The Shieling Holiday Apartment @ Trostrie Cottage Twynholm The Shieling Holiday Apartment @ Trostrie Cottage Twynholm The Shieling Holiday Apartment @ Trostrie Cottage Kitchen The Shieling Holiday Apartment @ Trostrie Cottage Bedroom The Shieling Holiday Apartment @ Trostrie Cottage Living Room The Shieling Holiday Apartment @ Trostrie Cottage Bathroom The Shieling Holiday - Great in all Seasons Winter and Summer Local Beaches to Explore Miles of tracks and walks to enjoy Popular Local Port Town of Kirkcudbright Just a Few Miles Away  Get close to nature - Deer Often Around The Shieling Local Hills to Explore Maybe Catch Sight of a Badger at Night Welcome to Scotland

'We had a lovely experience and would highly recommend this as a romantic or spiritual retreat for couples...It is a beautiful lovely space, close to nature and lots of options nearby.'

Recent random comments from The Shieling visitors Book

Thank you for making this short break so good and for the welcome pack. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your wonderful cottage. Its so cosy and homely. We will definitely be back for another visit. Thank you again. F. & A. Dec-2019

Beautiful area and a lovely cosy apartment that had everything we needed. Pauline was so friendly and hospitable and left some lovely touches for us on arrival. The information pack was super helpful as we planned things to do in local area D Jan-2020

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The Shieling Apartment is -

A cosy, calming countryside retreat for 2 people. A ground floor suite of 4 beautifully furnished rooms, set in amazing countryside, yet only a few miles from the sea in South West Scotland near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway. Booking flexibility is our key to suit you if we can fit you in but our minimum requirement is a three night stay unless a last minute booking.

Whatever holiday you are planning, The Shieling apartment @ Trostrie Cottage, will provide the perfect home from home with our self-catering accommodation. Whether you are seeking a relaxing break away from the stresses of city life (but free WiFi is available) or looking to enjoy some of the many exhilarating activities on your doorstep - including, sailing, windsurfing, kayaking, climbing, golf, fishing, walking, archery, horse riding, mountain biking, laser tag and zipwire to name a few that can be enjoyed within a few miles of The Shieling. Parts of the apartment date back to the mid 1700’s. The unique and special experiences on offer here in Galloway can be sampled almost from the doorstep. The Shieling, surrounded by stunning scenery, offers you the perfect location for a self-catering Scottish holiday. The Shieling offers you the perfect location for a Scottish holiday. Pay by the night or week. Prices start at £39 per night in the low season and rise to £64 per night in the high season for 2020, but there is a minimum non discountable booking charge of £106.00.



  • WiFi
  • Central heating
  • TV & DVD
  • Essentials - Towels, bed sheets soap, toilet paper
  • Iron
  • Washer -Dryer
  • Kitchen
    • Coffee Maker
    • Cooking Basics - pots pans etc.
    • Plates, dishes, cups
    • Dishwasher
    • Microwave
    • Fridge Freezer
    • Stove & Oven
  • Bedroom
    • Kingsize bed or Twin
    • Bed linen, pillows, blankets
    • Hair dryer
    • Storage and Hangers
  • Ensuite
    • Walkin electric shower
    • Bath
    • Wc
    • Shampoo
  • Outdoors
    • Outdoor table & chairs
    • BBQ
    • Access to wildlife pond
    • Access to orchard
    • Opportunity to stargaze (if fine)
    • Extensive views (if fine)
    • Great walking and cycling country

The Area

The Area

The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage enjoys an amazing panoramic view of Screel and Bengairn, which 'goes on forever' across the Solway Hills to the North Cumbrian fells peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra. Frequent visitors to the apartment’s grounds are deer and red kites, and a golden eagle has been an occasional visitor.

Whilst being set in a tranquil secluded location, midst rolling farmland, the village of Twynholm and the artist’s harbour town of Kirkcudbright are only a few minutes drive away. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, it is known as The Artist's Town and has attracted painters for generations due to the scenic landscape and the exceptional quality of light. This makes it an ideal central base from which to explore all the delights of Dumfries & Galloway, which includes the Galloway Forest Park. At three hundred square miles is a mixture of lochs, moorland, hills and a habitat for a variety of plants and animals. The forest provides an opportunity for everyone whatever age. Mile after mile of forest walks, horse riding, fishing, world class mountain biking at one of the 7Stanes venues and an opportunity to view one of the wonders of the world; the night sky.

