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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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  • High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Robin’s Nest

    Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: 25982

    In a peaceful countryside setting these three traditional stone built holiday cottages, formerly a small croft, are situated only 1 mile from the picturesque town of Kirkcudbright, made up of beautifully painted houses of assorted architecture – including Georgian villas and Victorian town houses. Known as the artist’s town, there are numerous art galleries, antique shops, museums and cafés, the harbour and the impressive ruins of MacLellans Castle. There are many festivals including Scottish Nights, historic walks, a jazz festival, the Wickerman Festival and a spectacular tattoo festival. There are various walks available, from scenic coastal walks to marked forest trails. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports 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), historical sites and castles to explore. The Solway Coast has many extensive sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore, with many traditional fishing villages and harbour ports. Close to the Galloway Forest Park, and central to five of the 7 Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 3 steps to 1 twin (one 4ft single) with French doors. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week, £17.50 per short break October-March).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Shared tumble dryer (in shared utility room). Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Loch View

    Sandyhills, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    8
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: 26169

    On-site indoor heated swimming pool

    This Scandinavian style log cabin is surrounded by parkland and boasts beautiful views of the loch and golf course. Just a short walk from one of the finest beaches along this unspoilt coast at Sandyhills Bay, this property offers a cosy holiday base, ideal for exploring the area.
    Enjoy the benefits of free use of an on-site indoor heated swimming pool and sauna, plus use of the site’s delightful bar and restaurant, golf, horse riding and fishing. Nearby activities include 16 golf courses within 20 miles, sailing, walking and mountain biking. Located on the spectacular Solway Coast near Dumfries and close to the stunning Galloway Forest Park, Britain’s largest forest park, it is a popular area for walkers and cyclists with world class 7 Stanes mountain biking at Dalbeattie nearby.
    With unspoilt villages, dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches, rocky coves, magnificent gardens, castles and ancient monuments to explore. Wildlife is in abundance with the RSPB nature reserve just along the coast. Sweetheart Abbey, Drumlanrig Castle and Gardens and Mabie Farm Park are all within easy reach. Shop 3 miles, pub and restaurant 800 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with patio doors and beams/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 twin with 2 additional singles.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVDs. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Shared laundry room with coin-operated washing machine and tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi £17per week. Lawned garden and furniture. Use of shared indoor heated swimming pool. No smoking. NB: Unfenced loch in grounds (20 yards).

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  • Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Sea Rise

    Southerness, nr. Dumfries

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: 26035

    Just 500 yards from the sandy beachJust 500 yards from a sandy beach

    Set in the seaside village of Southerness, these spacious, detached holiday properties (refs 30501 and 26035) are just 500 yards from the sandy beach and make an ideal base for exploring south west Scotland. They stand 30 yards apart and are separated by a fence with an access gate. Both enjoy a sea view to the south and views of Criffel and the Galloway Hills to the north, and are ideal for family and friends to relax and unwind in. They each have a hot tub, and a games room to keep everyone occupied. Located on the spectacular Solway Coast near Dumfries and close to the stunning Galloway Forest Park, Britain’s largest forest park, this is a popular area for walkers and cyclists with world class mountain biking at Dalbeattie 7 Stanes nearby. The area offers unspoilt villages, dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches, rocky coves, magnificent gardens, castles and ancient monuments to explore. Wildlife abounds and the RSPB nature reserve is just along the coast. A championship golf course, Southerness Golf Course, is just 500 yards away, with a further good selection of golf courses within Dumfries and Galloway. Other activities include fishing, riding and sailing. The small village of Southerness with its quaint lighthouse that stands on the Solway Firth is well worth a visit, and 3 miles away is the home of John Paul Jones (founder of the American Navy). The area of Dumfries and Galloway has a lot of border history and many historical attractions including castles and many connections to Robbie Burns. Sweetheart Abbey, Drumlanrig Castle and Gardens and Mabie Farm Park are all within easy reach. Beach 500 yards. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards. Properties 30501 and 26035 can be booked together to accommodate up to 16 guests.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room with French doors. Kitchen. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, one (6ft) with en-suite shower room with toilet, 2 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Games room (in garage).

    Satellite TV (sport and movies package). Playstation 2. Gas hob. Electric oven. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Private games room with pool table, bar football and darts. Private hot tub.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. CD. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. Couples and family bookings only.

