Taking you back in time

History of the Ken Bridge Hotel

The Ken Bridge Hotel was built to command the crossing of the River Ken either by means of two shallow fords or by the Hotels own ferry boat. In 1796 a bridge was built beside the hotel by public and private subscription, but in 1811 this was destroyed in a terrific flood.

In 1821 the present bridge was built from granite hewn from a local quarry and has stood the test of time creating a beautiful backdrop for the hotel and gardens.

The hotel sits on the Old Edinburgh Road an important trading route and droving road between Ireland and Scotland. The Glenkens was also the centre of the opposition to religious changes instigated by James I + VI. The Presbytarian view was that Christ was the head of the church and not the King, nor did they wish English style ceremony imposed upon them. The strength of their beliefs endured through four decades of murder and persecution until the 1680s.

Books such as ‘The Raiders’ by S.R Crocket and ‘Old Mortality’ by Sir Walter Scott give an excellent historical account of these times. Many relics of ancient times can be found close by, from stone circles and standing stones marking battle grounds to Castle and Abbey ruins.

Robert Paterson, known as Old Mortality, was a school teacher who dedicated his life to tending the graves of the Covenanters.  The now ruined Kenmure Castle has played host to many famous figures including Robert Burns and Mary Queen of Scots.

Explore the area while staying at The Ken Bridge or Rowan Cottage

The Ken Bridge, a 10 bedroom Georgian hotel, has a spectacular river bank location close by Loch Ken, in an area renowned for its tranquility and picturesque views. This 18th Century Coaching Inn was originally built to provide food, ale and shelter for travelers and coaches on the Old Edinburgh Road between Ireland and Edinburgh.

The hotel is a superb centre for fishing, golfing, hill walking, 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 at the time was the only one in Britain and only the 5th worldwide. The river beside the hotel is a seasonal host to Osprey, Kingfisher and Oyster Catcher, there is also a healthy population of Otter and the hotel gardens receive regular visits from Red Squirrels. Early risers may see deer in the meadows across the river, as well as fox and badger.

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 Hotel and Rowan Cottage are ideally situated enabling you to explore the whole of Dumfries and Galloway.

Dumfries and Galloway has so much to offer from Castles and Historic attractions to numerous outdoor activities. Here are just a few to help you choose when planning your holiday.

Castles and Historic Attractions

Dumfries & Galloway

 

Gardens in Dumfries and Galloway

Blessed by beautiful gardens.

 

Museums & Visitor Centres

In Dumfries & Galloway

 

Outlander and
Sam Heughan

Sam's Homeland

 

Walking

In Dumfries & Galloway

 

Bird Watching

in Dumfries & Galloway

 

Cycling

Dumfries & Galloway is great for cycling

 

Golf

Golf in Dumfries & Galloway

 

Fishing

Fishing near The Ken Bridge

 

Horse riding

In Dumfries & Galloway

 

Outdoor Activities

Outdoor Activities not too far from the Ken Bridge Hotel

 

Shooting

Shooting, Stalking & Clay Pigeon in Dumfries & Galloway

 

10 en-suite bedrooms offering single, twin, double, triple or family accommodation.

Campsite is featured on the Cool Camping website & received the highest rating by the Tiny Campsites Book

The Ken Bridge kitchen prides itself in providing chef created meals using local produce wherever possible.

A warm welcome awaits you at
The Ken Bridge Hotel

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“ Really enjoyed our meal. Proper pub food was just what we needed and this didn't disappoint. The staff went out of their way to open doors and get a highchair for our little one. The place was clean and reasonably priced.”


Rachael MacLeod

"Everything was really good from the staff, facilities, atmosphere & mostly the good. The children's ice cream with miniature smarties, wafer & chocolate sauce went down a treat with our daughter.
Definitely will return in the future if over in that direction."


David Harkness

"Stopped by on the off chance of food and were blown away! We are lactose intolerant and the menu was very easy to navigate for all allergies, the owners even went the extra mile to make sure we had a desert,
not something we are used to!"


Ben Jones

"Had a Sunday roast there today, it was first class and would recommend, welcome and service was really good and coffee by the river (about ten yards from the restaurant) was so peaceful and beautiful."

Freddy Matthews
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