Recent Comments

Recent relevant extracts from comments in the Shieling Visitors Book

  • Beautiful area and a lovely cosy apartment that had everything we needed. Pauline was so friendly and hospitable and left some lovely touches for us on arrival. The information pack was super helpful as we planned things to do in local area D Jan-2020
  • Thank you for making this short break so good and for the welcome pack. We have thoroughly enjoyed our stay in your wonderful cottage. Its so cosy and homely. We will definitely be back for another visit. Thank you again. F. & A. Dec-2019
  • Fantastic place to celebrate a 21st birthday in terms of getting away from a hectic university term! The cottage was so warm and cosy! ... Thank you so much Pauline H. & F. Dec-2019
  • Really enjoyed living our countryside cottage dream in this lovely home. Really well kept and comfortable. Really lovely area and lovely owners. Thank you Pauline & Tim . A. & G. Dec-2019
  • Thank you Pauline & Tim for such a lovely few days in your cosy cottage. It was lovely and warm and had plenty of hot water too. The night skies were so impressive and we really enjoyed spotting wildlife out of the windows in the morning. We hope to come again and stay in this relaxing cottage. Thank you again K & J Nov-2019
  • Thank you for everything Pauline & Tim. A lovely stay once again at the Shieling. G Oct-2019
  • Thank you for hosting me in your lovely cottage. A great place to relax and enjoy the scenery. And thank you so much for the last minute ride. I very much enjoyed my stay. G Sept-2019
  • Thank you Pauline & Tim very much for providing exactly what I needed - this week to recharge my batteries! Lovely cottage in a fabulous setting with plenty to see and do or just have some lovely relaxing - me time - how lucky am I?!! The welcome pack was a most welcome surprise and thoroughly enjoyed. My first experience of Dumfries and Galloway didn't disappoint and I shall definitely be back for more adventures. J Sept-2019
  • Many thanks for the amazing hospitality. We have had a wonderful few days exploring the area - there are so many mushrooms up on Fuffock Hill and around the woods near Glengap. Thanks for the tip about horseradish - we will plant some when we get back. Hope to be back again. C & E Aug-2019
  • Thank you Pauline & Tim, another perfect week. We saw deer 20 feet from the cottage - lovely even though we had 3 days of showers, we had 4 days of very nice sun. There are so many things to see and do and drive around. Hoping to come back next year. Thank you Pauline & Tim for looking after us. J & R Aug-2019

