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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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  • Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Nook

    Balmaclellan, nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W42626

    Situated in a peaceful, rural location, these former smiddy and byre holiday bungalows and farmhouse boast stunning views over open countryside. A hugely popular area with walkers and cyclists of all abilities with the Dalbeattie 7 Stanes Cycling Trail close by. There are many quaint villages to explore including the coastal villages of the Isle of Whithorn, Port William, known as the ‘Machars of Galloway’ and presented with the ‘Pride of Galloway’ award and the popular village of Portpatrick with stunning views over the North Channel to the Irish Coast. Take a day trip to Ireland from Stranraer. There are many sandy beaches and forest trails to explore throughout the area and also many lovely gardens nearby for those seeking a slower pace of recreation. The surrounding area offers a tremendous range of activities for the visitor with many beautiful sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore along the Solway Coast. Golf, sailing, horse riding, cycling, walking and fishing are all available, and there are tennis courts and swimming pools in nearby Kirkcudbright. Dumfries with shops, restaurants, museums and theatre lies 10 miles away, while Castle Douglas, Scotland’s Food Town, is 8 miles. Shops, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with French doors and beams/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating included. CD. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Dalskairth Mews

    By Mabie Forest, nr. Dumfries

    Grade
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    Ref: SAAB

    This stunning detached converted mews is stylishly furnished and, with a small raised garden decking, is well appointed to enjoy the views towards the Mabie Forest and surrounding countryside. Within the Mabie Forest, which overlooks the Solway Firth and Dumfries (3 miles), excellent marked walks for all abilities can be enjoyed, as well as great mountain bike trails. The property is situated next to Towerwood golf driving range where professional tuition is available. Within Dumfries - a traditional market town - there is excellent shopping, as well as a selection of cafés and restaurants. The coastal Solway area has many village crafts, and museums to visit, as well as beautiful sandy or rocky beaches to explore. Shop 1 mile.

    Open-plan living/dining room, with wood-burning stove, vaulted ceiling and tiled floor. Fitted kitchen area with tiled floor. Utility. Shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Open gallery double bedroom with low sloping ceiling and oak floor.

    • Wood-burning stove - logs included
    • Electricity, full NSH, bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot and high chair (on request)
    • Large screen Satellite TV (basic package)
    • DVD
    • Radio/CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Small garden with decking and woodland area
    • Parking (for 1 car)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking

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  • Shepherd’s Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537206
    Situated up a country lane, via a rough track, this cosy cottage is surrounded by picturesque countryside. The market town of 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 easily reached and if calculations are 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 40 minutes’ to the south.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has solid fuel heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With wood burner, Freeview TV and views of countryside to Moffat.
    Kitchen: With gas oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Large garden with furniture. Pets to be kept under close control, sheep country. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. No children under 8 years. NB: Access is via a rough track and may not be suitable for low vehicles. Unfenced stream in garden.

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  • Dora’s Cottage

    Whauphill near Wigtown

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537238
    Dora’s Cottage is beautifully placed for enjoying this wonderful, scenic area of the Machars Peninsula with many beautiful sandy beaches and coves to explore. The cottage was originally part of the Barnbarroch Estate and housed the weaver for the estate in around the 1850’s.

    The nearby Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest at three hundred square miles and is a mixture of lochs, moorland, hills and is a habitat for a variety of plants and animals. A great introduction to the Forest Park is the drive along the Queen’s Way. This is a very scenic route linking Newton Stewart with Scotland’s smallest Burgh, New Galloway. The road holds lovely surprises as it winds its way through magnificent scenery. Wild goats thrive on the rocky outcrops as do red deer, allowing an opportunity to see these elusive animals up close. The Forest Park has been designated a Dark Sky Park, and offers outstanding opportunities for star gazing. Several of the 7Stanes mountain biking trails are easily accessible from Dora’s Cottage at Kirroughtree and Glentrool. There are outstanding gardens open at Castle Kennedy, Logan Botanical Garden and Glenwhan. The nearby town of Wigtown is Scotland’s national book town and hosts a book festival in late September.

    Ground Floor: The property has Economy 7 heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freesat TV, DVD player, sofa and double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping).
    Two steps up to...
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower.
    Cloakroom: With WC and heated towel rail.
    Narrow stairs to...

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Welcome pack.Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Quiet

    Sorbie, Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: SKKL

    Located in peaceful countryside and surrounded by the rolling Galloway Hills, these two adjoining byre holiday conversions provide an ideal base from which to explore this quiet Machars Peninsula with its rugged coastline and sandy beaches. Beautifully converted and furnished, they are set on an organic sheep and beef farm accessed by a well-maintained farm road and provide an ideal place to relax and unwind. Home to some of the most beautiful and exotic gardens, the area benefits from a temperate climate due to the gulf stream, and is a paradise for nature lovers and birdwatchers. With the beautiful Galloway Forest Park and seven stanes close by, this is a popular area for walkers and cyclists of all abilities. Sea, river and loch fishing available in the surrounding area with sailing, watersports and golf in abundance. Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town and Whithorn’s historic dig and priory all nearby, while Newton Stewart has a good range of shops, pubs, eateries, cinema and swimming pool. There are also good tennis courts and an 18-hole golf course. Shop 1 mile, pub 3 miles.

