The Ellangowan Hotel was designed by a Reading architect to be one of the first purpose built hotels in Western Scotland, & was built in 1898. It was a coaching inn used by ferry travellers between England & Northern Ireland. Christian Pilgrims stayed & caught the ferry across the river Cree to St Ninians Cave and Chapel, the Saint who brought Christianity to Scotland in the 6th Century.
In 1973, the Ellangowan rooms & bar was made famous by Christopher Lee, Edward Woodward & Brit Eckland in the 1973 classic cult movie, 'The Wicker Man'
The hotel has a 30-60 cover restaurant, a classic public & lounge licenced bars, pool table, 10 ensuite bedrooms including a 4 poster bed, access to half acre of gardens, & for 2019 a drying room & cycle workshop.
Local Creetown bowling green, 2 museums, a children's play area with a zip wire, tennis court, heated swimming pools (Summer only), a 900 metre hill, woodland walks, national cycle route 7, kirroughtree/7stanes cycle routes, fishing and shooting.