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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.

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  • Waulkmill Cottage

    Carronbridge near Thornhill

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5013
    This charming semi-detached cottage, which was once the village smithy, is in the tiny hamlet of Carronbridge just two miles from the broad streets of Thornhill with its good local shops, pubs and restaurants. Very comfortable, bright and welcoming yet retaining original features such as working shutters, it provides a delightful base from which to get to know this fascinating region. The extensive grounds of Drumlanrig Castle are just two miles away, where there are lovely walks and the castle to visit. There are activities for everyone nearby, walks from the doorstep along the riverside, a playpark in the village, golf, fishing, hill walking and even panning for gold at Wanlockhead. Dumfries is 20 miles and the coast at Sandyhills around an hours drive.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 32" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining room.
    Three steps to...
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Z bed (for child).
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with furniture. Gas BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Threave Estate - Millwheel Cottage

    Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29834


    These two adjoining holiday cottages (refs 29834 and 29835) form part of the old Kelton Mill, a 19th-century water mill used to process corn. The machinery has long since gone from this converted mill but the atmosphere has been preserved in its beamed ceilings and antique furniture. This easily accessible county of Dumfries and Galloway is known for its natural landscapes, over 200 miles of rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, and the largest forest park in the UK. The area is a perfect rural retreat for those searching for a relaxing stay or an adventurous holiday. You will also find a great choice of harbourside pubs, country house hotels and restaurants. The 600 hectares forming the Threave Estate weave through woodlands, wetlands, peat and rock gardens. You can lose yourself in the secret garden and wonder round the sculpture collection. Situated on an island on the River Dee, Threave Castle is now only accessible by boat which adds to the stature, prestige and thrill of the place. Though still an impressive site for those visiting the area; the castle has been abandoned since the mid 1600’s and is now a large visitor attraction for those wishing to explore the mysterious and rugged ruin. The charming little town of Kirkcudbright is a short drive from the cottage as is known as ’the artist’s town’, attracting artists for well over a century. Nowadays, Kirkcudbright attracts visitors throughout the year drawn by the harbour, the historic high street with its colourful Georgian houses 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. Beach 9½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with dining area and beams. 3 steps to kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms, one with 2 steps down, both with Velux. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating (ground floor), electric heaters (first floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden. Shared natural grounds with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: 6 steps and fenced 1-metre burn in garden accessed across B road.

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  • Low Isle House

    Isle of Whithorn

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W2086

    Magnificent views

    This terraced holiday cottage dating from 1740, was originally a customs house, a part of the Solway Garrison. Positioned on the edge of the main street in this peaceful fishing village, enjoying a sea view overlooking the bay and harbour, it is within feet of the beach where swans and herons are regular visitors. Golf, riding, walking and cycling locally along with sea fishing. Garlieston House, gardens and beach, St Ninian’s Cave and the Gavin Maxwell Memorial provide an insight into the history of the area. Visit Wigtown, Scotland’s premiere book town, and the Bladnoch Whisky Distillery, and for a day out, visit Castle Kennedy, Port Patrick, the original gateway to Ireland, and Logan Botanic Gardens with plants from New Zealand and Australia. Shop 100 yards, pub 150 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking.

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  • Beckhead

    Kirtlebridge near Annan

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    3
    Ref: CC537271
    Nestled in beautiful countryside, Williamwood Holiday Cottages are in the ideal location to make the most of either a quiet, relaxed getaway, or an action packed holiday. Beckhead has it’s own unique style, and combines a variety of traditional and modern features, resulting in high quality accommodation. Located on an award-winning working farm, there is plenty to do, with farm tours of the owners’ 300-acre farm, featuring Highland ponies, Highland cattle, sheep, pigs and chickens, guided walks, horse riding (with stabling available should you wish to bring your own horse), bat walks, badger watching, fishing on the owners’ private lake, and meals in the owners’ dining room (activities and meals are available direct with the owner at a small cost). The farm has won the RSPB Nature of Farming award in Scotland for farming and conservation in 2011 and 2013 and a RSPB Nature Tourism award. The owners are happy to talk about the diversity of the farm and how the different wildlife habitats have encouraged the birdlife in the area, and also where photographers can get the best shots! There is a free children’s play area complete with a petting zoo, with miniature animals and picnic tables.
    Beckhead Cottage is a traditional farm cottage with its own garden and patio. There is plenty of space to relax and enjoy the fresh air, and the nature that Williamwood specializes in. Inside is just as relaxing with two en-suites each with a walk-in shower. After a day of exploring, relax in front of the open fire with a glass of wine.
    Being on the farm, guests can take the opportunity to celebrate Annan’s fantastic tradition every July, where around 100 horses ride behind a group of specially selected riders who carry the flag. The ride comes through the farm and the main riders stop for refreshments. Only five minutes to the M74 motorway, 10 minutes to Gretna Green, 15 minutes to Powfoot Beach, 25 minutes to Carlisle and on to the Lake District or Newcastle, the location couldn’t be better. There is plenty of interesting history in Dumfries and Galloway, including the Old Blacksmith’s Shop at Gretna, famous for its weddings since 1754, the famous poet Robert Burns’ House, and Sweetheart Abbey. For the more adventurous there is a discount deal available with the Galloway Activity Centre and Laggan outdoor. Market towns of Annan, Lockerbie, Castle Douglas to name but a few are all within comfortable travelling distance from Williamwood. The cottage is well serviced by the main transport links for exploring further afield.
    Beckhead can be booked together with Dairy Cottage (CC537272), Grey Craig (CC537273) and Williamwood (CC537274) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Living room: Large with open fire, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Large with tiled floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With double sleigh bed and en-suite with walk-in shower and toilet.

