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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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  • Dye Mill Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537237
    This cosy cottage is up a country lane, in the picturesque countryside surrounding the market town of Moffat, in the owner’s grounds. 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 so easily reached and if calculations are to be 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 forty minutes to the south.

    Ground Floor: The property has multiple steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/bedroom area: Open plan with Freeview TV and double bed.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available. Shared freezer.Sitting-out area and furniture. Large, lawned, shared garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: THERE ARE 24 6 INCH STEPS UP TO THE PROPERTY
    NB: Unfenced pond and slopes in garden.

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  • Threave Estate - Millwheel Cottage

    Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29834


    These two adjoining holiday cottages (refs 29834 and 29835) form part of the old Kelton Mill, a 19th-century water mill used to process corn. The machinery has long since gone from this converted mill but the atmosphere has been preserved in its beamed ceilings and antique furniture. This easily accessible county of Dumfries and Galloway is known for its natural landscapes, over 200 miles of rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, and the largest forest park in the UK. The area is a perfect rural retreat for those searching for a relaxing stay or an adventurous holiday. You will also find a great choice of harbourside pubs, country house hotels and restaurants. The 600 hectares forming the Threave Estate weave through woodlands, wetlands, peat and rock gardens. You can lose yourself in the secret garden and wonder round the sculpture collection. Situated on an island on the River Dee, Threave Castle is now only accessible by boat which adds to the stature, prestige and thrill of the place. Though still an impressive site for those visiting the area; the castle has been abandoned since the mid 1600’s and is now a large visitor attraction for those wishing to explore the mysterious and rugged ruin. The charming little town of Kirkcudbright is a short drive from the cottage as is known as ’the artist’s town’, attracting artists for well over a century. Nowadays, Kirkcudbright attracts visitors throughout the year drawn by the harbour, the historic high street with its colourful Georgian houses 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. Beach 9½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with dining area and beams. 3 steps to kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms, one with 2 steps down, both with Velux. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating (ground floor), electric heaters (first floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden. Shared natural grounds with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: 6 steps and fenced 1-metre burn in garden accessed across B road.

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  • Mains of Auchenfranco

    Lochfoot near Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    3
    Ref: CC537003
    The large spacious farmhouse is reached by a 1/4 mile private drive, adjoining the owner’s house. One of the major benefits of living at Auchenfranco is its location; we feel very privileged to be there and hope you will feel the same when you come to stay. Although the farmhouse could probably accommodate  twice the number of visitors, we have deliberately set the maximum occupation at 4 adults in order to preserve the atmosphere of unhurried tranquillity, with space to relax and chill, away from the stresses of everyday life. The farmhouse benefits from a country style kitchen/diner, 2 lounges all with views across paddocks with woodland/reedbeds and hills beyond. Off the main lounge is the conservatory and patio area which gets the afternoon/ evening sun, perfect for afternoon tea or a glass of wine whilst barbecuing. A short walk across a field takes you through our private woodland/reedbed (around 10 acres) down to Lochrutton Loch. The habitat supports a wide range of species of  birds & animals, buzzards, woodpeckers, swallows, waterfowl, deer, badgers, bats to name a few, you never know what you might spot! There is course fishing on the Loch, free of charge to guests - just bring your rods. Auchenfranco is 6 miles west of Dumfries, ideally located for the world class 7Stanes mountain bike trails of Mabie, Dalbeattie and Ae forests, close to WWT Caerlaverock wetland centre and RSPB Mersehead nature reserve on the Solway Firth
    GUEST BOOK COMMENT’S
    "I can say i’ve never stayed anywhere so welcoming and homely"  May ’09
    "This is not a house holiday let; it is a beautiful home rented out in an area of Scotland that is a real gem"  Aug ’09

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Main Lounge: With electric stove effect fire, comfy sofa’s, Free view digital TV, DVD and DAB radio/cassette/CD player.
    2nd Lounge: With electric stove effect fire, dining table, wide range of books, board games, cards, jigsaws & DVD’s.
    Large traditional Farmhouse Kitchen: Well equipped, with oil fired AGA, combi microwave/grill, fridge/ ice box, dishwasher. washing machine, TV and dining table.
    Shower Room: With shower and WC
    Conservatory: Off main lounge, with doors opening onto private patio, seating area with furniture..

