Although many groups of lads who go on holiday together will tend to get stuck in a rut, going back to the same B&B or hotel year on year, we’ve found a way of switching it up each time that we go back.
Just a half an hour’s drive away from the popular market town of Dumfries, there are plenty of accommodation options for eager fly-fishers coming to visit the area. For those seeking a touch of luxury to offset their days spent mucking about in the river, then there are a host of high-tier hotels, but if you’re looking to stay close to the river then there are a number of humbler options, perfect for the fisherman who wants to make the most of spending time in this wonderful bit of countryside.
You can always expect a warm and relaxed welcome at Ravenshill House, which makes for an ideal cosy base to return back to after a long day of fishing.
Just a short drive away from some of the best fishing spots on the River Annan, this hotel is a great option for small or large groups of fishermen looking to clock in as much time on the River as possible. Whilst it’s nice and close to the river, it’s also a relaxing place to get a stiff drink and decent meal at the end of a long day.
You might not have the benefit of room service or laundry, but staying in this private two-bedroom apartment makes for a great secluded escape for those looking to get off the beaten track.
This smart Victorian villa has got bags of charm and loads of space. The nearby village of Moffat has everything that you’ll need in the way of groceries shops and the kitchen is big enough to cook a feast in! The River Annan is a half an hour drive away, it’s also close to some stunning golf courses.
A few minutes away from Moffat, near the village of Beattock, is one of the swankiest hotels that we’ve had the good fortune of staying in over the years. Whilst the 5-star Auchen Castle might not come cheap, you can guarantee that you’ll get a sound night sleep in this centuries old castle.
There’s a tonne of heritage wrapped up in this castle with famous guests including Margaret Thatcher and The Beatles – although it’s mostly used as a wedding venue, you can book rooms from £159, which includes breakfast.
One of the friendliest places that we’ve had the chance of staying in, the Annandale Arms Hotel is that rare kind of establishment that offers a comfortable night’s stay along with excellent service and a cheap price.
Not many hotels feel like such an important pillar of the local community either, there’s live acoustic music every Thursday night, as well as a great blues band that plays each Friday. This is a great option for fishermen looking to enjoy a lively evening as well as good proximity to fishing.