Holiday homes in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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Nestled in the Lowther Hills in southern Scotland, Lotus Lodge is a large traditional holiday house which enjoys a unique position in the heart of Wanlockhead, the highest village in Scotland. Renowned for its spectacular scenery, Wanlockhead is a remote spot which remains very accessible from the M74 and only around an hour from Glasgow, Edinburgh, or Carlisle. The perfect peaceful setting for friend/family holidays or weekend get togethers.

Wanlockhead is directly on the Southern Upland Way walking trail and is ideal for hill walking, cycling and just generally relaxing and enjoying the fresh air in the quiet yet stunning surroundings. The village is home to Hidden Treasures Mining Museum where you can take a mine and cottage tour and pan for gold. Leadhills (the neighbouring village) has a 9-hole golf course and the River Nith, about 6 miles away, is great for kayaking and fishing. The Wanlockhead Inn, only 2 mins walk from the house, offers good value food and drink and is very accommodating with large group bookings. The village also has a playpark.

Lotus Lodge is also a great base for exploring southern Scotland. The surrounding area has many tourist attractions but in particular Drumlanrig Castle and Country Park is only 25 mins drive away and, with its superb children's adventure playground, waymarked walks and excellent extensive mountain biking tracks, is well worth a visit. About 40 mins drive away is the fabulous New Lanark World Heritage Site, a restored 18th century cotton mill village next to the Falls of Clyde, which has something to appeal to everyone. The pretty country towns of Biggar and Moffat are only about 30 minutes drive both have lovely shops, pubs and parks.

Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway
  • Sleeps - up to 20
  • Bedrooms - 6 (2 family rooms -
    1 ensuite,2 doubles, 1 twin, 1 bunk room)
  • Bathrooms - 1 ensuite shower room,
    2 shower rooms
  • 1 downstairs WC
  • Coin operated washer/drier
  • Microwave
  • TV with DVD and stereo
  • Wood burning stoves
  • Full gas central heating throughout
  • Cot and high chair available
  • Garden furniture and barbeque
  • Pets by prior arrangement
  • Short breaks available all year
  • Free WiFi
  • Sanquhar - 8 miles
  • Prestwick airport - 50 miles;
    Glasgow airport - 56 miles
  • 1 hour from Glasgow/Edinburgh/Carlisle
  • Sanquhar station - 8 miles
  • Pubs and restaurants -
    Wanlockhead Inn 200 metres,
    Hopetoun Arms Hotel, Leadhills 2 miles
  • Lead mining museum, mine,
    cottage tours and gold
    panning - in Wanlockhead
  • Walking on the Southern Upland Way - 100 metres
  • Narrow gauge railway - Leadhills, 2 miles
  • 9 hole golf course - Leadhills, 2 miles
  • Drumlanrig Castle and Country Park,
    historical castle, mountain biking
    and walking - 14 miles
  • New Lanark World Heritage Site - 26 miles
  • River Clyde/River Nith - canoeing/fishing - 8 miles
kitchen sitting room


Lotus Lodge is a large holiday house which has been sympathetically and stylishly restored. With 6 separate bedrooms, the accommodation is bright, comfortable and cosy with full gas central heating throughout. The relaxing lounge has a wood burning stove and the stylish kitchen is well equipped for large groups.

Upstairs the sleeping accommodation comprises:
Family Room - 1 double bed and 2 single beds (sleeps up to 4)
Twin Room - 2 single beds (sleeps 2)
Double Room - 1 double bed (sleeps up to 2)
En-suite Family Room - 1 double bed and 2 single beds (sleeps up to 4)
Bunk Room - 3 bunk beds (sleeps 6)
2nd Double Room - 1 double bed (sleeps up to 2)

Upstairs, in addition to the en-suite shower room, there are 2 additional shower rooms. Downstairs there is a WC. There is ample car parking and a large enclosed garden, with garden furniture and bbq.


1 hour from Glasgow - take M74 South (Carlisle), exit at Junction 13 (Abington Services), take 2nd exit (A702) through Abington village at end of village turn right and follow B797 to Wanlockhead.

