The Ken Bridge, a 10 bedroom Georgian hotel, has a spectacular river bank location close by Loch Ken, in an area renowned for its tranquillity and picturesque views. This 18th Century Coaching Inn was originally built to provide food, ale and shelter for travellers and coaches on the Old Edinburgh Road between Ireland and Edinburgh.
The hotel is a superb centre for fishing, golfing, hill walking, family cycling on the surrounding quiet country roads, mountain biking on the world famous 7 Stanes routes, bird watching, photography, clay pigeon shooting, field and water-sports or for simply relaxing and taking in the wonderful scenery. We are on the edge of the UNESCO Dark Skies Park created in 2009, which is at this time the only one in Scotland and only the 5th worldwide. We are founder members and an information point for the Galloway Red Kite Trail. The river beside the hotel is a seasonal host to Osprey, Kingfisher and Oyster Catcher, there is also a healthy population of Otter. The woodland to the west of the hotel is used as a roost by up to as many as 35 Red Kite which frequently soar and wheel spectacularly over the hotel.
The Ken Bridge is a family run hotel, the owners of which have local connections reaching back through many generations. The ethos of the hotel is to make your stay as comfortable and relaxing as possible in the most tranquil of surroundings. The hotel has a well stocked, traditional bar serving cask ales and fine malts and is mentioned in the CAMRA guide for the quality of its beers.
The restaurant is noted for its good, well presented meals using locally sourced fresh produce wherever possible. Each Sunday the lunch is a veritable feast with the renowned Ken Bridge Carvery, a choice of 3 succulent roasts plus home-made vegetarian alternatives, all served with a fine selection of vegetables, gravies and sundries.
We are unique in that because of our riverbank position, we are the only restaurant in Scotland, conditions and seasons allowing, where crayfish can be caught straight from the water, cooked and to your table within minutes.
The hotel has 2 spacious dining areas perfect for accommodating coach parties for lunches, high teas and evening meals and is an ideal venue for meetings and small conferences being central to Dumfries, Stranraer and Ayr.
The hotel has a small secluded riverside camping and touring caravan site (Cool Camping and Tiny Campsites Book recommended) and has its own fishing rights on the River Ken which is free to all residents.