Scottish tour B & Bs

I’ve realised that I’ve said very little about the B & Bs we’ve stayed at, so here’s a quick resume (bugger: I don’t know how to do accents on this keyboard).

Ferintosh, Dumfries

Excellent. Slightly eccentric feel to the place because the host tries so hard to make everything Scottish. If I had a kilt to wear, I’d have worn it on our arrival. The generous helping of single malt in the bedroom is a winner for me. Apparently the Ferintosh won Trip Advisor’s award for the best B & B in Dumfries & Galloway. Excellent value at £31 per person per night.

Anchorlee, Kirkcudbright

Comfortable and roomy, very friendly. At £75 for the room was a bit on the pricey side. Serves salty porridge.

Flowerbank, Newton Stewart

Beautiful old place, probably listed (no double glazing) right beside the river. Warm, comfortable and friendly. A selection of good home-made jam and honey at breakfast and I think that’s very important. I can’t stand the Golden-shred-in-a-plastic-foil-topped-box.

Porridge House, Dalry

Very friendly, you really get to chat to the host over breakfast because you eat in the kitchen. Very reasonably priced (£25 pppn) but no en suite. This does mean having something available to put on in the middle of the night for the inevitable evacuation. Less than 100 yard from a very good pub. Probably the best breakfast: superb porridge and a wonderful selection of home-made jam. The raspberry and tayberry was top notch.

Gillbank, Thornhill

Again, a bit pricey at £37.50 pppn, but beautifully appointed. We wheeled the bikes straight into the cellar from the low-level car park. Run by a Danish couple who also own the local pub. Four-poster bed in our room, but the shower was a beautifully designed type that seem particularly common when we stayed in Denmark. Much better than the standard Triton electric alternative.

Rockhill, Moffat

A bit cramped. Nowhere under cover or secure to store bikes, and I normally ask about this when booking. I would find somewhere else if I stay in Moffat again as there are plenty of B & Bs to choose from.

The Croft, Selkirk

Excellent so far. Very friendly, comfortable. Yet to try the breakfast but the biscuits left by the kettle were very good quality. Half a mile from the centre and pubs, but the advantage for us is that we won’t have to start with a massive climb in the morning as we are already most of the way up the hill. Shower and a really big bath in the en suite so there were simultaneous ablutions. Beautiful big fluffy white towels. Oh, and a lovely friendly little labrador cross bitch.

Edit: the breakfast was very good.

Bridge View, Berwick

Actually the viaduct rather than the bridge. I can sit up in bed and watch the trains go past,or the pretty coloured illuminations of the arches. Rower40 would be up all night trainspotting.

Comfortable big room in an old (>200 years) terraced house that doesn’t look to be up to much on the outside but is lovely inside. The shower is big enough for two people to get in at once. Tea making facilities include a jug of real milk as opposed to sachets of UHT. I’m anticipating a big breakfast as the landlady told us that she had some act from a popular television show staying last week and they didn’t eat breakfast, just lazed in bed all day, so she’s got lots of spare sausage and bacon left over!

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