Business Directory

General | Building & Contractors | Arts & Crafts | Photographers | Training & Counselling  | Music Lessons | Musicians | Singing Lessons | Gardening Services | Graphic Design – Copying/Scanning | Culture & History | Accountants, Banking & Taxation Advisors | Writers


Alz Amp Repairs

Repairs and servicing of valve amps. Vintage Marshall, Fender, Selmer etc.
Address: Tower House, Moniaive, DG3 4HN
Web: Email:
Tel: 01848 200321, Mobile:07875 076571

Julie Richards Hair & Beauty Mobile Salon

Julies-SalonCut and finish, perming, colouring, special occasions, wedding parties,eyebrow shaping, nail extensions. Eyebrow andlash tinting. Eyebrow waxing. The new mobile service can be accessed by calling: Kimberley Mindham  01848 200001 or 07599235928; Liz Laidlaw 01848 200529 or 07713899159 or Julie Richardson 01848 200257 or 07944593947

Dalwhat Garage

garageServicing, Repairs and MoT, oils, fuels, tyre, batteries, wheel balancing & alignment, car accessories. The garage is located at the bridge in Moniaive. Calor gas supplier. JohnWilson 01848 200216

Imperial Business Systems

For accountancy, bookkeeping, VAT and general taxation advice.Mike Davies, Imperial Business Systems, Dalwhat Farmhouse, Moniaive, DG3 4JE. Tel: +44(0)1848 200689, Fax: +44(0)1848 200248, Mob: +44(0)7977 145056, Web:

Mr Mac Books

mr-mac-booksWe specialise in books related to Scotland, but also sell a wide range of general and academic books. You can search our stock at We are always interested in purchasing good quality books, especially anything associated with Scotland. Please contact Ranald McDonald on 01848 200469

Must Wines Ltd

Moniaive based suppliers of New Zealand wines.
Please see our wine list at Phone Debbie Trower on 05603 100776, email

Yule’s Buses

Watties-BusLocal man Wattie Yule runs his own bus/coach company and does the shool run to Thornhill. Wattie has a 49 seater coach available for hire by local people and groups. Ideal for group trips to events, shopping, excursions etc. Competitive rates. Call Wattie Yule on 01848 200373

ALANSOUND – Sound System

The Name To Be Seen And Heard With. Audio Video & Lighting Support – Conferences – Seminars – Product Launches. A Temporary Loop System Can Be Installed And The Proceedings Recorded If Required. Indoor And Outdoor Sound Systems, Jazz Concerts – Fashion Shows – Quiz Nights – Agricultural Shows – Horse Shows – Moto X – Gala Days – Weddings – Garden parties. Amplification and Loop Installations For Churches Etc. Visit Email: Phone 01387 820880

McConnel Wood Products

Solid harwood flooring, Beams and Timber Cladding, Hardwood, Kitchen Worktops, Mantels, Fencing and timber for garden and landscaping. Cairnmill Sawmill nr. Penpont. 01848 331 662. Email See

JRK Campbell & Co

Pet food and accessories from dogs to wild birds. Clothing; fleeces,boots, waterproofs, socks, wellies etc. DIY materials; cement, bricks,sand gravel etc. Gardening equipment; flower tubs, compost, furniture,moss etc. Camling 01848 330419

Allison & Hunter Oil

Prompt efficient deliveries of domestic, agricultural and industrial fuels and lubricants. 126 Drumlanrig Street, Thornhill. 01848 330398

Allison & Hunter Coal

Suppliers of all types of smokeless fuels and house coal. Stockists of fire parts, accessories and coal bunkers. Leafield Road, Dumfries. 01387 252486

V1 Surveys

I am a sole trader producing Energy Performance Certificates on domestic properties across Dumfries and Galloway. My website is Tel 01848 200024 Email


Builders & Contractors

AMD Contract Services


dykesDykes of Wallaceton. Groundwork Services. Tel: 01848 200750 Fax: 01848 200570 Mobiles: 07711 545 638/644
Email: web:

S Snape and Son – Digger and dumper hire with operator

Snape diggerMini digger JCB 801.5. Latest model. Dumper hire with High tip for skips. Liability insurance and 32 years experience. House and garage foundations. Water, utility, drains, garden work. Moving soil, rocks, sand or stone. Ground works. Road and tracks. Call Steven Snape 01848 200319 or 07855 255705 and see

