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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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  • Chestnut Lodge

    near Portpatrick

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

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

    First Floor: Snug.

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

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  • Alma Cottage

    Borgue near Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    2
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537270
    Situated on the edge of the small village of Borgue, Alma Cottage is a delightful detached holiday cottage located close to the coast, in a beautiful corner of south west Scotland. Adjacent to the owners’ home, the cottage is an ideal place to relax and unwind. Beaches are two miles away and there are many opportunities for hill walking, mountain biking and water sports, or perhaps visit National Trust’s Threave Gardens with ancient woodland and an abundant of wildlife. Whilst in a delightful rural location, the property is only a short drive from the harbour town of 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.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With Freeview TV.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer.
    Shower room: With shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Sitting-out area with furniture. Bike store. Parking for 2 cars. No smoking.
    This property has a security deposit of £100 payable in cash direct to the owner on arrival.

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  • Hillend Guest Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    3
    1
    2
    1
    Ref: UK5022
    Perched in an elevated position in the grounds of the owner’s home and with wonderful open views towards Moffat Water and the Southern Upland Way, this light and comfortable detached cottage has two conservatories to make the most of the sun all day long. It is just over a mile away from Moffat with its wide high street, good local shopping, pubs and restaurants, and is ideally located to visit both Edinburgh and Glasgow, as well as the Solway Coast. Enjoy stunning scenery around St Mary’s Loch and the impressive waterfall known as the ’Grey Mare’s Tail’. Hillwalking options are aplenty, and other outdoor pursuits include golf, fishing and spectacular stargazing, as Moffat has been designated as the first Dark Sky town in Europe.

    Ground Floor: The property has multiple steps to entrance, is all on the ground floor, has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: Spacious with 32" Satellite TV and patio doors.
    Kitchen: Galley-style with electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Conservatory 1.
    Conservatory 2: With single sofa bed.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Freezer space available by arrangement. Payable laundry service by arrangement.Enclosed, lawned garden with terrace and furniture. Shared ¾-acre grounds. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • The Barn

    Rockcliffe

    Grade
    3
    0
    3
    1
    Ref: SVN

    An imaginative conversion of an 18th-century barn, only a mile from the gentle sandy bathing beaches of this lovely stretch of the Solway coast. It offers spacious accommodation in a peaceful location on the edge of Rockcliffe, with excellent coastal and forest walks, riding, pony-trekking, golf, tennis, fishing, sailing and wind-surfing all nearby. Across the water is Rough Island, a National Trust bird sanctuary connected to the shore at low tide. Ideal for exploring the attractions of Galloway and south-west Scotland. Shops 1½ miles.

    Open plan on two levels, the cottage is pine-panelled throughout and the ground floor sitting/dining room incorporates a fitted kitchen area. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Open-tread stairs to open-plan gallery bedroom with double bed, single bed (for +1) and door leading to balcony area. Rugs on wooden floors.

    • Electricity, NSH, convector heater and bed linen included
    • TV
    • Video
    • Washing machine
    • Parking

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  • Bothy Cottage

    Beeswing near Dumfries

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537020
    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, Bothy Cottage enjoys a beautiful rural location on a small farm yet only 7 miles from the county 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 and geese. 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. Bothy Cottage is ideal for couples but could be booked together with Stable Cottage to offer accommodation for 4/5. Shop, pub and restaurant 7 miles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor leve
    Living Room: Open plan with wood burning stove, TV and DVD
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge
    Bedroom Area: With double bed and single bed adjacent suitable for a child.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, and toilet.

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

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  • Dorn Rock View

    Portpatrick

    Grade
    3
    1
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537178
    This ground floor apartment is named after the stunning view towards the rocky Irish Channel. Exceptionally well located at the quiet end of Portpatrick this delightful conservation village is one of the many jewels in the crown of South West Scotland. Dorn Rock View can be booked independently or together with Antrim Coastline View and Harbour Side View to accommodate 14/17 guests.

