Dundrennan Village near Kirkcudbright in Dumfries and Galloway
A picturesque village near self catering Orroland holiday cottages, located on the heritage coastline of the Solway Firth about 5 miles east of Kirkcudbright.
The village has a population of around 230 people, one main street, a church, a village hall with garden and a children's play area on a large recreational field. Dundrennan has an extraordinary history and is notable for it's stunning 12th Century Cistercian Monastary; Dundrennan Abbey.
It is a very peaceful location to relax and reflect on the Cistercian ideal ‘Everywhere peace, everywhere serenity, and a marvelous freedom from the tumult of the world.’ The north and south transepts of Dundrennan Abbey are the best preserved late-12th-century Cistercian architecture in Scotland; you can't help but feel in wonder at how magnificant it must have been in it's full glory.
Dundrennan Abbey was founded in 1142 by Fergus, Lord of Galloway, with the help of King David I of Scotland. After establishing the abbey at Dundrennan, two more Cistercian abbeys in Galloway were founded – Glenluce, near Stranraer, around 1190, and Sweetheart, in the village of New Abbey in 1273. All three are now in the care of Historic Scotland.
Dundrennan Abbey is open daily 9.30am -5.30pm from the 1st April - 30th September. There is a small shop, toilet facilities and reception and the Abbey is a 20 minute walk from Orroland holiday cottages. The Historic Scotland website is a good resource for more information about visiting the Abbey, it is a stunning and impressive ruin and a popular place for visitors to the area. We have also listed information about the Abbey and other local historical places in our Historic Castles, Abbey's and Carins page.
Walking in the area:
Around this area there are a many lovely walks with panoramic views over the hills and to the Solway. As a Jubilee project, the community developed a 2.8 mile walk around the village with new stiles, gates, signposts and interpretation boards. The community planted trees and bulbs, tidied and installed seats and positioned picnic benches in appropriate places. The village hall is used for ceilidh's and community events as well as Spring Fling, where local artists display their work and also the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival in early summer often use the hall for small productions - the performers say they like coming to Dundrennan as the audiences are so enthusiastic and appreciative.
The Jubilee Walk is pleasant and you can walk it from Orroland. Here you will experience scenic areas with expansive coastal views and have the chance to rest on the benches located on the route overlooking the village.
Major events: Since 2001 the Wickerman music festival in late July has been held on a farm on the outskirts of Dundrennan. The festival is now one of Scotland's most popular music festivals; it has several stages as well as a children’s area and is popular with families. The festival climaxes on a Saturday at midnight with the burning of a giant Wickerman, built by local craftsmen Trevor Leat. The festival is taking a year off in 2016 but plans to return for 2017.
Crown & Anchor tea room Dundrennan
New for 2016 the Crown and Anchor tea room opened in April and serves delicious home made soups and desserts, lots of favourites in their lunch menu and hot drinks. Open Monday - Sunday 10.30am - 5pm. This delightful tearoom is a lovely addition to the village and offers visitors to Orroland another local place to eat nearby.