Balcary Bay Hotel

A lovely country house hotel, with past smuggling associations dating back to 1625, stands in over three acres of garden in a secluded and enchanting situation on the shores of the bay and today provides an idyllic venue for short breaks in Scotland.

The unspoilt countryside of Galloway has a rich variety of scenery from sandy bays to lochs, forests and moorland and,with the benefit of the Gulf Stream, enjoys a mild and long holiday season. The hotel retains much of its old character and charm while providing modern amenities and comforts.


Hotel Facilities

20 Bedrooms
Pet Friendly
Disabled Access
Free Wifi
Open All Year
Customer Parking

Balcary Bay is now owned by Diane & Vic Alexander they have been busy upgrading all bedrooms and common areas to a 4 star standard.

Other changes inlude:

Cocoa Cafe a wonderful beachside cafe serving a selection of drinks and light meals.
A new VIP Private Dining Room with silver service for guests celebrating special events or for business groups
A new Garden Terrace with Florentine fountain for coffees and light meals:situated to capture the afternoon sun.
A new Spa facility for Hot Tub, Massage, Sauna, Hair & Beauty, & Yoga retreat
A new Menu with an emphasis on organic fresh local foods prepared using traditional cooking methods catering for low carb, Keto, Vegan, Gluten free, sugar freee dishes in addition to regular dishes.  Check out Balcary Bay menus click HERE
Excellent hospitality and superb setting make this an ideal base for taking short breaks in Scotland, particularly in the south-west, Dumfries and Galloway.
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Balcary Bay Hotel
Shore Road, Auchencairn
Castle Douglas
01556 640 217

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Our Rooms


There are a range of room types at Balcary Bay Hotel - rooms with a little more space and a choice of twin or double bedded rooms. Three superior sea view rooms are located on the ground floor with their own patio overlooking the bay ideal for less mobile guests. Many rooms enjoy magnificent views across the bay, with the remainder overlooking the beautiful mature gardens. 



 “Fresh, natural and nutritious” are the watch words for food at Balcary Bay Hotel.  As far as possible all ingrediants are sourced from local organic and traditional farmers and actively seek line caught local fish. Eggs are local organis free range and meats from free roaming grass fed animals in Galloway. Balcary Bay offers their guests both relaxed and comfortable surroundings, yet in a distinguished environment.  Cocoa Cafe is Balcary Bay's beachside café which is open 10.00 to 8.00pm and serves a variety of  light foods served on the lawn or on the sand tides permitting. Generally, opening times for dining are: Opening Times: Breakfast 8.00am to 9.45am - Luncheon 12.00 to 2.30pm - Dinner 6.00pm to 8.30pm - Bar Luncheon 12.00 to 2.30pm - Traditional High Tea 2.30 to 4.00pm

Reasons to Stay

Reasons to Stay

Stunning seaside location. Comfortable bedrooms most with wonderful sea-views. Freshest local ingredients serving super tasty food.Romantic, secluded, tranquil & welcoming.Dogs accepted by prior arrangement.

Our Location


Not the easiest to find but certainly worth the effort.  Balcary Bay Hotel is locacated 2 miles from Auchencairn on Shore Road.  The outstanding natural beauty of Dumfries & Galloway has a little something for everyone.  There is a large variety of scenery and terrain to explore for walkers, cyclists, golfers, bird-watchers, painters or a perfect escape for a little peace and tranquillity.

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