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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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  • Kirkland Burn

    Tinwald, near Dumfries

    Grade
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    Ref: UK5081
    Kirkland Burn lies just a few minutes outside Dumfries with lovely views across the valley to Galloway and the Solway. Furnished to a very good standard, and with the owners living adjacent, this single-storey, semi-detached cottage has plenty of space for two people. With two living areas, plenty of outside space and a spacious utility room where you can kick off your muddy boots before sinking into the freestanding bath in the bathroom, there is not much more that you could want (apart from the hot tub outside!)
    This is an ideal base from which to explore Dumfries and Galloway, and it is only 30 minutes to Carlisle, the border city to the Lake District, and 90 minutes to Edinburgh and Glasgow. A huge range of activities and events are available in Dumfries and Galloway to make your stay special, no matter what time of year you visit. There is a range of fascinating museums including the Aviation Museum, Burns House and Dumfries Museum & Camera Obscura. There are plenty of historic areas to visit, too, including Caerlaverock and Drumlanrig Castles, and Sweetheart Abbey. For activities when the sun is shining, try mountain biking and enjoy several of the 7Stanes trails which are described as mountain biking heaven. Or go on a hike to find some more of the prehistoric art carvings that have been discovered in the region. You can also enjoy horse riding, golf or loch fishing (5 minutes away).
    Once you have built up an appetite, you can cook in the well-equipped kitchen at Kirkland Burn, then enjoy a glass of wine in your own garden followed by a dip in the hot tub - or you can take the night off and eat out at one of a range of award-winning restaurants and cafés which are within easy reach.
    With stunning scenery, sweeping beaches and spectacular sunsets, this really is an area where you can relax, unwind and let your imagination run wild. JM Barrie created Peter Pan here - let’s see what you can conjure up! Beach 15 miles. Shop, pub and restaurant ½ mile.

    Ground Floor: 2 steps to entrance. All on the ground floor.
    Living room: With electric coal-effect fire, Freeview TV, DVD player, Blu-ray player, CD player and Wii.
    Open plan living space.
    Second living area.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven, electric hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher, wooden floor and patio doors leading to garden.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom: With kingsize bed.
    Bathroom: With freestanding bath, shower cubicle and toilet.

    Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen, towels and Wi-Fi included. Welcome pack. Large, enclosed lawned garden with flagged area, garden furniture and barbecue. Hot tub. Bike store. Private parking for 3 cars. No smoking. No children. Please note: There is a stream in the garden. This property has a security deposit of £150.

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  • Dorn Rock View

    Portpatrick

    Grade
    3
    1
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    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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  • The Barn

    Rockcliffe

    Grade
    3
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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Beuchan Cottage

    Keir Mill, Thornhill

    Grade
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    2
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    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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  • Peace

    Sorbie, Newton Stewart

    Grade
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    2
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    Ref: SKKM

    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 kitchen with wooden floor. Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower 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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  • Whitecroft - Rose Cottage

    Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
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    2
    Ref: 28176


    These two semi-detached holiday cottages are situated approximately 1 mile off the public road up a private drive, next to the owners’ home and small working farm in a very quiet, peaceful location, which is ideal for secluded retreats or as a central touring base to explore Dumfries & Galloway. The cottages are similar in style and design and Myrtle Cottage (ref 28177) is a restored barn conversion consisting of a traditional granite byre with an architect designed larch clad extension featuring a welcoming woodburner. They are located near the Solway Coast and close to the world-class ‘7 Stanes’ mountain bike facility at nearby Dalbeattie, 10 minutes’ drive. Also in the vicinity is the Galloway Forest Park which is one of just a handful of ‘Dark Sky Parks’ in the western world in recognition of spectacular sightings of the starry skies it affords. The region’s capital, Dumfries, is a 25 minute drive, and is known for its links with Robert Burns; visitors may explore his house, sample a dram in Burns’ favourite hostelry - The Globe Inn, or find out more about him at the Robert Burns Centre. Other nearby areas of interest are Colvend Golf Course and Southerness Golf Course, both 10 minutes away, and horse riding facilities at Barend Riding School at Sandyhills, just 5 minutes’ drive and fishing. Along the coast, discover unspoilt villages, dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches and rocky coves. There is wildlife in abundance with an RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve nearby. Whitecroft itself has an abundance of wildlife such as roe deer, red squirrels and plentiful birdlife including the majestic red kite. During times of agricultural activity (lambing, shearing, hay making, feeding calves) the owners are more than happy for visitors to view or even have a try. This can be arranged during your stay. In addition to being an ideal venue for a traditional spring/summer break, the cottages make for a perfect cosy autumn/winter break. Constructed and insulated to the highest standards with the benefit of a technologically advanced biomass boiler, you can enjoy the added bonus of central heating 365 days a year, meaning whatever the weather you’re guaranteed to be warm and cosy for no additional cost. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 double (6ft) bedrooms (one zip and link can be twin beds on request), both with en-suite shower room and toilet (one with access from living room).

