Luxury holiday cottages Cumbria

With its selection of luxury holiday cottages Cumbria is a great location for a get-together with family, friends or just as a couple. Cumbria is considered one of the most beautiful regions of Britain and includes the whole of the Lake District. However Cumbria has many other hidden gems beyond the Lakes. There’s so much to see and do for visitors to Cumbria. Here’s our guide to the Best Places To Visit and the Top Ten Things To Do in Cumbria.

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Best Places To Visit

By selecting one of our luxury holiday cottages Cumbria and its many attractions can be discovered.

The Eden Valley

The Eden Valley

Eden Valley

The Eden Valley is set in a tranquil corner of East Cumbria nestling between the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Pennines. Appleby is set at the heart of this lush vale, probably one of the loveliest towns in the North of England. Once the county town of old Westmorland, it lies in a loop of the river Eden and is overlooked by the Pennine fells. Appleby’s uncommonly wide main street, Boroughgate, has been described as one of the finest in England. It runs from the church uphill to the castle entrance and is lined with some interesting old buildings – look out for the road sign warning of red squirrels as you reach the top! Appleby is a major stop on the Settle to Carlisle Railway. It is well worth taking a trip on the railway which passes through some of the finest scenery in the North of England, especially if heading south towards Settle. Visit Appleby in June and you will experience the atmosphere of the three hundred year old Horse Fair. It is an annual event where Gypsies and travellers gather from all over the country to meet up with old friends, celebrate their music, history and folklore and conduct business – particularly the buying and selling of horses. The Pennine fells overlook the town and on their flanks are the attractive red sandstone fellside villages of Milburn, Knock, Dufton, Long Marton, Murton and Helton, starting points for many fine walks either up on to the peaks or the lower, yet very distinctive, conical peaks of Knock, Dufton and Murton pikes jutting out from the edge of the higher fells.

The Northern Pennines

The Northern Pennines

Northern Pennines

The Northern Pennines form the eastern edge Cumbria. It is an area of remote and sparsely populated moors and dales, home to an industrial heritage of lead mines and quarries often described as England’s ‘last wilderness’. Alston sits at the junction of several trans-Pennine routes and claims to be the highest market town in England. It also probably has the steepest market square in the country, with cobble stones and a small market cross rising up the hillside. Around the square are many small traditional shops that serve the town, as well as some arts and crafts galleries.

The Howgill Fells

The Howgill Fells

Howgills and the Lune Valley

The Howgills are a small group of distinctive bare, dome-shaped hills with steep sides – squeezed between the jagged Lakeland fells and the whale-backed heights of the neighbouring Dales. One of the highlights of the area is Cautley Spout – a series of waterfalls cascading over high crags. A path climbs steeply next to the falls which leads onto the highest point in the Howgills, The Calf. A good starting point for this walk is The Cross Keys, a 400-year-old Temperance Inn, situated at the base of Cautley Spout. This is believed to be the only pub in England without a liquor license. Kirkby Lonsdale is a picturesque market town on the banks of the River Lune. Surrounding the town is a rolling landscape of winding lanes and verdant green fields bordered by high hedges and dry-stone walls. Its attractive setting is epitomised by the glorious view up the Lune Valley from Ruskin’s View. The artist and poet John Ruskin visited the spot, just through the town’s churchyard, after viewing Turner’s now-famous painting of it, and was enchanted, stating that it was, ‘one of the loveliest scenes in England – therefore in the world’.

Derwentwater

Derwentwater

The Lakes

The Lake District is a stunning region of high peaks, open fells, lakes and sparkling rivers and this stunning landscape offers endless outdoor activities, especially walking. If you want to take it easy there are charming villages and plenty of attractions to keep the whole family entertained. The area has provided inspiration for generations of British and foreign artists, writers and musicians, including Beatrix Potter and William Wordsworth.

