Accomodation and Holiday Cottages in Kippford
In and around Kippford the standard of accommodation is generally excellent, especially regarding self-catering cottages. Here are few ideas for why you might prefer a self-catering holiday. The benefits of going self-catering are many, and certainly not limited to cost savings, although that is, of course, a factor worth considering. The ability to choose when to eat, maybe to have a late breakfast after a particularly wild night out, or on the contrary, perhaps an early start is of the essence, to catch a sunrise over the hills, or an early low tide to cross the sands to Rough Island for some birdwatching. The same applies in the evening, and of course, you have the choice between cooking up a great family meal yourself or visiting any of the great local restaurants and eateries.
Privacy and space are another big pluses. Especially if you are travelling with a large family or group, you don’t want to be cooped up in a hotel room or sharing public areas. In your own well-appointed fully self-contained, cottage there are no such problems. Another bonus is many properties welcome dogs, so your canine companion can enjoy the amazing walks and scenery as well. There is plenty of choices, and a range of sizes from 2-person cottages to larger houses sleeping 8 or more people. Whatever your choice, your Kippford holiday will be one to remember for all the right reasons, and hopefully, this will give you some ideas to work with.
Local History and Geography of Kippford
During the 1700s a small village named Scaur began to develop, with fishing as a main legal occupation, although smuggling was a way of life for most of the 18th century and many people did quite well from what was euphemistically called the ‘free trade’. By the 1800s it was a busy fishing village and the Victorian era also brought granite quarrying, a paper mill, and shipbuilding to Scaur.
In 1870 a post office was opened and, despite the village name, was called Kippford Post Office. Gradually the name of the village came into line with the name of its post office, although many locals, particularly the older ones, may appreciate the use of the old name.
If you’re looking for Kippford holiday ideas, however, here’s the big news. The Solway Yacht Club was founded here in 1900. Since then, Kippford has become a hub for sailing, and grown from a sleepy village of a couple of dozen thatched cottages to a thriving place with some of the highest property values in the region, earning it the nickname the Solway Riviera.
The road comes in from the north of the village, passing Craigknowes Golf Course on the right, and Kippford Holiday park on the left. There is car parking near the northern end of the village and it is best to park here, as the road ends at a cul-de-sac at the southern end. A footpath continues to the nearby village of Rockcliffe, past the Mote of Mark. The landward side of the village is dominated by Mark Hill, a heavily forested steep hill, which offers excellent walking, and views across the Solway Firth.