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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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  • Sea House

    Kirkholm near Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537135
    Sea House is a lovely semi-detached cottage located on the Mains of Airies, a working farm covering 600 acres. The farm is home to a herd of pedigree cattle and is tucked away within a most delightful and scenic corner of Galloway with its rugged and picturesque coastline and stunning views over to Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre.  Those who seek a more restful holiday location will find Sea House an ideal base. In addition to the property’s cosy ambience and own tranquil setting, there is a lovely wildlife trail on the farm teeming with wildlife and the surrounding area offers numerous quiet bays and coves- just perfect for whiling away the hours with a good book.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Dining
    Lounge Area: With TV and DVD
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer
    Dining Area: With table and chairs
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available on request. Space available for boat storage.Outside patio area with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars.

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  • Tha Butchach

    New Luce, near Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: UK5167
    A warm Scottish welcome awaits you at this comfortable holiday cottage on the edge of the bonny village of New Luce. The kitchen/dining room looks out onto the courtyard through its large picture window, whilst the bedrooms offer views of the garden area that’s visited daily by many red squirrels. New Luce is a conservation village, a single street of 18th and 19th-century cottages set in an area of Dumfries and Galloway that’s ideal for a relaxing holiday on the moors of Wigtownshire, which gives New Luce that special charm.

    As a wing of the owner’s own home, Tha Butchach (meaning ‘The Witchery’) is a fantastic, single-storey property that boasts the luxury of en-suites in both bedrooms, and it makes for a convenient base from which visitors can explore and visit the many and varied attractions the area has to offer. The first thing you will notice about this small corner of south west Scotland is its striking natural beauty – from the rocky and sandy coastline looking out far across the sea, to the lush green forests and the rolling hills inland. Just a mile from the village is the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast walk that stretches some 212 miles from Portpatrick in the west to Cockburnspath in the east.

    The area is rich in native wildlife, with red deer, ospreys and red kites to name but a few. Visit the many beautiful gardens in the area that are blessed with warm climate thanks to the Gulf Stream, and there are also a number of fascinating museums nearby.

    Galloway Forest Park is a huge natural wonderland of forested glens, lochs and towering hills which, due to its small number of buildings and hence very little amount of light pollution, was the very first national park in the UK to be honoured with Dark Sky Park status. The forest park and nearby Dalbeattie Forest also offer a chance for more adventurous holidaymakers to get their blood pumping with its 7 Stanes mountain biking trail centres.

    Sure enough, the region provides something to interest all manner of holidaymakers staying at Tha Butchach. Beach 5 miles. Shop 400 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With 23" Freesat TV.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With four poster kingsize bed, Freesat TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds, Freesat TV and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack.Large enclosed garden with courtyard, summerhouse, sitting-out area and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced pond in the garden.

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  • The Stables

    Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W2775

    Scenic location

    Set amidst open countryside on a small holding, this cosy cottage has a carefully designed interior which offers all modern conveniences. Located close to the start of the Southern Upland Way, the cottages are perfect for those enjoy walking and cycling. Locally there is a leisure centre and a swimming pool and the area also boasts four golf courses, golf range and the coastal resort of Stranraer with a good selection of shops and day trips to Ireland is close by. With a mild Gulf Stream climate, there are plenty of pretty gardens to visit including Logan Botanical Gardens, Ardwell House Gardens and Castle Kennedy which is famous for its Rhododendron and Azalea collections. The scenic village of Portpatrick is just 6 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Newfield Cottage

    Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 24630

    This charming detached holiday cottage situated on a quiet country lane, boasts open countryside views and is well positioned for visits to the artists town of Kirkcudbright, the market town of Castle Douglas and the scenic Galloway Forest Park, Gatehouse of Fleet, Isle of Whithorn and Mull of Galloway. The area offers sailing, swimming, fishing, golf, tennis, riding, mountain biking, bird watching, historical sites and many forest and woodland walks, as well as sandy beaches to explore. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Playstation. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: 5 steps to garden and stream in grounds.

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  • Rockcliffe

    Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 7342

    Superb views

    Situated in a cul-de-sac, with superb views across the Solway Firth and Rough Island bird reserve. The small seaside village of Rockcliffe is 6 miles from Dalbeattie and 4 miles from Kippford. Rockcliffe is linked by a NT path of approximately 1 mile to Kippford and there are magnificent views from the path over bays and headlands to the distant mountains of Galloway. Many alternatives within an 8 mile radius. 18 hole golf course approximately 3 miles. Fishing and horse riding within 5 miles. A fantastic holiday retreat. Shop 1 mile, pub 1½ miles by foot, 4 miles by car.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping).

    NSH (except bedrooms), electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Two cots. High chair. Two TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Pieces of 8

    Palnackie, Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537097
    Pieces of 8 is a charming mid terraced cottage set in the pretty little village of Palnackie in the heart of Galloway.  The accommodation is spread over three floors and is immaculately presented throughout with a cosy open fire in the lounge making this cottage a suitable choice regardless of the season. The name of the cottage is apposite as this area was notorious for its smuggling connections. Never more so than at nearby Balcary where the hotel was riddled with holes for secreting the contraband. Walter Scott wrote of the area that “Few people take more enthusiastically to the ’free-trade’ than the men of the Solway Coast” Take assurance that your ‘Welcome Pack’ will be quite legal!

    Ground Floor: The property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Sitting Room: With open fire, Free View TV, DVD player and video available on request.
    Kitchen/Dining/Living room: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and DVD player - a lovely spacious yet cosy room with window overlooking the garden.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC, wash basin and washing machine

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed enjoying lovely views of Barlochan Hill
    Bathroom: With bath, shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    Second Floor: An open staircase leads directly into the bedroom and care must be taken
    Bedroom 2: With 2 single beds and large velux window overlooking the garden and countryside.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wood and coal for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi connection available.Fully enclosed garden with outdoor furniture. Storage area for bicycles and fishing equipment etc. On street parking.