Walney Island

Walney Island

Cumbrian Coast

Cumbria boasts a dramatic and varied coastline which is largely undiscovered. St Bees has a magnificent mile-long, sandy beach and is the start of the famous Wainwright ‘Coast to Coast’ walk. It is overlooked by St Bees Head, rising to a height of over 300 metres, home  to an RSPB bird reserve with one of the largest colonies of sea birds on the west coast of England, the only place in England where black guillemot breed. Grange-over-Sands is an elegant and sedate seaside resort town overlooking Morecambe Bay, just seven miles from Windermere. The Edwardian town still retains the gentility and atmosphere of a seaside resort of the period. On the opposite bank of the Kent estuary where it meets Morecambe Bay is the small and sleepy Victorian seaside resort of Arnside. The deciduous woodlands, limestone grasslands and coastal salt marshes are enclosed by low limestone hills creating a perfect environment for rare butterflies and marshland birds. The wooded hill of Arnside Knott , a high flat rock modest by Lakeland standards and largely owned by the National Trust, is a good vantage point for views of Morecambe Bay and the Cumbrian fells.

The Top Ten Things To Do in Cumbria

Morecambe Bay

Morecambe Bay

1. Cross the sands of Morecambe Bay

The expansive shifting sands of Morecambe Bay are the setting for an exhilarating 8-mile Cross Bay Walk to Grange-over-Sands, led by Cedric Robinson the official Queen’s Guide to the Sands since 1963. For almost half a century, he has guided countless groups of people over a safe path across the potentially treacherous bay – and he has done it for a ‘salary’ of just £15 a year. Morecambe Bay is incredibly dangerous and this walk should not be undertaken alone. The way the sea twists and turns into the Bay changes each year and so do the dangers – there is deep water as well as quicksand. Reassuringly Cedric says: ‘I can read the sands like others can read a newspaper’.  The guided walks take place between May and September each year and the times vary depending on the tides.

Ullswater steamer

Ullswater steamer

2. Take a boat trip on a lake

One of the most pleasurable ways to take in the scenery of the Lake District is onboard a boat. Choose from the small launches that ply Derwentwater and Coniston Water, a steamer on Ullswater or a large cruiser on Windermere. Often with halts along the shoreline, a boat trip can be combined with an enjoyable return walk along the lakeside.

Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg Stone Circle

3. Wonder at one of Britain’s finest stone circles

Cumbria has a wealth of historic sites, including some of the earliest stone circles in Britain, and none better than Castlerigg, one of the most impressive prehistoric monuments in the country. Lying on the top of a low hill it has magnificent views across some of the finest fells in the northern lakes including Skiddaw, Blencathra and Helvellyn

High Cup Nick

High Cup Nick

4. Visit one of the most spectacular spots in England

High Cup Nick is a classic U-shaped valley high on the western flanks of the Pennines, probably one of the most spectacular places in England. The route along the Pennine Way from Dufton is a relatively straight forward ascent, with the valley opening up before you as you reach the ‘Nick’. To return via the valley itself provides the best views, however the descent immediately below the Nick is steep and quite rocky, but well worth it!

Appleby Horse Fair

Appleby Horse Fair

5. Enjoy the atmosphere at Britain’s most boisterous traditional festival

The normally sleepy town of Appleby hosts its famous Horse Fair in early June, when Gypsies and Travellers gather from all over the country to meet up with old friends. The 300-year-old event is an annual occasion celebrating their music, history and folklore and provides an opportunity to conduct business – particularly the buying and selling of horses. During the Fair, horses may be found everywhere – in the river, on its banks, along the roadsides or tethered outside hotels and shops. Young people wash the horses in the River Eden and are then ready to show them off. The tradition of racing and trotting the horses along Flashing Lane takes place throughout the day. There is a lively atmosphere with over 10,000 Gypsies and Travellers in attendance and up to 30,000 other visitors soaking up the atmosphere of the Fair, with Sunday being the traditional main visitors’ day. It transforms the town of Appleby for the week, from a sedate, elegant town into an animated and boisterous festival.

6. Visit Britain’s finest topiary garden

Levens Hall is an Elizabethan mansion built around a 13th-century Pele tower – a small fortified keep, one of many in this part of the country, serving as watch towers to warn of approaching Scots invaders. The gardens have probably the finest collection of topiary in Britain, dating back to the 17th-century. The clipped yew and box hedges are under-planted with bedding in spring and summer, making for excellent colour. A rose garden and herbaceous borders complete this fascinating garden.

Ruskin's View

Ruskin’s View

7. Admire the beauty of Ruskin’s View

Kirkby Lonsdale is a picturesque market town on the banks of the River Lune. Its attractive setting is epitomised by the glorious view up the Lune Valley from Ruskin’s View. The artist and poet John Ruskin visited the spot, just through the town’s churchyard, after viewing Turner’s now famous painting of it, and was enchanted, stating that it was, ‘one of the loveliest scenes in England – therefore in the world’.

