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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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  • Ettrick Cottage

    Closeburn, near Thornhill

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5168
    One of a pair of beautifully situated rural holiday cottages, Ettrick Cottage is the perfect place for peace and relaxation, with comfortable, bright accommodation. This semi-detached cottage enjoys views towards the vast Forest of Ae and the Nithsdale Valley, home to red squirrels, deer and spectacular birds of prey. There are numerous walks nearby, especially up to lovely Loch Ettrick, 1½ miles along quiet roads, where fishing is also available (licence required). Stargazing in this designated Dark Skies area couldn’t be easier, or perhaps take a trip to the Dark Skies Observatory near Dalmellington, 43 miles. Dumfries, 15 miles, has a fascinating Art Trail, or visit Drumlanrig Castle and Gardens near Thornhill, 8 miles, where there are also great cycle trails. Mountain biking is available at nearby Ae, part of the 7 Stanes network. Try a walk at Cairnhead, 22 miles, to see the Striding Arches, an artist led project where red sandstone arches stride around the surrounding hills. There is golf at Thornhill and Dumfries, and plenty of good local shops and restaurants to try. Shop 2½ miles, pub and restaurant 5½ miles.
    Ettrick Cottage can be booked with Gilchristland Cottage (18806) to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    Ground Floor: 3 steps to the entrance (level access to rear). All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With wood burner, Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    Economy 7 heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Cot and highchair available on request. Small enclosed garden with garden furniture. Bike store. On road parking. No smoking. Please note: The property has a natural water supply from a spring.

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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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  • Auchenhill Lodge

    Kippford near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
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    Ref: CC537045
    Nestled in an idyllic private woodland setting, Auchenhill 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, 1 100-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. Kippford was once a smuggler’s haunt with a wealth of stories and legends to discover and is now a pretty sailing resort with quaint fisherman’s cottages. There is a low tide walk from the beach to Rough Island. Scotland’s only round tower house, Orchardton Tower, is a must to visit with its spiral staircase hidden within double walls leading to a parapet.
    Please note: auchenhill Lodge is also available to let with the adjoining property Forest Lodge, for a combined family holiday.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, fully central 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: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power and bed linen included. Cot and high chair available on request. Sorry no cats allowed at the property due to allergiesVery private location. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Low Isle House

    Isle of Whithorn

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W2086

    Magnificent views

    This terraced holiday cottage dating from 1740, was originally a customs house, a part of the Solway Garrison. Positioned on the edge of the main street in this peaceful fishing village, enjoying a sea view overlooking the bay and harbour, it is within feet of the beach where swans and herons are regular visitors. Golf, riding, walking and cycling locally along with sea fishing. Garlieston House, gardens and beach, St Ninian’s Cave and the Gavin Maxwell Memorial provide an insight into the history of the area. Visit Wigtown, Scotland’s premiere book town, and the Bladnoch Whisky Distillery, and for a day out, visit Castle Kennedy, Port Patrick, the original gateway to Ireland, and Logan Botanic Gardens with plants from New Zealand and Australia. Shop 100 yards, pub 150 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking.

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  • Corner House

    New Galloway near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • Hilltop

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: UK5005
    Hilltop, as the name suggests, sits in an elevated spot with delightful views, in Newton Stewart, the gateway to the Galloway Hills. Hilltop is an attractively presented detached single-storey cottage with a delightful garden. It’s only a short walk from the centre of Newton Stewart with many excellent shops and places to eat. It’s great for walkers, golfers and cyclists, with Glentrool, Kirroughtree and the 7Stanes mountain bike trails nearby, as well as a good 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. Being close to the Galloway Forest and Dark Skies Park, once the sun sets under an inky-blue sky, the stars are a sight to behold. Hilltop is ideally placed to explore the beauty of this delightful area of south west Scotland.

    Ground Floor: The property has two steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With gas coal-effect fire, 40" Freeview TV and patio doors.
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric (up to £30 during summer), bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children.

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  • Tign An Uruisge

    Drummore

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: 29661


    Situated in the Rhins of Galloway in the small coastal village of Drummore, Scotland’s most southerly point, this detached holiday cottage stands on the banks of Luce Bay with direct access to the beach and offers stunning uninterrupted views across the sea with its white tipped waves and numerous sea birds. The area is unspoilt, boasting idyllic scenery and amazing seascapes around the Rhins as dramatic as they are beautiful. Other local 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. The town of Stranraer offers a selection of shops and restaurants and only a couple of miles further is Cairnryan home to the Stena Line ferry which makes regular trips to Ireland for further sightseeing. Beach 10 yards. Shop, pub, restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. Utility room. 2 double bedrooms, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, both with wooden floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Sea 20 yards.

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  • The Old Sunday School

    Buittle, Castle Douglas.

    Grade
    4
    2
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    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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  • 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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  • Arbigland Farm Cottages - Curlew Lodge

    Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: 31268

    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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  • 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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  • Knockkennoch 2

    Kirkandrews, near Borgue

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537258
    Knockkennoch 2 is a semi-detached cottage, picturesquely situated at the mouth of the Borgue burn in the small hamlet of Kirkandrews. The views from the cottage are simply stunning looking out over the Solway. The cottage is the ideal place to relax and unwind with beaches almost on your doorstep as well as opportunities for hill walking, sea fishing, mountain biking and water-sports. Or perhaps visiting renowned gardens and ancient woodland will appeal to you? Kirkandrews Kirk, sitting opposite the cottage, is a unique little kirk (or church) completed in 1906, with parapet and castellated tower, the church resembles a miniature castle. Whilst in a delightful rural location the property is only a short drive from the harbour town of Kirkcudbright, known as ’Scotland’s Artists Town’ and was particularly popular with the Colourists, many of whom lived in the town around 1900. It is a very active and friendly community and visitors to the town are surprised at the variety and number of activities and events held in the area. Shop and restaurant 8 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, Freeview TV and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Dining room: With wood burner.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for fires provided. Welcome pack. Shared external games room with dartboard and board games. Lawned garden and sitting-out garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fenced river 50 yards away.

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