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Find cottages in 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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  • Shore Cottage

    Drummore

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 30632

    Situated in the Rhins of Galloway in the small coastal village of Drummore, Scotland’s most southerly point, this end-terraced holiday cottage stands on the banks of Luce Bay with direct access to the beach. The area is unspoilt, boasting idyllic scenery and amazing seascapes around the Rhins, as dramatic as they are beautiful. Other local attractions include golf courses and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway nature reserve, where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. Harbour porpoises, dolphins, seals, otters and minke whales can also be spotted. Stranraer offers a selection of shops and restaurants and only a couple of miles further is Cairnryan, home to the ferry which makes regular trips to Ireland for further sightseeing. Beach 10 yards. Shop, pub, restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Woodburner in living room included. Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Music system and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large, enclosed garden with patio, terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Slopes and steps in garden.

  • Fisherman’s Cottage

    Stairhaven by Glenluce

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537073
    Fisherman’s Cottage is in an idyllic spot on the shore of Luce Bay in Stairhaven. The cottage boasts a private slipway and uninterrupted views across to the Rhinns of Galloway. Fisherman’s Cottage in Stairhaven is charming with every comfort provided to ensure that you have a wonderful holiday. When the cottage was first built around 1850 it was the first dwelling in Stairhaven and there are only a handful of houses even today. The hamlet of Stairhaven is known locally as The Craws Nest. You may even catch a glimpse of the area’s last remaining lobster fisherman.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Entrance Vestibule
    Open plan Sitting Room/Kitchen/Breakfast bar dining: A lovely light and airy room enjoying views across Luce Bay.
    Sitting Area: With electric feature fire and Free sat HD TV
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Lounge: With Free sat TV, DVD
    Bathroom: With  bath, separate showwer cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king-size bed and lovely views of the bay
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and lovely views of the bay.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. Raised lawn area with garden furniture and direct access to the beach. Front area enclosed by dry stone wall and rear open to beach and bay. Off road parking for 2 cars with trailers/2 boats.

  • Threave Estate - Millwheel Cottage

    Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29834


    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: Living room with dining area and beams. 3 steps to kitchen. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms, one with 2 steps down, both with Velux. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric coal-effect fire in living room included.

    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.

  • Glenhowl Lodge

    Dalry, nr. Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29676


    This spacious, detached gate lodge boasts stunning elevated views over open countryside and is located close to the attractive and popular traditional Scottish village of Dalry, with two village shops, two hotels, a local garage and post office. Located on the Southern Upland Way, Scotland’s coast to coast long distance walk, it is an ideal base for hill walking, fishing, birdwatching, sightseeing or one of the many country pursuits available locally. Central to five of the 7 Stanes it proves a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Close to the Dark Skies Park, one of only 4 in the Western world. Situated just 16 miles north of Castle Douglas, Scotland’s Food Town and only 30 miles south of the seaside town of Ayr, not to mention within a 30 minute drive to many local picturesque villages, attractions for the kids and many activities to keep everyone amused. Dumfries and Galloway is a unique area with varied and diverse countryside from harbour villages to market towns. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft zip and link), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburners in living room and kitchen (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from spring. Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Palnure near Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537189
    Gardener’s Cottage sits peacefully in the heart of the historic Bargaly Estate. As its name portrays, Gardener’s Cottage was once the home of the head gardener to this estate, owned by the famous horticulturist Andrew Heron and dates back to 1675. Newton Stewart is within a five mile drive and here is the gateway to the Galloway Hills which are every bit as challenging as some of their more loftier neighbours in the north!

    Ground Floor: The property has full oil central heating and comprises:
    Living room/diner: with wood burner, Sky TV (free to view channels only), DVD player, radio/CD.
    Kitchen: with tiled floor, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed.
    Bedroom 2: with zip and link beds (can be either two single beds or one super king bed).
    Bathroom: with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels provided. First basket of logs provided free of charge. Travel cot available. Welcome pack provided. Strictly no smoking.Enclosed courtyard and garden. Garden furniture and BBQ provided. Store available for bikes/equipment. Salmon and trout fishing by separate arrangement. Private parking for 3 cars. 2 small dogs or 1 medium dog welcome. Natural water supply from a spring.