8. Ride England’s most scenic railway

The famous Settle to Carlisle railway passes through some of the finest scenery in England, from the Yorkshire Dales up the Ribble Valley, between the Three Peaks and through the Eden Valley to the historic city of Carlisle. It is hard believe that not many years ago this line was nearly closed done.

9. Cycle up to the finest view in the Lake District

A 12-mile circular ride on country lanes to Wastwater, England’s deepest and most awe-inspiring lake, offers perhaps the finest view in the Lake District. In 2007 it was named as Britain’s favourite view in a television programme. The road winding along the lakeshore to the head of the Wasdale Valley offers impressive views of the famous screes that drop dramatically to the water’s edge.

Luxury holiday cottages Cumbria, Wainwright10. Walk in Wainwright’s footsteps

Britain’s most famous hill walker Arthur Wainwright is best known for his famous Pictorial Guides to the Lakeland Fells which offer beautiful drawings as well as descriptions and routes up over 200 hills. Many are the classic high peaks of the Lakes but some are more modest tops, usually providing sublime panoramas of surrounding hills, allowing walkers of all levels to appreciate the fells that Wainwright was so passionate about.

When it comes to luxury holiday cottages Cumbria has a great choice. So why not browse our and see what catches your eye?

Chaucer apartment Keswick Check availability Chaucer Apartment 2, Keswick, Cumbria
Sleeps 2 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £417657 per week * Ref: GCG5487
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

The former Chaucer House Hotel, was converted into 14 luxury apartments and located in the heart of Keswick with all amenities on the doorstep Chaucer House. It is a perfect base to enjoy a holiday in the Northern Lakes. With many walks surrounding this pretty town, your car may never leave its park...
Ladstock Hall 3 Check availability Ladstock Hall 3, Thornthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 2 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £365705 per week * Ref: GCG5497
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Nestled in the hillside, this magnificent building has the most spectacular views across the valley towards the mighty Skiddaw range, from its elevated location on the edge of Thornthwaite village. Until recently Ladstock Hall was a very grand country house hotel, a renowned venue for weddings, it h...
Ladstock Hall 5 Check availability Ladstock Hall 5, Thornthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £434794 per week * Ref: GCG5495
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Nestled in the hillside, this magnificent building has the most spectacular views across the valley towards the mighty Skiddaw range, from its elevated location on the edge of Thornthwaite village. Ladstock Hall was a very grand country house hotel, a renowned venue for weddings, it has now been c...
Check availability Garthmere, Windermere, Cumbria
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £274775 per week * Ref: GCG5248
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

This delightful and spacious holiday apartment has lovely views overlooking Windermere to the fells beyond. Formerly part of a Victorian gentleman’s residence it is situated in a prime residential area known as Heathwaite, which is on the edge of Windermere village. Furnished and fitted in a conte...
Century Cottage Keswick Check availability Century Cottage, Keswick, Cumbria
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £462707 per week * Ref: GCG5489
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

A truly stunning cottage which the owners spared no expense refurbishing. Century Cottage provides luxurious self catering accommodation in a contemporary style, with state of the art facilities including Wi-Fi internet. It is located within 5 minutes level walk of Keswick town centre and parks, 10 ...
Greengables Keswick Check availability Greengables, Keswick, Cumbria
Sleeps 6 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £557967 per week * Ref: GCG5488
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

This four bedroom house is luxuriously furnished and equipped to provide exceptional quality self catering accommodation. Situated in a residential area of Keswick, Greengables is within 5 minutes level walk of the town centre and its many amenities. Sleeping six people, with two bathrooms the cotta...
Brookfield Check availability Brookfield, Torver, Cumbria
Sleeps 8 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £5641414 per week * Ref: GCG5254
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Brookfield is an ideal location for touring the Lake District. Conveniently located in the hamlet of Torver, close to the village of Coniston, this delightful Lakeland bungalow has been completely renovated and attractively furnished to a very good standard, whilst retaining some of its original fea...
mount Pleasant threlkeld Check availability Mount Pleasant, Threlkeld, Cumbria
Sleeps 8 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 4 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £6411640 per week * Ref: GCG5498
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Mount Pleasant is the pièce de résistance of our larger properties in the Northern Lakes. It's got it all, location, views, south facing, the finest quality, space, garden and pub nearby. Renovated and luxuriously refurbished, including sumptuous carpets, bespoke hand built kitchen and stunning Vi...
The Barn Greystoke Check availability The Barn, Greystoke, Cumbria
Sleeps 2 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £375600 per week * Ref: GCG5509
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Converted from the former listed sandstone barn this charming property has been renovated to a high standard using oak fittings and retaining a feature stone wall and large barn doors which provide a light, bright living space. The décor is attractive and stylish and the wood burning stove creates ...
High Lowscales Check availability High Lowscales Farm, Whicham Valley, Cumbria
Sleeps 11 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £11572768 per week * Ref: GCG5255
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

