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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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  • Roseburn Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5087
    Quietly situated on the edge of the pretty town of Moffat, this charming holiday cottage forms a wing of the owner’s home, and was once where the pony and trap were kept. It has now been transformed into a welcoming, cosy haven for two. The bright and spacious living room has a wood burner and French doors looking out to the garden and there is a small courtyard garden to the rear. Moffat has a thriving arts and music scene, a good range of local shops, pubs and restaurants and is ideal for hill walking being on the Southern Upland Way. Ideally placed for touring the area, Edinburgh and Glasgow are 50 miles, spectacular St Mary’s Loch, 30 miles, and the Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall is just 10 miles away, while Drumlanrig Castle, near Thornhill is within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor: All on ground floor.
    Living room: With wood burner, Freesat TV, DVD player, double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements) and French doors leading to garden.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Cloak/boot room: With butler sink and storage for boots and coats.
    Bedroom: With zip and link kingsize bed (can be 2ft 6in twin beds on request) and en-suite with shower cubicle and toilet.
    Separate toilet.

    Electric wall heaters (underfloor heating in cloak/boot room and separate toilet), electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome pack. Use of freezer by arrangement.Courtyard with patio, garden furniture and BBQ. Bike store. Private parking for 1 car. No smoking.

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  • Glenrowan Bothy

    Moniaive

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: W41520

    Peaceful country location

    This detached, single-storey renovated cottage is located on the outskirts of the historic village of Moniaive and offers a very good standard of holiday accommodation. Situated in beautiful countryside and rolling hills between Galloway Forest Park and Southern Uplands, it is an ideal base for exploring. Golf, fishing, hill walking, cycling and abundance of wildlife give plenty of scope for outdoor activities. Drumlanrig Castle and Dumfries are a short drive and Edinburgh and Glasgow are easily reached within 1.5 hours. Shop, pub and restaurant 600 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet. Laminate floors throughout.

    Electric panel heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Bruce Cottage

    Whithorn

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: 24145

    Cosy cottage retreat for two

    Situated in a quiet cul-de-sac opposite the ancient priory site, this end terraced holiday cottage has original stonework forming the fire surround and wood panelling, which creates a cosy atmosphere. Whithorn is one of the interesting towns in the quiet Machars Peninsula, only 4 miles from the craggy coastline of Scotland’s most southerly point. Wigtown, known as book town, has 18 book shops and is 12 miles away. Bladnoch Distillery, 11 miles. Fishing, riding and golf all available locally. Shops and pub 100 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Digital TV. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage

    Twynholm, Nr Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537173
    This cosy hideaway is just a perfect spot for exploring this secret corner of Scotland. Parts of the apartment date back to the mid 1700’s. The unique and special experiences on offer here in Galloway can be sampled almost from the doorstep. Frequent visitors to the apartment’s grounds are deer and red kites. The views are extensive; Screel and Bengairn and over to the Cumbrian Fells distinguished by the peaks of Skiddaw and Blencathra. The local town of Kirkcudbright is a delight. Established as a Royal Burgh in 1455, it is known as The Artist’s Town and has attracted painters for generations due to the scenic landscape and the exceptional quality of light. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles

    Ground Floor: This cosy apartment is all on one level:
    Living room/Dining room: with TV/DVD and electric feature fire. Views of the garden and hills beyond.
    Kitchen: electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, mini dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: super king sized bed which can be made into 2 single beds. PLEASE STATE PREFERENCE AT TIME OF BOOKING. (If preference not stated will be King Size) En suite bathroom: with shower over bath and toilet.

    Oil central heating, power, bed linen, towels and WiFi includedPatio garden with furniture and BBQ. The owner extends a welcome to explore some of the surrounding 2.5 acres of land. (NB: There is a pond however this is fenced off from the apartment’s garden.) The apartment is surrounded by farmland with livestock. 1 dog welcome, to be kept on a lead at all times (livestock). Please note: the road to the property is down a 300 metre all gravel track. Off road parking for two cars.

