Balcary Bay Hotel

‘A haven of tranquillity and quiet comfort’, Graeme Lamb’s ‘well-run’ hotel stands in ‘a wonderful setting’ on the shore, looking across the Solway Firth to the Lake District hills. 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 reception area, in-room TV (Freeview), 3-acre grounds.

Background music

none.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bedrooms, not in public rooms (max. 2 small or 1 dog per room).

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

per person B&B £77-£93, D,B&B £95-£130 (min. 2 nights). 1-night bookings usually refused weekends.

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A haven of tranquillity and quiet comfort’, Graeme Lamb’s ‘well-run’ hotel stands in ‘a wonderful setting’ on the shore, looking across the Solway Firth to the Lake District hills. It is especially loved by retirees for its endearing, old-fashioned charms. Some return year after year – if not several times a year – and assure us standards are maintained. With limited Wi-Fi, it is not for social-media junkies, but walkers, birdwatchers and cyclists are in their element. The wide choice of bedrooms offers views of the bay or of the landscaped gardens, while both lounges have an ocean outlook. ‘Good lunches can be taken in the bar’, from sandwiches to Scottish haddock and chips. In the light-filled restaurant, at night, chef Craig McWillliam delivers a daily-changing four-course menu including such dishes as fillet of Scottish beef, wild mushrooms, dauphinoise potatoes, lentil purée, beef jus. ‘It is of high quality.’ Add in the location and ‘first-class accommodation’ and ‘that’s why people return, just as we will’. An ‘equally good’ breakfast offers ‘a wide choice’, including perhaps a kipper or smoked haddock. (E and JG, and others)

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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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