More Comments

More Comments

  • Thanks for a great few days. Extremely quiet and peaceful place with amazing views. Garden was outstanding and just a great place to sit watching the moon and stars. R & J Aug-2019
  • We can only endorse the previous comments. Lovely welcome pack, the accommodation is excellent. Thank you Pauline and Tim. P & N Aug-2019
  • Very peaceful and serene. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay. Thank you for your hospitality I expect we will see you again soon D & A Aug-2019
  • We have had an extremely enjoyable stay in The Shieling. It is so well equipped and we appreciated the extra little touches.. It has been a relaxing stay in a beautiful area and we have been out and about daily. Thank you Tim and Pauline for your kindness and helpful information B & D Jul-2019
  • Thank you for a lovely stay we really appreciated the total peace and quiet. Added bonus seeing kite, deer and hares. A beautiful area B & D Jul-2019
  • This is my second visit - I forgot to comment earlier. As I expected it is so beautiful. I do hope to come again! Together with the warm welcome and comfortable place to stay. I hope to come again and see the autumn colours. Many Thanks. D. Jul-2019
  • If you are sitting down reading this then you are on your weeks holiday or have just finished - Wow what a week. We had temperatures of over 29C - one of the hottest weeks ever. Fantastic watching red kites buzzards and herons flying past the cottage window with birds in the garden we haven't seem before. Tim & Pauline thank you very much for looking after us. We are hoping to see you both soon Than you again J. & R. Jun-2019
  • Thank you for another great week at The Shieling, not the same without Elaine, but still as good as ever in this lovely area with all the wild life Thanks again Pauline & Tim G. from Barnsley Jun-2019
  • This has been our first time to this particular area of Scotland but it definitely won't be our last. We wanted some peace and quiet and we got that a tranquil secluded rural idyll where we could relax unwind and just be..Every day has brought new delights curious baby bunnies, red kites, buzzards, hares deer, and a greater spotted woodpecker on the feeder - just wonderful. We completed am epic hike on the quieter route past stunning lochs to the summit of Merrick and we have enjoyed walks leaving from the front door. So much more to explore, we even asked if we could stay an extra night, but well be back now we have found The Shieling. Thank you for being there if we needed you but leaving us also to feel at home in your beautiful cottage and grounds. It really was what you needed. Thgank you also for the welcome pack, a warm and welcoming touch. Hope to see you again soon. c & B May-2019
  • Lovely cottage - the first one I have come across with decent kitchen knives. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay...Loved the surroundings and the peace and quiet May-2019
  • Thank you for a lovely short stay. Everything was perfect, even the weather. Many thanks J & R May-2019
  • Thanks for a lovely May Bank Holiday. Lovely cottage great views and we were amazed you could see the Lake District. We'll have to come again as 3 days is not enough to explore beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. Thanks again C & A May-2019
  • A last minute booking due to a sudden change of plan but we were delighted to find such a lovely place to stay. The Shieling provided us with all we needed for a quiet and restful stay. What a blessing G & A Apr-2019
  • Thank you so much Pauline and Tim for giving us the quiet retreat we were looking for. The bluebells at Carstramon wood are utterly wonderful. B & C Apr-2019
  • Thank you for making The Shieling such a comfortable place to relax for a few days. We have enjoyed walking at Gatehouse of Fleet where we watched Oyster Catcherson the gold course. We visited St. Ninians cave and did part of the coastal path. We also enjoyed a very hot climb up Griffel from New Abbey. We did not expect record temperatures for Easter. We were made very welcome at Dumfries Baptist Church on Easter Morning. Hope to come back for more.. Pasg Hapus! Diolch yn fawr iawn! Pob Bendith. P & P Apr-2019
  • Thank you very much for a lovely and peaceful stay. T & A Apr-2019
  • Back again second time - love it. Weather not very good but did not spoil it for us. Pauline and Tim made us very welcome. We needed some down time and that's just what we got. Thank you both (shortbread was lovely). B & K Mar-2019
  • Super! Shieling Wonderful Warm Comfortable Stay. Lovely Geordie Welcome! Moorish Shortbread and wine. Everything we needed and more for a relaxing break in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. Spotted deer near cottage and in Galloway forest. Awesome sunrise, sunset and stargazing. Peaceful surroundings. Thank you so much. Stayed on an extra two nights as it is Sooo! lovely. K & N Feb-2019
  • A Little Gem. Nothing has been forgotten. Very comfortable. We enjoyed the BBQ. Wine shortbread, and a vase of snowdrops & Christmas roses all very special. A & N Feb-2019
  • A very pleasant and relaxing time in The Shieling and in the company of Tim and Pauline. A number of highlights - many red kites, Brighouse Bay quiet and sunny... church in Dumfries, red sky mornings. Comfortable stay - thanks. We are returning refreshed and relaxed. C & J Jan-2019
  • We had a lovely 4 night break, The Shieling was sp cosy and well equipped. The flasks and walking boots were especially useful. We arrived to some lovely wine and shortbread which we appreciated along with the little vase of flowers. The Shieling & grounds are breathtakingly beautiful & we feel blessed to have spent time in such a stunning area.Things we did. Walks - views were amazing, saw red squirrels @ Barhill woods, stars & full moon @ Galloway Forest Park. From The Shieling we saw 2 x deer, red kites, woodpecker, & lots of small garden birds. We hope we can stay longer next time. Thank you for a lovely break K & R Jan-2019
