Wee Tam's Review
What better place to spend the most glorious week in May than in this luxury bothy close to Carrick Shore on the beautiful Galloway coast. We came here to relax and have a quiet break doing whatever the weather suggested and as it turns out, have hardly had to stir from the immediate vicinity.
The Bird's Nest bothy is one big room with separate areas for sleeping, eating and relaxing (and of course a separate bathroom). Although space restrictions mean the furniture and furnishing have been kept fairly minmal, they are all high class - even verging on the sumptuous. Light comes in from every possbile direction and you can even see the sea from the living area; for cool evenings there's a wood burning stove (not required!). This is perfect, cosy accommodation for a romantic sojourn. Carrick is a small community of holiday homes of varying shapes, sizes and designs, from modest wood cabins to rather grander affairs, so in the summer there's a definite holiday feel to the place, although the beaches never get too crowded for comfort.
We brought our kayaks and have had so much fun paddling along the coast and around the Isles of Fleet, barbcueing on beaches and swimming in the clear, turquiose water. There are lots of seabirds to spot and if you're quiet and lucky, seals too. Wee Tam now has his own wee lifejacket so even if he manages to fall off into the water we can easily grab the bright orange floating pooch as he bobs along and lift him back on board!
For supplies, Gatehouse of Fleet, just six miles away, has everything we need - fantastic chutneys and preserves in the Galloway Lodge (a great cafe here too) and a good Spar shop, as well as a grocer's, chemist and several other interesting shops. We popped into the charity shop to have a browse and I was lucky enough to pick up a perfectly fitting wetsuit for just a fiver!
Along the Fleet, the Mill on the Fleet has a lovely shop and cafe. Dining out locally is easy - in Gatehouse, both the Masonic and the Murray Arms do delicious bar or restaurant meals and a little further in Kirkcudbright, do please try the Selkirk Arms where the food is excellent - but book first! After a lovely long day on the water, a spruce-up and a lingering evening meal, the Bird's Nest feels like our own special retreat to come home too. I love the simplicity and cosiness of the place and the lifestyle and I know we shall be back.