Our 4 day stay at Brookford was delightful. We were given a warm welcome by Ronnie and the en suite room and facilities were first class. Ronnie was very knowledgeable on the area and gave a wealth of information whilst we enjoyed the delicious breakfasts. There is a small lounge with a nice view for guests to relax in the evenings with a selection of books to suit most tastes. The Brookford is at the top of Dalry and ideally situated for walks through the beautiful village which has hidden secrets and a wealth of history. A walk through the churchyard to the river is a must, following the steps of Robbie Burns inspiration for Tam O'Shanter, who after a night in the local pub fled from ghouls he observed dancing with the locals through the church door!. I suspect the local Clachan Inn beer may have contributed!
The area is fantastic and you are spoiled for places to visit. The Brookford excellent website contains all you need to know for where to go.
We visited James Clerk Maxwell's grave in Parton cemetry and then took the back Corsock road through beautiful countryside to Glenlair, Maxwell's house, where he shaped many of his great ideas. Considering Maxwell is rated in the top 3 of world scientists it is surprising how modest his burial site is, but the Parton area is so charming, I'm sure he is at peace.
We also visited Murray's monument which is not so humble and is perched on a steep hill giving one of the best views in Galloway. Flanked by a scenic waterfall and a grazing area for mountain goats one wonders what Murray did to deserve such a tribute. The monument plaque says he was professor of Oriental languages at Edinburgh University for one year so one wonders what size monument would be erected for 2 years!
A trip on the Raider's Road through Galloway Park gives an opportunity to see the best of this beautiful area steeped in history of religious persecution and glorious resistance.
Back to the Brookford for coffee and biscuits, an evening stroll through the village and then a restful nights sleep at this superb B&B. The Brookford is highly recommended.
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- Brookford, Scotland's Most Hospitable B&B is situated in the picturesque village of St. Johns Town of Dalry. Brookford B&B is a Visit Scotland 4 star accommodation provider adjacent to the Southern Upland Way and near the Galloway Forest Park & Galloway Dark Skies Park & Observatory. Brookford B&B offers a luxury en-suite Double and Twin rooms fully and tastefully furnished with flat screen TV/DVD’s, Tea and coffee making facilities, central heating and high quality bedding, towels and toiletries. Excellent base to experience the unspoilt beauty and wildlife of the Glenkens; an undiscovered gem in Dumfries and Galloway. ... more less
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