Gavin Kilgour – Building and Project Management

Tel:  01387 820578

Iain Howat – Electrician

Tel 01387 820330, mobile: 07710 779994

Michael Forteath – Painter/Decorator

Tel: 01848 200462

Allan Davidson – Fencing Contractor

All types of fencing – agricultural & domestic timber gates made to fit any requirements, garden or driveway, single or double choice of styles & materials. Timber Garden Features: decking, pergolas, benches Tel/ Fax: 01848 200 200 Mobile : 07775690624 Email:

Cairn Valley Tree Services

Logs for sale, hedge trimming, tree surgery, tree felling, strimming and leaf clearance. For details Telephone Stephen Forteath: Evenings 01848 200676 Daytime 07786 733836


Arts and Crafts

Quantum Chainsaw Carving

rodney-hollandCraignee, Monaive. Chainsaw Carver Rodney Holland produces wonderful wooden statues using a chainsaw. Suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Commissions welcomed. Display at workshop. Tel: 01848 200271. See also

Scottish Traditional Knitting

Rowan Reid, Galloway Tryst Archive, Telephone 07801 669912

Badger Bags

Handmade bags of all shapes and sizes, using luxurious upholsetery fabrics and best quality fittings, handmade luxury, quality and style. Custom made to suit the individual. Jane Taylor, 01387 740405. Email:


George C. Richardson Photography

Would you like a family portrait for someone far away? A photo of a well loved pet? or the beautiful ‘Moniaive’ calendar. Other services include weddings, photo restoration, mounting and bespoke framing. This year’s Moniaive calendar by George Richardson is made up of 12 painted style photos of the region (January is shown above). Priced at £5.50 the calendar can be bought from Hotchpotch or direct from George on 01848 200470 or through his website. Calendars can be personally delivered for free in the Moniaive region.
It makes the perfect gift for anyone who has lived here and moved abroad. Christmas Photography Special
George is also offering a special ‘portraits at home’ service where he will come to your home, or place of choice, and take photos of family or pets using backdrops and studio lights. The photos are then printed A3 size and mounted and framed – all for the very special price of £30. Examples can be seen on his website. Last year this proved so popular that there will be limited spaces please call George to book an appointment. For further information or to arrange a sitting call George on 01848200470

Dave McFadzean Journalism Services

All types of photographic and journalism work undertaken. Reasonable rates. Commissions taken. No job too large or too small. Telephone 01848 200401 or email:

Hugh Taylor

Specializing in travel, landscape and portraits but also undertakes corporate commission. Extensive image library mainly covering Scotland, The UK, USA, Middle East and Australia with some areas of France, Spain, Sweden, Norway, Finland and The Faroes. Photo left: Bedouin Sunset, Wadi Rum, Jordan © Hugh Taylor
For further information call 01848 200474 email

Kim Ayres Photography

Kim’s portrait photography experience is not about sitting passively in a studio waiting for your picture to be taken. Instead, he comes out to you and takes photos of you in your own environment. The emphasis is on having fun. Kim brings his laptop computer along with him so you can see how images can be digitally manipulated – whether you want spots or wrinkles removed, eyes enhanced or changed colour, images put in moody black and white (or sepia), or even have your skin turned green and be given pointy ears. Importantly, you will be an part of this process, suggesting ideas and exploring possibilities. The sessions can include singles, couples, families or groups of friends. At the end of the session, you decide which of the photos you want to keep. Kim will tidy them up, then put them on a disc for you to print as many as you want, post on the web or email to your family and friends, without worrying about incurring any further costs.
For more information, visit or contact Kim on 0797 196 9953 or and see