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  • Craigslave Cottage

    near Portpatrick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537223
    Craigslave is a delightful country cottage situated on the Southern Upland Way in a quiet rural setting, close to the picturesque harbour village of Portpatrick. Portpatrick is a delightful conservation village, and one of the many jewels in the crown of south west Scotland. The focal point of the village is the harbour, which offers a lively calendar of events such as Lifeboat Week, the folk festival and live entertainment provided by some of the hotels and restaurants. The area is unspoilt, boasting beautiful scenery and amazing seascapes around the Rhins of Galloway. The Southern Upland Way is a 212 mile coast to coast walk between Portpatrick to Cockburnspath in the east. Other local attractions include golf and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve, where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. There are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens. The area is a cyclist’s paradise with the world famous 7Stanes within easy reach.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and 32" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With 4ft double bed.
    Bathroom: With corner bath, shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Lodge

    Stranraer, Wigtownshire

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC537060
    What a wonderful base to discover this beautiful area of Galloway! The Lodge is idyllically placed sitting adjacent to Loch Ryan and overlooking the volcanic rock of  Ailsa Craig rising from the sea! The ’Cottage’ is tucked away in a quiet and relaxing area of Stranraer where you can find solitude whilst the facilities of the town are easily accessible.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level and comprises:
    Lounge/Diner: With gas ’coal effect’ fire, TV and DVD with views towards the loch.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Sun Room:
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en suite with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds.
    Bathroom: With bath and shower spray, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available.Enclosed and very private garden with furniture and BBQ. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Holmhill Steading Cottage

    Thornhill, Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537154
    Holmhill Steading Cottage was once the stable block and groom’s quarters to the elegant main house, but now offers a perfectly cosy and beautifully appointed country retreat. As a base it is unbeatable as Thornhill lies at the junction of the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock and A702 New Galloway to Edinburgh roads in the mid section of the beautiful Nith Valley in Dumfriesshire. This lovely holiday cottage has been lovingly restored and has every comfort on hand to ensure your stay is perfect. It is no surprise that Visit Scotland has awarded Holmhill Steading Cottage a 4 star rating. The private terrace is just the ticket for planning your day over a cup of coffee and as the sun set’s reliving the perfect day over a few glasses of wine as you breathe in the captivating views. Holmhill, dating from around 1760, has quite a history as the first recorded occupant was Charles Douglas and his family. The house was ’left to him in liferent’ by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. Close by is the magnificent Drumlanrig Castle, home to the Duke.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on one level, heated by oil central heating and comprises;
    Ramped entry to open plan lounge/dining/kitchen, a light filled room with windows overlooking the spacious courtyard, French doors to the rear garden and feature windows
    Lounge Area: With woodburner, TV/DVD
    Dining Area: With dining furniture
    Kitchen: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed or twin beds (please state preference at time of booking), views over the courtyard, French doors to the patio and garden and en suite shower room with corner shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With super king size bed or twin beds (please state preference at time of booking) and views over the garden
    Shower Room: With easy access wide shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi access availablePatio with garden furniture and guests are welcome to enjoy the vast open gardens. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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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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  • Whitecroft - Myrtle Cottage

    Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: 28177


    These two semi-detached holiday cottages are situated approximately 1 mile off the public road up a private drive, next to the owners’ home and small working farm in a very quiet, peaceful location, which is ideal for secluded retreats or as a central touring base to explore Dumfries & Galloway. The cottages are similar in style and design and Myrtle Cottage (ref 28177) is a restored barn conversion consisting of a traditional granite byre with an architect designed larch clad extension featuring a welcoming woodburner. They are located near the Solway Coast and close to the world-class ‘7 Stanes’ mountain bike facility at nearby Dalbeattie, 10 minutes’ drive. Also in the vicinity is the Galloway Forest Park which is one of just a handful of ‘Dark Sky Parks’ in the western world in recognition of spectacular sightings of the starry skies it affords. The region’s capital, Dumfries, is a 25 minute drive, and is known for its links with Robert Burns; visitors may explore his house, sample a dram in Burns’ favourite hostelry - The Globe Inn, or find out more about him at the Robert Burns Centre. Other nearby areas of interest are Colvend Golf Course and Southerness Golf Course, both 10 minutes away, and horse riding facilities at Barend Riding School at Sandyhills, just 5 minutes’ drive and fishing. Along the coast, discover unspoilt villages, dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches and rocky coves. There is wildlife in abundance with an RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve nearby. Whitecroft itself has an abundance of wildlife such as roe deer, red squirrels and plentiful birdlife including the majestic red kite. During times of agricultural activity (lambing, shearing, hay making, feeding calves) the owners are more than happy for visitors to view or even have a try. This can be arranged during your stay. In addition to being an ideal venue for a traditional spring/summer break, the cottages make for a perfect cosy autumn/winter break. Constructed and insulated to the highest standards with the benefit of a technologically advanced biomass boiler, you can enjoy the added bonus of central heating 365 days a year, meaning whatever the weather you’re guaranteed to be warm and cosy for no additional cost. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen/dining room. 2 double (6ft) bedrooms (one zip and link, can be twin), both with en-suite shower room and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    Pet welcome (to be kept on lead at all times, working farm).

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Biomass underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 25-acre natural, woodland grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Large pond at the bottom of the drive, sloping banks in grounds.

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  • Solway View

    Powfoot, near 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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