High Lowscales Farm is a traditional Cumbrian hill farm situated in the south-western Lakes, between the beautiful countryside of the Whicham and Duddon Valleys. This detached, Georgian farmhouse is set in 17 acres and has spectacular views down to the Irish Sea and the Duddon Estuary. You can enjoy...
Ghyllside Check availability Ghyllside, Seatoller, Cumbria
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £5231050 per week * Ref: GCG5499
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Ghyllside offers 5 star luxury in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley - a walkers' paradise. The cottage lies at the foot of Honister Pass, above the hamlet of Seatoller overlooking Hause Gill and England's most beautiful valley. The cottage underwent major refurbishment and has tasteful furnishings ...
Carhullan Check availability Carhullan, Bampton, Cumbria
Sleeps 10 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 4 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £8451580 per week * Ref: GCG5502
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

This former Cumbrian farmhouse enjoys a spectacular remote location, high up on Bampton Common among the Lake Districts eastern fells and close to Ullswater and Haweswater. Carhullan was completely modernised whilst retaining its character, complemented with furnishings and equipment of the highest ...
Oakland Hall Check availability Oakland Hall, Windermere, Cumbria
Sleeps 10 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 5 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £17602520 per week * Ref: GCG5503
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

One of the first gentlemen's residences to be built in Windermere, Oakland Hall is now a stunning and unique home offering an eclectic fusion of traditional Lakeland and boutique cottage, topped off by panoramic views over Windermere to the Langdale Pikes beyond. The house revolves around two large ...
Primrose Cottage Check availability Primrose Cottage, Ireby, Cumbria
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £412668 per week * Ref: GCG5260
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Primrose Cottage has been converted from a former byre and stands in a courtyard which is bedecked with flower tubs, window boxes and hanging baskets. It occupies a magnificent rural setting in the northern Lakes, with fabulous views of the Skiddaw mountain range, magnificent sunsets over the Solway...
Rose Cottage Check availability Rose Cottage, Ireby, Cumbria
Sleeps 2 * 1 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £412603 per week * Ref: GCG5259
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

In a magnificent rural setting, Rose Cottage is attached to the owner’s farmhouse home in a small select group of multi award-winning holiday properties in the northern Lakes....
Strickland Manor Check availability Strickland Manor, Great Strickland, Cumbria
Sleeps 18 * 8 Bedroom(s) * 8 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £17952500 per week * Ref: GCG5508
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Strickland Manor is a fabulous, detached, large country house which can accommodate large walking groups and family gatherings. The house underwent total renovation and refurbishment and combines exceptional quality with great facilities, including en-suite facilities in all bedrooms, superbly equip...
scale force Check availability Scale Force, Seatoller, Cumbria
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £4721005 per week * Ref: GCG5500
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Scale Force offers luxury in the heart of the Borrowdale Valley - a walker's paradise. The cottage lies at the foot of Honister Pass, above the hamlet of Seatoller overlooking Hause Gill and England's most beautiful valley. This excellently equipped cottage underwent major refurbishment and has tast...
Home Farm Check availability Home Farm, Grange over Sands, Cumbria
Sleeps 8 * 5 Bedroom(s) * 4 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £10302478 per week * Ref: GCG5257
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Home Farm is a magnificent converted detached barn on three levels abounds with elegance, style and comfort to provide a peaceful holiday haven in rural tranquillity. Featuring French oak beams, Lake District slate, lots of exposed stonework, and granite work surfaces in the large kitchen, the barn ...
Ladstock Hall 7 Check availability Ladstock Hall 7, Thornthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £460755 per week * Ref: GCG5494
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Nestled in the hillside, this magnificent building has the most amazing panoramic views of Skiddaw and the surrounding fells, from its elevated location on the edge of Thornthwaite village. Ladstock Hall was a very grand country house hotel, a renowned venue for weddings, it has now been converted i...
Miller Beck Check availability Miller Beck, Newby Bridge, Cumbria
Sleeps 8 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 4 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £10292355 per week * Ref: GCG5258
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Miller Beck occupies a magical setting on the shores of Windermere and provides the perfect holiday location. This exceptional house, one of a pair, offers spacious, light rooms and inspirational contemporary decor and lighting....
Wordsworth Cottage Check availability Wordsworth Cottage, Stocksbridge, Cumbria
Sleeps 5 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £4751210 per week * Ref: GCG5263
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Wordsworth Cottage is a charming Grade II listed house is situated in the peaceful village of Sockbridge, ideally situated for exploring the northern lakes and fells, just 2½ miles from Ullswater and 15 miles from Keswick....
Orrest head House Check availability Orrest Head House, Windermere, Cumbria
Sleeps 12 * 5 Bedroom(s) * 5 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £21503150 per week * Ref: GCG5504
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