    Ground Floor: All on ground floor, oil central heating and comprises:
    Communal entrance door accessed by three steps.
    Open plan sitting, dining and kitchen area:TV/DVD with Freeview and bed settee. Electric oven and electric hob, fridge and microwave.
    Bedroom: with super king sized bed or two single beds.
    En-suite: with shower cubicle, WC, shaver point and basin.

    All fuel and power included. Bed linen and towels provided. Travel cot and highchair on requestPatio area with furniture. Off-road parking for 1 car.

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  • Beuchan Cottage

    Keir Mill, Thornhill

    Grade
    3
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537141
    This delightful detached cottage is the perfect rural retreat for up to four guests. Well presented, warm and cosy throughout with the added benefit of an open fire, the property enjoys lovely rural views and is a superb base for exploring the region. The nearby town of Thornhill, just 4 miles away, is a hub of activity with it’s boutique shops and beautiful lime tree lined streets. Drumlanrig Castle, 5 miles, one of Scotland’s grandest Renaissance buildings, is the venue for many events throughout the year. The bicycle was invented in the tiny hamlet of Keir Mill and this is one of the best places to cycle in the UK with the internationally recognised 7Stanes and the KM bike trail nearby. The gorgeous beaches of the Solway coast can be reached by car in only 40 minutes, ideal for a picnic in secluded sandy bays. Explore further along the coast to Wigtown for the Book Festival in September or Dundrennan for the Wickerman Festival. Many historic houses and gardens to enjoy in the area and Galloway Forest Park is famed for its "Dark Sky". Shop 2¾ miles, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on one level
    Living/Dining: With open fire, TV/DVD and ipod docking station; lovely cosy room with delightful rural views
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine; access to garden
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed, can be made up as two single beds if preferred - please state at time of booking
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With electric shower over bath and toilet

    Oil and open fire heating, power, fuel, electricity, bed linen and towels included, wood only for open fire.Lovely enclosed garden, mainly laid to lawn with patio and garden furniture. Lockable bike shed available for storage of outdoor equipment. Off road parking for 1 car.

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  • Davaar Cottage

    Corsock near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537038
    Leave your cares at home for a wee while and stay at Davaar a semi-detached cottage where you will soon begin to relax and unwind. Sit by the flickering fire with that good book you’ve been promising to read or leave the car and explore this stunningly beautiful land. Davaar Cottage is idyllically placed within the Glenkens; the wildest and largest glen in Galloway, which is relatively unspoiled with a wide variety of wildlife and spectacular landscape ranging from the mountains and moor land, woodland and forest; burns, rivers, to farmland and lochs.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With multi fuel stove, TV, DVD and radio/CD. A lovely room with views across open countryside.
    Kitchen/Dining: With electric cooker, combination microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With bath, WC and wash basin
    Shower Room: With shower, WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With double bed enjoying lovely views across open countryside.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included.Small garden. Patio with furniture. Raised grassed area approached via rustic steps which may be slippery when wet. Off road parking for 2 cars.
    This property has a private water supply.

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  • Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Stables Cottage

