Balcary Bay Hotel

‘Happily, as good as ever,’ writes a Guide reader this year, revisiting Graeme Lamb’s ‘well-run’ hotel on the Solway Firth, where the views stretch across the bay towards the hills of Cumbria. More

Contact details

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

Hotel information

Bedrooms

20. 3 on ground floor.

Open

2 Feb–2 Dec.

Facilities

2 lounges, cocktail bar, conservatory, restaurant, free Wi-Fi in lounge, 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 £80–£96, D,B&B £90–£127 (min. 2 nights). 1-night bookings usually refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘Happily, as good as ever,’ writes a Guide reader this year, revisiting Graeme Lamb’s ‘well-run’ hotel on the Solway Firth, where the views stretch across the bay towards the hills of Cumbria. ‘The setting, beside the sea, is wonderful. We woke early one morning to a stunning sunrise.’ Allegedly linked to the 17th-century smuggling trade, the whitewashed hotel is these days entirely respectable, with an old-fashioned charm. ‘Its guests, like us, mostly retired, return year after year.’ Choose a bedroom with an outlook on the water, within sound of the waves; fritter away the day in the mature gardens or in one of the sea-view lounges. In the restaurant (‘well spoken of throughout Galloway’), chef Craig McWilliam’s daily-changing menu is ‘efficiently served’. Typical dishes: shrimps, home-made bread, herb butter; beef fillet, celeriac purée, rösti, spinach. ‘Good lunches may be taken in the bar’; breakfast is ‘especially good – a wide choice of lovely fish dishes’. Bring binoculars for birdwatching; gardens and golf clubs are within a half-hour’s drive. (Mabel Tannahill, Elspeth and John Gibbon)

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Special offers

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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