John Paul Jones Cottage

Kirkbean, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway, DG2 8BQ

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Ideal for ...

  • Beach stays
  • Dogs
  • Peaceful stays

Why stay here ...

John Paul Jones Cottage CL offers a fantastic 5 van hardstanding level site set in private grounds in the stunning Dumfries and Galloway countryside which is open all year round.

Our CL is a short walk away from the beach and offers a very peaceful rural location while having everything close by that you could possibly desire while enjoying your relaxing holiday.  Our site has its own private coastal tranquil peaceful gardens with picnic tables offering fantastic sea views overlooking the Lake District and Cumbrian Hills. Also overlooking the second oldest lighthouse in Scotland which in the summer at the weekends you are able to walk all the way up to the top of the lighthouse and view all the way over the Solway Coast.

We also have on site a cafe which sells snacks, refreshments and ice creams.

We are twinned with the John Paul Jones birthplace museum and visitor centre where you can see the original cottage where John Paul Jones was born and grew up and you can learn all about the man who was the founding Father and Hero of the American Navy.  Also in keeping with the great American history and the American Revolutionary War of Independence, in the space of half a mile from the site you also have the houses of two other very important men in American history of that time - Dr James Craik, the personal physician to George Washington and his family.  George Washington was the first ever American President and died in the arms of Dr James Craik. Also Richard Oswald the tobacco baron who was one of the men that signed the treaty that ended the war of independence in America, his house is also close by.

The Estate has some of the best walks in the region and with the site being next to the Solway Coast many of them will lead you to the beach while seeing a lot of our local wildlife. We are also just a short drive from the Mersehead nature reserve.

The site is also a fantastic location for cyclists as many of the local roads in the region were used in the tour of Britain a few years ago.

We cater for everyone of all ages and with the beach just a short walk there is plenty for the kids to do and we are just a short drive from local swimming pools, local bars, restaurants, family attractions, some of the best golf courses in the region and the towns of Dumfries, Dalbeattie, Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright.

£10 per night per van - we accept cash only, sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.

  • We currently do not have electrics on the site.
  • We are wheelchair access friendly.
  • We are dog friendly.

Daytime phone number: 01387 880613

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All the team here at the Arbigland Estate CL look forward to welcoming you and making sure that you have a great time when you visit us. For more information please visit our Facebook page.

Facilities on site ...

  • Dog walk from site
  • WC (non-exclusive use)




Types of pitch: hardstanding

Electric hook up not available

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0.25 acres


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Rated 3 of 5

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Basic & quiet CL

This is definitely a basic CL and you must be self-sufficient as there are minimal facilities & no electric on site and you pitch up in what looks like a large gravel car park. However, the welcome at the museum is friendly (we didn't get a chance to go in but some interesting bits outside and worth looking up history online!) and you can use their toilets which they left open for us overnight. Very little disturbance from the museum visitors and once it closed we were completely on our own in total peace & quiet. You can see the sea from site and there are plenty of quiet dog walks to beach. A bit of a trek down the access roads, we did take a wrong turn so do wait to turn at white gates if you don't want to end up in someone's drive as we did! One of the more unusual CLs to visit!

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