  • Had a great 2 weeks. The weather was fabulous. Found some new walks and saw red squirrels in Barhill woods. Also saw 2 barn owls which we haven't seen for years. All the best for 2019. I & T Jan-2019
  • Thank you for the lovely welcome and welcome pack. We really enjoyed our second visit. Very relaxing which is just what we needed. We hope to return in the near future. K & K Dec-2018
  • Thank you so much for your welcome and for sharing this lovely part of the world with others. The Shieling has been just right for us as a perfect base. We hope we can be back for longer next time. Watched the sunrise this morning at the dawn of a new decade for M. Also saw a deer over the garden fence. Weve had a great time and hope you have a blessed Advent, Christmas, and 2019 M. & R. Dec-2018
  • Excellent cottage, extremely well equipped, very comfortable, warm, cosy and in a fantastic location. We would definitely recommend and would love to return ourselves. Communication was outstanding throughout and our hosts were kind and thoughtful. The peace, quiet and beauty of the location was very special. C. Nov-2018
  • A quiet peaceful place to come at a difficult time for our family. It made clearing my Mum's house bearable to be able to return to this rural haven. Thank you. S & C Nov-2018
  • What a wonderful place to stay and explore the area from. Stunning views at Sunrise and incredible starry skies at Night. The cottage couldn't have been more lovely - cosy with a great kitchen and super comfy bed. All that was needed to recover and relax after a long days mountain biking. We have had a fantastic stay and would love to come back sometime. A. & D. Oct-2018
  • Lovely clean, tidy, homely place to base out of and explore the beautiful local area. The provided booklet and the information from Pauline and Tim was super useful for getting settled in, and the well equipped kitchen made cooking up a feast in the evenings nice and easy. We felt welcomed and comfortable at The Shieling and would love to stay here again! D. Oct-2018
  • An amazing getaway perfect base to explore the local area. Couldn't have asked for more. Lovely cosy cottage with amazing views. We were only here for 4 days will definitely have to come back for longer next time. Thanks for all your help. K. & T. Oct-2018
  • Comfort I. Oct-2018
  • Peaceful quiet cosy and a wonderful retreat from busy life. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at The Shieling and would happily recommend it. It is a lovely place to stay in a wonderful and peaceful location with fantastic views and on a clear night the star gazing is amazing. Pauline and Tim are friendly welcoming hosts and I look forward to a return trip sometime soon. P. Oct-2018
  • Many thanks for a lovely relaxing and comfortable stay. The shortbread went down a treat. A. Oct-2018
  • What a gem - Just what the doctor ordered - peace and quiet. We have had a very comfortable stay, a real home from home. Pauline and Tim are perfect hosts. The red kites made our day and we found lots to do and see. The cottage was very cosy and we wanted for nothing. We will be back hopefully in March. Thank you so much. B & K Sept-2018
  • We had a great few days here away from everything to chill. Really comfortable cottage and great treats on arrival. Had a couple of great meals.. An enjoyable stay spent inside drinking coffee and avoiding Storm Ali. Thanks Pauline we will definitely be back. I & E Sept-2018
  • This has been a fabulous break for me....and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Pauline & Tim´s accommodation is perfect in every-way. It´s warm and cosy and the most beautiful setting. The weather has been fabulous too. Thanks to you both for making me feel so at home and welcome. Little treats like wine and home made shortbread are thoughtful and generous touches that mean so much. Thank you I will definitely visit again. G. Sept-2018
  • A perfect location and accommodation for a country retreat. Has all the comforts of home with amazing views. The hosts are very welcoming and supplied a welcome pack with shortbread (amazing), bottle of wine. Thank you for a lovely four nights. T. Aug-2018
  • Dumfries & Galloway - Such a beautiful place. I have never visited before but will be back. Cottage very comfy and homely with everything needed and nice and warm. Outside space nice too. Hosts pleasant and helpful. I really enjoyed Sweatheart Abbey and Port Logan Beach - great for beachcombers. Knockbrex was great to watch sunset and beach-comb too. The raiders Forest road and otter pool was amazing if you like a paddle. Thank you A. Aug-2018
  • Our fifth visit to the cottage and we enjoyed ourselves very much. It was the Kirkcudbright Arts & Crafts weekend and we visited most of the art displays and gardens in the 4 days of the event. It was very tiring but very enjoyable. We find the cottage very comfortable and homely and Pauline and Tim are excellent hosts. Thank you. P. & S. Aug-2018
  • Weather breaks after the heatwave. Opportunity for walking - St Ninians cave, chapel and priory, Kippford to Rockcliffe and beyond, Cairnsmoore of fleet, challenging but fulfilling. A wonderful home from home to return to with every comfort. Wine and Shortbread appreciated. Just a little gem. Hope to Return P & P Aug-2018
  • Had a lovely stay. Weather great and the views are wonderful. Enjoyed the kites very much.... Lovely cottage Very comfortable. Thanks for welcome pack. Hope to return R & P July-2018
