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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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  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    2
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    2
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    Ref: CC537206
    Situated up a country lane, via a rough track, this cosy cottage is surrounded by picturesque countryside. The market town of Moffat is an attractive conservation town, coaching stop and 19th Century spa town. Its double high street has lots of specialist shops and due to its weaving associations, you can choose from wool and cashmere in colours to match the local hills. The town lays claim to the narrowest street in Scotland, and the shortest street in the UK. According to the Guinness Book of Records, the world-famous Star Hotel, at only 20 feet across, is the narrowest hotel in Britain, if not the world. Moffat is easily reached and if calculations are believed, it is situated one mile south of the centre of Britain. Both Glasgow and Edinburgh can be reached in under an hour, and Carlisle is around 40 minutes’ to the south.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has solid fuel heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With wood burner, Freeview TV and views of countryside to Moffat.
    Kitchen: With gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Large garden with furniture. Pets to be kept under close control, sheep country. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 8 years. NB: Access is via a rough track and may not be suitable for low vehicles. Unfenced stream in garden.

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  • The Orangerie

    Bargrennan, nr. Glentrool

    Grade
    2
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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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  • Burnside Cottage

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • The Hen Hoose

    Nether Barr, nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28687

    Situated close to Newton Stewart, this holiday cottage provides a base from which to explore Galloway and south-west Scotland, with riverside walks directly form the property. The town offers a good range of shops, pubs and eateries, and has a swimming pool. There are also tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course. Galloway Forest Park is close by, with many beaches and rocky coves to explore. Enjoy cycling and walking routes to suit all levels. Fishing, horse riding and sailing all nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room/kitchen. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin (for alternative sleeping only).

    Economy 7 central heating included (£30per week, £15 per short break November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Shared courtyard, sitting-out area and furniture. 12 acres of shared natural, unspoilt grounds. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. Pets must be kept on lead, sheep country. No smoking. NB: Unfenced river in grounds, 300 yards.

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  • Dora’s Cottage

    Whauphill near Wigtown

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537238
    Dora’s Cottage is beautifully placed for enjoying this wonderful, scenic area of the Machars Peninsula with many beautiful sandy beaches and coves to explore. The cottage was originally part of the Barnbarroch Estate and housed the weaver for the estate in around the 1850’s.

    The nearby Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest at three hundred square miles and is a mixture of lochs, moorland, hills and is a habitat for a variety of plants and animals. A great introduction to the Forest Park is the drive along the Queen’s Way. This is a very scenic route linking Newton Stewart with Scotland’s smallest Burgh, New Galloway. The road holds lovely surprises as it winds its way through magnificent scenery. Wild goats thrive on the rocky outcrops as do red deer, allowing an opportunity to see these elusive animals up close. The Forest Park has been designated a Dark Sky Park, and offers outstanding opportunities for star gazing. Several of the 7Stanes mountain biking trails are easily accessible from Dora’s Cottage at Kirroughtree and Glentrool. There are outstanding gardens open at Castle Kennedy, Logan Botanical Garden and Glenwhan. The nearby town of Wigtown is Scotland’s national book town and hosts a book festival in late September.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freesat TV, DVD player, sofa and double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping).
    Two steps up to...
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower.
    Cloakroom: With WC and heated towel rail.
    Narrow stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Welcome pack.Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. 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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  • Kirkland Burn

    Tinwald, near Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: UK5081
    Kirkland Burn lies just a few minutes outside Dumfries with lovely views across the valley to Galloway and the Solway. Furnished to a very good standard, and with the owners living adjacent, this single-storey, semi-detached cottage has plenty of space for two people. With two living areas, plenty of outside space and a spacious utility room where you can kick off your muddy boots before sinking into the freestanding bath in the bathroom, there is not much more that you could want (apart from the hot tub outside!)
    This is an ideal base from which to explore Dumfries and Galloway, and it is only 30 minutes to Carlisle, the border city to the Lake District, and 90 minutes to Edinburgh and Glasgow. A huge range of activities and events are available in Dumfries and Galloway to make your stay special, no matter what time of year you visit. There is a range of fascinating museums including the Aviation Museum, Burns House and Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura. There are plenty of historic areas to visit, too, including Caerlaverock and Drumlanrig Castles, and Sweetheart Abbey. For activities when the sun is shining, try mountain biking and enjoy several of the 7Stanes trails which are described as mountain biking heaven. Or go on a hike to find some more of the prehistoric art carvings that have been discovered in the region. You can also enjoy horse riding, golf or loch fishing (5 minutes away).
    Once you have built up an appetite, you can cook in the well-equipped kitchen at Kirkland Burn, then enjoy a glass of wine in your own garden followed by a dip in the hot tub - or you can take the night off and eat out at one of a range of award-winning restaurants and cafés which are within easy reach.
    With stunning scenery, sweeping beaches and spectacular sunsets, this really is an area where you can relax, unwind and let your imagination run wild. JM Barrie created Peter Pan here - let’s see what you can conjure up! Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With electric coal-effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, Blu-ray player, CD player and Wii.
    Open plan living space.
    Second living area.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, wooden floor and patio doors leading to garden.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With freestanding bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed lawned garden with flagged area, garden furniture and barbecue. Hot tub. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. No children. Please note: There is a stream in the garden. This property has a security deposit of £150.

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  • The Old Kennels

    near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    2
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    Ref: UK5089
    This lovely detached bungalow, accessed via a rough track, is set amidst beautiful scenery on a working farm just 10 miles from Castle Douglas. Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the area or discover the Mossdale Walk and Red Kite Sculpture, a 2½ mile circular walk from Mossdale which affords wonderful views of Mossdale Loch, Bennan and Airie Hills. Red Kites can be seen from anywhere on the open parts of the walk at any time of the year. If you want to explore more of this beautiful area there are attractions in abundance from beautiful sandy beaches to dramatic cliff tops. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by there is something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (National Trust). Close to the Galloway Forest Park, home to the first Dark Sky Park in Europe, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Kirroughtree has some of the best technical singletrack mountain bike trails in Scotland. Beach 15 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 6½ mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space:
    With wooden floors.
    Living area: With wood burner and 32" TV (for DVD’s only).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Air source heat pump heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome packEnclosed courtyard with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced pond in the garden, 50 yards away.

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  • The Moorings

    Isle of Whithorn, nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    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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  • 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.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 26" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, feature stone wall and dining area.
    Kitchen: Small with gas cooker, fridge with ice box, washing machine and pantry area.

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

    All gas, electric, 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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  • Wee Glebe

    Kirkland, nr. Thornhill

    Grade
    2
    1
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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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  • Pleacairn Cottage

    Dalton, nr. Lockerbie

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: 28809

    Situated on the outskirts of a quiet village, in the heart of 7Stanes Mountain Biking country, this detached converted former dairy boasts stunning views over open countryside. This holiday cottage is ideally located to explore local history, with castles, abbeys, mansions and ruins. Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and sandy beaches and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, offering an ideal base from which to explore the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. The historic cities of Edinburgh and Carlisle, cosmopolitan Glasgow and the North Lake District are easily reached within an hour. Beach 5 miles. Shop 5 miles, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double (6ft, zip and link) bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed courtyard. Natrual 7-acre woodland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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