Visiting Meiklebob and want to get to know the local area?

There’s so much to explore in Dumfries and Galloway, from castles and art galleries to nature reserves, beautiful coastline, glorious gardens and lovely little towns and villages. And our location just outside Dalbeattie offers something for everyone to enjoy.  Here are a few of our favourite things, right here on our doorstep.

7stanes – Dalbeattie – ½ a mile away

The 7stanes are seven world class mountain biking trails spanning the south of Scotland and we are very fortunate to have one of the Trails right here on our doorstep. Dalbeattie is world famous for its granite and it’s the rock that defines the riding at Dalbeattie with the aptly named ‘Slab’. With a broad range of trails suitable for all abilities you can look forward to a fantastic mountain biking experience.

Visit the 7 Stanes website here

RSPB’s Nature Reserve – 7 miles away

Discover the breathtaking scenery and wildlife that's typical of our region. Stroll along the nature trails and use the viewing hides to explore at your own pace. In Spring the wet meadows fill with lapwings and skylarks, not to mention butterflies and wild flowers. You might also see a roe deer. And in the autumn, thousands of barnacle and pink-footed geese start to arrive for the winter, creating a not-to-be-missed spectacle.  


Visit the RSPB's website

Sandyhills Beach – 7 miles away

A gorgeous sandy beach with shallow waters ideal for paddling, bathing and exploring the rockpools. Low tide can reveal miles of sand and other secluded bays.

Sandyhills is also a dog friendly beach!


Read more here

Kirkcudbright – The Artists Town – 17 miles away

Kirkcudbright is known as the Artists’ Town since it housed an established artists’ colony in the 19th and 20th centuries. The beautiful town remains the home of many artists and writers who are inspired by the stunning light of the Solway Coast.


Learn more about Kirkcudbright here

Sweetheart Abbey – 15 miles away

Despite Scotland's turbulent history, this splendid red-sandstone ruin of the late 13th century stands remarkably complete in a beautiful setting nestled between the grey bulk of Criffel Hill and the shimmering waters of the Solway Firth.


Read more on Sweetheart Abbey here

Galloway Activity Centre- 15 miles away

Galloway Activity Centre occupies a stunning location on the banks of Loch Ken in Dumfries and Galloway, South Scotland. With our team of expert adventure instructors and our beautful surroundings we specialise in providing exciting and memorable holidays in a safe and friendly family atmosphere.

Catering for families, groups and individuals, you can choose from popular short taster sessions, full day activities, certified courses and instructor training under the professional guidance of our skilled team.

 ***Staying with Meiklebob? Let us know if your interested in this as we have special offers for our visitors***

See what they have to offer

Useful info and contact details


Doctors surgery 

Shebburn Surgery – New Abbey                

01387 850263

Dalbeattie Clinic                                                 

01556 610331


Birch Valley Dental Practice                        

01556 610917

Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary (A & E) 

01387 246246

Stewartry Vets                                                                 

01556 - 502263


The Bridge Fitness Studio and Gym                      

01556 612722

Traditional Thai Massage                                             

01556 611623

La Bella Vita Hairdressing and Beauty                     

01556 612776

Taxi Service

Dowdens Taxi Service                                                   

01556 611098 – or 07775 828893

Take Away Food

De-Caff  - Café                                                                 

01556 611840

The Granite Kitchen                                                       

01556 610361

Jamiesons Sandwich Bar                                              

01556 611640

Snax Sandwich Bar                                                         

01556 611244

Siemo Sieto                                                                      

01556 612100

The Chip Shop                                                                  

01556 611415

The Sea Horse – Chinese Restaurant                      

01556 611173


Luigis Restaurant – Italian Restaurant                                                    

01556 611025

The Birchtree Hotel                                                       

01556 612144

Kings Arms Hotel                                                           

01556 610400

The Willow Tree - Palnackie                                                                        

01556 600092

The Anchor Hotel – Kippford                                                                     

01556 620205

The Mariner Hotel – Kippford                                                                  

01556 620206

The Clonyard Hotel – Colvend                                                                 

01556 630372

Steamboat Inn   - Carsethorn                                                                     

01387 880631

Local Provisions

All shops in Dalbeattie 1.5 miles away

T H Carson – Butchers                                                     

01556 – 610384

Kinnairds – Nisa  - Supermarket                                                                

01556 – 610276

Neilson Brothers – Butchers                                                                      

01556 – 610822

Supersave – General Store                                             

01556 – 504692

Pets Port – Pet shop                                                       

01556 – 611886

Post Office                                                                         

01556 – 610339

Idlehour Gifts – Gift Shop                                                                           

01556 611163