From "The Daily Record" dated December 24th, 2020:

Crocketford's Inn on the Loch to spread festive cheer with free Christmas dinner service

A Stewartry restaurant boss is all set to spread some festive cheer tomorrow.
Helen Bean, who runs the Inn on the Loch near Crocketford with husband Steve, is offering a free Christmas dinner to people who are alone, isolated or unable to provide a meal themselves.

She said: “I have had a lot of messages from people and it is so heartbreaking hearing their story.
“We had people in the restaurant last year but we can’t do that this year so we’re doing this instead.
“We had about 25 last year and the strange thing was that afterwards a lot of people said they didn’t know about it or they would have come.
“It’s just getting word out there – we have about 30 so far. So far we have people in Dalbeattie, Twynholm, Laurieston and Springholm and we’ve a couple from Dumfries as well.
“It’s costing us a little but it’s really only our time as so many people have offered to help. Irvings have donated mince pies and Bookers have donated a turkey, as they did last year.
The meals are available to people of all ages and, even at this late stage, they can still be ordered – either for yourself or someone you know. Just call 01556 690 281 or email
Volunteers and staff from the restaurant, which sits on the A75 between Crocketford and Springholm, can deliver the meals between 11am and 12noon and they can also be collected.

Events in and around The Inn on the Loch Hotel and Restaurant

The Inn on the Loch waterside lodge hotel will be hosting a number of events over the coming months including flyboarding opportunities. Please check back regularly for details or send us your email address below to be notified of up-and-coming events.

Flyboarding at The Inn On The Loch

The latest craze on the water, flyboarding (or aquatic aviation) was introduced into the UK in 2012 by Mike Dear who runs WetJets. The FlyBoard is a water powered jet pack that allows propulsion under and above the water.

You can try flyboarding yourself at The Inn On The Loch near Dumfries. With fully qualified and insured instructors, we can promise you'll have a day you'll never forget.

The Inn On The Loch provides a great location for family and friends to join in and share the flyboarding fun. With the bar and restaurant opening up directly to a lakeside veranda, it's the perfect place to set a birthday party, special event, or just enjoy a day on the water.

With flyboarding accommodation packages, you can make The Inn On The Loch a destination for your flyboard holiday experience!

Call 01556 690281 for an all-inclusive quotation / package deal or email


Various images of jet-skiing and flyboarding at The Inn on the Loch near Dumfries.

Nearby events:

  • The Wigtown Book Festival is held every year at the end of September, beginning of October in Wigtown, Scotland's National Book Town.
  • The Moffat Rambler's Walking Festival is generally held at the beginning of October.
  • The Dumfries and Lockerbie Agricultural Show takes place at the beginning of August.
  • The Big Burns Supper takes place in Dumfries throughout the last week of January.
  • The Stewartry Show, held on the outskirts of Castle Douglas, usually takes place on the first Thursday in August.
  • Galloway Country Fair, Thornhill, takes place in August.