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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.
317 cottages are available
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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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  • Valley View

    near Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    2
    2
    2
    1
    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.

    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: 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 no extra people.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. 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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  • 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 7 stances 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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  • 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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  • Tides Reach

    Garlieston, nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W43374

    Set in a harbourside location in a picturesque 18th-century village, this traditionally-styled, end-of-row townhouse offers views over Garlieston Bay and easy access to the beach and coastal paths. Part of a redevelopment of an early 19th-century mill complex (with some Grade B listed buildings), it is an ideal holiday base from which to explore the quiet Machars Peninsula with rugged coastline, sandy beaches and wealth of historic interest. Guests will enjoy the balcony which is accessed via the French doors off the double bedroom and enjoys views across the bay to the village and hills beyond. There is a small well-run caravan park nearby but this does not detract from enjoyment of the property. Galloway Forest Park, Seven Stanes close by. Sea, river and loch fishing, sailing, watersports and golf are all accessible. Wigtown (National Booktown) and Whithorn’s historic dig and priory nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with French doors and en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electricity panel heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels in. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Rear patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Front communal courtyard. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced harbour, 20 yards.

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  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UXT

    "Idyllically set on a 3000-acre estate..."

    Enjoying an idyllic situation on the 3000-acre Crofts Estate, surrounded by the Galloway Hills, these holiday cottages have enviable, dramatic views towards the Solway Firth and Cumbrian Hills beyond. Accessed along a private drive, and adjoining a cluster of well-maintained estate buildings, Stable Cottage (ref UUD) makes a romantic hideaway for two, offering stylishly furnished accommodation – its walls adorned with the original work of various Scottish artists. The larger Victorian detached Gardener’s Cottage (ref UXT) has been elegantly furnished, and features an attractive shared garden with a bridge over a burn and a small waterfall. Arkland Mill (ref STTZ) stands detached with a lovely large garden, a summerhouse and its own bridge over the stream. Marwhin House (SWWR) and Marwhin Cottage (ref SWWS) also stand detached, situated within 25 yards of each other, still with there own privacy, the latter two properties being set in gardens with a delightful stream and pond. Woodland walks and hillside trails radiate from the doorstep. Dumfries lies just 12 miles away, where there are plenty of shops, restaurants and museums, as well as a good theatre. Castle Douglas (8 miles) is a traditional market town with individual shops specialising in food and local produce. There are many beautiful beaches within easy reach along the Solway, and the NT Threave Gardens, 8 miles, makes for an interesting day out. Other tourist attractions in the area include the Galloway Kite Trail, the Galloway Forest Park and golf courses and museums in Dumfries. Village shop and pub within 4 miles.

    Two steps to entrance. Living room with wood-burning stove. Dining room with open fire. Fitted kitchen with door to garden. Utility. Separate toilet. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower attachment and toilet.

    • Open fire - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • TV
    • Stereo/CD
    • Microwave
    • Freezer
    • Shared large garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking
    • NB: Stream with bridge in garden

    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Shared 50-acre natural, wooded grounds
    • Barbecue
    • Natural spring water supply
    • No smoking
    • NB: Loch and burns in grounds

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  • Coastguard’s Cottage

    Carsethorn near Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537113
    Coastguard’s Cottage sits at the end of a small terrace in the pretty coastal village of Carsethorn at the heart of the beautiful East Stewartry Coastal area famed for its wonderful rocky outcrops and diverse scenery. the cottage is a mere stone’s throw from the sea - literally just across the road - and provides cosy and welcoming holiday accommodation for up to four people.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: With electric fire, Free View 32" flat screen TV, DVD player, dining table and chairs; a lovely relaxing light filled room.
    Kitchen: With electric fan oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed  and feature fireplace
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and feature fireplace
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All power, fuel and bed linen included.Delightful ’hidden garden’ with outdoor furniture. Parking at free car park opposite property. Please note: The owner will only accept a maximum of 4 guests i.e 2 adults and 2 children or 4 adults only

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  • Valleyfield Cottage

    Kirkcolm

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 24855


    Situated on the north west coast of the beautiful Rhins of Galloway Peninsula, 8 miles from Stranraer, this well appointed cottage enjoys panoramic views over the rolling countryside and across the Irish Channel. Ferries pass daily on the 90 minute crossing from Stranraer’s ferry port. Dally Bay is within 1 mile where seals and porpoises can be spotted, and accessed via the road or a footpath through fields. Sandy beaches, rocky coves, walking, golf, fishing, pony trekking and cycling nearby. Shop and pub 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen. Utility room. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 bunk. Shower room with walk-in shower and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters and underfloor heating in bathroom included (£20 per week October-April). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Two pets welcome (sheep country). No smoking. NB: 3 steps in garden.

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  • Cedar Lodge

    Kippford near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537232
    This delightful detached log cabin is located on the outskirts of the charming Kippford sailing village, with stunning views of the estuary. Sailing is the hub of Kippford village life and there is ample room in the grounds of Cedar Lodge for your boat. Also, the Solway Yacht Club in the village provides moorings and facilities for yachtsmen and also offers an active racing, cruising and cadet membership. Each season culminates in Kippford Week in August, a week of racing and excitement for all ages. A short walk from the holiday property takes you into the village where there are two excellent pubs offering meals, as well as a small shop specialising in country gifts and speciality local produce. Cedar Lodge is only minutes away from the Richorn Trailhead, the access to one of the famous 7Stanes mountain bike trails, Ironhash, Moyle Hill and the red graded Hardrock Trail. Cedar Lodge is also ideally located for visiting local beaches, as well as hill walking or perhaps visiting renowned gardens, ancient woodland with abundant wildlife. The area is well recognised for its clear skies as one of the twelve best stargazing sites in the world and the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to entrance, is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 27" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in sloping garden.

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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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  • Bowling Green Cottage

    Isle of Whithorn

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

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

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

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

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