  • A really really lovely stay at The Shieling. Beautiful location with views across the hills - So nice to sit out in the garden with a glass of wine and a book in these light evenings. Explored Brighthouse bay and surrounding area and the walks and cycle trails from Kirroughtree visitor centre - really well signposted but still very wild - saw red squirrel and a red Kite. Also enjoyed completing the jigsaw puzzle provided. Really well equipped and so lovely to be welcomed with wine and shortbread (delicious). Would love to stay again. Thank you B & J July-2018
  • A piece of heaven. Have never stayed in a lovelier place Thank you K & A June-2018
  • Lovely Cottage Thanks Pauline and Tim for making us feel so welcome. D & D June-2018
  • A brilliant week Lovely cottage Ideal Weather Lots to see and do. Thank you Pauline and Tim for making our holiday so comfortable and enjoyable. C & A June-2018
  • Another year and another great week. Good weather and wildlife. Hope to see you again next year. E & G June-2018
  • Had a brilliant week Loads of wildlife - Long walks every day...The weather was glorious that always helps. Brought lots of plants...not sure how we will get them in the car. See you both at Christmas. I & T June-2018
  • It has been so enjoyable to stay at your cottage. Thank you so much for your welcome. The garden and the views are beautiful. It was lovely to be right in the countryside and we are thankful for such lovely weather Many thanks C & T May-2018
  • A most memorable stay in a a very cosy location. All kinds of weather plus all kinds of wildlife on our doorstep. We enjoyed the calm scenery all around. At night we watched the stars, the milky way and a shooting star that was so quick we forgot to wish upon that star.... All the best to our lovely hosts and we doubt ever to taste such yummy shortbread again in our lives. And a special mention to (the bulls) Big beige Ben Big black Boy and Big brown Boy C & D (from Germany) May-2018
  • We had a lovely experience and would highly recommend this as a romantic or spiritual retreat for couples. Pauline and Tim were very organised with information upfront warm and welcoming on our arrival; flexible and hospitable during our stay. It is a beautiful lovely space, close to nature and lots of options nearby. A. May-2018
  • What a lovely cosy and warm stay we had - not to mention the welcome!! The cottage is so sweet and really well placed for so many things to do. We had a brilliant day at at Threave Castle watching Red Kites, Ospreys, & Peregrine Falcons.. Weather was awesome. Thanks to Pauline & Tim for their friendly hosting and beautiful gardens. N & A Apr-2018
  • Thank you for a warm welcome. The cottage is warm and cosy and well equipped. It is a perfect base for a short break and exploring SW Scotland. Seeing all the wildlife has been a real treat. We would not hesitate to recommend The Shieling S & F Apr-2018
  • We have so enjoyed your cottage - even the snow. It is truly beautiful out here and enhanced by the gardens. This has been a great week of visiting bird sanctuaries a castle Scottish towns and dancing. Thank you so much for your hospitality. D & M (Maine USA) Apr-2018
  • What a lovely escapism from it all has been. The weather has been blue sky most days and cold but gorgeous! My highlights have been seeing the greater spotted woodpecker on the feeder and hares in the fields at dusk...Everything here that we need and thank you Pauline & Tim H & C Feb-2018
  • Lovely stay nice and cosy! Pauline and Tim were lovely hosts and The Shieling is in a great location. Thank you for an enjoyable stay. C & L Feb-2018
  • This is a lovely apartment, spotlessly clean and well equipped. I was there in February and it was lovely and warm and cosy. Pauline and Tim were friendly hosts who made my stay be really enjoyable. Its a great base to explore this part of south-west Scotland from. M. Feb-2018
  • We have had a fantastic couple of days. The cottage is great with everything we could possibly need provided. The mountain biking at Mabie and Ae is great and visited the red kite feeding centre and marshes nearby. K & K Jan-2018
  • A truly wonderful stay. Our Christmas break was exactly like we planned, quiet, exploratory, and self-reflective. The property has the most unique feel, calming and very welcoming. Perfectly equipped, we could not ask for more! Thank you for having us and we may see you in the future. U & G Dec-2017
  • Despite the stormy weather Ophelia´s Tail We had a lovely couple of days in The Shieling Cottage. Hiked in the Galloway Forest, had a peak round Kirkcudbright.. The Cottage was lovely and well equipped.. We hope to come again one time. Thanks very much. F & D - First Dutchies to stay? Oct-2017
  • Thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. It really was a home from home - so comfortable. We have had a wonderful break and really enjoyed exploring the area. We would love to come again in the spring to see the beautiful garden in a different season - will be in touch. Thank you again N. & S. Oct-2017
  • This really has been a home from home. Too short a visit but we hope to come again to this ´Quiet corner of Galloway´ an unspoilt gem of a place. Thank you Pauline for your warm welcome and thanks Tim for his inspirational art work which has made us look at nature´s art in a new way - it may even improve our own photography. Our warmest wishes to you both C. & S. Sept-2017
  • For a rural retreat with stunning views this is the place for you S. Sept-2017
  • For a rural retreat with stunning views this is the place for you S. Sept-2017
  • Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and comfortable accommodation. We have had a lovely time visiting coast - Rockcliffe, Balcarry, The fleet estuary, Hills - Clatteringshaw Loch, Kirkcudbright, and the Logan gardens, and then the pleasure of coming back to this lovely garden, the wide views, the birds, the hares and deer memorable....Thank you again E. & M. Sept-2017