A beautiful 15th century, Grade II listed cottage within stunning gardens and just miles from the breathtaking North Cornish coast. Barnacott is situated on the edge of the historic village of Kilkhampton, and just a few miles from the seaside town of Bude. The perfect luxurious choice for family an...
Rambling Rose Check availability Rambling Rose, Ireby, Cumbria
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £412665 per week * Ref: GCG5261
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

One of a small group of quality holiday properties, Rambling Rose Cottage enjoys a magnificent rural setting in the northern Lakes, with fabulous views of the Skiddaw mountain range, magnificent sunsets over the Solway Firth, and the hills of Galloway across the border....
Tock How View Check availability Tock How View, Hawkshead, Cumbria
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £5401516 per week * Ref: GCG5256
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Formerly a barn, Tock How View is a delightful detached property which been tastefully converted to a high standard and is one of three situated in the former Birkwray Farmyard, within the small hamlet of Outgate, close to the western shores of Windermere....
Knipe Hall Check availability Knipe Hall, Askham, Cumbria
Sleeps 12 * 6 Bedroom(s) * 4 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £15472500 per week * Ref: GCG5501
Pets allowed: Yes * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Knipe Hall is a Grade II listed period farmhouse set in grounds of about three acres in the idyllic and tranquil Lowther Valley, with South and West facing gardens. It offers the opportunity to leave everything behind and take advantage of the peace and tranquility and be able to walk out of the fro...
Ladstock Hall 6 Check availability Ladstock Hall 6, Thornthwaite, Cumbria
Sleeps 4 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 2 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £460755 per week * Ref: GCG5496
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Nestled in the hillside, this magnificent building has the most spectacular views across the valley towards the mighty Skiddaw range, from its elevated location on the edge of Thornthwaite village. Until recently Ladstock Hall was a very grand Country House Hotel, a renowned venue for weddings, it ...
Marys Cottage Keswick Check availability Marys Cottage, Keswick, Cumbria
Sleeps 6 * 3 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £517902 per week * Ref: GCG5490
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

This deceptively spacious cottage could be more aptly named 'The Tardis'. Laid out over four floors this 18th Century cottage was stripped back to the bare walls and rebuilt, creating a stunning holiday cottage. It retains a lot of original character, including slate and timber floors and sandstone ...
Beetholm Check availability Beetholm, Keswick, Cumbria
Sleeps 8 * 4 Bedroom(s) * 3 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £10472027 per week * Ref: GCG5491
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

Only a handful of properties have both the location and the 'wow' factor and Beetholm is one of them. The situation is idyllic, set in beautiful, peaceful grounds, close to the River Greta, yet less than 5 minutes walk to Keswick town centre. Beetholm is a 21st Century house, constructed in a tradit...
Rosedale Cottage Check availability Rosedale Cottage, Ireby, Cumbria
Sleeps 3 * 2 Bedroom(s) * 1 Bathroom(s)
Price guide: £412665 per week * Ref: GCG5262
Pets allowed: No * Short breaks available: Yes * Star rating: 5

osedale Cottage is one of a small group of quality holiday properties in a magnificent rural setting in the northern Lakes, with fabulous views of the Skiddaw mountain range, magnificent sunsets over the Solway Firth, and the hills of Galloway across the border. ...