Set in a 45 acre estate amidst rolling hills, the grounds of this 3 star traditional 19th century country house hotel include beautiful woodlands and extend down to a private stretch of the River Nith.
The hotel’s Whistle Restaurant takes its name from a Robert Burns poem and is open daily for breakfast and dinner when guests are served excellent locally sourced cuisine to reflect the seasons. Afternoon tea can be taken each day and bar snacks are available from Monday to Saturday. There is also an extensive wine list.
Guests can soak up the atmosphere of the magnificent paneled entrance hall, elegant staircase and spacious lounge, enjoy a ‘wee dram’ in the comfortable bar or try their hand at snooker on the full size table. There is also a lift to all floors.
The 21 en suite bedrooms, each with a character of its own, have direct dial telephone, remote control colour TV with Freeview and radio, WiFi internet access, complimentary toiletries, hairdryer and hospitality tray. Many also offer spectacular views over our beautiful gardens leading down to the banks of the River Nith. Check in from 3pm and check out by 11am.
The hotel grounds are ideal for walking your dog although they are not allowed in the restaurant and we do make a charge.
What To See & Do
Walk through the hotel grounds to Robert Burns’ Hermitage and on to his home at nearby Ellisland Farm or book in advance for a spot of grayling, trout or salmon fishing on the hotel’s mile-plus private beat. With the dramatic Galloway Forest Park within easy reach this is also a great location for cyclists while shooting and golf can be arranged in advance through the hotel. And, if you prefer a day under cover, nearby Dumfries has a Leisure Complex including waterslides, fitness centre and health suite plus indoor ice skating.
Meetings & Conferences
It’s a real treat to hold a business meeting or conference in such glorious surroundings as Friars Carse. Just 6 miles north of Dumfries and a quarter of a mile off the A76, we’re ideally placed for informal meetings and the Nith Room is available for more formal events and conferences. Our friendly staff will ensure you have everything you need and that everything runs smoothly.
Licensed for Civil Ceremonies, the magnificent castle-like Friars Carse Hotel and its outstanding riverside setting provide a truly Scottish backdrop for your special day. Or, if you are getting married at Gretna Green, let us help you celebrate afterwards - we are only 31 miles away. We can cater for up to 70 guests in our two function suites and up to 120 for wedding breakfasts or 200 for evening celebrations in the magical atmosphere of our marquee on the hotel lawns. We have a four poster bridal suite with the best view in the house and a further hotel 20 bedrooms.
Take the M1 to J19, then join the M6 (signposted The North West) for 235 miles. Alternatively take the M40 beyond J16 where it
then joins the M42 (follow the signs for The N West M6 Toll). At J7 join the M6 North for 214 miles. To avoid the West Midlands congestion use the M6 Toll which is clearly signposted on the M6 (J3a) and M42 (J3a) both to the east of Birmingham (visit www.m6toll.co.uk for prices). At Gretna Green leave the M6 and join the A74 to Dumfries, then follow signs for A76.
From Glasgow & The Highlands
Take the M74 then A74 south to J15. Follow the A701 to outskirts of Dumfries. Turn right onto A75, then follow signs for A76. The hotel entrance is signposted 5 miles outside Dumfries.
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