  • Thank you for making our time away so great. We had a warm welcome on our first day and what a treat it was to find the welcome hamper. The cottage is in a beautiful location and is close to some wonderful places. We visited and explored Loch Mannoch, the Isle of Whithorn Merrick Wigtown and the mull of Galloway. We had all the things we could possibly need in the cottage. You have really thought of everything. We will be definitely be telling friends and family about The Shieling. Thank you again S & M Sept-2017
  • I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at The Shieling cottage. It is very peaceful and quiet with everything you require in the cottage. My stay included a Portpatrick visit and Kirkcudbright Tattoo (very enjoyable). My visit started by being greeted by a deer and enjoyed the lovely views, very relaxing. P. Aug-2017
  • I found the cottage by complete accident and I´m so glad I did. On arrival Pauline & Tim gave us a very warm welcome... The cottage itself is absolute perfection with everything you could possibly need. The grounds are beautiful (much hard work I suspect) and on arrival managed to catch a glimpse of one of the resident foxes. The cottage is perfectly placed to explore this beautiful area and although only here for a few days managed to fit so much in....I wish we could stay longer and will most definitely be back in the future. Thank you doesn´t really cover it. S & R Aug-2017
  • Lovely accommodation and area. Plenty to see and do. Also nice weather P & G Aug-2017
  • A perfect place to stay in every way. Thank you. J Aug-2017
  • Lovely cottage. Enjoyed every minute of our stay. Many thanks for everything. Hope to see you soon. D & M July-2017
  • Had a lovely quiet time at this cottage. Very well equipped...Owners were very friendly and helpful. Saw a deer! J & P July-2017
  • Lovely accommodation - Perfect for our needs P & B July-2017
  • Once again here - a lovely week of peace and a very pleasant place. As you get older every year it makes it harder to here for a peaceful week. Pauline & Tim make things very easy for us a very lovely couple. We are hoping to make it here again next year. Thank you both for looking after us. J & R June-2017
  • Another lovely week at The Shieling - Already booked for another week next year G & E June-2017
  • Thank you for our brief but enjoyable stay. You live in a wonderful place, we are very envious. Weather has been variable but is now glorious - just as we are leaving. So glad we chose your cottage with a view to die for. D & G May-2017
  • A warm welcome, excellent accommodation, lovely weather, beautiful countryside at its best in the glorious spring sunshine. Quiet secluded beaches as well as a splendid garden in which to relax and enjoy the bird song. A truly memorable holiday. Thank you. B & I May-2017
  • Such a lovely little place. Great location - so quiet and peaceful - with lovely views. We saw deer and hares from kitchen window! Paulines instructions on how to find the place were spot on. The cottage has everything you need, including a big comfy bed and some delicious home made biscuits. It was immaculately clean. We would definitely stay again and would recommend to anyone travelling in the area R Apr-2017
  • Just lovely A Apr-2017
  • Nice cosy cottage with all you could wish for. Peaceful surroundings with lots of wildlife on view. Plenty of places to visit including Threave Gardens, secluded beaches, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright and Wigton - to name a few. Good standard of food venues in the area. Lovely welcome from Pauline and Tim. Thank you D & M Apr-2017
  • Fully equipped warm and comfortable - especially the hugh bed and a beautiful rural location. For peace quiet and relaxation this is just perfect. C & J Feb-2017
  • Just to say we had a wonderful time at Trostrie cottage.We only had one day when we couldn't get out, the day storm Barbara hit.The cottage has everything you could possibly want and is very comfortable.We forgot to tell you we watched 3 otters at Threave, from the Lamb Island Hide. This made our break really special. Hope to see you I & T Dec-2016.
  • A lovely peaceful and clean cottage; The perfect place for a few days cycling on our tandem. Highlights were the beautiful drop down from Clatteringshaws Loch along the Raiders Road and the sight of 100+ Red Kites feeding at Laurieston. Some really picturesque forest trails. An excellent 3 day break... As I write this there is a deer wandering around in the garden about 5 metres away. Perfect P & J Nov-2016
  • A superb place in a superb area Thank You P & M Nov-2016
  • Lovely cottage & views. Great area...Thanks for welcome pack. B & D Oct-2016
  • Second time here but now with new owners. Lovely place and joy to come back...Agree with all that has gone before. Hope to be back again P H & P Sept-2016
  • It was lovely to receive a cheery welcome from Pauline with the key to the cottage after a long wet drive.. We found the cottage warm quiet well-equipped and spacious and Myrtle (dog) didn't take long to settle despite a long drive especially when she spotted a bunny out of the living room window! .... An added bonus was being here during the KCB festival - We attended two parades with a fun atmosphere. E & M Aug-2016
  • Really comfy and homely cottage. Views are amazing and seeing a deer was great although I almost ran it over. Weather fantastic...Cottage has everything you need for a quiet relaxing holiday in a lovely area B & W Aug-2016
  • Had a lovely time in Dumfries & Galloway. Beautiful Countryside interesting pleasant towns and a wonderful place to here to come home to. We found the cottage comfortable and very well equipped - really excellent. Thank you for the welcome shortbread and wine, providing such a lovely cottage and the fantastic views of the garden and beyond G & M Aug-2016
