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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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  • Burnside Cottage

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC537090
    This delightful, semi-detached cottage has been beautifully converted from a former steading and enjoys a most enchanting ‘Hansel & Gretal’ type forest setting; teeming with  wildlife such as red deer, red squirrels, buzzards and much more. The cottage is a veritable haven of peace and quiet and provides the perfect holiday getaway - the ideal escape from the hurly-burly of modern life. 

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor, has Calor Gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With Free Sat TV, DVD
    Kitchen Area: With gas cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine
    Three steps down to
    Bedroom: With double bed and single bed (for child).
    Bathroom: With wide shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack provided with home made baking and free range eggs.Open courtyard. Storage for bikes and fishing rods. Facility for washing bikes. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Roseburn Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
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    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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  • Chestnut Lodge

    near Portpatrick

    Grade
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    1
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    Ref: UK5096
    This stunning little wing of the owner’s home is beautifully presented and decorated and with views of the sea from the garden what more could you ask for? It’s just a stones’ throw from one of the loveliest coastal villages in the area, Portpatrick, with its charming fishing harbour. From the comfort of your holiday cottage to the delights of the village there is just about no need to explore further. However this delightful area, known as The Rhins of Galloway is too tempting. Take a scenic walk along the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast pathway. Or why not stroll through the village and lunch out in one of the many excellent restaurants which overlook the beautiful harbour? Chestnut Lodge is ideally placed for easy access to many of the attractions that ’The Rhins’ has to offer. Visit the beautiful display of flowers at Logan Botanic Gardens or explore the Galloway Forest with its exceptional walking and cycling; the world famous 7Stanes cycle trail runs through it. The forest is also a designated Dark Sky Park. If golf is for you there is an excellent course in the village and further afield is the Wigtownshire County Golf Club, an 18 hole true links course, which is situated on the shores of Luce Bay. Take a boat trip from the harbour, fish from the harbour walls or just sit and watch the world go by. Shop and pub 2¼ mile, restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With patio doors to garden.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Snug.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Laundry service available.Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • The Moorings

    Isle of Whithorn, nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: W42414

    Quayside location


    Located on the quayside, in the harbour village of the Isle of Whithorn just yards from the yacht moorings, these holiday apartments form part of the original fishermen’s warehouses and enjoy views over the harbour and sea. In the heart of Galloway they are ideally located to explore the breathtaking scenery and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From the Galloway Hills, with their many lochs, burns and waterfalls, to the Solway coastline with sandy beaches, rocky coves and villages to explore. Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest local reserve in the UK. Internationally recognised numbers of pink-footed geese, greylag, many species of duck and wading birds visiting in autumn and winter. Visit the Interpretation Centre where you can view by video the Galloway ospreys during April to August. Visit the Whisky distillery at Bladnoch established in 1814 which offers a shop and guided tours, or meander around Wigtown with its gift shops, small gallery, plant nursery, book shops and cafés. Southern Scotland boasts a number of activities - from an afternoon with rod and reel, to a challenging 7 Stanes cycle track. Horse riding, golf, sailing, diving and walks are available in the area and with its mild climate and the influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway has some of the most exotic gardens. Shops, pubs and restaurants 200 yards.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 10 yards from unfenced harbour.

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  • The Barn at the Bakery

    Moniaive, Thornhill

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 25465

    Situated in the charming village of Moniaive, this spacious semi- detached, single storey holiday property, adjacent to the owners house, is located close to the Galloway Forest and the Southern Upland Way. Popular with walkers and cyclists of all abilities, with many cycle paths close by. Golf courses in close proximity and for fishing enthusiasts the River Nith is one of Scotlands premier salmon and trout rivers. Historic attractions include Morton and Sanquhar Castle, Robert Burns’ House and Drumlanrig Castle. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams, wooden floor and Velux/kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with 2 additional Z-beds (for children) and wooden floor. Wet room with shower attachment and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Decked area with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Orangerie

    Bargrennan, nr. Glentrool

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: STTT

    In the heart of Galloway Forest Park, one of the world’s few ‘Dark Skies Parks’, this unique, detached barn conversion, with private home pub and private deck with American hot tub, boasts spectacular views over the Galloway Hills. With over 2800 square miles of coastline, forests and mountains, and wildlife, walking and cycling on the doorstep, this secluded holiday escape has easy access to outdoor pursuits. Shop 8 miles, restaurant/pub 1½ miles.

