Visit Gatehouse of Fleet and the surrounding villages and stay in bed & breakfast accommodation:
Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries and Galloway. This small town lies surrounded by exceptionally fine scenery on the Water of Fleet near its mouth on Fleet Bay, an inlet of Wigtown Bay. General Roy's map of 1759 shows a single house on the main road where the town now stands; “gate” means a road — hence the name Gatehouse. The town flourished around 1800, with a variety of light industries (one cotton factory still stands above Fleet Bridge as a picturesque ivy-covered ruin), and tried to become a commercial port, but stagnated during the 19th century and lost its industries.
The large clock-tower of Craignair granite (75 ft high) that dominates the main street was built in 1871. The main town has been compared in its plan to a miniature of the New Town of Edinburgh.
Robert Burns is reputed to have composed “Scots Wha Ha'e” on the nearby moors, and to have written the song down in a room in the Murray Arms Hotel.
Near the town are the Cally Hotel and Cardoness Castle, and Trustee's Hill with its Pictish symbols on the native rock near the Rutherford Monument, erected to a famous scholar and writer on religion who held the parish in the early 17th century.
Anworth Church nearby has a late Dark Age cross in its churchyard. The surrounding countryside is full of archaeological interest, such as the early Christian site on the Skyre Burn, and many groups of cup-and-ring marks, stone circles, and cairns, all within 3 or 4 miles. Palace Yard at Enrick, 1 mile on the Dumfries side of the town, is a medieval, moated manor on which can be seen the foundations of the palace of the last Bishops of Galloway before the Reformation. About ½ mile above Gatehouse is the site of a small 1st-century Roman fort, beside the Fleet.
There are large caravan parks at Sandgreen and Auchenlarie on the two flanks of Fleet Bay.
From the early years of this century, Gatehouse o' Fleet has been much frequented by the Galloway School of Scottish artists. In this respect it is second only to Kirkcudbright itself.
Nearby towns: Castle Douglas, Creetown, Kirkcudbright
Nearby villages: Borgue, Bridge of Dee, Carsluith, Crossmichael, Dundrennan, Garlieston, Gatehouse of Fleet, Girthon, Laurieston, Palnure, Parton, Ringford, Sorbie, Talnotry, Tongland, Twynholm
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