  • Had a lovely week touring this part of the country...Cottage everything you could want. A & A Aug-2016
  • We really enjoyed our stay in its lovely peaceful setting. Particularly seeing the deer and red kites at close range. Tim and Pauline are the perfect hosts with the cottage being furnished to a very high standard and spotlessly clean....Will come back again J & C July-2016
  • A lovely warm welcome from both Pauline and her husband. The Shieling was everything and more than we'd hoped for. Beautiful area and so peaceful to sit and enjoy the glorious weather we had. C July-2016
  • Thank you for the warm welcome to a comfortable cottage where you have thought of everything..We have enjoyed exploring this area of Scotland & have enjoyed seeing the rabbits and even the red deer in your garden as well as the birds S & J July-2016
  • We have had a lovely holiday in your lovely cottage. Very well equipped - you have thought of everything - and lovely and cosy too. Thank you for your hospitality. It was great to sit and chat. Wishing you all the best with your gardening! H & M June-2016
  • We had a lovely stay again. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness. But Ive never met such a greedy lot of birds - we bought 2 lots of bird food in the time we were here! Wonderful weather - We spent very little time in the cottage. Thanks a lot S & M June-2016
  • The cottage was lovely and I appreciated the shortbread. It was lovely getting away from everything and saw some stunning views. Thank you Pauline & Tim for being so helpful. J May-2016
  • Great to be back. To return with a piece of shortbread and glass of wine on the first evening..lovely. A very good week A & G May-2016
  • Thank you P & T for everything...Providing a very pretty cosy and comfy cottage that we loved staying in. We wish you both many long and happy years in your special place and shall remember you from our travels. G & G (Australia) May-2016
  • We had a great Bank Holiday weekend in this lovely home. Wonderful views. It was cloudy but we made most of it and travelled around this beautiful area. Thanks for letting us stay here. L &: P May-2016
  • If I could pick anywhere to have my home I would put it right here. Loads of visitors every day, dear, birds, rabbits, pheasant, kites aplenty. Views to die for, a unique beautiful place. Had best holiday ever and will definitely be back. Thank you for letting us come and share your bit of paradise. We have loved every single minute J & J April-2016
  • ..Lovely space to come home to. Thank you Pauline & Tim. An emotional time and a fantastic space to chill & recharge. C & R April-2016
  • A very very very relaxing 5 days away from the hustle & bustle of town work and general day to day stuff. This cottage ticked all the boxes for us - Quiet, secluded and fantastic scenery and not to mention the lovely deer that walk past the window. Our first impressions when we walked in the door were WOW it felt like home from home with everything you need to hand - Pauline & Tim you have thought of everything and I mean everything. Your shortbread biscuits were amazing and such a lovely touch as was the lovely bottle of wine not forgetting the lovely daffodils - We would recommend this little hide away to our family and friends. You have done yourselves proud and we will definitely be back..We are taking a very contented doggy back home Thank-you Pauline & Tim God bless & see you soon G & T Mar-2016;
  • A wonderful week spent at The Shieling. It has been an ideal base - warm and comfortable with marvellous views and big sky. Majority of our outings have been to RSPB reserves and WWT sites. We have seen numerous species of birds including Whooper Swans, Barnacle geese in their thousands and Pink Footed geese. The deer visiting most mornings has been a delight as has the pheasant under the bird feeder. Many thanks to Pauline & Tim - P & E Mar-2016
  • Lovely area and lovely cottage. P & B Feb-2016
  • Had a great time despite the weather and a car failure. Seen lots of red kites, buzzard, red squirrel's, deer and ducks. Lovely warm cosy cottage & great hosts. Thanks for everything I & T Jan-2016
  • A lovely stay in this cosy comfortable and warm cottage. Thanks for the wine and delicious shortbread J & A Oct-2015
  • A fantastic week in a very Sunny Scotland only rain on day of departure. Have enjoyed many forest walks and paddling at the beach with our now very tired dog (Think he needs a holiday to recover). Thank you Pauline & Tim for sharing your little home from home with us and as always your hospitality is second to none. I'm sure we will be back next year hope you will have us Many thanks God Bless P & A Sept-2015
  • Had a wonderful stay in beautiful surroundings. Cottage cosy, warm and comfortable. Weather has been brilliant sun every day (Don't get that in Sheffield) Thank you, will definitely visit Scotland again. C & S Aug-2015
  • Thank you for providing such a comfortable and well equipped cottage-style base-ideal for relaxing in such quiet, natural and beautiful surroundings and so convenient for exploring in all directions an area that was new to us. We've enjoyed watching the bird life....Sadly the week has gone all too quickly but the best part of that is there's plenty more places and things to see and do left for another time. C & M Aug-2015
  • Enjoyable week in peaceful surroundings. Lovely views and we only got wet once. Many thanks for being the perfect hosts. A & J Aug-2015
  • A marvellous time in this beautiful part of the country. Pauline & Tim are the perfect hosts, everything you could want has been catered for in this wonderful cottage. Can't wait to come back again. The most restful and peaceful holiday we've had in a long time. Thank you so much J & D July-2015