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, fitted wardrobe
    Bathroom 1: Next door to bedroom 1 with corner bath, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: Bedroom suite consisting of bedroom twin bedded, fitted wardrobe, walk thro dressing room (with wardrobe, sofa and dressing table), en suite bathroom with bath and WC

    All fuel, power, pure cotton bed linen and towels included. Freezer available in owner’s utility room. Patio furniture and BBQ, charcoal provided.  Off road parking. Pets welcome. No children under the age of 14 yrears.

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  • Galloway View

    Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC537210
    Boasting magnificent far reaching views of the Galloway coastline and Fleet Bay, Galloway View is a stunning architect designed chalet situated on a working farm, in an elevated position. With floor to ceiling doors and windows, this detached holiday cottage has been built and designed to maximise the views, a particularly attractive feature of this luxury property. Whilst in a delightful rural location, it is only a mile 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, Cardoness Castle and the popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, which hosts one of Europe’s longest zip wires. The area has numerous coastal walks and forest trails, and for cyclists and mountain bikers, the Galloway Forest Park and 5 of the 7Stanes are close by. Kirkcudbright, known as ’the artists town, is just a short drive away and attracts visitors throughout the year drawn by the harbour, 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. There are delightful beaches within a few minutes drive and sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports are all available close by.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric underfloor heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Spacious with wooden floor, wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock, picture windows and patio doors.
    Kitchen area: Spacious with wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and en-suite wet room and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size – please advise when booking).
    Wet room: Jack and Jill (accessed from bedroom 2 and lounge) with shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and fireguard available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed courtyard garden with patio, terrace and furniture. Gas BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • The Barn

    Barnbarroch, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W44192

    The Barn is set in a private estate, on the coastal road from Dalbeattie to Kippford. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, this attractive semi-detached barn conversion lies in a stunning location, and enjoys lovely views and access to the owner’s enclosed tennis court, stretch of river for fishing and the bluebell woodland grounds. Wildlife is plentiful on the estate, and red squirrel and roe deer are regularly seen - Jake the Clydesdale horse, will pop his head over the stable door next to the cottage! This quiet corner of South West Scotland is truly beautiful. About a mile from the delightful little harbour village of Kippford, where sailing is the hub of village life and offers an active racing, cruising and cadet membership, and each season culminates in Kippford Week in August, which is a week of racing and excitement for all ages. The village also boasts 2 pubs on the waterfront and a small shop specialising in country gifts and speciality local produce. The holiday cottage is situated in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country at Dalbeattie Forest, with trails such as Ironhas, Moyle Hill and the red graded Hardrock trail. From the many sandy beaches and quiet coves, to hill walking and a game of golf at Colvend, there is something for all the family, or why not just relax and enjoy the varied birds and wildlife that visit the garden. Beach 4 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 60" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of 5-acre woodland. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • The Spinney Cottage

    Garlieston, Wigtownshire

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: CC537172
    This delightful, cosy end terraced cottage is just the ticket for exploring the best of what Galloway has to offer and for that relaxing holiday you can just leave the car and enjoy the most delightful walks from the front door. The private garden is just perfect for barbeques as it catches the evening sun. Just the place to share a bottle of wine as you plan your next day’s adventures. In much earlier times Garlieston Harbour would have been a thriving hive of activity as it traded its rope and sailcloth for tea and lace and coal from abroad. Illicit trading was more than likely happening too as this area was a haven for smugglers! There is a fascinating history of Garlieston and the surrounding areas from the secret Mulberry Harbour project during the Second World War to the emotive Cruggleton Castle along the shore. Shop central, pub 1 mile and restaurant central.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level
    Living Room: with wood burning stove, flat screen Freeview TV/DVD
    Dining room/Sun Room: with views of the garden
    Kitchen: electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Conservatory (one step down): this lovely sunny room has pleasant views of the garden.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed, wardrobe and a digital radio. Window overlooking the garden.
    Bedroom 2: with two single beds
    Bathroom: shower over bath and toilet.
    Shower room: with shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and WiFi iincluded. First supply of fuel for stove included. Enclosed lawned garden with patio area and garden furniture. Shed for storage of bicycles/fishing equipment etc. On street parking.