    Living room with electric woodburner, wooden floor and French doors to large open-plan kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom. Bathroom with shower cubicle and toilet.

    • Electric woodburner included
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • TV
    • DVD (small library)
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Courtyard and furniture
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: Fenced stream in courtyard

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  • Terreglestown Cottage

    Terregles near Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537118
    This one bedroom holiday cottage is an ideal retreat for couples and in a great central location for exploring this beautiful county of Dumfries and Galloway. The area offers appeal for all the senses - the feel and sound of waves cooling your feet on lots of lovely beaches; first class restaurants and local food producers; stunning landscapes and the sight and sounds of wildlife and birds as you escape the normal hustle and bustle of life. The cottage is set in countryside with lovely rural views from all directions yet only a couple of miles from the county town of Dumfries.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With electric feature fire and TV
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer
    Bedroom: With double bed and TV.
    Bathroom: With electric shower over the bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power and bed linen included.Open garden. Shed for storage of fishing rods and bicycles. One well behaved pet welcome. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Samian Place

    Kirkpatrick Durham

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537075
    This cosy little pied offers bright and modern accommodation and is just the ticket for a couple searching for the perfect getaway in Galloway! Samian Place, a garden flat, is so well placed in the village of Kirkpatrick Durham, which is only a mile from the main road, ensuring easy access in every direction. The views over the garden from the first floor open plan lounge to the hills of Screel and Bengairn beyond are lovely. For keen walkers, the hill of Screel is a must and although not a great height there are wonderful views across the Solway to the Cumbrian Fells and towards the Galloway Hills. The latter are also highly recommended for keen ramblers.

    Ground Floor: The property has calor gas central heating and free standing heaters and comprises:
    Small Hallway: With washing machine
    Bedroom: With double bed
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Lounge Area:  With Free view TV and DVD with delightful views of the garden to the hills beyond.
    Dining Area: With table and chairs
    Kitchen: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave and fridge with ice box.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair available on request. Wi-Fi. One well behaved pet is welcome, no additional pets are accepted.Use of owner’s enclosed rear garden with lawn and patio area. Off road parking for 1 car. Wi-fi internet connection available.

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  • Number 12

    Moffat

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537170
    Number 12 is a ground floor apartment and a perfect cosy retreat tucked away from the famous ‘double’ High Street of Moffat; yet only an easy stroll takes you to the many facilities on offer here. Number 12 offers everything you would wish for and more with thoughtful little touches added for your comfort. Moffat and the local area offers a haven of choice whether you want to shop, fish, walk, golf, bird watch, cycle, gold pan or check out the local history; this area really offers everything for everyone. During the 18th century, Moffat was a famous and fashionable spa town attracting many people to sample its waters including Robert Burns and James Boswell. The High Street is one of the broadest in the country and houses many individual shops tempting shoppers to buy a range of wonderful wares from succulent toffee to the myriad of colourful tweeds. A monument to a ram in the High Street plays tribute to sheep farming, the area’s main livelihood.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor has gas central heating and comprises:
    Sitting room/diner: With electric fire, Freeview TV, DVD player and views to the rear.
    Kitchen: With electric oven and gas hob, microwave, fridge with icebox and washer/dryer. Views to the front.
    Bedroom: With twin beds, hairdryer and views to the rear.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and basin.

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided. Shared garden with outdoor furniture. Storage close by for cycles, fishing rods etc. On street parking.

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  • Swallows

    near Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: CC537215
    A perfect retreat to unwind and relax in, this semi-detached, single storey barn conversion is wonderfully situated along a quiet lane in the serene Scottish countryside, and enjoys views over the neighbouring farmland and the owners two and a half acre landscaped garden. Swallows has been converted with care and attention to detail, the open plan lounge and the kitchen area are particularly attractive with a picture window and doors through to the conservatory which overlooks the private and enclosed garden. Beaches and a National Scenic Area are close by, as well as opportunities for hill walking, mountain biking and water sports. Visit renowned gardens, ancient woodland and enjoy the abundant wildlife. The area is well recognised for its clear skies as one of the 12 best stargazing sites in the world, and the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.
    Cardoness Castle and the popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre which hosts one of Europe’s longest zip wires. Only a short drive away is Kirkcudbright, known as “the artists’ town”. It attracts visitors throughout the year drawn in 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.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and patio doors.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility: With washing machine.
    Conservatory.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Small, enclosed garden with patio, terrace, garden furniture and BBQ. One dog welcome - to be kept on a lead at all times. Bike store. Parking for one car.

