Living in Gatehouse of Fleet

Set in the middle of a National Scenic Area, Gatehouse of Fleet lies in a pastoral landscape, close to the coast and surrounded by hills and forests. It benefits from a mild south west climate reflected in the many exotic plants which thrive in its gardens.

For lovers of the outdoors, Gatehouse has much to offer. Many outdoor activities are amply catered for. There are many walks and trails around the town and more strenuous terrain in the forests and hills of the Galloway Forest Park. There is sailing both on the sea and on lochs and a beautiful and varied shoreline of fine beaches and rocky coasts.

For lovers of sport, the town has a golf course with many others nearby. There is a cricket club, a football club and a bowling club.

For gardeners there is the fine climate and the famous Cally Gardens Nursery. The National Trust for Scotland manages Threave gardens about 15 miles away.

For naturalists the varied landscape is reflected in the wide range of flora and fauna. Raised beaches, coastal mudflats and salt marshes are characteristic of the coastline. There are important bird reserves are at Caerlaverock, Mersehead and Threave. There are several important oak woodlands nearby and on the higher ground a range of moorland habitats.

For historians the landscape is testimony to a rich past from prehistory to the present. Particularly fine are the ruins of medieval castles and monasteries across the region.

For parents, the town has a well equipped primary school with a roll of around 100 which feeds to Kirkcudbright Academy, roll 500, about 9 miles away. The school has a nursery and there are groups for younger children. There is a new and well equipped Drop-in Centre for teenagers and many other after school activities for children are available in the area.

For everyone, there is a friendly community with social and sporting clubs. There are four churches - Church of Scotland, Episcopal, Roman Catholic, and Assemblies of God: Gatehouse Christian Fellowship.

Shopping. Gatehouse has a number of shops including Keystore and Spar minimarkets. A larger range of shops including supermarkets are available in the nearby towns and operates its on-line shopping and delivery service in the area. A monthly market on the first Saturday of the month, and smaller markets on all other Saturdays are held in the main car park.

Nearby Towns. Kirkcudbright, the former county town is 9 miles distant. Castle Douglas and Newton Stewart are 15 and 17 miles respectively in either direction. Dumfries with a range of familiar high street names is 40 minutes by car. Edinburgh and Glasgow for large city services are about 2 hours away by car. Bus services run between the various towns.

Medical Facilities. Gatehouse has a modern surgery, with two doctors (one male, one female) and several part-time nurses.

For those seriously ill, the Dumfries Royal Infirmary is an excellent recently built hospital, just 30 miles away. 74% of patients have waiting times less than 3 months.

For those needing nursing care, the Fleet Valley Nursing Home at Gatehouse, is a modern building, with 45 single bedrooms.

Housing. Gatehouse does not fall within the commuter belt of any large cities. For an idea of what's available, check out the links below.

Property for Sale

We have added a new section to the site listing properties for sale in and around Gatehouse. To view what is currently available click here.

Useful Property Links

Dumfries and Galloway Solicitors Property Centre


G.M.Thomson & Co.

A B & A Matthews

Williamson and Henry

Gillespie, Gifford and Brown

For information about the Bracken Wood development.

Special Places


There are two burial sites at Cairnholy dating from Neolithic times, both very well preserved and commanding fine views over Wigtown Bay.  Cairnholy I is notable for the impressive facade, in front of which, archaeological evidence suggests, ceremonies took place.  More.  


The Clints of Dromore
The Clints are a striking granite escarpment at the top of the valley, best visited from Scottish Natural Heritage's visitor centre at Dromore.  The Big Water of Fleet Viaduct is close by. More.  


During the early summer the woodlands around Gatehouse are carpeted with bluebells.  Both Castramont and Cally Woods are particularly popular for viewing them. More.  

The Mill on the Fleet

The Mill on the Fleet is a restored Mill, once part of Gatehouse's main mill complex.  It is now a visitor and exhibition centre with a varied programme of temporary exhibitions throughout the year, as well as displays on the history and heritage of Gatehouse and the Fleet Valley.  The Mill also houses the Tourist Information Centre, the Riverside Café, a shop, and a bookshop. More.  

The Bakehouse

The Bakehouse
Formerly a bakery, and still featuring the original oven, the Bakehouse in the High Street is an arts venue promoting the literary arts live.  Poetry readings and associated events take place most months.  More.  

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