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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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  • 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 Old Sunday School

    Buittle, Castle Douglas.

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: SEEO

    Built in 1793 this detached holiday property has been tastefully converted and featured on the Home Show. Set adjacent to the owners’ home, its ground floor formerly housed cattle and the upper was the village Sunday school. This area of the Solway has beautiful beaches, especially Sandyhills. The area is renowned for coastal, hill and woodland walks, whilst horse riding, golf, fishing and bird watching are nearby, with watersports at Loch Ken. The Seven Stanes and National Cycle Network pass nearby for cyclists. Castle Douglas is a nearby traditional market town specialising in local produce, crafts, cafes and restaurants. Shops 2½ miles, pub 3 miles.

    Dining room. Spacious well-equipped kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and vinyl floor. Spiral staircase to first floor: Living room with multi-fuel burner, vaulted ceiling and laminated floor. Double bedroom with fitted wardrobe, vaulted ceiling, Velux window and en-suite shower room with toilet and vinyl floor. Twin bedroom with TV and Velux window.

    • Multi-fuel burner - fuel included
    • Electricity and full biomass central heating included (November-March £35per week, £20 per short break)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Two TVs (one 32" smart)
    • Two DVDs (small library)
    • Playstaion 2 (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Arbigland Farm Cottages - Skylark Lodge

    Carsethorn, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31267

    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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  • 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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  • Swallow Lodge

    Bardennoch West, nr. Carsphairn

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28810

    This picturesque detached holiday lodge is situated in a quiet rural location, surrounded by stunning views over the rolling hills. Ideally located to explore the beauty of Dumfries and Galloway with rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches. An abundance of world class mountain biking and walking routes, with riding, fishing, wildlife and bird watching all within easy reach. Ayrshire offers many historical sites and the Ayrshire Coastal Path, over 100 miles of coastal walking. The historic cities of Edinburgh, Carlisle and cosmopolitan Glasgow are easily reached. Pub and restaurant 8 miles, shop 1 mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). Freeview TV. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds.

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  • Florian House

    Creetown, near Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537152
    Florian House is just the ticket to explore Scotland’s secret corner which is bursting with delights round every corner. Creetown sits below the mighty Cairnsmore of Fleet which is a superb hill walk rewarding the walker with commanding views of Wigtown Bay, the Cumbrian Fells and the Isle of Man. If you are new to walking the hills, the Newton Stewart annual walking Festival is a great introduction and a marvelous opportunity to see the magnificent scenery all around.  For fisherman, the 4.5 acre lochan at Glenquicken Farm Trout Fishery is close by and is surrounded by beautiful scenery and with around 200 miles of coastline sea-fishing is also on the list of things to do.

    Ground Floor: The property has calor gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge / diner:  with feature gas fire, TV and DVD player
    Kitchen:  with electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge / freezer, slim-line dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer
    Cloakroom:  with WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1:  with double bed and feature fireplace
    Bedroom 2:  with two single beds and fitted wardrobes
    Bathroom:  with shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power included.   Bed linen and towels supplied. Small patio with garden furniture accessed from front door only as no rear door. Off-road parking for 1 car.

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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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  • 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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  • Arbigland Farm Cottages - Lapwing Lodge

    Carsethorn, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31266

    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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  • Woodburn

    Lochanhead, Beeswing

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537199
    Woodburn is more than a lodge, it is a beautifully appointed, cosy and indulgent holiday retreat with all mod cons and excellent insulation and with the addition of the hot tub it is an all year round destination. There is something deliciously romantic about sipping champagne from the hot tub whilst surrounded by a winter wonderland, or in the summer, with a good book and a glass of wine. This is a super location for cyclists whatever their ability, from serious mountain bikers to family fun rides, as Woodburn backs on to the Mabie Forest. You can see the site of both the Red and Purple rides of the 7Stanes from the lodge and the owner will provide guided tours by bike or on foot by arrangement. This beautiful area has so much to offer. As well as the renowned mountain biking, The Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest and there are hidden waterfalls, mountains, wildlife and lochs and on a clear night it is one of the best places in the western world to view the stars. For foodies this is the land of milk and honey and you can sample some great cuisine at a choice of restaurants across the country. Castle Douglas is known as The Food Town and you can savour the flavours at an excellent choice of shops. The New Loch Arthur Farm Shop at Beeswing is just a mile away and offers local home made cheeses and everyday items. Dumfries and Galloway is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets; come and see why!
    This property can be booked with Woodside (537148) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Sky TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Patio with garden furniture. Private hot tub. Parking for 2 cars.

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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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  • Lazy Days Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537158
    Lazy Days Cottage is a lovely mid terraced 18th century cottage perfectly named as a cosy little retreat in which to completely relax or as a superb base to explore this delightful and very accessible area. Tucked away in a quiet backwater yet within minutes of the famous double high street, the cottage offers the best of both worlds. As befitting a sheep farming area, the town has strong weaving connections and the many specialist shops stock a great choice of wool and cashmere in colours to match the local hills. The Tweedsmuir Hills are best described as a land where time flows softly by within this unhurried landscape linked by the sinuous flow of silver water from the Annan, the Tweed, Manor, Megget, Talla and Yarrow.

    Ground Floor: Property has gas central heating and comprises;
    Lounge: With feature gas fire, Free view TV and DVD player
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker with ceramic hob, fridge/freezer, microwave (washing machine and tumble dryer located in the shed outside). Electric feature fire and radio/CD player
    Steep stairs with small landing (care to be taken when leaving the bedrooms) lead to ....

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed with coombing to the sides
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds with coombing to the sides
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wifi available.Shed housing washing machine and tumble dryer with ample space to store bicycles, fishing equipment etc. Rear door leads to a car park.

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