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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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  • Ardmhor

    Stranraer

    Grade
    12
    6
    2
    3
    Ref: UK5041
    This imposing, detached, red sandstone and whinstone house was built in 1880 by a local chemist. Ardmhor, meaning ’the big, high place’, stands on an imposing rise within large walled gardens. The property is elegantly proportioned and retains many period features including decorative cornices, centre ceiling roses and handsome marble fireplaces, not to mention the impressive staircases and balustrade. It has been renovated, yet retains its links to the bygone days with the service bell console remaining in the kitchen – try it out!

    Stranraer is an ideal base from which to explore not only this unspoilt area of Dumfries and Galloway, but is within easy reach of the rugged Ayrshire coastline, or a day trip to Ireland from the nearby port of Cairnryan. Surrounded by breathtaking scenery, there are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens.

    The area boasts many pretty little ports such as 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. 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 course in Stranraer and the county course is just a short drive away. Stranraer offers a wide range of shops, pubs and restaurants.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge 1: Spacious with open fire and 50" Freeview TV.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: Spacious with electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Lounge 2: With open fire and 50" Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 2: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 3: With kingsize bed.
    Bedroom 4: With king size bed.
    Bathroom 1: With shower over bath and WC.
    Bathroom 2: With bath, shower and WC.

    Second Floor: Bedroom 5: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to kingsize - please advise when booking).
    Bedroom 6: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to kingsize - please advise when booking).

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fires provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Large enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Hot tub. No smoking.

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  • Rowallan

    Bladnoch, near Newton Stewart

    Grade
    12
    6
    2
    2
    Ref: UK5056
    Retaining many original features, Rowallan is an imposing end of terrace holiday property with a spacious living room and kitchen. The master bedroom offers ample space and enjoys delightful views over the River Bladnoch. It is set in a quiet location yet only a short walk from the country pub and restaurant. Wigtown, known as Scotland’s National Book Town, has many book and gift shops and lies only a few minutes drive away. Close to Newton Stewart, the gateway to the Galloway Hills, there are various larger shops, supermarkets and places to eat. With the Galloway Forest and Dark Skies Park close by, Rowallan is ideally placed to explore the beauty of South West Scotland. Perfect for walkers, golfers and cyclists, with Glentrool, Kirroughtree and the 7Stanes mountain bike trails nearby, as well as a great choice of golf courses. There is an abundance of fishing, bird watching, beautiful and exotic gardens, many rocky coves, sandy beaches and quaint villages to explore along the Machars Peninsula. Beach 6 miles. Shop 1 mile, pub and restaurant 50 yards.

    Ground Floor: Living room: With electric coal-effect fire and 36" Freeview TV.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With 2 electric ovens, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and tiled floor.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With double bed.
    Separate toilet.

    Second Floor: Bedroom 5: With twin beds and double bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Bedroom 6: With twin beds.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot, highchair and stairgate. Welcome pack.Small enclosed garden with sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced river 25 yards from the property.

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  • Newburn House

    Glenluce

    Grade
    12
    6
    2
    3
    Ref: SHHW

    This substantial Georgian town house, renovated to a high standard, is the end property in a row and is situated in the charming village of Glenluce, with the local shop and pub. Beautiful scenic walks can start from the doorstep and lead along the stream and through the glen behind the holiday property, on to the historic remains of Glenluce Abbey, or further down the banks of the Water of Luce to the sands of Luce Bay. 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 breathtaking scenery, offering an ideal base from which to explore the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway hills. Just to discover this peaceful region with its unspoilt countryside and virtually traffic-free roads is a pleasure itself. There are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens, which is a paradise to behold. It boasts many pretty little ports like Sandhead, Portpatrick and the Isle of Whithorn 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, forest or even one of the towns close by. The Southern Upland Way passes close by. A cyclist’s paradise with the 7 stanes within easy reach. If fishing, shooting or golf is your interest, there are many facilities nearby, including five 18-hole golf courses and four salmon rivers. The town of Stranraer, only 20 minutes away offers a selection of shops and restaurants and is home to Stena Line Ferry making a day trip to Ireland possible. Shop and pub 20 yards.