    All oil, electric, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial fuel for open fire included, remainder £5 per basket. Two cots and highchairs available on request. Welcome pack. Large secluded lawned garden with patio and furniture. BBQ on request. Shared 25 acres of woodland grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Stabling available. Fishing available on-site (free of charge, no licence required). 2 dogs welcome, to be kept on leads at all times (working farm). No smoking. Please note: There is a fenced loch 150 yards from the property.

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  • Caerlaverock Cottages - Hollins Cottage

    Caerlaverock near Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29591
    This delightfully situated, detached, holiday cottage has been renovated to a very good standard and is located within the national scenic area. It stands within a secluded garden and enjoy a delightful patio area within the walled area of the garden. The cottage, which is near Caerlaverock Castle, adjoins the famous Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve and is only ¼ mile from the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust and, just down the road is the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve made famous by BBC’s ‘Autumnwatch’. The county town of Dumfries is a short drive away providing a wide range of shops and places of interest. It makes an ideal base for exploring this wonderful area either by car, cycle or on foot and the Mabie Forest mountain bike tracks are close by, whilst the scenic Caerlaverock Estate has a network of paths to enjoy on the doorstep. Close to excellent salmon fishing on the River Nith and wildfowling on the National Nature Reserve. There are several excellent golf courses in the area including the championship course at Southerness. There are wonderful views over the Solway Coast towards the Lake District. The garden is well stocked having roses, shrubs and mature trees. Visit one of the three tearooms within five miles.
    Hollins Cottage can be booked together with Blossom Cottage (27754), Bankswood Cottage (31292) and Keepers Cottage (31312) to accommodate up to 24 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has air source underfloor central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, multi-fuel burner, Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player and iPod dock.
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Wet room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for multi-fuel burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Extensive grounds. Bike store. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Arbigland Farm Cottages - Lapwing Lodge

    Carsethorn, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31266

    Choosing places to stay is about location, location, location and with sea views, private sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and prolific wildlife, these dog-friendly, detached, seaside holiday cottages are the perfect choice.
    Lapwing Lodge (ref 31266), is named after the lapwings or ’peewits’ as they are known locally, that nest in the fields around the chalets.
    Skylark Lodge (ref 31267) is named after the larks that sing in the fields in front. It enjoys sea views as well as mountain views.
    Curlew Lodge (ref 31268) is named after the curlews that frequent the foreshore and the field in front of the chalets from autumn to early spring. Curlew Lodge was the first chalet on site and has a slightly different layout internally to the others. It is also slightly set apart from the other two lodges with an orchard of fruit trees around it.
    The properties are situated on the Arbigland Estate, and the ancient Barony of Arbigland comprises farmland, woodland and foreshore on the Solway Firth coast, bounded by the River Nith near Dumfries in the south west of Scotland. With its outstanding natural beauty and rich diversity of wildlife, the estate forms part of the Nith Estuary Special Area of Conservation and the Upper Solway Special Site of Scientific Interest.
    Golf, fishing, 7stanes mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, shooting (including wildfowling), stalking and hill walking can all be enjoyed locally. The properties are decorated with a Christmas theme during the festive season. Beach 100 yards. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile and restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large, shared, enclosed lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sea 100 yards.

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  • Pieces of 8

    Palnackie, Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537097
    Pieces of 8 is a charming mid terraced cottage set in the pretty little village of Palnackie in the heart of Galloway.  The accommodation is spread over three floors and is immaculately presented throughout with a cosy open fire in the lounge making this cottage a suitable choice regardless of the season. The name of the cottage is apposite as this area was notorious for its smuggling connections. Never more so than at nearby Balcary where the hotel was riddled with holes for secreting the contraband. Walter Scott wrote of the area that “Few people take more enthusiastically to the ’free-trade’ than the men of the Solway Coast” Take assurance that your ‘Welcome Pack’ will be quite legal!