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  • Squirrels’ Chase

    Barend Holiday Village, Sandyhills

    Grade
    8
    3
    1
    2
    Ref: CC537144
    With a beautiful sandy beach virtually on the doorstep and super facilities on site you would be forgiven if you never left the village at all but you would be missing all that this glorious area has to offer.
    There is something for everyone; over 200 hundred miles of stunning coastline, wildlife galore, galleries and events for music and art buffs and a myriad of varied footpaths and this is just for starters!
    Along the coast is New Abbey named after the Cirstercian Abbey founded here in 1273 by Devorguilla Balliol, the mother of King John. On his death bed she buried his heart here and so the Abbey is named Sweetheart Abbey. New Abbey is also the venue for the National Costume Museum, which provides a fascinating insight into clothes throughout the centuries. New Abbey also has a restored corn mill which provides a fascinating glimpse into food production of latter years.

    Ground Floor: This spacious and cosy detached lodge is on two levels and is heated by a LPG Blown Air Central heating system:
    Large open plan Living Room/Dining Area providing access to a fully Fitted Galley kitchen.
    Living Room / Dining area: 32” LCD Freeview TV with DVD player. Ipod dock. The ground floor Balcony can be accessed via patio doors providing lovely views across the open plan gardens.
    Kitchen:  with Gas Cooker, Fridge/Freezer, Dishwasher, and Microwave.
    Bedroom 1: with Double Bed, Wardrobes,
    Bathroom: Bath with Electric Shower, WC and Wash Basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: with 4 Single Beds (2’6”), Double Wardobe, 
    This Bedroom provides access to the first floor balcony via the patio door.
    Bedroom 3: Accessed from Bedroom 2 with Double Bed, Wardrobes.
    En suite washroom: with WC and wash basin.

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided. Free use of indoor heated swimming pool. Launderette on site. Wifi available.Communal gardens mainly laid to lawn. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Harbour Cottage

    Port William

    Grade
    8
    3
    0
    2
    Ref: 24721

    This holiday home sits in a harbour village with access from the garden to a sand and shingle beach. Boasting 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 and fishing nearby, with beaches and rocky coves to explore. Shop and pub 50 yards. Can be booked with 27960 (100 yards) to accommodate up to 14 guests.

    Ground floor: Kitchen with slate floor. Conservatory with French doors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with roll top bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Living room with double sofa bed and Velux. 1 double bedroom with Velux and en-suite shower room with toilet. Wooden floor throughout.

    Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, gas and electricity included (£30per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. High chair. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in garden. Sea 150 yards.

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  • Roughhills Cottage

    Sandyhills near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    8
    4
    1
    3
    Ref: CC537263
    Roughhills Cottage sits in a stunning location with outstanding views over Sandyhills Bay and across the Solway Firth to the Lake District and Isle of Man. It retains many original features which add to its charm. Stroll to the beach via the unmade sloping path (which is directly across from the cottage), or just sit and relax watching the most amazing sunsets over the beach. Although this detached cottage is in a superb rural location, there is a pub and restaurant within half a mile. The surrounding area has an abundance of walks ranging from scenic coastal walks to forest trails. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by, there is sure to be something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, the area has many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (NT) at Castle Douglas and the world renowned Logan Botanic Gardens further afield. The Galloway Forest Park, home to the first Dark Sky Park in the UK, is nearby, and being central to five of the 7Stanes, this is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Take a short drive along the coast to Kippford, a charming sailing village which has two pubs on the waterfront.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, has air source heat pump underfloor central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, 42" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen/dining area: With slate floor, wood burner, electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Two steps up to ....
    Sun room: With 31" Freeview TV.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bedroom 3: With king size bed and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bathroom: With bath, shower and WC.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 4: With double bed and en-suite with shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burners provided. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and terrace. Parking (4 cars). No smoking. NB: Sea 100 yards.

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  • Glen Annan House

    Moffat

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537198
    This excellent Grade II listed Victorian three storey house is idyllically placed in the picturesque market town of Moffat. 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 gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD.
    Dining room: With original range.
    Kitchen: Spacious with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and pantry.
    Utility room: With washing machine and basin.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Drawing room: With open fire and Oriel window with views to the hills.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed, dressing room and en-suite with shower and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and feature fireplace.
    Bathroom: With roll top claw foot bath, shower and WC.

    Second Floor: Steep staircase to...
    Bedroom 3: With double bed.
    Bedroom 4: With twin beds.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for open fire and wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed garden with sitting out area and furniture. 2 pets welcome. Parking (1 car).

