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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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  • Valley View

    near Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    2
    2
    2
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    Ref: CC537234
    Situated on a working farm, Valley View was originally the stables housing the working Clydesdales on the farm. 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.Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
    Valley View can be booked together with The Stable (CC537233), Middle Byre (CC537236) and The Barn (CC537235) to accommodate up to 16 guests.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living 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 toilet.

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

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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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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  • The Stable

    near Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    2
    2
    2
    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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  • Beuchan Cottage

    Keir Mill, Thornhill

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537141
    This delightful detached cottage is the perfect rural retreat for up to four guests. Well presented, warm and cosy throughout with the added benefit of an open fire, the property enjoys lovely rural views and is a superb base for exploring the region. The nearby town of Thornhill, just 4 miles away, is a hub of activity with it’s boutique shops and beautiful lime tree lined streets. Drumlanrig Castle, 5 miles, one of Scotland’s grandest Renaissance buildings, is the venue for many events throughout the year. The bicycle was invented in the tiny hamlet of Keir Mill and this is one of the best places to cycle in the UK with the internationally recognised 7Stanes and the KM bike trail nearby. The gorgeous beaches of the Solway coast can be reached by car in only 40 minutes, ideal for a picnic in secluded sandy bays. Explore further along the coast to Wigtown for the Book Festival in September or Dundrennan for the Wickerman Festival. Many historic houses and gardens to enjoy in the area and Galloway Forest Park is famed for its "Dark Sky". Shop 2¾ miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on one level
    Living/Dining: With open fire, TV/DVD and ipod docking station; lovely cosy room with delightful rural views
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine; access to garden
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed, can be made up as two single beds if preferred - please state at time of booking
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With electric shower over bath and toilet

    Oil and open fire heating, power, fuel, electricity, bed linen and towels included, wood only for open fire.Lovely enclosed garden, mainly laid to lawn with patio and garden furniture. Lockable bike shed available for storage of outdoor equipment. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Grey Craig

    Kirtlebridge near Annan

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: CC537273
    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. Grey Craig 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. The owners and rangers 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.
    Grey Craig Cottage is the ideal cottage for a romantic break. Set on the edge of the farm overlooking the farm’s wildlife and conservation area, this cottage gives you the feeling of being right amongst nature. On a summers day, you can open the patio doors to the large gardens and endulge yourself in the sights and sounds of the area. On a winter’s evening, there is a wood burner to cuddle up in front of.
    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 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. Plenty of local attractions are close by, as well as main transport links for exploring further afield.
    Grey Craig can be booked together with Beckhead (CC537271), Dairy Cottage (CC537272) and Williamwood (CC537274) to accommodate up to 18 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Large with wooden floor, wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and patio doors.
    Kitchen: With tiled floor, breakfast bar, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With single bed and pull-out single bed.
    Bathroom: With freestanding bath, shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided, remainder £5 per basket. Two cots and highchairs available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Large enclosed 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). Pets welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. No smoking. NB: Fenced lake in grounds, 150 yards.

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  • Fisherman’s Cottage

    Stairhaven by Glenluce

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537073
    Fisherman’s Cottage is in an idyllic spot on the shore of Luce Bay in Stairhaven. The cottage boasts a private slipway and uninterrupted views across to the Rhinns of Galloway. Fisherman’s Cottage in Stairhaven is charming with every comfort provided to ensure that you have a wonderful holiday. When the cottage was first built around 1850 it was the first dwelling in Stairhaven and there are only a handful of houses even today. The hamlet of Stairhaven is known locally as The Craws Nest. You may even catch a glimpse of the area’s last remaining lobster fisherman.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Entrance Vestibule
    Open plan Sitting Room/Kitchen/Breakfast bar dining: A lovely light and airy room enjoying views across Luce Bay.
    Sitting Area: With electric feature fire and Free sat HD TV
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Lounge: With Free sat TV, DVD
    Bathroom: With  bath, separate showwer cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king-size bed and lovely views of the bay
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and lovely views of the bay.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. Raised lawn area with garden furniture and direct access to the beach. Front area enclosed by dry stone wall and rear open to beach and bay. Off road parking for 2 cars with trailers/2 boats.