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  • Forest Lodge

    Kippford near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537127
    Nestled in an idyllic private woodland setting, Forest Lodge offers a lovely relaxing retreat close to Kippford, often described as Scotland’s ‘Riviera’.  Locals refer to this area as ‘The Golden Triangle’ - Colvend, Rockcliffe and Kippford - and frequent visitors understand why. The climate is temperate as Galloway is touched by the Gulf Stream with many golden, sandy, and often empty beaches to explore. For excellent views of the Rough Firth estuary, the Jubilee Path is highly recommended. This was named to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and is the main path between Kippford and the equally charming village of Rockcliffe.  There are wonderful views out to sea, and the path passes Mark of Mote, a 100-foot high granite outcrop, with a Dark Age settlement on top. Rockcliffe and Sandyhills (with a beautiful sandy beach as its name implies!) are small Victorian bathing resorts close by.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all at ground floor level, fully centrally heated and comprises:
    Open plan lounge / kitchen / diner: a lovely light and spacious room with French windows overlooking the woodland glade.
    Lounge area: with TV
    Kitchen/diner area: with electric cooker, microwave and fridge with freezer
    Bedroom 1: with double bed
    Bedroom 2: with two single beds
    Shower room: with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen provided. Cot and highchair available on request.Very private location. Off road parking for 2 cars. Enclosed garden.

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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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  • 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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  • Hillcroft

    Portpatrick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537098
    Hillcroft is a superb detached bungalow and the perfect place for exploring this lovely part of the world, if you can stop looking at the wonderful views! The living accommodation benefits from being all on one level with the garage sited below and as a result the enclosed spacious balcony is raised and very private affording stunning views of the sea and the village. If you are lucky you may spot dolphins.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level and heated by night storage heaters and comprises:
    4 steps to entrance door
    Sitting Room: With wood burning stove, Free View TV, multi region DVD, radio/CD and and children’s games. Patio window which opens onto a raised and enclosed spacious balcony giving amazing views of the village and to the sea.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker,  microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and radio/CD player. Views of the village and to the sea.
    Garage: With tumble dryer situated below the accommodation with external stairs.
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 1: With king sized bed, Free View TV and electric blanket
    Bedroom 2: With queen size bed and electric blanket
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs provided for the log burning stove. Wi-Fi.Private enclosed patio with BBQ and open garden with driveway. Garage for storage of golf clubs, mountain bikes and fishing rods, etc and tumble dryer. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Shore Cottage

    Carsluith near Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537226
    Shore Cottage sits right on the beach of Wigtown Bay with stunning coastal views and sunsets. Built in 1860, this ex-quarryman’s cottage forms part of a terrace, with a comfortable cosy interior and car parking. The cottage opens directly to the tidal beach in a nature reserve where you can look out for the colony of Oystercatchers and the many estuary birds. Close by is Carsluith Castle with smokehouse bistro, and Creetown smokehouse and fresh local fish shop with cafe. The nearby market town of Newton Stewart offers many excellent shops, a cinema and places to eat. Near to the Galloway Forest and Dark Skies Park, the cottage is ideally placed to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. Perfect for walkers, golfers and cyclists, with Glentrool Forest Park, Kirroughtree and the 7Stanes mountain bike trails nearby, as well as a great choice of golf courses. There is an abundance of fishing, bird watching, beautiful and exotic gardens, many rocky coves, sandy beaches and quaint villages to explore along the Machars and Rhins of Galloway.

    Ground Floor: The property has storage and convection heaters and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and 32" Freeview TV.
    Dining area: With circular table and chairs.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and basin.
    Steep stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and low beamed ceiling.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Stairgate available. Welcome pack. Garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Beach is accessed directly from garden and the sea is 4 yards from the property.

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  • Corner House

    New Galloway near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537200
    Set in the quiet village of New Galloway, this period semi-detached holiday cottage lies in the Royal Burgh of New Galloway and has walks from the door. New Galloway is a gateway to the Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, and offers excellent walking, cycling and an abundance of wildlife. Loch Ken is nearby with opportunities for sailing, water sports and coarse fishing, while Laurieston is the red kite feeding farm. Visit the market town of Castle Douglas with shops specialising in local produce or Threave Gardens and Castle (NT) close by. Kirkcudbright has good art, craft and antique shops.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: Beamed with wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Spacious and beamed with open fire, electric cooker, fridge with ice box, microwave and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Shower room: With large shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner and open fire provided. On road parking.

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