Training & Counselling

Unique Solutions

Unique Solutions are an established company which provides unique solutions and flexible options for Corporate training needs. We use an interactive energetic person centred approach to all out training programmes. We understand how cruical the correct training is to your company. Custom designed programmes will inspire your employees and in turn unleash your companies potential. Training areas include: Customer Service, Stress Management, Time Management, Effective Telesales, Leadership and Management Courses, Conflict Management, Project Management, Creative problem Solving, Coaching mentoring, Developing Customer Loyalty, Recruitment Selection and Interviewing, identifying Training needs, People Management Skills, Improving Personal Efficienct, Implementing Assertiveness, Scottish Vocational Qualifications. Complementary services offered include: Employment Legislation Advice, Counselling, Recruitment, Market research, Typing and Copying services. Unique Solutions, Blairoch, Cairnhead, Moniaive, DG3 4JE. Contact Lynne Armitage 01848 200218 or Linda McLachlan on 01387 261003. Fax: 01848 200218. Email:

Music Lessons

Violin and Piano Lessons

Susan Harrison is an experienced violin and piano teacher who has recently moved to the area. Susan has spent 6 years working with Cumbria Music Service and has an established private teaching practice in Carlisle. She offers friendly, patient tuition, tailored to each individual – whatever your age or experience. Lessons are now available for pupils in the Moniaive area – either at Craignee Cottage, Scaur Glen, or in your own home. Call (01848) 330 644) or email to find out more

Melanie Thorne BA (Hons) Mus Ed, MA, LGSM, ISM

Melanie has lived and taught in Moniaive since 2002.  She is able to offer instrumental lessons in Piano, Flute, Saxophone, Clarinet and Recorder. She is also able to teach Music Theory and Aural. Melanie is fully qualified and often enters students for ABRSM and Trinity exams from Grade One to Diploma. Melanie is also a senior examiner for A Level Composition and also examines A Level Performing. Her publishing business, run jointly with her husband Andy, sells her compositions throughout the UK, Europe and USA. If you are interested in music lessons, please contact Melanie on 01848 200117 or email

Singing Lessons


Rodney has studied at the Royal College of Music and in Italy. He has appeared as a soloist with the Royal Opera House at Covent Garden and throughout Europe. As a teacher he has had considerable success. Child students have appeared frequently as soloists at the Royal Opera House and on TV. Older students have reached Diploma Level and received Choral Scholarships and won National Song competitions.
For a consultation and further information please telephone Rodney on 01848 200356


Wendy Stewart – Clarsach

Wendy Stewart is former member of the Scottish band Ceolbeg. With them she recorded four CD’s including Cairn Water which took its name from one of her compositions inspired by the river running through Glencairn. She also released three solo albums and associated books.
Although still performing she has now established a reputation as one of the country’s foremost teachers of traditional harp with local pupils, young and old and as tutor on the traditional music degree course at the RSAMD. One of her recent projects involved working with pupils of Moniaive Primary School leading up to a performance of a Renga written by Alec Finlay called The Hill of Streams. This was part of the launch of Andy Goldsworthy’s Striding Arches project. That ties into her latest composition Where Three Glens Meet.Contact:

Cheryl Easton

Cheryl is a singer of Classical, Opera and Scots song.

Gardening Services

Jonathan David – Earthworks

Lawn Mowing, Brush Cutting, Hedge Trimming, Pruning, Weeding,Planting Design and Tree Services. Tidy-ups all year round. Tel: 07743447004

Graphic Design/Copying/Scanning

Cairnvalley Graphex

Afton, Dunreggan, Moniaive. For all your graphic needs. Scanning and photo restoration work a speciality. Tel: Paul Henshall on 01848 200778 Email:

Sue Grant

Design, typesetting and artwork. Clients include: British Red Cross, Médecins sans Frontieres, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Yoga Scotland, John Deere, The CatStrand. Leaflets, logos, magazines, books, posters and more. Designer and publisher of the Glencairn Gazette. For a free, no obligation quote contact Sue Grant on 01848 200331, Email:

Culture & History

Artemis Bringing History to Life

Historical characterisation and role play. Object and costume handling within an educational setting. Resource packs and reminiscence work. For details contact Jackie Lee Tel: 01848 200222. See also

Galloway Tryst Network

Traditional KnittingOrganisation which promotes awareness of the links between culture and environment. It has an oral and visual archive of folklore and folk life traditions of South West Scotland. The archive is available for consultation, research, publication and teaching. Extracts are available in exhibition form. Alyne Jones, Director Tel: 01848 200083. Email:

Accountants, Banking & Taxation Advisors


IAIS LLP can act for you as your Accountant and Tax Advisors. We operate throughout the whole of the United Kingdom and Internationally. IAIS provide services from Book-keeping, Payroll and VAT services through to Annual and Management Accounts and advice on all Taxation, Banking and Accountancy requirements. In Dumfries and Galloway we specialize in all aspects of rural business, from hotel and leisure to agriculture. If you would like to discuss your requirements in more depth please feel free to contact us at any time.