    Kirkcolm, nr. Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 30812


    Located in over 20 acres of gardens and woodland, adjacent to Corsewall House, there are lots of walks around the estate and down to the sea you can enjoy. Garden Cottage (ref 30810) forms the west wing of the 18th-century Corsewall House and has wonderful sea views across Loch Ryan. High Clachan Farmhouse (ref 30811) is a traditional, detached, Galloway farmhouse, built in the local vernacular style of south west Scotland and entirely surrounded by open farmland. Stables Cottage (ref 30812) is in the heart of Corsewall Estate, surrounded by historic woodland and overlooking an extensive walled kitchen garden. In late January and February, the woods feature charming drifts of snowdrops followed by daffodils and in April and May the hue turns to purple with acres of bluebells. There is colour in the gardens almost all the way through the year starting with camellia from January to March, followed by a riot of colour in April and May as the rhododendrons and azaleas – pinks, reds, creams, yellows, purples and white – come into flower. Indeed, one of our rhododendron, known as Christmas cheer, comes out in mid December. The autumn sees the hydrangeas providing colour all the way through to November. There is oodles of wildlife to spot from roe deer and hares to barn owls, woodpeckers and most importantly, this area is one of the last bastions of the red squirrel. The cottage comes complete with its own red squirrel feeder, where guests can watch any number of cheeky red squirrels feeding ferociously all day. The owners record spotted at one of the feeders is currently six. Walk down to the sea to the shore on Loch Ryan and around Wig Bay and The Scar – a circular walk along Loch Ryan shoreline and back into the village of Kirkcolm. The Scar, a sandbank which juts out into Loch Ryan, is home to one of the largest colonies of nesting migrant terns in the region. From a historical perspective, during the Second World War, Wig Bay was used as a base for the flying Catalina boats – evidence can be seen of this on a walk along the bay and also throughout the woods at Corsewall Estate, which was requisitioned by the Royal Canadian Air Force during the War. The Galloway coastline offers an abundance of sandy beaches and rocky coves to explore. Boat Bank is within a 1 mile walk of Stables Cottage (ref 30812) and Garden Cottage (ref 30810), while Port Beg is within 1 mile of High Clachan Farmhouse (ref 30811) accessed via road. Both beaches are perfect for picnics. Walking, golf, sea and freshwater fishing, pony trekking water sports and cycling are all available nearby. There are several beautiful gardens including Logan Botanical which benefits from the mild climate of the Gulf Stream. Shop and pub ½ mile, restaurant 4 miles.

    Stairs to entrance. All on first floor: Living room with wooden floor/kitchen with Velux. 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room included. Biomass central heating included. 32" Freeview TV. Gas hob. Electric oven. Parking (2 cars).

    All properties: Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair on request. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Sitting-out area and furniture. Shared 140-acre grounds. No smoking.

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  • Bowling Green Cottage

    Isle of Whithorn

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537125
    Bowling Green Cottage is a perfect excuse to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life and just unwind and relax in this unspoiled and hidden gem which is South West Scotland. Parts of this charming mid terraced cottage date back to the 17th century and the lovely feel and character of the cottage is testament to its age; from the beautiful inglenook fireplace and beamed ceiling to the original stone walls and the most romantic of summerhouses fully furnished even down to the double bed.  A perfect choice for a romantic getaway. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards

    Ground Floor:
    Sitting/Dining Room: With open fire nestled in a large inglenook fireplace, Free view TV and DVD; and an elegant dining area featuring original stone walls.
    Dining Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer; lovely views across the cottage garden.
    Bathroom; With shower over bath and toilet.
    Cloakroom: With toilet.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, dressing area and feature window shutters.
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and feature window shutters.

    Electric panel heaters, electricity and bed linen and first supply of fuel for fire included.Cottage garden with covered patio area (barbed wire at end of garden) enjoying views towards the Galloway Hills. Beautiful private and cosy summer house; insulated and has light and power with double bed. On street parking. This property is only 200 yards from the beach.

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  • Bluebell Cottage

    Wigtown nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 28381

    Amidst some of the finest scenery in southern Scotland, this semi-detached holiday cottage has the River Bladnoch only yards away and is an ideal base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery. With the Galloway Forest Park close by and many beaches and villages within an easy drive, the area provides ample opportunity to relax. With the mild influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway is home to some of the most beautiful gardens. Mountain biking, walking, fishing, horse riding and sailing all nearby. Golf course within 1 mile. Shops 1 mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with 2 Velux and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating included (£25per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Enclosed garden, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Fenced river, 20 yards.

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  • Dye Mill Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    4
    1
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537237
    This cosy cottage is up a country lane, in the picturesque countryside surrounding the market town of Moffat, in the owner’s grounds. 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 multiple steps to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/bedroom area: Open plan with Freeview TV and double bed.
    Kitchen/dining room: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge with ice box, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Cot and highchair available. Shared freezer.Sitting-out area and furniture. Large, lawned, shared garden. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.
    IMPORTANT INFORMATION: THERE ARE 24 6 INCH STEPS UP TO THE PROPERTY
    NB: Unfenced pond and slopes in garden.

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