Little Oak

Dumfries & Galloway, Scotland

Suitible for: 2 Humans icon 2 Humans
Suitible for: 2 Dogs icon 2 Dogs
Suitible for: undefined Children welcome icon Children welcome
Suitible for: undefined Babies welcome icon Babies welcome

  • Livestock on site
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Why we love it

Any closer to the seafront and you’d be wet at this stunning shepherd’s hut on the scenic Scottish coast

What you'll love

Dogs will love

  • Morning walks along the coastline
  • Cuddling by the wood burner
  • Running riot in the nearby forests

Humans will love

  • Getting far from the city to relax
  • Exploring the many bike trails nearby
  • Melting in the outdoor copper bath

The place

One of three Shepherds huts at the incredible 3 Little Huts site near Castle Douglas, Little Oak looks out at the breathtaking expanse of the Irish Sea on a coastal stretch of Scotland. Spend a few days either sipping breakfast cuppas or evening sundowners from your veranda in the fresh sea air, with nose-to-the-wind happy-chomping sniffs from your dog. This is the perfect place for a couple to kick back, and either enjoy the perfect secluded retreat or explore this scenic stretch of the country. It doesn’t matter the time of day, you’re going to love taking a dip in the outdoor copper bathtub. At night, stargaze the speckled night sky, or curl up with a good book and the dog by the cosy wood burner (and maybe your partner too, if they're lucky).


  • 1 x Double room


  • Bathroom with walk-in shower

Living and relaxing

  • Outdoor bath
  • Wood burner
  • Unlimited firewood
  • Sofas in open-plan living room
  • Wifi

Cooking and dining

  • Kitchen including fridge/freezer, cooker, two gas hobs, and dishwasher
  • Cooking basics supplied - tea, coffee, sugar, bread, milk, and butter
  • Breakfast bar with two stools
  • Outdoor table with two chairs

For the dog

  • Treats
  • Food and water bowls

Booking information

  • Check in 1600
  • Check out 1000

Optional extras

  • Travel cot and highchair available on request

You should know

  • There isn’t an enclosed garden at this space, however, there’s an enclosed veranda so dogs can get some air safely. There is also a field for dogs to roam next door to the huts, provided that there isn’t livestock in them
  • Other than handwash, toiletries aren’t provided – so don’t forget to pack your wash bag!
  • If your dog prefers to be closer to you than the floor, don’t forget to pack a throw or blanket so they can join you on the sofa or bed
  • Little Oak is part of the 3 Little Huts site, alongside Little Beach and Little Willow
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In the neighbourhood

  • Whilst you might like crafting meals with the local produce in your space, there are a few places to visit if you’re not feeling up to cooking. Up the road at Gatehouse of Fleet, there are a few dog-friendly places to grab some food with your hound. The Crafty Crow is an independent and locally-owned café which serves vegetarian food, including pizza that’s the talk of the town. You could also head to The Masonic Arms for local produce served up with style. During the summer months, there is also The Mill on the Fleet, a bookshop/café/museum that welcomes well-behaved dogs
  • This part of Scotland is sparsely populated, which is part of the appeal. This also means it can be quite a distance to the nearest attraction (as long as you don’t mean hills, moors, lochs and the wild). If you head northeast to Castle Douglas, you can visit the nearby eateries, stock up on bits and bobs at the shops, and, most importantly, see some sights. There’s the Threave Gardens and Estate, just outside Castle Douglas – which is the only Scottish garden dedicated to the training of horticulturists. It's also home to wetland nature reserves, Scotland’s only bat reserve and is one of Scotland’s most biodiverse areas. Dogs on leads are welcome in the garden but not allowed in the Walled Garden, Kelton Hill Wood or the play area
  • Getting away for a few days is a great way to refocus when you can’t see the woods for the trees. So ironically, it’s probably time to spend a minute in a forest. Nearby, there’s the Kirroughtree Forest, 21 minutes north, below Newton Stewart. There’s a visitor centre and café, multiple hiking routes, biking routes, wild hides to spot the abundant wildlife, and best of all, it welcomes dogs, even in the café and visitor centre
  • Kirroughtree is a part of the larger Galloway Forest Park, which also includes another two visitor centres: Glentrool, where there’s a similar set-up to Kirroughtree, as well as Clatteringshaws – which, whilst it doesn’t have the same amount of biking trails, does have hikes, a visitor centre and café, and some great views of, and walks around, the loch
  • If you’re looking for a hike, head to Glen Trool and take the enjoyable 5-mile amble on the complete circuit around the tranquil Loch Trool. For a slightly shorter, but still as scenic, visit Clatteringshaws Loch and see the Bruce's Stone before climbing through woodland to a viewpoint with sights of Merrick and the surrounding hills
  • There are few places in the world like the coastal paths and beaches of rural Scotland. From your stay at 3 Little Huts, you can head east for 50 minutes to Sandyhills beach – a massive sandy (surprise) beach that’s amazing for walks. To its right, there’s also the Southerness Beach, another massive sandy stretch great for walks, and best of all, both are open to dogs all year round.
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