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The Auldgirth Inn, Dumfries – A Beautiful Stay

The Auldgirth Inn is situated just a few miles away from Dumfries and beautifully set within the hills of the Nith Valley. This was a stay of tremendous luxurious surprises combined with the charm of history. I didn’t know what to expect when I was driving there through Scotland but I can honestly say this is one of the top places I have stayed at and will explain more below in this review.

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It was a cloudy day on arrival but that in no way dampened my spirits. If any of you know this area you will probably agree with me that it is an area of stunning landscapes and an absolute pleasure to drive through.

On arrival and after taking a moment to take in the building itself you are greeted already by what I can describe as wonderful staff. The making you feel welcome is something that you are struck with and they are proud to have you stay there.

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Then came the entrance to my room. Wow! As you can see from the main image at the top of this post, that was taken from the door, the luxury and attention to detail is plain to see.

As you look around you can see touches of modern class combined with keeping the age of the building apparent. The inn is over 500 years old by the way and will talk more on the history later on.

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Each direction I looked in this huge room had touches of class together with character. From the gorgeous bath located beyond the end of the bed to fluffy bathrobes, ornaments of all kinds on the old fireplace to leather chairs to relax in.

The bath may have been in the room but the luxury continued through to a shower and toilet room that again was full of style and character.

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History

I said before that Auldgirth Inn is over 500 years old, and in that time it will have seen people and times change from generation to generation. The well known Scottish national bard Robbie Burns graced the Inn as his regular local. He farmed just down the road at Ellisland Farm. From roots in this village ‘Auld Lang Syne’ is known around the world of course, especially at New Year!

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The Inn was a travelling stop way before the days of cars and rail. A place to stop and refresh for those passing through as well as a local for all who farmed the land around. The things the walls of this building will have seen and heard are going to be remarkable as you can imagine.

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There was a major refurb to the Inn last before our times in 1804. Now, the current owner, Robert McAleese has transformed it into the luxury you see today for a perfect stay but the charm and age of the building still comes through. A remarkable job done. Auldgirth Inn is back going from strength to strength after all the centuries.

 

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Now then I had the pleasure of talking to the owner, Robert, over a few drinks in the splendid bar area.

He was telling me, as he is also head chef, all about the special food menu that has people coming from miles and miles around and also keep returning.

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As I entered the dining room my appetite was whet and I could not wait to taste the delights.

Now then, however, the food will deserve an article for itself 🙂

Would I stay at the Auldgirth Inn again? You bet I would!

Written by Paul Steele

Founder of BaldHiker.com and avid hiker, climber and trekker. Never liking to sit still and always seeking new adventures around the world. Sharing personal views here and tweeting live via @paul_steele

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