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Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland’s south west is a hidden gem of tranquil countryside and uncrowded coastlines and has a natural beauty to match anywhere in the UK. It’s perfect for exploring the abundant beauty of one of Scotland’s most stunning locations where you’ll find open landscapes, fantastic heritage, wonderful food and drink and a wealth of activities and attractions.

The 300 square miles that make up the Galloway Forest are a magnet for walkers and mountain bikers and consist of not only miles of forest but also heather clad moors, tranquil valleys and some 250 lochs; the ideal place for outdoor pursuits and great wildlife. In fact Dumfries and Galloway has four National Nature Reserves where you can see a wide variety of bird life, wildflowers and nature in its natural environments. These are stunningly beautiful open landscapes that help preserve our precious and threatened wild places.

Head for the coast if you’re looking for quiet sandy beaches, here there are three National Scenic Locations extending from the Mull of Galloway towards Cumbria.

The region is steeped in history, for example Caerlaverock Castle’s often turbulent history is reflected in its architecture, with a twin towered gatehouse, moat and battlements, which once made it an imposing sight for invaders but now serves to make it a fantastic family-friendly visitor attraction, with nature trail, children’s adventure park and more.

Drumlanrig Castle is similarly impressive, offering late 17th century Renaissance architecture with the addition of 90,000 beautiful acres to explore in the surrounding area. If you fancy something a little more exotic then the Logan Botanic Garden is something of a warm weather oasis. Located on the south-western tip of Scotland, the region receives a Gulf Stream climate which allows the cultivation of many tropical and semi-tropical plants providing a fantastic day out for visitors.

If all that warm weather leaves you seeking refreshment get along to the intriguingly named Cream o'' Galloway, a fantastic ice cream visitor centre, which is sure to delight the kids. If you have a sweet tooth then you could also include a visit to The CocoaBean Company chocolate factory and visitor centre!

Strong cultural heritage includes its connections with Robert Burns and the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries. This award-winning attraction chronicles the poet’s life and is perfectly suited for an exploration of other attractions linked to one of Scotland’s favourite sons.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Dumfries and Galloway.
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  • The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage

    Twynholm, Nr Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC537173
    This cosy hideaway is just a perfect spot for exploring this secret corner of Scotland. Parts of the apartment date back to the mid 1700’s. The unique and special experiences on offer here in Galloway can be sampled almost from the doorstep. Frequent visitors to the apartment’s grounds are deer and red kites. The views are extensive; Screel and Bengairn and over to the Cumbrian Fells distinguished by the peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra. The local town of Kirkcudbright is a delight. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, it is known as The Artist’s Town and has attracted painters for generations due to the scenic landscape and the exceptional quality of light. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles

    Ground Floor: This cosy apartment is all on one level:
    Living room/Dining room: with TV/DVD and electric feature fire. Views of the garden and hills beyond.
    Kitchen: electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, mini dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: super king sized bed which can be made into 2 single beds. PLEASE STATE PREFERENCE AT TIME OF BOOKING. (If preference not stated will be King Size) En suite bathroom: with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, power, bed linen, towels and WiFi includedPatio garden with furniture and BBQ. The owner extends a welcome to explore some of the surrounding 2.5 acres of land. (NB: There is a pond however this is fenced off from the apartment’s garden.) The apartment is surrounded by farmland with livestock. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (livestock). Please note: the road to the property is down a 300 metre all gravel track. Off road parking for two cars.

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  • Bruce Cottage

    Whithorn

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: 24145

    Cosy cottage retreat for two

    Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac opposite the ancient priory site, this end terraced holiday cottage has original stonework forming the fire surround and wood panelling, which creates a cosy atmosphere. Whithorn is one of the interesting towns in the quiet Machars Peninsula, only 4 miles from the craggy coastline of Scotland’s most southerly point. Wigtown, known as book town, has 18 book shops and is 12 miles away. Bladnoch Distillery, 11 miles. Fishing, riding and golf all available locally. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Auchenbrae Stables