  • Tis nearly the end of our brilliant weeks break.. You are all part of what its all about. Thank you all very much for looking after us, a beautiful place to be part of for such a short time. We are all hoping to see you again soon. Thank you. R, J & J July-2015
  • A gem of a cottage in a really beautiful location - big skies, forest walks and unspoilt beaches. Arrived worn out and tired - going home rested, relaxed and refreshed. Thanks for sharing this lovely haven with us. G & J July-2015
  • A fabulous week. A perfect base for exploring Dumfries & Galloway. Arriving to a bottle of wine and delicious shortbread- what a treat....Lovely cosy and well equipped cottage. Thank you G & G & O July-2015
  • Had an excellent couple of weeks, great hospitality from the owners. We did a few local activities whilst we were here some we would recommend are; Riding School Kite; Feeding Station; Hawk Walk. C P & B June-2015
  • Thank you for another holiday in your lovely Shieling and making us welcome. We enjoyed our walk up Screel and our evening meal in the local pub to follow. M & S May-2015
  • We have enjoyed our stay here and look forward to returning. The views are wonderful even on a dull day and the cottage cosy and welcoming after a day out exploring. Many thanks to Tim and Pauline for all the thoughtful touches G & A May-2015
  • This is a lovely cottage to relax in, the scenery is stunning. Just what you need to recharge yourselves. Pauline and Tim are lovely people and have made the cottage cosy and welcoming. M & G May-2015
  • Had a pleasant short break. Stars beautiful and early sun made it difficult to move from the garden, T & H April-2015
  • ..Thanks for the hospitality, had a much needed relaxing break and luckily the weather was good also. B April-2015
  • Our third visit to the cottage and we enjoyed it just as much as before. Everything we could think of to bring with us (hot water bottles, aprons, torch, books) were already provided. We love this area and the weather and wildlife didn't let us down. Thank you for your warm welcome. P & S April-2015
  • What a special week – a holiday of beautiful skies, sunrises & sunsets, cycling, walking & a lovely time to relax in your brill warm cottage to read paint, draw sew talk, & pray . Just fantastic .. D & G – Dec 2014
  • We have had a nice week here in spite of the weather. The cottage is lovely and peaceful it's the first time we have hired a cottage and hope it hasn't set our expectations to high for the future. Thank you for your welcome of wine & shortbread. It was much appreciated. We found the cottage very comfortable and warm, and I think our little dog bonnie also enjoyed herself D & S – Nov 2014
  • A very enjoyable week. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed cycling the quiet lanes around the cottage, the views and all the bird life Thanks Tim & Pauline for your kind welcome L & P Oct-2014
  • Lovely quiet & restful holiday despite the weather. Kind welcome, well equipped cottage, warm & cosy. Have enjoyed familiar places & discovering new ones. People are so friendly around here. J & A Oct-2014
  • Thank you for a lovely cottage. Your welcome of sweat-peas, shortbread and wine was much appreciated. We have enjoyed the peace and beauty J & G Oct-2014
  • Thanks to our wonderful hosts, for all your kindness. Wonderful views, great shortbread J & M Sept-2014
  • We found this by accident and glad we did! A slice of heaven! Fabulous hosts that can't do enough for you. Lovely cottage, amazing views. An awe inspiring breath taking sky at night... Galloway forest is amazing too. We'll be back soon Many Thanks B & J Sept-2014
  • We found Trostrie Shieling to be a most welcoming & comfortable cottage in a delightful setting. Pauline & Tim have thought of everything to make a stay here happy. We have particularly enjoyed exploring Galloway Forest Park with our 2 Labradors. Lovely weather has added to our the pleasure of our stay in this ideal cottage. G & C Sept-2014
  • Delightful stay, to arrive to a bottle of wine and home-made shortbread was the icing on the cake of this charmingly situated cottage. Helped by the most glorious week of weather when the thermometer never dropped below 14. Being able to eat breakfast and dinner outside was a September treat. The Dumfries and Galloway book of walks was a welcome addition to the cottage. A super “autumn” break. J & R Sept-2014
  • Thank you for your kind hospitality. We had an amazing week – Lovely walks, Kirkcudbright Tattoo. Wonderful wildlife, a sky full of red kites, but above all a lovely cosy cottage where we felt at home. Hope to make a return visit and would not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family F & C Aug-2014
  • We had a great week in this lovely cosy cottage. Stunning views made for a relaxing stay. Also enjoyed visiting local attractions would recommend. Shortbread was very tasty J & J Aug-2014
  • We had a lovely week here at the Cottage. Seen different types of wildlife. Visited some stunning castles, beaches and country walks. Our dog Skye had a great time walking, will defo come back S & P Aug-2014

The area offers appeal for all the senses - the feel and sound of waves on our beautiful coastline; first class restaurants and local food producers; stunning landscapes and the sight and sounds of wildlife and birds as you escape the normal hustle and bustle of life. Not quite what you are looking for, or week already booked? Why not look at our other property just 38 miles down the road The Spinney Cottage at Garlieston. Both properties are being marketed as part of Galloway Getaways.

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