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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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  • Knocknon Cottage

    Balmaclellan near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    6
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537195
    Situated in a peaceful location, this period cottage is set in the small rural village of Balmaclellan, within a hugely popular area for walkers and cyclists of all abilities, with the Dalbeattie 7 Stanes cycling trail close by. 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. On the edge of the Galloway Forest Park, with its renowned Dark Skies appeal, the surrounding area offers a tremendous range of activities for visitors, 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 22 miles away, while Castle Douglas, Scotland’s Food Town, is 13 miles.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freesat TV, Blu-ray player and Playstation 2.
    Dining room: With wood burner and double sofa bed.
    Kitchen: Spacious with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, heated towel rail and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds (can be pushed together).

    All power, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs for wood burners included. Travel cot (bedding not provided) and highchair available. Welcome pack. Enclosed patio area with garden furniture and BBQ. Bike storage available. 2 pets welcome. Parking for 1 car and further on street parking for 2 cars.

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  • East Cottage

    Southerness near Colvend and Dalbeattie

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537022
    With the Solway in front and glorious Galloway behind, this delightful 200 year old beach front cottage just oozes charm and character and is in a stunning location with sea views from many of its rooms. East Cottage is idyllically situated only a  stone’s throw from the beach and the second oldest lighthouse in Scotland.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge:  With wood burning stove, TV, DVD and radio/CD - a spacious and cosy room
    Kitchen: With electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer - offering delightful sea views from both windows.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed, wash basin and lovely sea views from both windows.
    Bedroom 2:  With two single beds and wash basin - overlooking rear garden.
    Bedroom 3: With adult size bunk beds and wash basin -  overlooking rear garden.
    Sun Rooms x 2: Both sun rooms facing the coast and accessed from the lounge. The interconnecting door between these two rooms may be locked thereby creating a private sun room accessed from the master bedroom.
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin
    Bathroom: with bath, WC and wash basin

    All electric, oil and bed linen included. First basket of logs provided. Cot and high chair available. 2 pets welcome (only 2 as property not big enough for 3)Enclosed garden with furniture. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Cairnsmore Cottage

    Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: CC537269
    Cairnsmore Cottage was originally the dairy man’s cottage on this working farm. Adjacent to Galloway View (CC537210), Cairnsmore Cottage also enjoys an elevated position with lovely countryside and sea views.

    Whilst in a beautiful rural location the property is only a mile from the charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet offering a wide range of places to eat and relax. There are numerous attractions in and around the town including the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre, Cardoness Castle and popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, which is host to one of Europe’s longest zip wires. Only a short drive away is Kirkcudbright, known as ’the artists’ town’, which attracts visitors throughout the year drawn by the harbour, the 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.

    Close by there are delightful beaches and numerous walks available, from scenic coastal walks to forest trails, not to mention sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports - something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT). Close to the Galloway Forest Park and central to five of the 7Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers.

    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 and Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With super king size zip and link bed (which can be made to twin beds – please advise when booking).
    Bedroom 3: With king size bed and en-suite with bath, walk-in shower and WC.
    Shower room: With walk-in shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with patio and furniture. Gas BBQ. Parking (3 cars). No smoking.

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  • Barncailzie Lodge

    Springholm near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    6
    3
    3
    2
    Ref: CC537218
    This delightfully situated, detached holiday lodge is presented to an excellent standard, and situated in a rural location near to a working farm. The village of Springholm has its own shop and pub, but just a short drive away is the food town of Dumfries and Galloway, Castle Douglas. The cottage makes an ideal base for exploring this wonderful area either by car, bike or on foot, and the Mabie Forest mountain bike tracks are close by, whilst the scenic Caerlaverock Estate has a network of paths to enjoy. The cottage is also central for the 7Stanes, and there are several excellent golf courses in the area including the championship course at Southerness.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining room.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With double bed (for children) and sloping ceilings.
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. All fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Sitting-out area with furniture. BBQ. Parking (3 cars). Pets to be kept on a lead - sheep country. No smoking. NB: Fenced pond 330 yards from the property.

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  • The Old School

    Auchenmalg, Glenluce

    Grade
    6
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537187
    The Old School dates back to around 1850 and every window frames a delightful view of this very scenic area. The sitting room was once the assembly room but now it is a cosy and relaxing room where you can relive the day’s adventures and plan tomorrow’s itinerary around the wood burning stove. The dramatic coastline fringing Luce Bay is close by and there are good coastal walks where you may catch glimpses of seals and porpoises.

    Ground Floor: The property has LPG central heating and comprises:
    Kitchen: with gas hob, electric oven, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Two steps up to...
    Living room/diner: with wood burner, Satellite TV and Wii games console.
    Bathroom: with shower over bath and WC.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed and sofa bed (for two).
    Bedroom 2: with double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs provided free of charge. Welcome pack provided. Strictly no smoking. Large lawned garden with a small stream at the bottom - young children must be supervised. Patio with garden furniture. Private parking for 3 cars. Lockable storage for bikes/equipment.

