I’m not going to lie; my partner and I are two very outgoing people who are partial to a drink on a Saturday night. We love to be busy and plan fun things, so a couples holiday at Queensberry Bay – known for being quiet and peaceful – was a little bit of a step out of our comfort zone. But it was JUST what we needed.
It’s been a hectic few month, where all of our weekends seem to be booked up with plans and we really just needed some time to rest and recuperate. As we drove along the coast of Powfoot to the park, the sun was just at that nice height in the evening, where it was sitting quite low but not quite setting, and the atmosphere felt really peaceful.
We checked into our Glamping Pod, got changed, freshened up and went to The Sandpiper Café Bar for a meal and a drink. Despite it being mid-April, the sun was shining, it was still warm and wind was a minimum, so we couldn’t resist sitting out on the terrace overlooking the Solway Firth. Our meal was delicious, I ordered The Works Burger, a Verdant icon – 2 beef burgers, melted cheese, bacon, lettuce tomato and fries.
I enjoyed a glass of Pinot Grigio and my partner an ice-cold pint of lager. We sat on the terrace, watching the sun go down and just chatted about what we wanted to do that weekend. Just as the sun was starting to set, we headed back to our Glamping Pod and to our delight James Bond Skyfall was showing on ITV, it was the perfect chilled Friday night in our cosy Glamping Pod.
We were up and out Saturday morning at 7:30am (probably after such an early night Friday) for a walk around Powfoot. We walked through Powfoot Golf Course and my partner thoroughly enjoyed watching the early morning golfers take their shots. After doing a full circular of Powfoot, just walking, and exploring, we ended up back at Queensberry Bay around 9am, ready for breakfast at The Sandpiper Café Bar. Sitting on the terrace again, we both enjoyed a full English with a pot of English breakfast tea – how civilised!
Now it was 10am, and we still didn’t really know where or what we wanted to do that day and night, after chatting to team members they all seemed to mention Moffat as a place to visit, famous for Moffat Toffee. So, we hopped in the car and drove to Moffat, just over half an hour drive away and we’re so glad we did.
Moffat is such a beautiful town, the whole vibe and setting just reminded me of a typical American TV programme town, like Gilmore Girls or The Vampire Diaries. The town had a centre stage monument in the middle of the town square, and stylish shops, modern cafes and restaurants lined either side of the street.
We sat in the sunshine outside a cosy little café, for a spot of lunch and an ice cold can of coke, then made our way down the street for an ice cream. With traditional Scottish shops full of Scottish souvenir’s and sweet shops piled high with pick and mix, we were in our element. We then took a short walk to the Moffat Gardens where we spotted families on pedalos in the lake – an activity we absolutely couldn’t miss out on, and for only £2 each it was so lovely, pedalling a boat in the lake in the glorious sunshine!
As the day rolled into the evening, we began thinking about our plans for the night. With the biggest fight of the year on that night – Tyson Fury vs Dillian Whyte – my partner and I really wanted to find somewhere we could watch it with a good atmosphere, and we found the perfect place.
We took a drive into Annan, just 4 miles from Queensberry Bay Leisure Park and had a look for somewhere to eat. It was a toss-up between Indian or Chinese, and we eventually settled on Chinese at Lucky Date, we were not disappointed. After our meal we then took a walk to find somewhere showing the fight and came across The Shed. Now The Shed was right up our street, the perfect blend between a sports bar and drinks bar. With big screens all around the venue we were set up for the night and fight there, the atmosphere was fantastic!
Before we went away, we were doing some Googling of things to do in the area and stargazing at Galloway Forest Park was something we fancied doing – but getting up in the middle of the night was not. Saturday night, we both randomly woke up around 3am, and decided to peek outside the window of our Glamping Pod and we were both amazed by the sky over Queensberry Bay. On a clear night, the stars shined SO bright. We spent around half an hour on the decking in our coats, stargazing at 3am. It was spectacular.
Sunday morning, we had a bit of a lie in and got up for breakfast at The Sandpiper Café Bar around 10am, opting for the same choice as the day before – the breeze had really picked up on Sunday, so we ate inside instead of on the terrace. After breakfast, we headed back to the Glamping Pod, packed our belongings, and set off home. On the way home, we visited Gretna Green Designer Outlet for some shopping, being avid fans of Cheshire Oaks, we really enjoyed this visit, it was a lot less busy but just as good choice of shops.
So, if you’re a couple, looking for the perfect boutique escape to get away from it all – you won’t be disappointed choosing a Glamping Pod break for your next couples holiday at Queensberry Bay Leisure Park.