BED & BREAKFAST
"A Great Place To Be"
Welcome to Islecroft House Bed & Breakfast overlooking the picturesque harbour of the Isle of Whithorn, one of the most southerly fishing villages in the Machars Peninsula of Dumfries and Galloway.
Your host Tracey Gibson looks forward to welcoming you for a relaxing, comfortable place to stay with wonderful sea and harbour views from each en-suite guest bedroom.
ROOM 1 - Double room with king size bed and en-suite facilities.
ROOM 2 - Twin room with two single beds and en-suite facilities.
ROOM 3 - Family room with king size and single bed with en suite facilities.
Each room has a window seat to enjoy the magnificent sea views from the guest bedrooms.
Isle of Whithorn
Our village is no longer an island. In 1790 a causeway, and later houses, were built linking the island to the main land. For many centuries ‘the Isle’, as it’s known locally, was a thriving seaport. Today there are still a few commercial fishing boats,however you will mainly see smaller boats used for fishing, kayaking, sailing and our newly crafted skiff.
Visitors to this area are drawn here for our beautiful beaches; coastal scenic walks; cycling; bird watching; photography and visiting local historic sites and gardens.
The Wicker Man
The cliffs at Burrowhead, a few miles from the Isle of Whithorn were used as a scene for the burning at the climax of the 1973 Celtic horror film. Today you'll only find two concrete areas where the Wicker Man was built. Devotees of the film will recognise the facade of Whithorn Library and the adjacent house from several shots. St Ninians Cave on the Glasserton shore, appears in the later scenes where Howie is lured to his death by the missing girl. Other scenes were shot around Kirkudbright.
See And Do
In the Isle
The village is home to two small galleries, The Queens Arms Gallery which also is the home to our local Five Kingdoms Brewery, and Art, 80 Main Street. The Tea Room, Isle of Whithorn and The Steam Packet are great places for food and drink. *Please note you will need to book in advance at the Steam Packet.
In the Isle you can see the 13th-century Saint Ninian's Chapel, where pilgrims landing on Isle Head would stop before making their way to Whithorn. Take a look in at our local Church to see an interesting display of history of the Isle. There are lovely walks around the village and a 5 mile cliff side walk to St Ninian’s cave.
Contact the Wigtown Bay Sailing Club for information for kayaking, canoeing and sailing. Arrangements are made according to your level of experience. If someone from the committee is about they are always happy to offer a trial sail or kayak experience.
Check out Wigtown Bay Coastal Rowing Club where anyone of any age can row safely in a St Ayles skiff, and join in beach cleaning.
In the next village, you can learn more of the local history at the Whithorn Priory and Museum. Well worth a visit is a tour of the Iron Age Roundhouse replica built in 2016 by The Whithorn Trust. The café is open April to October. The Whithorn Trail covers around 30 buildings in the town. You can now walk (or cycle) one of the ancient routes is the newly mapped Whithorn Way, try out one or more of its thirteen richly historic segments For more food and drink try the newly refurbished in Railway Inn.
In Monreith Bay you will find the ruins of Kirkmaiden Church, opposite the car park of St Meadans Golf Club, which is one of the oldest churches in Scotland. On your way down you will be able to see the bronze otter memorial to Gavin Maxwell, the author of the famous book "Ring of Bright Water" who was often seen with his tame otter on the beach below the church.
Around Monrieth, Cup and Ring markings and several Standing Stones thought to date back to 2000BC. At Barsalloch Point, there is evidence of human encampments from as early as 6000BC, making it the oldest dated settlement in Galloway.
Down from the golf course is "Back Bay" where the water is deeper for swimming. Further along the main road to Port William there are several areas where you can park and walk to the beach.
In the village you will find a large sheltered sandy beach. The Harbour Inn is available for food and drink. In peak season you will need to book ahead for evening meals.
The entrance to Rigg Bay (or Cruggleton Bay) is via Galloway House. From the car park you walk through Galloway House Gardens to the bay which is popular for swimming in the warm weather. There is a cliff walk from the bay to the ruins of Cruggleton Castle. Around the area and particularly when the tide is out, there are remains from Mulberry Harbour
Galloway Forest, near Newton Stewart
So many fabulous walks, cycling and visitor attractions in the Galloway Forest Park Go star gazing at night, visit the red deer range or wild goat park. The three Visitor Centres all have cafes and great trails. At Kirroughtree you can hire bikes and get repairs.
A buffet breakfast, choose from a selection of the following: -
Tea / coffee
Orange / apple juice
Selection of fruit
Selection of cereals
Locally made yoghurt
Pain au chocolate
Toast with a selection of jam, marmalade and Nutella spread
Guests are welcome to enjoy the beautiful sea views over the harbour. There is a raised patio area for guests to enjoy and a large garden. There is ample parking at the front of the property.
For those who require electric charging points they are available in Whithorn and Wigtown.
We are a dog friendly bed & breakfast, well behaved dogs are welcome in the guest bedrooms at no additional charge. There are some beautiful coastal walks to explore right from our doorstep. Sandy beaches are also close by for your furry friends to enjoy.
FREE guest Wi-Fi.
I recently stayed at Islecroft House and the owner Tracey was very welcoming. I couldn't fault my stay.
My bedroom was beautifully decorated with a super comfy bed which looked out to sea which was a real treat to wake up to.
My breakfast was superb...
I will definitely be returning.
Carrie from Stoke on Trent