Durisdeer is at the end of cul-de-sac, nestling in the foothills of the Lowther
Hills. A few seconds from the door of Ferndale Studio Cottage are gentle hillside
walks of outstanding beauty and serenity. Roman Soldiers (who built a fort), Robert
Burns (who wrote a poem specially) and Sir Walter Scott all made their way past our
door (well, maybe not the Romans..)
Durisdeer lies off the A702, approached from the South by the M6/A74 and the A76
from Dumfries. To the North the A702 connects with the A74 Junction 14. Durisdeer
is about 10 minutes drive north of Thornhill and about 30 minutes from Dumfries.
There is a direct bus service to/from Edinburgh city centre (McEwans, Service 102).
The nearest train station is Sanquhar (10 mls), and mainline services are available
at Lockerbie (50 mins by car), and Carlisle/Dumfries.
In the cottage is an up-to-date Ordinance Survey Map and a wealth of local tourist
information about all there is to do and see in Dumfries and Galloway.
Half a mile up the path is a wonderfully preserved Roman Fort, and nearby there are
many spectacular walks of varying lengths and ambition. Walk over Kettletonhead to
Thornhill, enjoy a fine pub lunch in front of an open fire, and catch the bus home.