    Near Glenluce and Stranraer

    Grade
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    Ref: CC537219
    Converted from the former stables of Auchenbrae House, this detached, single storey holiday cottage has been well laid out and is very cosy. The kitchen and lounge are open plan, making it light and airy and from here, the stable door opens out onto a small courtyard with views of Luce Bay in the distance, and on a clear day, the Isle of Man. A short stroll from the property takes you to the bay and a delightful country pub and restaurant. There is also a cliff path walk from which you may spot seals, otters or porpoises. A few minutes away by car is Glenluce, where there is a local shop, pubs and hotels providing meals. This area of Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches which benefit from the warmth of the passing Gulf Stream and is surrounded by breath taking scenery, offering an ideal base from which to explore the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. There are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens. The area boasts many pretty little ports like Sandhead, Portpatrick and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway nature reserve, where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. Walking is a delight, whether clifftop, beaches, hills or forests and the Southern Upland Way passes close by. This is a cyclist’s paradise with the world famous 7Stanes within easy reach. If you prefer shooting or golf, there are many facilities nearby including the county course just four miles away. The town of Stranraer is 14 miles away and offers a wider range of shops, pubs and restaurants. Nearby Cairnryan is home to the ferry, making a day trip to Belfast, with a chance to visit the Titanic Museum, a great day out.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 22" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Glenrowan Bothy

    Moniaive

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41520

    Peaceful country location

    This detached, single-storey renovated cottage is located on the outskirts of the historic village of Moniaive and offers a very good standard of holiday accommodation. Situated in beautiful countryside and rolling hills between Galloway Forest Park and Southern Uplands, it is an ideal base for exploring. Golf, fishing, hill walking, cycling and abundance of wildlife give plenty of scope for outdoor activities. Drumlanrig Castle and Dumfries are a short drive and Edinburgh and Glasgow are easily reached within 1.5 hours. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Laminate floors throughout.

    Electric panel heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Swallows

    near Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537215
    A perfect retreat to unwind and relax in, this semi-detached, single storey barn conversion is wonderfully situated along a quiet lane in the serene Scottish countryside, and enjoys views over the neighbouring farmland and the owners two and a half acre landscaped garden. Swallows has been converted with care and attention to detail, the open plan lounge and the kitchen area are particularly attractive with a picture window and doors through to the conservatory which overlooks the private and enclosed garden. Beaches and a National Scenic Area are close by, as well as opportunities for hill walking, mountain biking and water sports. Visit renowned gardens, ancient woodland and enjoy the abundant wildlife. The area is well recognised for its clear skies as one of the 12 best stargazing sites in the world, and the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.
    Cardoness Castle and the popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre which hosts one of Europe’s longest zip wires. Only a short drive away is Kirkcudbright, known as “the artists’ town”. It attracts visitors throughout the year drawn in by the harbour, historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular Tattoo, an event not to be missed.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and patio doors.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility: With washing machine.
    Conservatory.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Small, enclosed garden with patio, terrace, garden furniture and BBQ. One dog welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. Bike store. Parking for one car.

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  • Wee Glebe

    Kirkland, near Thornhill

    Grade
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    Ref: 30500


    Hidden in the heart of the Dumfries and Galloway countryside, lies this superb self-catering abode named Wee Glebe. A former 200 year old stable, which has been converted into a 5 star holiday cottage, exclusively for couples wanting to escape their hectic lives.
    Wee Glebe is the perfect location to celebrate any special occasions such as honeymoons, anniversaries and birthdays or even just to explore what wonders that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer with quality and service assured.
    Yield and unwind in the secluded Soft Tub Resort 300 hot tub, prosecco in hand and await the next shooting star, an experience not to be missed. Take the time to reconnect with oneself or with someone special. After which snuggle up in front of the cosy wood burner. Wee Glebe offers ultimate privacy and outstanding quality in abundance as well as a fantastic place just to relax and recharge.
    The cottage boasts underfloor heating in the bathroom, Wi-Fi, Netflix, bluetooth speaker as well as numerous other extras. Treat someone special and enjoy the beauty at Wee Glebe. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/kitchen with beams. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot on request. 32" Smart TV (Mubi film package Netflix). Mini bluetooth speaker. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Chiminea. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Hot tub. No smoking.

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  • Barnhill Bothy

    Moffat

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: W3819

    Rural surroundings

    This delightful detached cottage is set in the owners grounds in over 3 acres in which the holidaymaker is free to wander, relax and enjoy the tranquil setting. There is also a 5 hole golf course available on site. The popular town of Moffat is close by. It is famed for its woollen mills, toffee shop, flower displays in the town and the park with its boating lake. Situated near the gentle slopes, hills and lochs of Eskdale and Annandale which provide walks on the Southern Upland Way. Places of interest include The Devil’s Beef Tub and Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall, fishing, golf and many other amenities are close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. 3-acres shared grounds. Shared summer house and barbecue by arrangement. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Nook

    Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W42626

    Situated in a peaceful, rural location, these former smiddy and byre holiday bungalows and farmhouse boast stunning views over open countryside. A hugely popular area with walkers and cyclists of all abilities with the Dalbeattie 7 Stanes Cycling Trail close by. There are many quaint villages to explore including the coastal villages of the Isle of Whithorn, Port William, known as the ‘Machars of Galloway’ and presented with the ‘Pride of Galloway’ award and the popular village of Portpatrick with stunning views over the North Channel to the Irish Coast. Take a day trip to Ireland from Stranraer. There are many sandy beaches and forest trails to explore throughout the area and also many lovely gardens nearby for those seeking a slower pace of recreation. The surrounding area offers a tremendous range of activities for the visitor with many beautiful sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore along the Solway Coast. Golf, sailing, horse riding, cycling, walking and fishing are all available, and there are tennis courts and swimming pools in nearby Kirkcudbright. Dumfries with shops, restaurants, museums and theatre lies 10 miles away, while Castle Douglas, Scotland’s Food Town, is 8 miles. Shops, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and beams/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating included. CD. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Roseburn Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5087
    Quietly situated on the edge of the pretty town of Moffat, this charming holiday cottage forms a wing of the owner’s home, and was once where the pony and trap were kept. It has now been transformed into a welcoming, cosy haven for two. The bright and spacious living room has a wood burner and French doors looking out to the garden and there is a small courtyard garden to the rear. Moffat has a thriving arts and music scene, a good range of local shops, pubs and restaurants and is ideal for hill walking being on the Southern Upland Way. Ideally placed for touring the area, Edinburgh and Glasgow are 50 miles, spectacular St Mary’s Loch, 30 miles, and the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall is just 10 miles away, while Drumlanrig Castle, near Thornhill is within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor: All on ground floor.
    Living room: With wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player, double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements) and French doors leading to garden.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Cloak/boot room: With butler sink and storage for boots and coats.
    Bedroom: With zip and link kingsize bed (can be 2ft 6in twin beds on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Separate toilet.

    Electric wall heaters (underfloor heating in cloak/boot room and separate toilet), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Use of freezer by arrangement.Courtyard with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Old Tannery Cottage

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537212
    Built in 1800, Old Tannery Cottage has been lovingly restored to offer a cosy retreat for couples seeking a tranquil setting. Situated close to the river in Old Minnigaff, this property provides an excellent base to explore the Galloway Forest Park. Leave the cottage on foot, bike or car and within minutes, experience stunning river views, woodland walks, routes to the Wood of Cree RSPB site and beyond to the beautiful Glen of Trool. Walk into Newton Stewart over the bridge and sample local produce in the town’s wide range of shops and eating places. Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town, is a 10-minute drive away, offering literary programmes and events throughout the year. The cottage sits between a river and a woodland bank, the ideal spot to enjoy Galloway Dark Skies. Shop, pub and restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Living Room: With 26" Freeview TV, CD player, feature stone wall and dining area.
    Kitchen: Small with gas cooker, fridge, washing machine and pantry area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Dressing room: With hanging and storage space.
    Shower room: With shower, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Gas central heating,gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Gravel area to front with furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Fenced river 100 yards. 1 step in patio.

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  • West Lodge Cally Estate

    Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    2
    Ref: UPM

    Watching over the gates of 500-acre Cally Estate (now a private hotel), character-filled West Lodge stands alone with its own small garden. Beautifully furnished in keeping with its age, it is just 2 miles from Solway’s quiet beaches and villages. An unspoilt area perfect for walking, golf (6 miles) and enjoying peaceful gardens, there is much to see and do. Lake fishing 2 miles and sea fishing 5 miles. Riding 5 miles. Pubs ½ mile.

    Small living room with wood-burning stove, rugs on wooden floor. Small library/dining room with wooden floor. Small modern fitted kitchen with TV. Bathroom with electric over-bath shower and toilet. Steep, narrow stairs to first floor: Double bedroom with canopy bed and TV/video and DVD. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove – initial fuel included
    • Electricity, full gas central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV/DVD
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Broadband connection
    • Small, enclosed rear garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • No smoking
    • No children

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  • The Crollin

    Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537207
    The Crollin is a delightful terraced holiday cottage located in a secluded close in the heart of Kirkcudbright’s historic conservation area and offers a peaceful retreat, yet within walking distance of all amenities the town has to offer. The cottage is only yards from the famous Broughton House, the impressive ruins of Maclellans Castle and the busy and bustling harbour. Kirkcudbright is known as ‘the artists’ town’, having hosted generations of painters, craft makers and artisans – a culture still thriving today. Kirkcudbright attracts visitors throughout the year, who are drawn by the harbour, the historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular Tattoo, an event not to be missed. The area has numerous walks available, from scenic coastal walks to forest trails. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by, there is sure to be something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT). Close to the Galloway Forest Park and central to 5 of the 7Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: Small with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack.Small front patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Further lawned garden down close. On road parking. No smoking.

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