Visit Dalbeattie and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, also called the Birch Holm, is a small 19th-century town built in a basin at the head of tidal water on the Urr; all its houses are of grey granite. From the ridge of Craignair just across the Urr, granite was shipped out to Liverpool, the Thames Embankment, and Ceylon — all over the world, in fact. This enterprise raised into a substantial place the village founded in 1780 on the lands of Little Dalbeattie. The farm of Meikle Dalbeattie still stands outside the town. The arrival of the railway in 1860 still further enhanced its development; in 1897 (a peak year), 1,000 tons of wholesale groceries came into Dalbeattie Harbour in a week, carried by ships returning otherwise empty after taking granite setts to Liverpool. Thus the granite trade led to the town's becoming a distribution centre of retail goods.
A fine l0th-century interlace-decorated bronze flask, now in the National Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh, comes from Barr of Spottes, 1 mile or so from the town. The area around Dalbeattie was the missionary field of St Constantine, sent there by St Kentigern “because he was a Briton” — that is, a Cymric-speaker — about A.D. 560; the church names of St Constantine of Urr, St Constantine of Edingham, and St Constantine of Colmanele, all near Dalbeattie, commemorate his activity.
Nearby towns: Castle Douglas, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright
Nearby villages: Auchencairn, Beeswing, Bengairn, Bridge of Dee, Cargenbridge, Carsethorn, Colvend, Corsock, Crocketford, Crossmichael, Dundrennan, Dunscore, East Barcloy, Gelston, Glencaple, Haugh of Urr, Kelton, Kingholm Quay, Kippford, Kirkbean, Kirkconnell, Kirkgunzeon, Kirkpatrick Durham, Laurieston, Lochfoot, Mainsriddle, Maxwelltown, New Abbey, Nithsdale, Old Bridge of Urr, Palnackie, Parton, Ringford, Rockcliffe, Shawhead, Springholm, Tongland
Have you decided to visit Dalbeattie or the surrounding villages? Please look above for somewhere to stay in:
- a Dalbeattie bed and breakfast (a Dalbeattie B&B or Dalbeattie b and b)
- a Dalbeattie guesthouse
- a Dalbeattie hotel (or motel)
- a Dalbeattie self-catering establishment, or
- other Dalbeattie accommodation