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Solway Short Breaks



Holidays for People with Learning Disabilities & Their Carers

At Solway Short Breaks we offer fun and happy organised holidays for people with mild learning disabilities and their families or carers. Our location is in a very peaceful and scenic coastal village called Kippford, set by the sea on the beautiful Solway Coast in South West Scotland and is free from crowds, traffic and noise. Let us take the stress out of arranging a short break for you and your carer. Make the most of our local knowledge of Dumfries & Galloway and benefit from an organised itinerary of fun, enjoyable and interactive daily excursions for you to choose from, which we will escort you on along with your family or carer.

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About Rosemount Guest House...

Solway Short Breaks is run from our guest house, Rosemount, located on the waterfront of Kippford, Dumfries and Galloway and will be your base throughout your holiday. Sleeping accommodation is offered in twin, triple or single bedded comfortable & clean rooms. We have four guest bedrooms and our maximum occupancy is for 9 persons when bedrooms are shared as twin or triple bedded rooms. We have three twin bedded rooms which are en-suite and have a full or partial sea view. One of our rooms will also comfortably suit three adults sharing.

Depending on occupancy levels, rooms may be available for single occupancy throughout your holiday.


Our twin rooms with two single beds are perfect for a service user to share with their parent, guardian or carer.

We have 3 guest rooms which provide twin bedded occupancy, 2 in the main house and then the chalet/annexe which is separate to the main building with it's own access.

Rooms include:
  • 2 x single beds
  • En-suite shower room/WC
  • Digital TV
  • Tea & coffee making facilities
  • Full or partial view across the water


The chalet/annexe is separate to the main building and is in the style of a wooden chalet. It is self contained and has steps leading up to it with it's own private access.

This room can comfortably accommodate three adults and can be made up with either the superking double bed and single bed or the superking bed can be split down to 2 single beds for a total of 3 single beds in the room.

This room is ideal if you are on holiday as a family unit accommodating three persons of service users with parents, relatives or carers.

Room Includes:
  • 3 single beds (or 1 superking and 1 single bed)
  • En-suite shower room/WC
  • Digital TV & DVD player
  • Small fridge
  • Tea & coffee making facilities


We also have a standard double bedded room with a separate private bathroom (ie not en-suite) This room is available in the main house and is adjacent to the twin rooms and can be used as either single or double occupancy for parents or a carer who is accompanying a service user. As this room is not en-suite, with the bathroom being along the corridor, we do not recommend it's use for anyone who may have mobility or orientation problems.

About Our Short Breaks and Holidays...

Solway Short Breaks organise holidays for people with mild learning disabilities & their carers. We provide an interactive itinerary of fun & escorted daily activities based around the Solway Coast in Dumfries & Galloway.

Affordable breaks are for 3, 4 or 5 night stays at a quiet & peaceful seafront Guest House located in the sailing village of Kippford which is free from crowds, traffic and noise and is run by your hosts Vanessa & Don Taylor.



Our holiday itinerary includes local short walks with treasure hunts around our picturesque and quaint old sailing village of Kippford or go crabbing from the 'Wee Pier' right outside our house. In the neighbouring Victorian seaside village of Rockcliffe there are beaches and many rock pools to explore. Then there will be fascinating small animals, like parrots and owls, to meet at a wildlife park, deer to feed from a trip in a 4x4 vehicle at the nearby deer park, then you could make your own chocolate creation at the chocolate factory or paint your own pots at a pottery.



Breakfast and evening meals are included in the tariff and will be taken
together, and sometimes as an activity cooked together. The large dining room seats 12 persons and is where games, quizzes and movie nights will be held in the evening to entertain everyone. Meals will be taken together in our dining room which seats 12 persons and where games, quizzes and movie nights will be held in the evening to entertain everyone. Our large conservatory can be used throughout the day or evening as 'quiet space' to sit, read, draw, take coffee & refreshments or just sit back & relax whilst watch the stunning views.