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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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  • Swallows

    near Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    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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  • Barnhill Bothy

    Moffat

    Grade
    2
    1
    3
    1
    Ref: W3819

    Rural surroundings

    This delightful detached cottage is set in the owners grounds in over 3 acres in which the holidaymaker is free to wander, relax and enjoy the tranquil setting. There is also a 5 hole golf course available on site. The popular town of Moffat is close by. It is famed for its woollen mills, toffee shop, flower displays in the town and the park with its boating lake. Situated near the gentle slopes, hills and lochs of Eskdale and Annandale which provide walks on the Southern Upland Way. Places of interest include The Devil’s Beef Tub and Grey Mare’s Tail waterfall, fishing, golf and many other amenities are close by. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. 1 double bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating and electricity included (£10per week November-March). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. 3-acres shared grounds. Shared summer house and barbecue by arrangement. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Auchenbrae Stables

    Near Glenluce and Stranraer

    Grade
    2
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537219
    Converted from the former stables of Auchenbrae House, this detached, single storey holiday cottage has been well laid out and is very cosy. The kitchen and lounge are open plan, making it light and airy and from here, the stable door opens out onto a small courtyard with views of Luce Bay in the distance, and on a clear day, the Isle of Man. A short stroll from the property takes you to the bay and a delightful country pub and restaurant. There is also a cliff path walk from which you may spot seals, otters or porpoises. A few minutes away by car is Glenluce, where there is a local shop, pubs and hotels providing meals. This area of Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches which benefit from the warmth of the passing Gulf Stream and is surrounded by breath taking scenery, offering an ideal base from which to explore the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. There are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens. The area boasts many pretty little ports like 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. Walking is a delight, whether clifftop, beaches, hills or forests and the Southern Upland Way passes close by. This is a cyclist’s paradise with the world famous 7Stanes within easy reach. If you prefer shooting or golf, there are many facilities nearby including the county course just four miles away. The town of Stranraer is 14 miles away and offers a wider range of shops, pubs and restaurants. Nearby Cairnryan is home to the ferry, making a day trip to Belfast, with a chance to visit the Titanic Museum, a great day out.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With 22" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Welcome pack. Small, enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Valley View

    near Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    2
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537234
    Situated on a working farm, Valley View was originally the stables housing the working Clydesdales on the farm. Nestled in the Girthon Valley and surrounded by some of the best scenery in Galloway, with great walks, both woodland and coastal. Galloway has 200 miles of beautiful coastline, wild mountains and moorland, pretty towns and charming villages. The area also offers a wide range of activities for the whole family to enjoy, be it visiting the local ice cream factory, Cream O’ Galloway at Sandgreen, CocoaBean Chocolate Factory at Twynholm or why not visit Laggan Outdoors, which has one of the longest zip wires in Europe. There are many exciting and beautiful cycle paths straight from your door or try the world famous 7Stanes challenge. There is an abundance of local lochs and rivers if fishing is preferred! There is something for everyone in this beautiful unspoilt corner of Scotland. The cottage is only a few minutes drive from the charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet which offers a wide range of places to eat and relax. There are many attractions in and around the town including the Mill on the Fleet Visitor Centre and Cardoness Castle.Shop, pub and restaurant 1½ miles.
    Valley View can be booked together with The Stable (CC537233), Middle Byre (CC537236) and The Barn (CC537235) to accommodate up to 16 guests.

    Ground Floor: Open plan living space.
    Living area: With 27" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6in twin beds (for flexible sleeping arrangements).

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Stable Cottage

    Beeswing near Dumfries

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537019
    Set amidst 36 acres of organic pasture land this pair of cottages each offer a cosy retreat for couples. Once a stable for working farm horses, Stable cottage enjoys a beautiful rural location on a small farm yet is only 7 miles from the country town of Dumfries, the main centre of the region. There is so much to see on the farm with 3 acres of woodland and an abundance of wild birds as well as free range hens, geese, rheas and pedigree Galloway cattle and sheep in abundance and the owners are developing a wetland area. A skein of barnacle geese regularly fly over the farm to the nearby estuary. For history lovers there are battle sites, stone circles, abbeys, imposing castles and round towers to explore.
    Stable Cottage is ideal for couples but could be booked together with Bothy Cottage to offer accommodation for 4/5.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: Open plan with wood burning stove, TV and DVD
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Mezzanine Level
    Bedroom Area: With double bed and lovely views across surrounding countryside.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available on request.Off road parking for 1 car. Communal conservatory shared with Bothy Cottage.

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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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  • 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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