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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.
358 cottages are available
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  • The Orangerie

    Bargrennan, nr. Glentrool

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: STTT

    In the heart of Galloway Forest Park, one of the world’s few ‘Dark Skies Parks’, this unique, detached barn conversion, with private home pub and private deck with American hot tub, boasts spectacular views over the Galloway Hills. With over 2800 square miles of coastline, forests and mountains, and wildlife, walking and cycling on the doorstep, this secluded holiday escape has easy access to outdoor pursuits. Shop 8 miles, restaurant/pub 1½ miles.

    Living room/conservatory with dining area, wood-burning stove, panoramic countryside views. Open-plan kitchen with home bar. Double bedroom. Shower room with spa shower and toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove, electricity, electric warm/cold air central heating included (October-April £40 per stay). Bed linen and towels included
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD and CD (small libraries)
    • iPod dock
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Large decked area, furniture, ambient lighting/music
    • Private hot tub (October-April £25 per booking)
    • Parking (2 cars)
    • Natural water supply from well
    • Welcome pack
    • No smoking
    • No children
    • NB: 3 steps to deck

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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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  • 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.

    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: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge 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 WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With 2ft 6in twin beds for alternative sleeping arrangements no extra people.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Patio and furniture. Parking (1 car). 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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  • 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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  • The Barn at the Bakery

    Moniaive, Thornhill

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: 25465

    Situated in the charming village of Moniaive, this spacious semi- detached, single storey holiday property, adjacent to the owners house, is located close to the Galloway Forest and the Southern Upland Way. Popular with walkers and cyclists of all abilities, with many cycle paths close by. Golf courses in close proximity and for fishing enthusiasts the River Nith is one of Scotlands premier salmon and trout rivers. Historic attractions include Morton and Sanquhar Castle, Robert Burns’ House and Drumlanrig Castle. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room with beams, wooden floor and Velux/kitchen with French doors and tiled floor. 1 double bedroom with 2 additional Z-beds (for children) and wooden floor. Wet room with shower attachment and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Satellite TV. Video. DVD and small library. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Decked area with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

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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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  • Chestnut Lodge

    near Portpatrick

    Grade
    2
    1
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    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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  • The Stable

    near Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    2
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537233
    As its name suggests, The Stable originally housed the working Clydesdales on the farm. Still a working farm, The Stable has now been converted into a comfortable holiday cottage 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.

    The Stable can be booked together with Middle Byre (CC537236), Valley View (CC537234) and The Barn (CC537235) to accommodate up to 20 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge 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 WC.

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

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Small, enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Old Kennels

    near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    2
    1
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    Ref: UK5089
    This lovely detached bungalow, accessed via a rough track, is set amidst beautiful scenery on a working farm just 10 miles from Castle Douglas. Relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the area or discover the Mossdale Walk and Red Kite Sculpture, a 2½ mile circular walk from Mossdale which affords wonderful views of Mossdale Loch, Bennan and Airie Hills. Red Kites can be seen from anywhere on the open parts of the walk at any time of the year. If you want to explore more of this beautiful area there are attractions in abundance from beautiful sandy beaches to dramatic cliff tops. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports close by there is something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (National Trust). Close to the Galloway Forest Park, home to the first Dark Sky Park in Europe, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Kirroughtree has some of the best technical singletrack mountain bike trails in Scotland. Beach 15 miles. Shop 2 miles, pub and restaurant 6½ mile.

    Ground Floor: All on the ground floor.
    Open plan living space:
    With wooden floors.
    Living area: With wood burner and 32" TV (for DVD’s only).
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area:
    With electric oven, gas hob, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Shower room: With shower cubicle and toilet.

    Air source heat pump heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Initial logs for wood burner included. Welcome packEnclosed courtyard with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars. No smoking. Please note: There is an unfenced pond in the garden, 50 yards away.

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  • Old Tannery Cottage

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537212
    Built in 1800, Old Tannery Cottage has been lovingly restored to offer a cosy retreat for couples seeking a tranquil setting. Situated close to the river in Old Minnigaff, this property provides an excellent base to explore the Galloway Forest Park. Leave the cottage on foot, bike or car and within minutes, experience stunning river views, woodland walks, routes to the Wood of Cree RSPB site and beyond to the beautiful Glen of Trool. Walk into Newton Stewart over the bridge and sample local produce in the town’s wide range of shops and eating places. Wigtown, Scotland’s national book town, is a 10-minute drive away, offering literary programmes and events throughout the year. The cottage sits between a river and a woodland bank, the ideal spot to enjoy Galloway Dark Skies.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 26" Freeview TV, DVD player, CD player, feature stone wall and dining area.
    Kitchen: Small with gas cooker, fridge with ice box, washing machine and pantry area.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Dressing room: With river view and hanging and storage space.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Enclosed patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Gravel area to front with furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: Fenced river 100 yards. 1 step in patio.

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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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