1 hour from Carlise - follow M74 North - junction 13 or 14.

1.5 hours from Edinburgh - take A702 via Biggar to Abington village then follow B797 to Wanlockhead.

45 mins from Dumfries - A76 (Kilmarnock) follow B797 to Wanlockhead.

1 hour from Prestwick Airport - follow A77 to Kilmarnock, then take A76 (Dumfries) just past Mennock turn left and follow B797 to Wanlockhead

What's included:

Constant gas central heating and hot water are included, as are logs for the woodburning stoves. All bedding and linen is provided.

Also provided are loo rolls and soap in the bathrooms, washing up liquid, cloths and dish towels in kitchen.

Cost and availability:

This large Scottish holiday house is rented out all year.
Short breaks (minimum 2 nights stay) are available all year.

To enquire about this large self catering house in Dumfries and Galloway, click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.

self-catering roaring fire double bedroom family bedroom

Lotus Lodge, Wanlockhead, Dumfries and Galloway, ML12 6UT Scotland

Self-catering house for 20

This traditional large holiday house offers ideal group accommodation and is easily accessible - just an hour from Edinburgh, Glasgow and Carlisle. It's great for a gathering of friends or family!

Rental days info: Lotus Lodge, Wanlockhead self catering rental for up to 20 guests.
Weekend 2 nights, Weekend 3 nights, 1 Week (Sun-Sun or Fri-Fri)


We are just back from a fantastic hen weekend at Lotus Lodge. I don’t think I can put into words how great our stay was in Wanlockhead! Lotus Lodge is a beautiful old house, and we made full use of the facilities with 20 ladies staying - there was plenty of room for all of us. The house is well equipped and spotless and the village is pretty, secluded, and full of wildlife. The Wanlockhead Inn provided a great night out for us when we went for food and drinks - they were so welcoming and we especially enjoyed the live music. Our weekend away coincided with the British Gold Panning Championships and our bride was lucky enough to get a shot herself! How many girls can say they’ve done that on their hen weekend?!
Thanks so much to Lisa for having us. We would love to come back to Lotus Lodge sometime soon!x

We came as a group of friends, who mostly met at Edinburgh uni 10years ago but are scattered far and wide now! Back for the third time, we had another wonderful stay. Such a cosy house, equipped with everything we needed for a very relaxing weekend. Nothing was too much trouble for the house owners, Lisa and Richie, and we loved every minute. I’m sure we’ll be back again one day soon!!

We stayed at Lotus Lodge for my brother in law’s 40th birthday weekend which was absolutely amazing. The kids loved the bunk beds and we hired a hot tub which added to the fun. Lovely place and accommodated all 20 of us brilliantly. We were very lucky with the weather so managed to enjoy the garden and bbq area too. Couldn’t have asked for a better place and would love to go back. Thanks to Lisa for all your help.

Visited to celebrate mum in laws 70th,, there were 12 of us, we were made to feel welcome, and very comfortable. House is well stocked for everything you would need, kids loved the bunk beds and all the rooms they could play hide and seek,, house is clean, and very comfortable to enable you to relax and just chill. Lovely areas to walk around, and the sight of sheep only a couple of feet away was great fun for the kids especially. Wee walk to the pub was fun and they made us feel very comfortable, especially the kids and my wee dog.. Looking forward to booking to go again with family, lovely place to escape to.

Were staying at the lodge for a family gathering which was absolutely perfect. Adults and little children enjoyed it equally. Weather was wild but the cosy kitchen/living room area made us forget about that. Log burner was fab and on all weekend, so great not to worry about wood. Would definitely recommend staying here. Nice feeling of remoteness but also knowing we were still on the mainland. I’m sure it would be quite magical over the winter....assuming you had lots of stores in ;)
Hopefully see you again.

We stayed in Lotus Lodge for a weekend for a hen. It’s a lovely place run by a really friendly couple. Would definitely stay again!

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