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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 Hen Hoose

    Nether Barr, nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    2
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    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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  • 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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  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    2
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    2
    1
    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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  • 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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  • Dalskairth Mews

    By Mabie Forest, nr. Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: SAAB

    This stunning detached converted mews is stylishly furnished and, with a small raised garden decking, is well appointed to enjoy the views towards the Mabie Forest and surrounding countryside. Within the Mabie Forest, which overlooks the Solway Firth and Dumfries (3 miles), excellent marked walks for all abilities can be enjoyed, as well as great mountain bike trails. The property is situated next to Towerwood golf driving range where professional tuition is available. Within Dumfries - a traditional market town - there is excellent shopping, as well as a selection of cafés and restaurants. The coastal Solway area has many village crafts, and museums to visit, as well as beautiful sandy or rocky beaches to explore. Shop 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room, with wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling and tiled floor. Fitted kitchen area with tiled floor. Utility. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Open gallery double bedroom with low sloping ceiling and oak floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - logs included
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
    • Large screen Satellite TV (basic package)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small garden with decking and woodland area
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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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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  • Alma Cottage

    Borgue near Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537270
    Situated on the edge of the small village of Borgue, Alma Cottage is a delightful detached holiday cottage located close to the coast, in a beautiful corner of south west Scotland. Adjacent to the owners’ home, the cottage is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Beaches are two miles away and there are many opportunities for hill walking, mountain biking and water sports, or perhaps visit National Trust’s Threave Gardens with ancient woodland and an abundant of wildlife. Whilst in a delightful rural location, the property is only a short drive from the harbour town of Kirkcudbright, known as ’the artists town’, which attracts visitors throughout the year 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.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Sitting-out area with furniture. Bike store. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
    This property has a security deposit of £100 payable in cash direct to the owner on arrival.

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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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  • 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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  • Kirkland Burn

    Tinwald, near Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    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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