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  • Laharna Cottage

    Portpatrick, nr. Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 692

    Sea and shore fishing, golf and walking

    Semi-detached cottage in the village conservation area, offering good standard holiday accommodation in this popular harbour village. Situated in a quiet street 100 yards from the sea, and within walking distance of the local 18-hole golf course. Good sea and shore fishing, lovely coastal walks, and sheltered harbour from which to enjoy the coastline, or the water sports available. Shop and pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional Z-bed (for alternative sleeping).

    Open fire in living room included. Electric heaters (in living room and bedroom) included (£20per week, £10 per short break October-March). NSH included. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 32" Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Combi oven/microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Solway View

    Powfoot, nr. Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W41032

    Great base

    This end terrace holiday villa boasts superb views across the Solway Firth. The inner Solway is characterised by wide expanses of mudflats and saltmarsh, which stretch across the coastline. An abundance of wildlife, sea birds, geese and the protected Natterjack Toad can be seen from this viewpoint. An ideal location for golfers, Powfoot is home to an 18-hole links/parkland course, with a further 29 courses throughout Dumfries and Galloway. The Sustrans Cycle Route runs through the village, whilst the Burns heritage trail and Hadrians Wall are both within easy reach. Dumfries (14 miles) offers a swimming pool, ice rink and museum. Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow easily accessible. Shop and restaurant 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with laminate floor. Step to kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Bay View

    Drummore near Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537044
    Bay View is a delightful detached bungalow occupying a superb sea front position close to Drummore, Scotland’s most southerly village and only a pleasant half a mile stroll away. The property enjoys a wonderful outlook through the palm trees across Luce Bay and beyond toward the Galloway Hills. It is the perfect holiday retreat for all those seeking peace and relaxation ’far from the madding crowd’.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has night storage heaters and comprises;
    Entrance hall leading to...
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, TV, DVD, radio cassette enjoying lovely sea views.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Conservatory: With washing machine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and sea view
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and views over open countryside.

    All electricity and bed linen included. All logs supplied for stove.Gardens. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Harbour Row - Gigha

    Drummore, nr. Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27100

    Ideal touring base

    Situated in the Rhins of Galloway in the coastal village of Drummore, Scotland’s most southerly point, these two holiday cottages (refs 27100 and 27102) stand on the banks of Luce Bay with its sand and shingle beach just across the road. The properties offer stunning views across the expanse of Luce Bay with its white tipped waves and sea birds. The area is unspoilt, the scenery idyllic, and the seascapes around the Rhins as dramatic as they are beautiful. Attractions include golf courses and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. Harbour porpoises, dolphins, seals, otters and minke whales can also be spotted. 5 miles north of Stranraer is Cairnryan, home to the Stena Line ferry which makes regular trips to Ireland. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors/dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating included. Travel cot. Satellite TV (movies package). Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden to the front and rear with sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Properties are located 20 yards from the sea.

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  • Arbigland Farm Cottages - Curlew Lodge

    Carsethorn, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31268

    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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  • Jimmy’s Cottage

    Twynholm, nr. Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W43385

    This pretty cottage is set in the village of Twynholm and is the perfect holiday base from which to explore this fabulous area. Jimmy’s Cottage lies within walking distance of The Cocoabean Chocolate Factory and the David Coulthard Museum. Fantastic family attractions include Dhoon’s sandy beach, 4 miles, ’Cream o’ Galloway’ and the ’Food Town’ at Castle Douglas. The UK’s largest wildlife park at Galloway, with its beautiful lochs, amazing wildlife, superb walking and observation points for viewing the night sky can be reached in just 4 miles. The local town of Kirkcudbright attracts visitors throughout the year with its harbour, historic high street with colourful Georgian houses, the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions, and a popular programme of summer festivities. Loch Whinyeon is a favourite for walkers and fishermen with delightful views of the loch, and it is bordered by the Glengap Forest. Visit the Bellymack Hill Farm at Laurieston, 8 miles, where you can watch some magnificent birds close up at the red kite feeding station. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 400 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping). Kitchen with dining area. Kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and gas included (£20per week, £10 per short break September-May). Electricity and bed linen included. Towel hire. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. Blu-ray. Gas/electric range. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi (£15per week, £10 per short break). Small garden. On road parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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