Contact: Nick Singer, Managing Partner Telephone: 01848-200055 Email: Addresses: 211 Dumbarton Road, Glasgow G11 6AA; International House, 223 Regent Street, London W1B 2QD; Glenluiart, Moniaive, Dumfries & Galloway DG3 4JA


Dave McFadzean Journalism Services

All types of photographic and journalism work undertaken. Reasonable rates. Commissions taken. No job too large or too small. Telephone 01848 200401 or email: See also Glencairn & Shinnel Folk CD

Dr. Donald Millar

Experienced copy editor, proofreader and writer. I can help with written work such as: business documents and letters, brochures,articles, reports, essays, dissertations, academic papers, CVs. 25% discount for local residents, local businesses and students. Forfurther information telephone Donald Millar on 01848 200174 or email:

Hugh Taylor

Award wining travel writer, journalist, scriptwriter and broadcaster and travel writing tutor for the National Union of Journalists. Writes for a wide range of magazines and newspapers in the UK America and Australia including The Times, Scots Magazine, Real Holidays, Interval World and Outdoor Adventure.
Co-author (with Moira McCrossan) of AA Essential Scotland, AA Spiral Guide to Scotland, Globetrotter Jordan, Globetrotter Lebanon, Short Walks in Fort William and Glencoe, Short Walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, AA 50 Walks in Glasgow and South West Scotland; Sole author Glasgow and West Coast Scotland and contributing author to over 30 other titles for publishers including Dorling Kindersley, Thomas Cook, Insight Guides, New Holland, Simon and Schuster, Jarrold and Crimson Publishing.
Hugh Taylor is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Scotland, The Royal Geographical Society and a member of the National Union of Journalists, Society of Authors, British Guild of Travel Writers, Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild and Writers and Photographers Unlimited.
For further information call 01848 200474

Alan Grant

Comic and film scriptwriter. Writer of Batman, Lobo, Silver Surfer, etc for DC Comics. The acclaimed Bogie Man mini-series. Judge Dredd, Judge Anderson and many others for 2000AD. Ace Lightning for the BBC. Lego novels and cartoons. Childrens books. Acclaimed ‘Jekyll and Hyde’ adaptation and ‘Kidnapped’ for One Book One City campaign. For further information contact Alan Grant on 01848 200331, Email: See also MacAlien Comic Strip and and The Glencairn Mysteries

Susan Palmer-Jones

Fiction writer and copy editor. Author of The Britlings series. Copy editing clients include: Bioethics; The Sociological Review; Critical Quarterly. Telephone 01848 200698.

Moira McCrossan

Travel writer and author. Co-author of THE WOMEN’S NATIONAL COMMISSION publication, Growing Up Female in the UK, Department for Education and Employment, 1997.
Co-author (with Hugh Taylor) of AA Essential Scotland, AA Spiral Guide to Scotland, Globetrotter Jordan, Globetrotter Lebanon, Short Walks in Fort William and Glencoe, Short Walks in Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park, AA 50 Walks in Glasgow and contributing author to over 30 other titles for publishers including Dorling Kindersley, Thomas Cook, Insight Guides, New Holland, Simon and Schuster and Jarrold.

Alyne Jones

Writer, cultural historian. Telephone 07801 669912. See also Galloway Tryst and Scottish Stories other works by author: Traditional Scottish Knitting, Sanquhar Pattern Gloves, History and Knitting Pattern; Living with the Land, Reforesting Scotland Journal, Issue 17; Every Picture Tells a Story, The Scots Magazine; A Stitch in Time, The Scots Magazine. Alyne is a cultural historian based in Moniaive. For the past 20 years she has collected an oral and visual archive of Folklore and Life in South West Scotland.

Twenty 3 Crows Ltd

Copywriting, proofreading and editing services. Editor/writer of Glencairn Gazette. See also under Graphic design. Contact Sue Grant 01848 200401/200331. Email: