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Vic & Diana Alexander welcome you to the Balcary Bay Hotel which takes its name from the stunningly beautiful bay that overlooks the Solway with the Cumbrian mountains in the distance.  Each day brings a different colour spectrum to this wonderful vista.  Each night brings forth a romantic moon shimmering across the waters. This historic hotel started its life c.1625 and, together with Hestan Isle opposite, was a major smugglers haunt during the 17th and 18th centuries.

The vaulted hotel cellars were once full of contraband liquor. Today, our cellared wines offer a selection of world class wines from tasty moderate priced wines to Grand cru. We focus on good organic foods, health and nutrition as well as providing guests with relaxation, tranquillity and the welcome of a cosy log fire. Our immediate region is an area of outstanding natural beauty with many diverse and interesting places to visit and activities that embrace exotic gardens and wildlife. For business guests we have numerous rooms connected to 300 Mgbps fibre and offer copying/scanning services so that more time is available for leisure and relaxation. We look forward to your visit.

Magnificent Nature Walks

Galloway has 25 designated scenic walks ranging from a gentle 2.5 mile to 12 miles in length. Each walk has distinctive features of natural interest. Seven of these walks are in the vicinity of the Balcary Bay Hotel and the Loch Mackie Walk, (3.7 miles (medium gradient), actually commences at the Hotel front gate.

As well as magnificent scenery, and thanks to the warmth of the Gulf stream, the walks have an abundance of local wild flora including; Oysterplant, Sea Asters, Sea Sandwort, Thrift, Sea Campion, English Stonecrop, Harebell, Gorse, Juniper, Bluebell, Wood anemone, Wood Sorrel, Cuckoo Flower, Yellow Iris, Heath Orchid, etc.

The walks also take in a wide range of trees from conifer forests to mixed species and the walks cover both coastal and freshwater habitats, woodland habitats, as well as Farm and Hillside habitats.

Historic Castles, Museums & Colourful Gardens

Historic Castles

Due to its historic importance of commanding the northern flank of the Irish Sea as well as Scottish internal power struggles the Galloway region has a large number of mediaeval castles, each with many tales to tell.  Castles in the vicinity of the hotel include; Caerlaverock Castle, Cardoness Castle, Carsluith Castle, MacLellans Castle and Threave castle


Galloway has over 25 general and specialist museums. Nearby museums include; Stewartry Museum, Kirkcudbright, Dalbeattie Museum, The OldKirk Museum, Castle Douglas and Glencair Science Museum.

Colourful Gardens

The most famous gardens and woodlands include;

  • Logan Botanical Gardens

Scotland’s most exotic garden with flors from Australasia, South Africa, Central & South Americas

  • Glenwhan Garden

Various habitats and lakes with spectacular views of Luce Bay and the Mull of Galloway

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