Ghillie's Bothy

Near Moniaive, Dumfries and Galloway

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Ghillie’s Bothy is a detached rural cottage set in a sunny enclosed courtyard in the beautiful Shinnel Glen, near Moniaive in picturesque Dumfries and Galloway.

Quick Info

Sleeps: 2 Bedrooms: 1
Changeover Day: Sat Pets Allowed: Yes (2)
No smoking Bathrooms: 1
  • No Smoking
  • Pets Allowed
  • Open Fire/Solid Fuel Stove
  • WiFi

The cottage would originally have been used as accommodation for a gardener or shepherd of the main house behind the bothy and has since been refurbished and stylishly decorated to make a cosy and romantic retreat for two. The warm and inviting sitting room has a multi-fuel stove at its centre to snuggle up in front of, with an elegant feature flue and exposed stone wall behind. There is a traditional Scottish ‘box bed’ (full size double) that is set into the wall on three sides in the sitting room - the ideal snug spot from which to watch TV or admire the fire.

The modern kitchen is stylish and well-equipped with built-in appliances and a little dining area alongside. There is even a dishwasher so you don’t have to worry about doing the washing up. A modern and bright shower room with a large walk-in shower completes the indoor accommodation.

Outside there is parking right at the door in the enclosed suntrap courtyard and there is secure storage for bikes, etc in the outbuilding opposite that also houses the laundry facilities. There is a lovely little enclosed garden with a patio seating area (with furniture) from which to admire the surrounding countryside.

Map & Local

The nearby River Nith which is well known for its salmon and trout fishing is easily accessible for fishing. There is also excellent trout fishing to be had on many of the local lochs.

There are plenty of walking routes straight from the door of the cottage, as well as local forestry trails and more serious walks into the Galloway hills or on the Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s longest designated footpath.

If cycling is your thing both on and off road is very well catered for. The National Cycle Network traverses the region taking in more than 130 miles of stunning scenery, rugged coastline and forests. There are many opportunities for mountain biking, with five of the 7 Stanes easily accessible at the Ae, Mabie, Dalbeattie, Kirroughtree and Glentrool forests. Drumlanrig Castle also has its own graded mountain biking trails right on the doorstep.

The little village of Tynron (0.5 miles) is in walking distance of the bothy. A short distance from it at Tynron Doon you can see the ditches and ramparts of an Iron Age fort, as well as some magnificent views of the surrounding countryside from its 290 metre high vantage point.

Moniaive (2.5 miles) has a village shop, a tea room, pubs and a restaurant. Up in the hills outside the village at Cairnhead are a series of striking red sandstone sculptures called Striding Arches that were created by local artist Andy Goldsworthy and certainly add interest to the landscape.

The town of Thornhill (5.5 miles) has a couple of little grocery shops, small supermarkets, a pub/restaurant and even a golf course. A couple of miles further on, the 17th century Drumlanrig Castle (7 miles) is definitely worth a visit for a guided tour of the interior and a rest stop at the castle tearoom. You can also explore its 40 acres of beautiful grounds and walking/mountain biking trails.

Horse riding or pony trekking is another great way to see the countryside and there are many riding schools and stables with horses for hire, as well as trekking and trail riding.

For more serious shopping Dumfries (20 miles) is easily accessible for a day trip and has all the shops, supermarkets, pubs, restaurants and eateries you could wish for.

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Please note: while we make every effort to be as accurate as possible, the actual position of the cottage indicated on the map above and the proximity of the amenities in the Local Info section cannot be guaranteed to be precise and should be used as a guide only.



Single Storey

Sitting room with multi-fuel stove, TV/DVD, traditional box bed (full size double bed), CD/bluetooth docking station
Kitchen/dining room with dishwasher, microwave, electric hob and oven, fridge freezer, CD/bluetooth docking station
Shower room with shower, WC and wash basin.


Washing machine, tumble dryer and secure storage for bikes, etc.

What's included

Linen (Double Bed)
Sets of towels


Bed linen and towels are INCLUDED. Electricity is INCLUDED. Heating is electric INCLUDED and a multi-fuel stove (a started pack of logs is INCLUDED). WiFi is INCLUDED, subject to a fair usage policy. A maximum of 2 dogs are welcome (1 large, 2 medium or 2 small). No smoking.



The calendar below shows dates which are either available or booked for this property. Use the Book Now menu above to select your desired holiday dates.

Changeover Day: Sat

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Weekly Prices

The weekly guide prices for this property are shown below. Use the availability & book sidebar on the right to select your holiday or calculate short break rates (where available).

  • 2 Week Discount (£25)
  • Save 10% on short breaks (EH2) From 04/11/2017 to 01/12/2017

Changeover Day: Sat

Rental - Date Range Sleeps 2
24 Feb 2018 - 02 Mar 2018 £295.00
03 Mar 2018 - 30 Mar 2018 £345.00
31 Mar 2018 - 13 Apr 2018 £395.00
14 Apr 2018 - 04 May 2018 £345.00
05 May 2018 - 25 May 2018 £395.00
26 May 2018 - 01 Jun 2018 £485.00
02 Jun 2018 - 29 Jun 2018 £395.00
30 Jun 2018 - 31 Aug 2018 £485.00
01 Sep 2018 - 21 Sep 2018 £395.00
22 Sep 2018 - 05 Oct 2018 £345.00
06 Oct 2018 - 26 Oct 2018 £395.00
27 Oct 2018 - 20 Dec 2018 £295.00
21 Dec 2018 - 27 Dec 2018 £485.00
28 Dec 2018 - 05 Jan 2019 £485.00
06 Jan 2019 - 05 Jan 2020 POA
06 Jan 2020 - 05 Jan 2021 POA

Please note: Prices are calculated based on your party size at the time of booking. If your party size changes for any reason after booking please let us know so we can ensure the accommodation provided meets your exact requirements.


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An ideal cosy bothy for two in a delightful location.


Ghillie's Bothy is the perfect place for a couple to relax and escape from a busy life. We enjoyed the beautiful surroun...

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Fabulous accommodation. I have already booked for a return visit!


A lovely place to stay in a rural location, which is both off the beaten track and within easy distance of the places I ...

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Lovely cottage, perfect for a quiet break. The paddock is ideal and secure for the dogs to run around safely.

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