    Living room with open fire in original cast iron fireplace. Large kitchen with patio doors. Sitting room with electric coal-effect fire and TV. Double bedroom with en-suite fully tiled shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, two with 5ft bed, one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Fully tiled bathroom with bidet and toilet. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms, both with sloping ceilings.

    • Open fire, initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electric coal-effect fire included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Two satellite TVs
    • Video (small library)
    • DVD (small library)
    • Radio/CD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Roadside parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • Ground floor facilities (steps in garden)
    • NB: 8 steps to garden

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  • Braefield

    Portpatrick

    Grade
    15
    7
    2
    6
    Ref: 26192

    Enjoying a wonderful setting with views over the picturesque town, harbour and out to sea, this spacious detached house offers an ideal holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area. Enjoy the challenging uplands of the Galloway Hills, or gentle seaside trails, rolling moors and dramatic cliff-top walks. The Southern Upland Way passing close by is ideal for enjoying the many and varied shorter walks. The dramatic scenery is home to a rich company of flora and fauna, with many unusual species including pine martens, golden eagle, ospreys, red deer, red squirrels and the natterjack toad. The area has many renowned gardens to visit including the Botanic Gardens in Port Logan. Wigtown, Scotland’s official book town, is also home to a charming gallery and excellent cafés, and is located only a few miles from Bladnoch Distillery, where visitors can sample the local malt whisky. For fishermen, the area offers a wide variety of opportunities including sea fishing from Portpatrick and trout and salmon fishing are close by. Other country pursuits include shooting and riding. Golf courses within a 20 minute drive at Stranraer, Portpatrick and Lagganmore. Turnberry, with its world famous course is only 45 minutes away and offers a spa, off road driving, quad biking and restaurant. For the more active, there are numerous cycle routes set out in stunning forestry commission surroundings and cycle hire is available at these centres. Sailing is available via the local marina, and slightly further afield there is the Galloway Sailing Centre where visitors can try windsurfing, canoeing and power boating. From Stranraer, 15 miles, there is the ferry service to Ireland for a day trip. Shops, pubs and restaurants 300 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 6 bedrooms: 3 double each with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with 2 additional singles, 2 twin, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Oil central heating included (£35per week October-March). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Nine satellite TVs. DVD. CD. Gas range. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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  • Burnfoot of Cluden

    Holywood, by Dumfries

    Grade
    16
    8
    2
    3
    Ref: 26965

    Burnfoot of Cluden is situated in a lovely spot overlooking the River Cairn at East Cluden. Rural in character, but less than ten minutes’ drive from Dumfries, it sleeps up to 16, and is perfect for holidays for families and friends. Burnfoot is open all year round for holidays and short breaks. There are eight bedrooms and three bathrooms, an Aga in the kitchen, a wood burning stove in the living room and central heating throughout. There is wifi, two televisions with Freeview and a good selection of DVDs and books. There are lovely river views from the house and lots of outside space for children to run around in or for adults to relax in. Up to two pets are welcome. Dumfries and Galloway is a great location for walking and cycling, with a huge variety of country and coastal routes to explore. The river path along Cluden Water (as the Cairn is known on this stretch) can be accessed directly from the garden at Burnfoot. The Twelve Apostles stone circle is also within walking distance.
    There is a huge choice of activities locally to suit all ages, including Drumlanrig Castle and Country Park, Cream o’ Galloway, Mabie Farm Park, Gracefield Arts Centre, Dumfries Museum, Caerlaverock Castle and Wetlands Centre, fishing and golf, and ice skating at Dumfries Ice Bowl. Dumfries and the surrounding area also have a great selection of restaurants, tea rooms and farm shops which are definitely worth investigating. Large supermarket 10 minutes’ drive. Shop and pub/restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 2 steps up to 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 4 double (5ft), 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 2 twin bedrooms. TV room.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. Electric cooker. Oil fired Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced river just beyond grounds. Significant drop from drive.

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