    Living room/conservatory with dining area, wood-burning stove, panoramic countryside views. Open-plan kitchen with home bar. Double bedroom. Shower room with spa shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove, electricity, electric warm/cold air central heating included (October-April £40 per stay). Bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD and CD (small libraries)
    • iPod dock
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large decked area, furniture, ambient lighting/music
    • Private hot tub (October-April £25 per booking)
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from well
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: 3 steps to deck

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  • Quiet

    Sorbie, Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SKKL

    Located in peaceful countryside and surrounded by the rolling Galloway Hills, these two adjoining byre holiday conversions provide an ideal base from which to explore this quiet Machars Peninsula with its rugged coastline and sandy beaches. Beautifully converted and furnished, they are set on an organic sheep and beef farm accessed by a well-maintained farm road and provide an ideal place to relax and unwind. Home to some of the most beautiful and exotic gardens, the area benefits from a temperate climate due to the gulf stream, and is a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers. With the beautiful Galloway Forest Park and seven stanes close by, this is a popular area for walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Sea, river and loch fishing available in the surrounding area with sailing, watersports and golf in abundance. Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town and Whithorn’s historic dig and priory all nearby, while Newton Stewart has a good range of shops, pubs, eateries, cinema and swimming pool. There are also good tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course. Shop 1 mile, pub 3 miles.

    Living room with electric woodburner, wooden floor and French doors to large open-plan kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Courtyard and furniture
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Fenced stream in courtyard

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  • The Stable

    near Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    2
    2
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    1
    Ref: CC537233
    As its name suggests, The Stable originally housed the working Clydesdales on the farm. Still a working farm, The Stable has now been converted into a comfortable holiday cottage nestled in the Girthon Valley and surrounded by some of the best scenery in Galloway, with great walks, both woodland and coastal. Galloway has 200 miles of beautiful coastline, wild mountains and moorland, pretty towns and charming villages. The area also offers a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy, be it visiting the local ice cream factory, Cream O’ Galloway at Sandgreen, CocoaBean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm or why not visit Laggan Outdoors, which has one of the longest zip wires in Europe. There are many exciting and beautiful cycle paths straight from your door or try the world famous 7Stanes challenge. There is an abundance of local lochs and rivers if fishing is preferred! There is something for everyone in this beautiful unspoilt corner of Scotland. The cottage is only a few minutes drive from the charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet which offers a wide range of places to eat and relax. There are many attractions in and around the town including the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre and Cardoness Castle.

    The Stable can be booked together with Middle Byre (CC537236), Valley View (CC537234) and The Barn (CC537235) to accommodate up to 20 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 27" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6in twin beds for alternative sleeping arrangements.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Small, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage

    Twynholm, Nr Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • 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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  • Terreglestown Cottage

    Terregles near Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537118
    This one bedroom holiday cottage is an ideal retreat for couples and in a great central location for exploring this beautiful county of Dumfries and Galloway. The area offers appeal for all the senses - the feel and sound of waves cooling your feet on lots of lovely beaches; first class restaurants and local food producers; stunning landscapes and the sight and sounds of wildlife and birds as you escape the normal hustle and bustle of life. The cottage is set in countryside with lovely rural views from all directions yet only a couple of miles from the county town of Dumfries.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric feature fire and TV
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Bedroom: With double bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With electric shower over the bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power and bed linen included.Open garden. Shed for storage of fishing rods and bicycles. One well behaved pet welcome. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Auchenbrae Stables

    Near Glenluce and Stranraer

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    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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