Balcary Bay Hotel

‘Graeme Lamb’s beautiful hotel is one of our favourites,’ writes a Guide reader this year, of this ‘peaceful, well-maintained’ place in an ‘idyllic’ setting by the water. More

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Balcary Bay Hotel
Shore Road
Auchencairn
Dumfries and Galloway
DG7 1QZ
Scotland
01556 640217
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Hotel information

Bedrooms

20. 3 on ground floor.

Open

4 Feb–2 Dec.

Facilities

2 lounges, bar, conservatory, restaurant, free Wi-Fi (lounge only), in-room TV (Freeview), 3-acre grounds.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, not in public rooms.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per person B&B £77–£93, D,B&B £86–£122 (min. 2 nights). 1-night bookings usually refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Graeme Lamb’s beautiful hotel is one of our favourites,’ writes a Guide reader this year, of this ‘peaceful, well-maintained’ place in an ‘idyllic’ setting by the water. ‘The staff are so helpful – they brought in all our cases from the car. In fact, practically all guest requests seem to be granted: we’ve never had anything refused.’ Elaine Ness, the ‘expert’, long-serving manager, is much appreciated. Bedrooms have views to Hestan Island, or over the garden where ‘resident pheasant’ Charlie perambulates of a morning; three ground-floor rooms have a private seafront patio. In the ‘cosy’ lounge, find a log fire, books, ‘and fresh magazines!’ The hands-on host takes orders for drinks and dinners; in the sea-facing dining room, chef Craig McWilliam’s ‘up-to-date’ meals (‘with a nod to old-fashioned tastes’) draw a well-mixed crowd. A typical dish: seared guineafowl breast, lyonnaise potato, ratatouille. Breakfast has home-made rolls, local honey, seasonal preserves; scrambled eggs ‘with a deep orange yolk’; ‘very good’ coffee. Twitchers, take note: four RSPB reserves are within driving distance. ‘Superb value.’ (Dr Mabel Tannahill, and others)

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10% discount voucher

This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.

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Balcary Bay Hotel
Shore Road
Auchencairn
Dumfries and Galloway
DG7 1QZ

Guest comments

'As good as ever. Guests, mostly retired, return year after year. Craig McWilliam provides a four-course dinner with a daily-changing menu. Breakfast is equally good, with wide choice including some lovely fish dishes. ' - Mabel Tannahill - October, 2016
'A wonderful setting. We woke one morning to a stunning sunrise. Our room was comfortable and reasonably well appointed. The hotel was full; many guests were returnees. The food was good, efficiently served, and not in too large portions. ' - John and Elspeth Gibbon - May, 2016

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