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  • Carlingwark

    Penpont near Thornhill

    Grade
    8
    4
    3
    2
    Ref: CC537196
    Situated in a peaceful location, this period semi-detached house sits in the pretty rural village of Penpont near Thornhill. As a base it is unbeatable as Thornhill lies at the junction of the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock and A702 New Galloway to Edinburgh roads in the mid section of the beautiful Nith Valley in Dumfriesshire. Drumlanrig Castle is easily accessed from Carlingwark where there’s 90,000 acres of walking routes and mountain bike trails to explore, or you could take a more leisurely look around in your very own Land Rover from which you can see the wide range of trees and wildlife and learn about the natural history of this stunning estate.
    There are many sandy beaches and forest trails to explore throughout the area and also many lovely gardens nearby for those seeking slower paced recreational activities. Near the Galloway Forest Park, with its renowned dark skies appeal, 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.

    Ground Floor: The property has solid fuel central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Spacious with wood burner, Freeview TV, DVD, CD, iPod dock and dining area.
    Kitchen: Spacious with beams, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed and TV.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Bedroom 3: With adult sized bunk beds.
    Bathroom: With bath and WC.

    Second Floor: Bedroom 4: With sloping ceilings, twin beds, TV and Wii console.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Highchair available. Enclosed lawned garden with furniture. Bike store. On road parking for 3 cars.

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  • Bengali

    Ringford, nr. Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    3
    Ref: 29884


    This stunning, detached bungalow, equipped with some disabled facilities, is the perfect retreat to explore the best of one of Scotland’s most secret places. Offering fantastic holiday accommodation, Bengali is situated in the small hamlet of Ringford yet the local designated food town of Castle Douglas and the pretty artist’s town of Kirkcudbright are very accessible. Beach 4 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Dining room/kitchen with tiled floor. 4 bedrooms: 2 double, (one 6ft, one 5ft), both with en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Underfloor Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. Playstation 2. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Two fridge/freezers. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with timber decked sitting-out area. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. Wheelchair access. NB: Stream 15 yards from property.

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  • Gorsebank

    Isle of Whithorn

    Grade
    8
    4
    0
    2
    Ref: CC537051
    Gorsebank is a beautiful, spacious and light filled bungalow with its own private balcony affording outstanding views over the harbour and beyond to the Galloway Hills. Its private and secluded location makes this a quintessential holiday retreat;  idyllic for rest, relaxation and recuperation. It is impossible to remain untouched by the delightful ambience resonating throughout the property.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Vestibule and Hallway
    Lounge: With TV, DVD and music system. A large patio window overlooks the harbour and the spacious balcony affords stunning views. An additional side window overlooks the Galloway Hills.
    Dining Room: With lovely views across to the Galloway Hills and the sea
    Breakfasting Kitchen: With electric double oven and hob, microwave, fridge and slim line dishwasher.
    Pantry: A small utility area with chest freezer.
    Utility: With washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and en suite shower room with shower cubicle, WC and wash basin. This master bedroom enjoys lovely views across the harbour.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed
    Bedroom 3: With two single beds
    Bedroom 4: With double bed and lovely views across the harbour.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC, wash basin and bidet.

    All fuel, power and bed linen included. Travel cot available on request.Enclosed garden and large lawned area with private sun decking and furniture. Garage available for storage of bicycles, fishing rods, walking gear etc. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - Bartaggart Farmhouse

    Balmaclellan, nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    8
    4
    2
    1
    Ref: W43993

    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.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room/kitchen. Utility room. Conservatory. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 4 bedrooms: 2 double (one 5ft), 1 twin, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating included. High chair. Freeview TV. Microwave. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Patio and terrace. Parking (3 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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  • Allanhead

    Borness, by Borgue, Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    8
    3
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537054
    Allanhead is a pretty and spacious Galloway cottage with stunning views of the sea and surrounding countryside. Facing westwards across Wigtown Bay towards the Isle of Man and the Isle of Whithorn, it has the added benefit of spectacular sunsets - viewing such spectacle is a memorable way to end a day spent in this picturesque and largely untouched area of Scotland where people are few and far between and sites of interest and activity never far away. Set amidst stunning scenery and with no near neighbours, this cottage is the quintessential rural retreat affording a wonderful opportunity to relax and unwind.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Entrance porch
    Lounge: With open fire, TV, DVD, CD and sofa bed (for + 2) overlooking the sea and open countryside.
    Dining Kitchen: With oil fired Stanley ’range style’ cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds and lovely views across countryside.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and lovely views across countryside.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 3: With double bed and en suite facilities with shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair available.Fully enclosed large lawned garden with patio areas and garden furniture. Storage for bicycles and fishing rods etc. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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