Barstobrick Visitor Centre

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Barstobrick Visitor Centre
Barstobrick, Castle Douglas, Dumfries and Galloway, DG7 2AT
  • Telephone 01557 820112
  • Opening times Easter–Oct Mon–Sun 10am–6pm.
  • Seasonal times Nov–Easter Sat/Sun 10am–4pm. Closed Mon–Fri.
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'Visitor centre' doesn't really cover Barstobrick's range: a working beef and lamb farm that has diversified into public activities, as so many now have, it offers walking trails, horse-riding, fishing, accommodation, a café and small farm shop. The latter sells their own meat, processed on-site, as well as a range of jams, chutneys, gifts and sweets, and the café help sustain after outdoor pursuits with soup, home baking and burgers made from their own meat.

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2. Andrea Clarke8 Feb 2016, 7:55pm2 stars Barstobrick Visitor Centre Report

We visited Gatehouse of Fleet in the Summer of 2015, and really enjoyed the town and area, particularly the Mill on the Fleet. We decided to come back for a winter break to explore some more.

Someone suggested that we should go and see Barstobrick Visitor Centre, and although it had been raining we managed a visit between the showers. When we first arrived, we were shocked at the state of the road up to the Visitor Centre, and had to take it very slowly as we were worried about damaging our car's suspension on all the potholes! The Visitor Centre itself was a bit disappointing, with only a few leaflets and no sign of the "farm shop" mentioned in the listing above, but at least the toilets were clean.

Some of the leaflets advertised lodges for sale on the estate. We thought that it would be nice to have a look at them, but the prospect of negotiating the appalling road quickly put us off the idea.

The cafe, called "The Stickety Lickety Teahouse" was delightful, and the lady who ran it was very cheerful and helpful, telling us all about the area and places of interest to visit. The homemade baking was delicious, and the tearoom staff were friendly and chatty.

After tea and cakes we had a nice walk up to Neilson's Monument, and the views of the surrounding countryside were stunning! However on our way back, on the official public path by Barstobrick farm, we encountered long lengths of electric fencing wire snaking along the ground. The wire had come off a fence which had totally collapsed, and a couple of horses appeared to be plotting their escape! Not only was the wire dangerous to anyone walking along the path, animals were also at risk of getting tripped up, and in some parts the wire was very difficult to see.

Lastly, we had a walk round the ponds near the Visitor Centre, and thought it was lovely for dog walks. There are lots of noticeboards highlighting the wildlife that can be seen, and in summer it must be a great place to take photographs of birds and insects. However, due to the rain, the wooden bridge at the top of the lakes was extremely slippy, and I fell badly and hurt my back. This bridge (and all the others) should have wire netting or anti-slip tape on the boards. This incident rather spoiled our day, and sadly we won't be recommending Barstobrick Visitor Centre to our friends. The two highlights were the tearoom and the view from Neilson's Monument, and for those who wish to brave the entry road, these are worth a visit.

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