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  • Cleughbrae Cottage

    Dalry, nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: 29447

    This spacious, detached holiday cottage boasts stunning, elevated views over open countryside and is located close to the village of Dalry. Located on the Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s coast to coast long distance walk, it is an ideal base for hill walking, fishing, bird watching, sightseeing or one of the many country pursuits available locally. Central to five of the 7 Stanes, it proves a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Close to the Dark Skies Park, one of only four in the Western world. It is situated just 16 miles north of Castle Douglas and only 30 miles south of Ayr. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors. Kitchen. Utility room. 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Most rooms with wooden floor. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with bath, shower attachment and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Video. Stereo/CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed, lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Horsepark Cottage

    Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: SYYS


    Horsepark Cottage is a delightful Galloway cottage, located only a short walk from Sandgreen and Carrick beaches in this beautiful corner of South West Scotland. The wood-burning stove in the spacious living room and the conservatory overlooking the garden are particularly attractive features of this holiday cottage. Whilst in a delightful rural location, the property is only 3 miles from the charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet, offering a wide range for places to eat and relax. There are many attractions in and around the town including the mill at the Fleet Visitor Centre, Cardoness Castle, and the popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre which is host to one of Europe’s longest zip wires. The area has numerous walks available, from scenic coastal walks to forest trails. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports are close by, there is sure to be something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT). Close to the Galloway Forest Park and central to 5 of the 7Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Only a short drive away, Kirkcudbright, known as ’the artists’ town’, attracts visitors throughout the year drawn by the harbour, the 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. Beach 1 mile. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Step to entrance. Large living/dining room with wood-burning stove. Kitchen. Conservatory. Double bedroom with 5ft bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft bed. Beamed twin bedroom.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included
    • Freesat TV
    • Blu-ray
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Freezer
    • Broadband connection
    • Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 3 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Galloway Cottage

    near Wigtown

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    3
    Ref: UK5133
    Set amidst rolling farmland with spectacular views of the Galloway Hills and Wigtown Bay Estuary, Galloway Cottage is a semi-detached converted barn which has been beautifully finished throughout. The open plan living area affords plenty of space for guests and a particularly indulgent touch is the French doors opening from the downstairs bedroom onto the patio. Galloway 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.
    Galloway Cottage can be booked together with Wigtown Cottage (UK5132) to accommodate up to 10 guests.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space: With tiled floor.
    Living area: With gas fire, 30" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and French doors leading to the patio.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With king size bed and en-suite with shower cubicle, toilet and heated towel rail.
    Bedroom 3: 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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  • Tarff Cottage

    Port William

    Grade
    6
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 27960

    This spacious, semi-detached holiday cottage sits in this harbour village and has direct access from the garden to the beach. Boasting stunning views over Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man, Port William, known as the ’Machars of Galloway’, has been presented with the ’Pride of Galloway’ award. Walking, cycling, golf, river and sea fishing nearby. Sandy beach clsoe by, as are Wigtown and Whithorn. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards. Can be booked with 24721 (100 yards) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground floor: Dining room. Kitchen. Sun room with patio doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room with Velux windows. 1 double (5ft) bedroom with Velux window and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Open fire in dining room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating and electricity included (£30per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking (3 cars). No smoking. NB: Direct access to beach.

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  • The Whins

    Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer

    Grade
    6
    3
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537136
    This wonderful, newly built detached bungalow represents, quite simply, holiday heaven. Finished to a superb standard, the property can accommodate up to six guests in total luxury. The floor to ceiling windows and patio doors in the lounge ensure the main living space is bright and airy throughout the day and, with its pretty views over sea and countryside, a delightful spot in which to relax and unwind. The spacious family bathroom is stunning and the perfect place to soothe aching muscles after an action packed and fun-filled day spent in this gorgeous region of Scotland. The wider area surrounding the property is renowned for its sublime coastline and with a micro climate tempered by the Gulf Stream; visitors cannot fail to be enchanted by this beautiful corner of Scotland.
    The Whins can be booked individually or together with Float Bay View to accommodate the gathering of family and friends up to twelve people

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all at ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Disabled access ramp with grab rails to front door…
    Lounge / Diner: with electric fire, TV and DVD player, dining furniture for six; a lovely light filled room with patio doors affording superb views over sea and hills
    Kitchen: with electric range cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine. Door leading to patio and garden
    Bedroom 1:  with double bed and TV
    Bedroom 2:  with double bed and TV
    Bedroom 3: with two single beds and TV
    Bathroom: with corner bath, large enclosed shower, WC and wash basin

    All fuel and power provided. Bed linen and towels supplied. Cot and high chair available on request. Only 1 small well behaved dog allowed by arrangement. Telephone for incoming calls only.Large garden with decking area to front and side and garden furniture. Lovely sea and countryside views from both property and garden. Off-road parking for 3 cars.
    The height of the railings of the external steps are less than 1m and therefore extra care maybe needed if you have small children in your party.

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  • Harbour Row - Jura

    Drummore, nr. Stranraer

    Grade
    6
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: 27102

    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.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.

    Ground floor: Living room with French doors/kitchen. First floor: 3 bedrooms: 1 double, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Economy 7 central heating included. Freeview TV. Dishwasher. Lawned garden 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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  • Hornbeam

    Dalbeattie

    Grade
    6
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: S4432

    This cosy timber lodge sits in a little countryside park just 0.5 miles from a sandy beach on the fabulous Solway coastline. Set among similar properties, with plenty of open spaces, it enjoys wonderful uninterrupted views over a small fishing loch whose open waters attract various wildlife species. Coastal Rockcliffe, Kippford, Castle Douglas, Threave (NTS), Loch Ken and RSPB reserves are all within easy reach. Fishing, pony trekking, cycle hire and excellent walking are available nearby. The town of Dalbeattie is 7 miles and retail parks are in Dumfries, 20 miles. Shop 3 miles, bar/restaurant on site.

    8 steps to entrance. Ground floor: Living room with patio doors. Dining room. Kitchen. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom (6ft zip and link, can be twin) with en-suite toilet accessed through open plan area with 2 single beds.

    Electric woodburner in living room included. Gas central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Video/DVD. CD. Microwave. Coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer (in shared laundry room). 2 verandahs and furniture. No smoking.

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