Balcary Bay is situated in Dumfries and Galloway
southwest Scotland, 64 miles east of Stranraer, 23 miles
southwest of Dumfries, 9 miles south of Dalbeattie, 2 miles
off the main A711 road at the village of Auchencairn.
The bay is in the Auchencairn Country Estate with
a 20 room Mansion, and Balcary Tower at the headland,
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Also in the estate, by the bay, is the Balacary
Bay Country House Hotel, mainly used by hotel guests
and visitors to the restaurant or conservatory
cocktail bar. The road is private past the hotel out
towards the mansoin and tower.
1200s - Hestan Island was owned by Dundrennan
Abbey with the monks using the area for trapping
fish. The Abbey is situted about 6 miles
The island can be reached via a cuasway at low
1342 - Edward Balliol, King of Scotland for a
short period, built a manor house on the island with
the ruins still visible.
1625 - a shipping firm had a house built
overlooking Balcary Bay, with this house later being
converted to the Balcary Bay Country Hotel.
1750s - smuggling in the area became popular to
avoid paying taxes on imported goods, with caves on
Hestan Island used by smugglers.
1700s late or early 1800s - Auchencairn Mansion
House was built to replace an earlier house in this
1840s - copper mines were opened on Hestan
1850 - a lighthouse was built on Hestan Island
with a cottage for the lighthouse keeper.
1860 - the three-storey Balcary Tower was built
for the French mistress of Colonel Johnstone when he
was laird of Auchencairn House.
1900s late - the lighthouse was automated, nobody
has lived on the island since, the lighthouse cottage
2011 - Balcary Tower was put up for sale for
2013 - Auchencairn Mansion House was put up for
sale for around £1.3 million.
Today - Balcary Country House Hotel serves as a
hotel and restaurant.