd Sunday of the month that is well worth a visit.

There is a large range of wildlife with some of the most iconic and endangered species in Scotland. Golden eagles have been reintroduced into the area as part of the South of Scotland Golden Eagles project. Buzzards often fly over the property along with Sparrowhawks, Kestrels and Red Kites. Tawny and Barn owls live in the trees nearby and can be heard calling at night. Deer, red squirrels, owls, badgers and hares live nearby and may visit your garden. The Cottage is in a Dark Sky Area so on a clear night the stars are quite incredible!

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  • Sleeps - 4 + 2 on sofa bed
  • Bedrooms - 2 ((1 king-size, 1 double)
    (one bedroom is on ground floor)
  • Plus double sofa bed downstairs
  • Bathrooms - 1
  • Washer/dryer
  • Electric oven and hob
  • Fridge and freezer
  • TV, video
  • Free WiFi/Satellite TV
  • Multi fuel stove
  • Private enclosed garden and furniture
  • Short breaks - minimum 2 nights
  • Park easily, right outside in the courtyard - Bikes can be stored under cover
  • Dog friendly (sorry no cats) - enclosed garden
  • Children under 12 and dogs stay free!
  • Langholm and Lockerbie 14 miles
  • Pubs/ bars, tea room, restaurants, coffee shop in Langholm
  • Carlisle 40 miles
  • Edinburgh and Glasgow 60 miles
  • Edinburgh 1 hour by train from Lockerbie
  • Golf course - 10 miles
  • Fishing
  • Walking - on the doorstep
  • Cycling - mountain biking on the doorstep
  • Southern Upland Way
  • Wild swimming
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Stables Cottage is a comfortable self-catering cottage - perfect for children, families or couples. It's dog-friendly and sleeps 4-6 guests, with two double bedrooms and a sofa-bed. There is an enclosed private garden behind the cottage and Deer, red squirrels, owls, badgers and hares are nearby. The surrounding countryside is spectacular for walks and cycling.

The owners live in a house on the other side of the courtyard. They will completely respect your privacy and you will rarely see them, but they are on hand if you need any help or advice. The cottage is completely separate and the cottage garden is very private and not overlooked.

Downstairs, the living room has two sofas in front of the multi-fuel stove, one two-seater and the other a larger L-shaped sofa that converts easily into a double bed. Wifi, satellite TV, games and books are all available, and the multi-fuel stove runs the central heating system and provides hot water (alongside the immersion heater) as well as being a welcoming warmth in the heart of the living room.

The well-appointed kitchen has a table that can seat six guests and is fully equipped with electric cooker, a fridge/freezer, toaster, kettle, washing machine/dryer, pots, pans, as well as place settings of glasses, crockery and cutlery. There are swings and a burn that runs through the woods across the courtyard where you are welcome to wander.

Also downstairs, is a double bedroom on the ground floor, with level access to the bathroom, living room and the lobby for boots and coats by the front door, although is a single step into the cottage and two up to the kitchen from the living room.

The stair case is quite steep (though it does have with stair-gates fitted to the top and bottom) so guests should make their own judgement on suitability for very young children or people with limited mobility. It leads upstairs to a spacious light master bedroom with a king-sized bed that overlooks the cottage garden.

Stables Cottage is non-smoking inside, but guests are welcome to smoke outside.


Stables Cottage is in the rural valley of Eskdalemuir near the Scottish/English border. 2 miles from the Samye Ling Tibetan Centre, 14 miles from Langholm and Lockerbie, 40 miles from Carlisle, and 60 miles from Edinburgh. It is less than an hour by train from Lockerbie to Edinburgh.

What's included:

All linen, towels and heating are included.

Cost and availability:

Change over day is any day, check in after 3pm check out by 10am

Stays of 2 nights or longer are available

To see availability and prices for this delightful self-catering country cottage, click the enquiry button below.

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Stables Cottage, Watcarrick, Eskdalemuir, Langholm, Dumfries and Galloway, DG13 0PL, Scotland, United Kingdom.

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Dog friendly cottage ideal for a rural retreat

The area offers unrivaled walking in the peaceful hills of Eskdale in South West Scotland. There is an excellent waymarked circular prehistoric trail from Eskdalemuir into the surrounding hills and the village of Bentpath.

Nearby Langholm Moor is a beautiful area of heather moorland and following two recent community land-buy-outs, helped by thousands of people from all walks of life, the community of Langholm now own 10,500 acres of the stunning Tarras Valley. The newly created Tarras Valley Nature Reserve is one of the biggest projects of its kind in the UK for people, nature and climate. It already has breeding Hen Harrier, Short-eared Owls and Merlin plus many more rare birds and a fantastic terrain to explore.