Local Shopping / Eating. A Few of our Favourites.

Local Shopping

Colvend Stores 

Open until 8am - 6pm six days a week and 8am  _ 4pm on a Sunday. The owners have been very supportive to the local community and are happy to deliver for orders over £10.

Tel 01556 630228

You will find newspapers, postcards fruit and vegetables along with a great array of groceries.

Loch Arthur Farm Shop

An organic farm shop and cafe. Web site  https://locharthur.org.uk

The shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 5pm and the cafe from 9.30am to 4.30pm.

This is one of our favourite food places in Dumfries and Galloway. Stock up on home made breads, milk from the farm, organic meats, cheeses and cakes.Your also supporting a working Community which includes men and women with learning disabilities.

Earths Crust Bakery 

Family run artisan bakery based in Castle Douglas. Another of our favourites selling fresh bread and pastries. There is a great cafe there ( Closed at the moment ) You can visit the shop or order on 01556 502506. Opening times are changing so please check https://www.facebook.com/TheEarthsCrustBakery/

Annettes Baking in a Box  

A local lady in Colvend who makes amazing cakes quiches and treats. Having won numerous Great Taste Awards her business has gone from strength to strength. All our family celebrate special occasions with one of Annettes cakes but who needs an excuse? Annette will deliver to the cottages and you will need to order in advance 

Tel 07795 166991 https://www.annettesbakinginabox.co.uk

In House Chocolates

Situated in Castle Douglas is an artisan chocolatier hand making 65, mouth-watering chocolate flavours using traditional methods. In House Chocolates is a delightful shop we always visit when in Castle Douglas and your hamper will have a wee treat from there. 

Tel 01556 503037  https://www.inhousechocolates.biz

Harris Wines and Deli

Castle Douglas - Aiming to share their passion and expertise of all things food and wine in their new store or online. Harris Wines and Deli offer personal wine advice, and gift hampers. Along with  a selection of charcuterie, artisan cheeses and  other delectable delicacies to try . Delivery service available. 


Rhubarb Kirkcudbright

A beautiful modern country interiors, gift and homeware shop. Throws cushions, baby gifts, lighting all with a distinctive look and style which is cool, clean and crisp. A real treat to shop here and I always visit when Im in Kirkcudbright



Eating Out 

Mr Pooks Kitchen

Creative cooking with local produce. Mr Pooks opened in Castle Douglas in 2018 and offers " Dumfries and Galloway on a plate." Take away options available also Mr Pook’s Outside – Friday and Saturday dining available from  to the rear of the restaurant ( Scottish weather permitting )


Collection Thursday, Friday, Saturday 2pm – 6pm

Delivery available Thursday and Friday, please phone to discuss delivery.


Available Thursday 5pm – 8pm and Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12noon – 8pm



Designs Gallery and Cafe

A busy cafe in Castle Douglas serving home made breads tasty soup, sandwiches, creative lunch time specials, cakes and coffee. Lovely outside seating area which is dog friendly. The gallery has changing exhibits and beautiful jewellery and gifts.

The Shop will be open from 10.30am-3.30pm, Monday to Saturday. Covid 19 The cafe  offering takeaways / picnics that can be eaten in their lovely garden.pre order from their website and click and collect. 


Selkirk Arms Kirkcudbright

Another family favourite for lunch and special occasions.Run by Chris Walker and his team you are assured of a warm welcome and great service. Imaginative menus using local ingredients, gluten free, vegan and vegetarian menu.



Kirkcudbright Galleries

Modern cafe serving a light menu using local produce in a bright airy space with view of St Cuthberts Church. Run by the team from the Selkirk Arms.Good coffee. Friendly professional service. 

The Boathouse Glencaple

Stylish lunch venue with beautiful views across the Nith to Criffel and beyond. Interesting menu and a lovely spot to chill out.

Booking is advised. https://theboathouseglencaple.com

Thomas Tosh Thornhill

A little further afield but worth the trip and you can visit Drumlanrig Castle for a full day out Thomas Tosh is based in the old parish hall. Wonderful interiors, gift and book shop, gallery and a busy diary of events. One of our Christmas traditions is some shopping and lunch here. But its lovely any time of year.

Shop and cafe  Monday-Saturday 9.30am-5pm Sundays 10.30am-4pm For table reservations - 01848 331 553.

Gather at Laggan 

Glass fronted contemporary bistro. Great place to enjoy good food and views. Breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Gather is a place to relax and reconnect. Booking essential Situated off the A75 at Mossyard. Visit the beautiful beach across the road. Great for shell hunters.



Galloway Lodge Preserves 

A family favourite when visiting Gatehouse of Fleet. Excellent service and homemade food  lunchtimes and  Galloway Burger House on a Friday evening ( see website for information )  Galloway Lodge Preserves started life as successful producers of high quality marmalade, jams, chutney, jelly and mustard. Take away available but booking advised.



Solway Tours

Guiding guests on bespoke historic and ancestral tours of Scotland since February 2015. Run by Knowledgeble, local friendly  historians who can prepare personalised tour itineraries which can include research into your family name or Scottish Clan that you have connections with.