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  • Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Old Smiddy

    Balmaclellan, nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    2
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: W42625

    Situated in a peaceful, rural location, these former smiddy and byre holiday bungalows and farmhouse boast stunning views over open countryside. A hugely popular area with walkers and cyclists of all abilities with the Dalbeattie 7 Stanes Cycling Trail close by. There are many quaint villages to explore including the coastal villages of the Isle of Whithorn, Port William, known as the ‘Machars of Galloway’ and presented with the ‘Pride of Galloway’ award and the popular village of Portpatrick with stunning views over the North Channel to the Irish Coast. Take a day trip to Ireland from Stranraer. There are many sandy beaches and forest trails to explore throughout the area and also many lovely gardens nearby for those seeking a slower pace of recreation. The surrounding area offers a tremendous range of activities for the visitor with many beautiful sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore along the Solway Coast. Golf, sailing, horse riding, cycling, walking and fishing are all available, and there are tennis courts and swimming pools in nearby Kirkcudbright. Dumfries with shops, restaurants, museums and theatre lies 10 miles away, while Castle Douglas, Scotland’s Food Town, is 8 miles. Shops, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with sofa bed (for alternative sleeping) and French doors/kitchen with tiled floor. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Oil central heating included. High chair. CD. Fridge/freezer. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Natural water supply from borehole. No smoking. NB: Fenced stream in grounds.

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  • Chestnut Lodge

    near Portpatrick

    Grade
    2
    1
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    1
    Ref: UK5096
    This stunning little wing of the owner’s home is beautifully presented and decorated and with views of the sea from the garden what more could you ask for? It’s just a stones’ throw from one of the loveliest coastal villages in the area, Portpatrick, with its charming fishing harbour. From the comfort of your holiday cottage to the delights of the village there is just about no need to explore further. However this delightful area, known as The Rhins of Galloway is too tempting. Take a scenic walk along the Southern Upland Way, a coast to coast pathway. Or why not stroll through the village and lunch out in one of the many excellent restaurants which overlook the beautiful harbour? Chestnut Lodge is ideally placed for easy access to many of the attractions that ’The Rhins’ has to offer. Visit the beautiful display of flowers at Logan Botanic Gardens or explore the Galloway Forest with its exceptional walking and cycling; the world famous 7Stanes cycle trail runs through it. The forest is also a designated Dark Sky Park. If golf is for you there is an excellent course in the village and further afield is the Wigtownshire County Golf Club, an 18 hole true links course, which is situated on the shores of Luce Bay. Take a boat trip from the harbour, fish from the harbour walls or just sit and watch the world go by. Shop and pub 2¼ mile, restaurant ¼ mile.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Dining area: With patio doors to garden.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, fridge, freezer and dishwasher.
    Bedroom: With double bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Snug.

    Oil central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Laundry service available.Enclosed lawned garden with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking.

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  • Kirkland Burn

    Tinwald, near Dumfries

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5081
    Kirkland Burn lies just a few minutes outside Dumfries with lovely views across the valley to Galloway and the Solway. Furnished to a very good standard, and with the owners living adjacent, this single-storey, semi-detached cottage has plenty of space for two people. With two living areas, plenty of outside space and a spacious utility room where you can kick off your muddy boots before sinking into the freestanding bath in the bathroom, there is not much more that you could want (apart from the hot tub outside!)
    This is an ideal base from which to explore Dumfries and Galloway, and it is only 30 minutes to Carlisle, the border city to the Lake District, and 90 minutes to Edinburgh and Glasgow. A huge range of activities and events are available in Dumfries and Galloway to make your stay special, no matter what time of year you visit. There is a range of fascinating museums including the Aviation Museum, Burns House and Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura. There are plenty of historic areas to visit, too, including Caerlaverock and Drumlanrig Castles, and Sweetheart Abbey. For activities when the sun is shining, try mountain biking and enjoy several of the 7Stanes trails which are described as mountain biking heaven. Or go on a hike to find some more of the prehistoric art carvings that have been discovered in the region. You can also enjoy horse riding, golf or loch fishing (5 minutes away).
    Once you have built up an appetite, you can cook in the well-equipped kitchen at Kirkland Burn, then enjoy a glass of wine in your own garden followed by a dip in the hot tub - or you can take the night off and eat out at one of a range of award-winning restaurants and cafés which are within easy reach.
    With stunning scenery, sweeping beaches and spectacular sunsets, this really is an area where you can relax, unwind and let your imagination run wild. JM Barrie created Peter Pan here - let’s see what you can conjure up! Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With electric coal-effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, Blu-ray player, CD player and Wii.
    Open plan living space.
    Second living area.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, wooden floor and patio doors leading to garden.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With freestanding bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed lawned garden with flagged area, garden furniture and barbecue. Hot tub. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. No children. Please note: There is a stream in the garden. This property has a security deposit of £150.

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