    Ground Floor: The property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Sitting Room: With open fire, Free View TV, DVD player and video available on request.
    Kitchen/Dining/Living room: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and DVD player - a lovely spacious yet cosy room with window overlooking the garden.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC, wash basin and washing machine

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed enjoying lovely views of Barlochan Hill
    Bathroom: With bath, shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    Second Floor: An open staircase leads directly into the bedroom and care must be taken
    Bedroom 2: With 2 single beds and large velux window overlooking the garden and countryside.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wood and coal for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi connection available.Fully enclosed garden with outdoor furniture. Storage area for bicycles and fishing equipment etc. On street parking.

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  • Tystie Cottage

    Sandhead, nr. Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28858

    This charming terraced holiday cottage is ideally situated just 100 yards from the beautiful sandy beach of Sandhead, which stretches for more than a mile. Other local attractions include golf courses, Logan Botanic Gardens and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway nature reserve, where thousands of sea birds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. The town of Stranraer offers a selection of shops and restaurants. Only a couple of miles further, Cairnryan is home to the ferries which make regular trips to Ireland for further sightseeing. Portpatrick Dunskey Golf Club, Stranraer Golf Club and County Golf Club can all be found within 5 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Electric central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Grahamsfield Cottage

    Ecclefechan near Lockerbie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537046
    Grahamsfield Cottage is a charming Victorian property set on a small working farm in the picturesque Dumfries & Galloway region of Scotland. The cottage enjoys beautiful views across open countryside and over the Solway Firth to the Cumbrian Fells beyond and is a veritable paradise for children with access to a fully enclosed garden equipped with swing and slide, and plenty of room for other play activities.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power and bed linen and towels included.Enclosed garden area with picnic furniture and BBQ with children’s play area including swing, enclosed and slide. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Gilchristland Cottage

    Closeburn, nr. Thornhill

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: 18806

    In a beautiful setting with magnificent views of the Forest of Ae and the Nithsdale Valley to the Queensberry Hills, this semi-detached farm holiday cottage sits in front of the owner’s riding stables on a quiet road to Loch Ettrick and Ae village. Wildlife abounds with deer, red squirrels, goshawks, buzzards and red kites. Fishing, forest walks, cycle routes and the 7 Stanes Mountain Biking close by. Visit Drumlanrig Castle, Thornhill with shops and golf, Mabie Farm Park with dirt buggies, paddle boats, trampolines and astro turf slides. Dumfries has connections with the poet Robert Burns, and activities include Camera Obscura, cinemas, skating and swimming. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Small enclosed garden and furniture. Barbecue. Cycle store. Private parking for 2 cars. Three pets welcome (working farm). No smoking.

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  • Iona Cottage

    Ruthwell near Annan

    Grade
    4
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537211
    This delightfully situated, semi-detached, single-storey, holiday cottage has been renovated to a very good standard and is located within the national scenic area between Dumfries and Annan. The cottage is near Caerlaverock Castle and the Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust. The county towns of Dumfries and Annan are a short drive away providing a wide range of shops and places of interest. The cottage makes an ideal base for exploring this wonderful area either by car, cycle or on foot, and the Mabie Forest mountain bike tracks are close by, whilst the scenic Caerlaverock Estate has a network of paths to enjoy close by. Close to excellent salmon fishing on the River Nith and wildfowling on the National Nature Reserve. There are several excellent golf courses in the area including the championship course at Southerness. There are wonderful views over the Solway Coast towards the Lake District.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on ground floor, has solid fuel central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With multi fuel stove, Freeview TV, DVD player and double sofa bed.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, induction hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for multi fuel stove (two bags per week) provided. Lawned garden and furniture. Parking for (2-3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Bowling Green Cottage

    Isle of Whithorn

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537125
    Bowling Green Cottage is a perfect excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just unwind and relax in this unspoiled and hidden gem which is South West Scotland. Parts of this charming mid terraced cottage date back to the 17th century and the lovely feel and character of the cottage is testament to its age; from the beautiful inglenook fireplace and beamed ceiling to the original stone walls and the most romantic of summerhouses fully furnished even down to the double bed.  A perfect choice for a romantic getaway. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards

    Ground Floor:
    Sitting/Dining Room: With open fire nestled in a large inglenook fireplace, Free view TV and DVD; and an elegant dining area featuring original stone walls.
    Dining Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer; lovely views across the cottage garden.
    Bathroom; With shower over bath and toilet.
    Cloakroom: With toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, dressing area and feature window shutters.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and feature window shutters.

    Electric panel heaters, electricity and bed linen and first supply of fuel for fire included.Cottage garden with covered patio area (barbed wire at end of garden) enjoying views towards the Galloway Hills. Beautiful private and cosy summer house; insulated and has light and power with double bed. On street parking. This property is only 200 yards from the beach.

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