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Biomass underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 25-acre natural, woodland grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Large pond at the bottom of the drive, sloping banks in grounds.

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  • Bowling Green Cottage

    Isle of Whithorn

    Grade
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    2
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    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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  • Strathmaddie Farm Cottage

    Palnure by Newton Stewart

    Grade
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    2
    2
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    Ref: CC537103
    Strathmaddie Farm Cottage is a beautiful barn conversion nestled at the foot of Cairnsmore of Fleet in the Galloway Hills.  It boasts a commanding position, being elevated between the lower woodlands and fertile coastal farming lands of Wigtown Bay.   With excellent views of the beautiful estuary and surrounding bay, the cottage offers a wonderful experience to all those who enjoy and appreciate a cosy countryside retreat.  The location could not be better; close to the UK’s largest forest park which offers a myriad of activities from walking and climbing to fishing and wildlife watching and of course the world renowned 7Stanes mountain biking experience.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation within this lovely light and spacious cottage is all on one level, has electric under-floor heating and comprises:
    Spacious vestibule for outdoor clothes and footwear.
    Sitting room:   with wood-burning stove, Freesat TV and DVD player.  A lovely room with several windows including patio doors enjoying beautiful views over Wigtown Bay.
    Kitchen / diner: with electric oven and electric ceramic hob, microwave, larder fridge, smal freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1:  with super-king size bed
    Bedroom 2:   with two single beds
    Bathroom:   with shower over extra large bath, WC and wash basin.
    Outbuilding:  with  tumble dryer

    All electricity included.  First supply of fuel for wood-burning stove provided.  Bed linen and towels supplied.  Wi-fi facility available.Enclosed terrace with lovely patio area boasting delightful views of the Cree estuary and the Machars Peninusla.  Outbuilding houses a tumble dryer and gives ideal storage space for mountain bikes and fishing rods etc.  Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Waulkmill Cottage

    Carronbridge near Thornhill

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5013
    This charming semi-detached cottage, which was once the village smithy, is in the tiny hamlet of Carronbridge just two miles from the broad streets of Thornhill with its good local shops, pubs and restaurants. Very comfortable, bright and welcoming yet retaining original features such as working shutters, it provides a delightful base from which to get to know this fascinating region. The extensive grounds of Drumlanrig Castle are just two miles away, where there are lovely walks and the castle to visit. There are activities for everyone nearby, walks from the doorstep along the riverside, a playpark in the village, golf, fishing, hill walking and even panning for gold at Wanlockhead. Dumfries is 20 miles and the coast at Sandyhills around an hours drive.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 32" Freesat TV and DVD player.
    Dining room.
    Three steps to...
    Kitchen: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and Z bed (for child).
    Bedroom 2: With single bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and highchair available. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with furniture. Gas BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Threave Estate - Granary Cottage

    Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29835


    These two adjoining holiday cottages (refs 29834 and 29835) form part of the old Kelton Mill, a 19th-century water mill used to process corn. The machinery has long since gone from this converted mill but the atmosphere has been preserved in its beamed ceilings and antique furniture. This easily accessible county of Dumfries and Galloway is known for its natural landscapes, over 200 miles of rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, and the largest forest park in the UK. The area is a perfect rural retreat for those searching for a relaxing stay or an adventurous holiday. You will also find a great choice of harbourside pubs, country house hotels and restaurants. The 600 hectares forming the Threave Estate weave through woodlands, wetlands, peat and rock gardens. You can lose yourself in the secret garden and wonder round the sculpture collection. Situated on an island on the River Dee, Threave Castle is now only accessible by boat which adds to the stature, prestige and thrill of the place. Though still an impressive site for those visiting the area; the castle has been abandoned since the mid 1600’s and is now a large visitor attraction for those wishing to explore the mysterious and rugged ruin. The charming little town of Kirkcudbright is a short drive from the cottage as is known as ’the artist’s town’, attracting artists for well over a century. Nowadays, Kirkcudbright attracts visitors throughout the year drawn by the harbour, the historic high street with its colourful Georgian houses and the diverse range of annual events and visitor attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular Tattoo, an event not to be missed. Beach 9½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: Living room with beams. 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower attachment, toilet and beams.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room and dining room included. Patio and furniture.

    Both properties: Economy 7 central heating (ground floor), electric heaters (first floor), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Shared garden. Shared natural grounds with sitting-out area. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome tray. No smoking. NB: 6 steps and fenced 1-metre burn in garden accessed across B road.

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