Local Information

Carsphairn is a small village with a lot going on! We're in Dumfries & Galloway, South West Scotland, roughly equidistant between the seaside town of Ayr and the market town of Castle Douglas, on the A713 Galloway Tourist Route.

We're the most northerly parish in the Glenkens, the picturesque, wild area which follows the route of the Ken Valley. The parish is around 100 square miles in area but only has around 200 residents.

For such a small place, we are very well served with village amenities. There is a lovely village shop with tea room and the pretty Community Garden. We have a well regarded Primary School, an historic Parish Church and our village hall (Lagwyne Hall) is ideal for community events as well as private hires.

We have a vibrant and involved local community with many groups and activities, from Pub Nights in the hall to The Show, the most prestigious agricultural event for Blackface Sheep.

If you're coming for a break, we've several places to stay and you couldn't get a better location for outdoor pursuits, whether it's fishing, walking, cycling or even kayaking that floats your boat.

Situated on the sloping side of the Rhinns of Kells, the mountainous ridge which separates Kirkcudbrightshire from Ayrshire, we're on the edge of Galloway Forest Park and within the UNESCO Galloway and Southern Ayrshire Biosphere with all the outdoor opportunities they have to offer.

Looking east towards the UK's first Dark Skies Park, you'll be able to see some of the best night skies in Europe. If it's the other kind of stars you're after, we've got that too, as every May Knockengorroch's famous World Ceilidh brings musicians from all over the world to our quiet little corner.

Whether it's a cuppa and a cake, a weekend break or a move to the country, we've got it all.

Oh and a warm welcome, we've got that too!

Met Office

The nearest Met Office forecast location is Kendoon Youth Hostel.


DGVOST comes into operation during storms, floods and other severe weather, giving 'live time' advice on the weather conditions, roads, power cuts etc.

Please note that outwith these times, information will not be updated.

You can report the following faults directly to Dumfries and Galloway Council by clicking on the screenshot link and following the steps:

  • Road and pavement defects
  • Fly tipping
  • Street cleaning
  • Assistance putting the bin out
  • Missed waste collection
  • Dog fouling
  • New Bin
  • Street lighting
Fault Reporting Screen
Service Contact Details
Doctor Glenkens Medical Practice
High Street,
New Galloway,
Tel: 01644 420234
Glenkens Medical Practice
Dalmellington Health Centre
33 Main Street,
Tel: 01292 550238
Dalmellington Health Centre
Emergency Dental Service Dalmellington Health Centre
Tel: 01563 578664
Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
Tel: 0845 602 6417
Hospitals Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary
Bankend Road,
General switchboard -
Tel: 01387 246246
Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary
University Hospital Ayr
Dalmellington Road,
Tel: 01292 610555
University Hospital Ayr
Dumfries and Galloway NHS Dumfries and Galloway NHS
Name Contact Details
Dunmuir Veterinary Group 20 Oakwell Road,
Castle Douglas,
Tel: 01556 502400
Dunmuir Veterinary Group
Stewartry Veterinary Centre Oakwell Road,
Castle Douglas,
Tel: 01556 502263
Stewartry Veterinary Centre
Contact Details Opening Hours
Post Office outreach service run by:
The Zone

10 High Main Street,
Tel: 01292 551888 or 551183
The Zone
In Lagwyne Hall, Carsphairn
Tuesdays: 1pm - 3pm
Dalmellington Post Office
15 High Main Street,
Tel: 01556 502263
Dalmellington Post Office
Monday: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Tuesday: 8.30am - 12.30pm; 1.30pm - 5.30pm
Wednesday: 8.30am - 1pm; 2pm - 5.30pm
Thursday: 8.30am - 5.30pm
Friday: 8.30am - 5pm
Saturday: 9am -1pm
Last udated: 15/6/18
Dalry Post Office
22a Main Street,
St John's Town of Dalry,
Tel: 01644 430201
Mon, Tues, Thurs, Fri: 9am - 1pm; 2pm - 5.30pm
Wed and Sat: 9am - 12.30pm
Service Contact Details
Mobile Library This service will stop in September 2018
A mobile library van calls at the village (in front of the Church) on every 3rd Tuesday in the month.
To request a stop Tel: 01387 260210
or email yourlibrary@dumgal.gov.uk
Book Delivery Service You can also request home delivery if you have health or mobility problems.
For more information Tel: 01387 252070
or see Book Delivery Service website
Good Neighbours Scheme and Community Outreach Service The Mobile Library Service ended in September 2018 and was replaced by the Good Neighbours Scheme and Community Outreach Service.
You can get information from your mobile driver or
Tel: 030 33 33 3000
or email contact@dumgal.gov.uk
Dalry Library Our nearest library is in Dalry.
Opening times: Tuesday - 12 noon to 3.30pm and
Friday - 10am to noon and 1pm to 4.30pm.
Tel: 01644 430234 or see the website for more information.
D & G Library Service For up-to-date information about libraries in the area see their Facebook page or website
Service Contact Details
Bus Timetables The Service is no. 520 Castle Douglas-New Galloway-Dalmellington-Ayr.
Current timetables can be downloaded from the council website
or using Travel Line Scotland.
Glenkens Transport Initiative (GTI) GTI runs regulary services to Castle Douglas, Ayr, Newton Stewart and Dumfries as well as excursions and day-trips.
For more information see their website.
Glenkens Gig Bus Connecting in Communities are trialling a Glenkens Gig Bus to take people to and from events where there is no public transport. Register your details and when there is demand, they'll run a minibus to selected events.
For more information email chris@catstrand.com or phone 01644 420374
Name Contact Details Opening Hours
Bank of Scotland 12 Main Street,
Castle Douglas,
DG7 3UW.
Tel: 01644 430342
This branch is scheduled for closure in October 2017. For more infomation see the website.
9.30am - 12.30pm and 1.00pm - 4.30pm
There is no cash machine.
Royal Bank of Scotland Mobile service is available behind the Area Centre, Dalmellington.
For more information see their website.
Arrival: 11:30am,
Departure: 12:50pm.
Arrival: 11:00am,
Departure: 1:00pm.
Post Office Cash withdrawal is available at the Post Offices listed above.
Cash Machines The nearest cash machines are in Dalmellington, at the Spar in Patna, in Castle Douglas and in Ayr.
Service Contact Details Opening Times
Household Waste More information from the Council website.
Or Tel: 030 33 33 300.
Bins are emptied on Mondays.
Household Recycling Castle Douglas Household Waste Recycling Centre
Abercromby Road Industrial Estate,
Castle Douglas
DG7 1LH.
More info, including a list of acceptable items from
the Council Website
Opening Times:
Monday - 8am to 6pm
Tuesday - 8am to 6pm
Wednesday - 8am to 6pm
Thursday - 8am to 6pm
Friday - 8am to 6pm
Saturday - 10am to 6pm
Sunday - 10am to 6pm
Glenkens Charity Shop The shop sells donated items and offers grants to local people and organisations.
Winter 2018 - the shop is being refurbished, please see their Facebook page for a re-opening date and popup events in Dalry Town Hall
For opening times and grant application deadlines, please see their Facebook page or phone 07895494746.
Cumnock & Doon Valley Gift Furniture Scheme Gillies Knowe Industrial Estate
Cumnock Road
Tel: 01292 550525.
To arrange a donation or to discuss how they help your family, please phone or use the feedback form on their website
Donations of unused or unwanted furniture and household items are always required to help local families. They can arrange a free uplift of your unwanted goods.
The depot is also open for members of the public to buy furniture,
Wednesday to Friday 10am - 2pm.