Scotland on Sunday hotel reviews

“The hotel has a homely feel ..Our bed was extremely comfortable. The scenery is spectacular….excellent, unfussy, homemade food…”

By Sally Raikes

FORMERLY a hunting and fishing lodge for Closeburn castle, Trigony is an ivy-covered red sandstone building that stands in four acres of gardens and woodland. Since the owners Adam and Jan Moore took over eight years ago, the food has become a highlight – the dining-room is a popular choice for locals.

Getting there
The hotel is about 14 miles north of Dumfries, and a mile outside the village of Thornhill. Take the M74 south and then the A702 to Thornhill. Turn left on to the A76 and the hotel is past the village, on the right-hand side. It’s about an hour and a quarter’s drive from Glasgow or an hour and a half from Edinburgh.

What’s the food like?
As head chef and owner, Adam Moore works hard to produce excellent, unfussy, homemade food. The dinner menu makes the most of local producers: milk comes from a nearby organic dairy, the lamb and beef from local hill farms, scallops and sea bass from the Solway coast, and organic fruit and vegetables are grown in the hotel’s walled garden. Our starter, scallops on smoked haddock mash with a chive and white wine sauce, set the tone for a delicious meal, while the homemade bread and jam at breakfast was especially good.

Out and about
The scenery is spectacular, and the surrounding hills are worth exploring on foot or on one of the two bicycles for hire at the hotel. But the country lanes are perfectly suited to a cruise in a vintage car – the hotel can provide a selection, including an E-type Jaguar (if speed is what you’re after) and a pre-war MG J-2 (if it’s not).

Alternatively, let someone else do the driving and book a Land Rover safari. A ranger from Drumlanrig Castle will take you off-road, give you an insight into the history of the area and point out the wildlife you might otherwise miss. The best bit is stopping for tea, cake and breathtaking panoramic views at the top of the Lowther hills.

Bed test
Our bed was extremely comfortable, and there’s a radio, television and video in each room, while homemade shortbread is supplied with tea and coffee. The toiletries are made specially for the hotel by the Caurnie Soaperie, at the organic herb garden in Kirkintilloch.

Little extras
The hotel has a homely feel – there is no reception desk, just a small bell to let the owners know you’re there, and their black labrador Bess, lying in the hall. Weekend papers and an open fire in the lounge mean that if the weather’s poor it’s no hardship to stay inside.