Activities & Excursions

Whilst on holiday with Solway Short Breaks, we will ensure you have a fun and happy time with us, relaxing and enjoying the seaside and local countryside, trying new activities and making new friends.Daily activities will include local short walks with treasure hunts around our picturesque and quaint old sailing village of Kippford or go crabbing from the 'Wee Pier' right outside our house. In the neighbouring Victorian seaside village of Rockcliffe there are beaches and many rock pools to explore. Then there will be fascinating small animals, like parrots and owls, to meet at a wildlife park, deer to feed from a trip in a 4x4 vehicle at the nearby deer park, then you could make your own chocolate creation at the chocolate factory or paint your own pots at a pottery. 

This is just a small selection of what our fun holidays include, and hope you find our new service a refreshing approach to taking a holiday for those with a learning disability. For a full list of all our activities, please get in touch.

All excursions and group participation in any activity are optional and alternative trips or the choice to stay at the guest house for the day are available to take if required - it's your holiday and your choice!

* Please note: As Solway Short Breaks is not registered to provide any direct provision of care, any guest with a learning disability (service user) who requires support or assistance must be accompanied by a parent, relative, carer or escort who is responsible for the care and welfare of their day to day needs, eg washing, dressing, administration of medication etc etc.

Carer Only Respite Breaks

At Solway Short Breaks we recognise the need for carers to benefit from a break as well and as part of our services we are providing dedicated respite breaks for Carers Only during the off-peak winter/spring period from November until April (Excluding Bank Holidays)

Our unique location on the sleepy, stunningly scenic Solway Coast is ideal to take a restful and relaxing break from your carers responsibilities. Free from the hustle & bustle of crowds, traffic and noise, Rosemount can provide that all important tranquil respite you need. You may wish to  just take the day at your own pace, or there will be daily activities available to See & Do for you to participate in along with other guests.

Your break can be taken on your own, or bring a friend, a relative or another carer. No need to worry about being out & about or going to dinner on your own or feeling isolated, our Carer Only breaks allow you to be part of a group of like minded people where you can share the relaxing experience and friendly atmosphere of our Guest House. 

Your break will mean no cooking or cleaning throughout your holiday. You will have access to the house and your room at all times. Please see the Accommodation page for details of the house & bedroom facilities we offer.

How To Find Us...

Travelling by road

Kippford is on the Colvend Coast road off the A710 between Colvend and Dalbeattie. Travelling in either direction you will see signs for Kippford. Turn onto the road and follow it until you reach the waterfront. Keep going until you reach Rosemount on the left-hand side, just opposite the wee pier. (Please note if travelling via New Abbey, the road can be narrow and winding in places, and although a lovely scenic coastal route, it is recommended for daylight hours)

Travelling from the West from Cairnryan/Stranraer

From Stranraer, take the A75 to Castle Douglas. From Castle Douglas take A745 to Dalbeattie then A710 (Solway Heritage Trail), to Barnbarroch. Turn right approximately 100 yards past Barnbarroch for Kippford.

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2013 Prices

Tariffs are based on two persons sharing a twin bedded room & include accommodation
breakfast & evening meal, admission to local events, tourist attractions and galleries and
transport to & from attractions:

£60 per Service User per night & £50 per Carer/Parent/Gaurdian per night
Triple occupancy of the chalet/annexe: £50 per service user per night & £40 per Carer per night

Short Break Tariffs are also available on a Dinner, Bed & Breakfast or B&B basis only for those who would prefer to organise their own holiday itinerary and/or evening meal arrangements. Please call to enquire for these tariffs. 
Breaks for three, four or five nights stays are available within the Sunday to Friday window with a minimum stay of three nights being required for a Short Break, eg:

Stay 3 nights arriving on Sunday and depart on Wednesday after breakfast 
Stay 3 nights arriving Tuesday and depart on Friday after breakfast. 
Stay 4 nights arriving on Monday and depart on Friday after breakfast, etc etc.

2013 Availability:


Sunday April 21st - Friday April 26th


Sunday June 9th - Friday June 14th
Sunday June 16th - Friday June 21st
Sunday June 24th - Friday June 28th


Sunday June 30th - Friday July 5th
Sunday July 7th - Friday July 12th
Sunday July 28th - Friday August 2nd


Sunday September 15th - Friday September 20th
Sunday September 22nd - Friday September 27th


Sunday September 29th -  Friday October 4th
Sunday October 6th - Friday October 11th

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