Knockinaam Lodge

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway
+44 (0)1776 810471

A fine country-house hotel with immaculate interiors and ambrosial food (dinner is included in the price). Coastal cliff walks wait


10 rooms


Rooms sleep 2 – 4

Children welcome
Pets welcome

The Experience

Lawns run down to the Irish sea, roe deer come to eat the roses, sunsets turn the sky red. This beautiful hunting lodge is one of the loveliest country-house hotels in the land. The food is ambrosial, the panelled bar is home to 150 malts, and you’ll find a level of service you rarely encounter in such far-flung corners of the realm. There’s history, too. Churchill once stayed and you can sleep in his room, then climb into the deepest of baths and read his books. Immaculate interiors abound: gorgeous bedrooms, faultless bathrooms, a morning room where the scent of fresh flowers mingles with wood smoke. You’ll find beautiful art, the daily papers, games and books galore. Outside, cliff walks lead over to Portpatrick, peregrine falcons circle on high, bluebells carpet the hills in spring. When it’s stormy, waves crash all around. There’s golf on the coast at Portpatrick, then Luce Bay for miles of sand. John Buchan knew the house and described it in The Thirty-Nine Steps as the house to which Hannay fled. Remote, beguiling, utterly spoiling – grand old Knockinaam is simply unmissable.


  • Swimming pool
  • Hot tub
  • Garden
  • Open fire / woodburner
  • Breakfast included
  • Breakfast available
  • Meals available
  • Vegetarian meals
  • Parking on premises
  • Free parking nearby
  • Accessible by public transport
  • WiFi
  • Television
  • Spa
  • Central heating
  • Limited mobility
  • Wheelchair access
  • Mobile reception
  • Hob
  • Bar
  • Barbecue
  • Licensed premises
  • Paid parking nearby
  • Air conditioning
  • Relaxation areas
  • Washing machine
  • Tennis court
  • No smoking
  • Credit cards
  • Working farm
  • Owner has pets
  • Pets welcome

Family friendly

  • Baby monitor
  • Books and toys
  • Children welcome
  • Babies welcome
  • Stair gates
  • High chair
  • Cot available


  • Pub/bar within 3 miles
  • Restaurant within 3 miles
  • Shop within 3 miles


  • Bikes available
  • Food courses
  • Kayaking
  • Other courses
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Wild swimming

& pricing

Booking information

Check in
From 2pm
Check out
Booking restrictions
Minimum stay: 2 nights in high season. Pets by arrangement.
No smoking
Smoking not permitted anywhere in the property.
Lunch, 2-3 courses, from £25. Dinner, 5 courses, included; non-residents £70.


Nightly price
from £215
Singles £200-£345. Dinner, B&B £165-£240 per person. Extra bed/sofabed available £55 per person per night.
1 Family room for 4
From £390
4 Doubles
From £215
5 Twin/doubles
From £215



This spectacular and completely secluded house has a feel of enduring comfort and welcome. The room and bathroom bore this out fully. Dinner was excellent and was probably able to be so because there was only the tasting menu on offer. The wine list was exceptionally broad in range and depth, from good ordinary wines to the connoissseur's delight in the shape of the 1982 Ch Mouton Rothschild. The staff were welcoming and could not do enough to please including an early cooked breakfast to satisfy an early departure. Remote and stunning as it is, £550 for D,B&B was still pretty pricey.

HPD, Isle of South Uist

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The neighbourhood

Local points of interest from David & Sian Ibbotson

  • Knockinaam was built in 1869 as a hunting Lodge for the Hunter-Blair family from Blairquhan Castle, Ayrshire and is built in the style of the dower house on the Blairquhan estate.
  • Winston Churchill stayed here during WW2 to plan the D-Day landings with General Eisenhower. Many sites around to visit.
  • The Mull of Galloway, 40 minutes by car from Knockinaam, is the most Southerly point in Scotland and is even further South than Newcastle!
  • Gardens flourish in our wonderfully temperate climate. The local Logan Botanic Garden, recently awarded a 5 star attraction, has many tropical species in their wonderful garden. Castle Kennedy Gardens, Glenwhan Gardens just a few to choose from.
  • Logan Fish Pond, a local attraction by Logan Beach, check out the sealife in the area - both children and adults love this.
  • We have one Electric Vehicle charging point for our overnight far.Local fishing / photography trips available to book, golf courses & walks (maps available from hotel).