Friars Carse Country House Hotel
Auldgirth, Dumfries and Galloway, DG2 0SA (view map)
With origins in the 13th century, Friars Carse Hotel is set in 45 acres of stunning woodland stretching to the banks of the River Nith.
Established as a friary in the 13th century, Friars Carse came into the ownership of the Riddell family and their friend the poet Robert Burns was a frequent house guest.
It was in the hotel’s Whistle Restaurant that the famous drinking competition was held with Fergusson of Craigdarroch (the eventual winner) on 16th October 1789. Burns wrote a poem about the occasion:
“…Next uprose our Bard, like a prophet in drink —
Craigdarroch, thou’lt soar when creation shall sink!
But if thou would flourish immortal in rhyme,
Come — one bottle more — and have at the sublime!”
Craigdarroch drank ‘upwards of five bottles of claret’…
Remodelled in 1873, the house was renamed Friars Carse in 1895 and established as a hotel in 1938.
Today the hotel boasts 21 well appointed en-suite bedrooms. Leisure facilities include a 9 hole putting green, panelled snooker room, private salmon and trout fishing on the River Nith.
After a day out on the fairways, Friars Carse is the perfect place to sit back and relax and analyse your game.