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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Wigtown Cottage

    near Wigtown

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: UK5132
    Set amidst rolling farmland with spectacular views of the Galloway Hills and Wigtown Bay Estuary, Wigtown Cottage is a semi-detached converted barn situated on a working beef farm, which has been beautifully finished throughout. The open plan living area affords plenty of space for guests and a particularly indulgent touch are the French doors opening from the double bedroom upstairs onto a raised patio where you can sit and take in the stunning views. Wigtown Cottage is ideally placed to explore everything this delightful corner of south west Scotland has to offer. Visit Wigtown, the ’book town’ which has been officially designated as Scotland’s National Book Town and has a wide range of book related businesses, a book lovers haven! The larger town of Newton Stewart known as ’the Gateway to the Galloway Hills’, also has many excellent shops and places to eat. With the Galloway Forest and Dark Skies Park close by, Barn at Glenturk is ideally placed to enjoy your stay whether it be a relaxing or action packed adventure. Enjoy the rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches which benefit from the warmth of the passing Gulf Stream. There are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens. The area boasts many pretty little ports such as Sandhead, Portpatrick and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway nature reserve where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. Perfect for walkers, golfers and cyclists, with Glentrool, Kirroughtree and the 7Stanes mountain bike trails nearby, as well as a great choice of golf courses. Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
    Wigtown Cottage can be booked together with Galloway Cottage (UK5133) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
    Living area: With gas fire, 30" Freeview TV, DVD player and French doors leading to the patio.
    1 step to...
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Cloakroom: With toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed, French doors leading to the patio and en-suite with bath, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    Underfloor oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Cot, travel cot and highchair available on request. Welcome pack.Lawned garden with patio and garden furniture. Bike store. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Conheath Gatelodge

    Glencaple, Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SCB


    Peacefully set with panoramic views over countryside to the Nith Estuary, these detached, single-storey holiday cottages have their own garden and have been furnished and equipped to the STB’s ‘4 Star’ standard. Conheath Gatelodge is a traditional Georgian cottage with many original features, whilst Martha’s Shore Cottage was an original fisherman’s cottage dating back to 1700 - generations of Martha’s artistic family lived here and her father was the stone mason for the farm estate, and cut stone for the owner’s farmhouse. There are lovely riverside walks from the door with abundant birds and wildlife to spot. There are many quiet roads ideal for cycling, and excellent wildfowl salt-marshes surrounding Caerlaverock Castle, 3 miles away. Solway Firth is easily accessible. Dumfries, 3 miles, has good shopping, restaurants, cinema and sports facilities. Sandy beaches, quaint fishing villages, castles and nature reserves within easy reach. Shop/P.O. and good village pub ½ mile.

    Delightful and cosy Georgian lodge cottage. Hallway with step. Sitting room with open fire. Well-equipped kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Washer/dryer

    • Open fire or wood-burning stove – initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Full oil central heating and electricity included (October-March £20per week)
    • Bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Payphone
    • Garden with patio and furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Properties are close to the estuary

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  • Davaar Cottage

    Corsock near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537038
    Leave your cares at home for a wee while and stay at Davaar a semi-detached cottage where you will soon begin to relax and unwind. Sit by the flickering fire with that good book you’ve been promising to read or leave the car and explore this stunningly beautiful land. Davaar Cottage is idyllically placed within the Glenkens; the wildest and largest glen in Galloway, which is relatively unspoiled with a wide variety of wildlife and spectacular landscape ranging from the mountains and moor land, woodland and forest; burns, rivers, to farmland and lochs.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With multi fuel stove, TV, DVD and radio/CD. A lovely room with views across open countryside.
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric cooker, combination microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin
    Shower Room: With shower, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed enjoying lovely views across open countryside.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Small garden. Patio with furniture. Raised grassed area approached via rustic steps which may be slippery when wet. Off road parking for 2 cars.
    This property has a private water supply.

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  • Bay View

    Drummore near Stranraer

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

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

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

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  • River Cottage

    Bladnoch near Wigtown

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537216
    River Cottage is a typical Galloway terraced cottage and stands across from the lovely River Bladnoch, with a children’s play area 110 yards away. It offers a cosy interior and a lovely enclosed garden with views over open farmland beyond. Whilst retaining the outward appearance of a Galloway cottage, the interior has been completely updated making it a comfortable holiday retreat. A lovely wood burning stove in the lounge is particularly attractive. The garden is a delight for both dogs and children being completely enclosed and there are facilities to wash bikes outside. Set in a quiet location in a row of houses, the cottage is a short stroll from the country pub and restaurant, and within a few minutes’ drive of Wigtown, the Book Town, and close to Newton Stewart where there are many excellent shops and places to eat. With the Galloway Forest and Dark Skies Park close by, the cottage is ideally placed to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. Perfect for walkers, golfers and cyclists, with Glentrool, 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 Peninsula.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/kitchen: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, electric cooker, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and TV.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and TV.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Enclosed grassed area, wild flower garden, patio, gravelled area and furniture. BBQ area. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 1 step from patio up to gravelled area and one step down to grassed area.

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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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  • Bluebell Cottage

    Wigtown nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 28381

    Amidst some of the finest scenery in southern Scotland, this semi-detached holiday cottage has the River Bladnoch only yards away and is an ideal base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery. With the Galloway Forest Park close by and many beaches and villages within an easy drive, the area provides ample opportunity to relax. With the mild influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway is home to some of the most beautiful gardens. Mountain biking, walking, fishing, horse riding and sailing all nearby. Golf course within 1 mile. Shops 1 mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with 2 Velux and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating included (£25per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Enclosed garden, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Fenced river, 20 yards.

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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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  • The Hayloft

    Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W2776

    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 cottage is 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 fishing village of Port Patrick 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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