  • Arbigland Farm Cottages - Lapwing Lodge

    Carsethorn, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31266

    Choosing places to stay is about location, location, location and with sea views, private sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and prolific wildlife, these dog-friendly, detached, seaside holiday cottages are the perfect choice.
    Lapwing Lodge (ref 31266), is named after the lapwings or ’peewits’ as they are known locally, that nest in the fields around the chalets.
    Skylark Lodge (ref 31267) is named after the larks that sing in the fields in front. It enjoys sea views as well as mountain views.
    Curlew Lodge (ref 31268) is named after the curlews that frequent the foreshore and the field in front of the chalets from autumn to early spring. Curlew Lodge was the first chalet on site and has a slightly different layout internally to the others. It is also slightly set apart from the other two lodges with an orchard of fruit trees around it.
    The properties are situated on the Arbigland Estate, and the ancient Barony of Arbigland comprises farmland, woodland and foreshore on the Solway Firth coast, bounded by the River Nith near Dumfries in the south west of Scotland. With its outstanding natural beauty and rich diversity of wildlife, the estate forms part of the Nith Estuary Special Area of Conservation and the Upper Solway Special Site of Scientific Interest.
    Golf, fishing, 7stanes mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, shooting (including wildfowling), stalking and hill walking can all be enjoyed locally. The properties are decorated with a Christmas theme during the festive season. Beach 100 yards. Shop 2 miles, pub 1 mile and restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen with wooden floors. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    All properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating (controlled by owner), electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Wi-fi. Large, shared, enclosed lawned garden. Sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Sea 100 yards.

  • Endeavour’s End

    Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 30159


    This spacious terraced holiday cottage is located within the conservation village of Gatehouse of Fleet, with shops, cafes and restaurants, and offers a peaceful retreat from which to explore the Solway Coast with its many sandy beaches and rocky coves. There is great walking throughout the area with the Galloway Forest Park having marked cycle paths and walks, and bird and wildlife to enjoy. Also available throughout the area are fishing, golfing and water sports. Kirkcudbright, the Artists’ Town, offers boat trips and many art and craft shops, and Castle Douglas, Scotland’s Food Town, with many specialist shops, both close by. Cardoness Castle and the local Cally Gardens with an unusual variety of plants are well worth a visit. Cream of Galloway for adventure playgrounds, family entertainment and of course, ice cream. Shop, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. Wet room with toilet. First floor: 2 double bedrooms. Shower room with toilet.

    Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

  • Arbigland Farms - West Lodge

    Carsethorn, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31263

    Choosing places to stay is about location, location, location, and with private sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and prolific wildlife, these delightful holiday properties are the perfect choice for families, couples or friends. Enjoy spectacular views over the Solway Firth to the hills beyond and across fields to Galloway’s most beautiful mountain, Criffel.
    West Lodge (31263) is a delightful, detached, 19th-century gate lodge which was at one time the estate schoolhouse, which might account for the unusually ornate slatework on the roof, which makes it look a little like a gingerbread house. It has some of the best views on the estate across the Solway Firth to the Lake District and the Isle of Man, along the Colvend Coast taking in Southerness lighthouse and the Portling cliffs and across rolling farmland to Criffel Mountain. Although it looks small on the outside, it provides comfortable accommodation for 4 guests. The property is all one level but unfortunately the doors may be too narrow for some wheelchairs
    Powillimount Cottage (31264) is a three bedroom, traditional stone built Galloway cottage. It is quiet and secluded, surrounded by cornfields and is just a 5-minute walk from a fabulous beach. The cottage has idyllic views of the sea, Southerness Lighthouse and the Lake District Mountains to the front and Criffel, Galloway’s finest mountain behind.
    The ancient Barony of Arbigland comprises farmland, woodland and foreshore on the Solway Firth coast, bounded by the River Nith near Dumfries in the south west of Scotland. With its outstanding natural beauty and rich diversity of wildlife, the estate forms part of the Nith Estuary Special Area of Conservation and Upper Solway Special Site of Scientific Interest. Nearby outdoor activities include golf, fishing, mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, shooting, stalking and hill walking. Beach 1 mile. Shop and pub 1 mile, restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

  • Swallow Lodge

    Bardennoch West, nr. Carsphairn

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 28810

    This picturesque detached holiday lodge is situated in a quiet rural location, surrounded by stunning views over the rolling hills. Ideally located to explore the beauty of Dumfries and Galloway with rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches. An abundance of world class mountain biking and walking routes, with riding, fishing, wildlife and bird watching all within easy reach. Ayrshire offers many historical sites and the Ayrshire Coastal Path, over 100 miles of coastal walking. The historic cities of Edinburgh, Carlisle and cosmopolitan Glasgow are easily reached. Pub and restaurant 8 miles, shop 1 mile.

    3 steps to entrance. All on ground floor: Living room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric central heating included (£25per week October-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair (on request). Freeview TV. CD. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Lake in grounds.

  • Winloma

    Port William

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: W42534

    Panoramic sea views

    Situated just yards from the sea and boasting stunning views over Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man this semi-detached cottage, renovated to a good standard offers an ideal base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery of Dumfries and Galloway. The coastline offers many sandy bays and rocky coves to explore with sandy beaches at Monreith and Craignarget. Port William, known as the Machars of Galloway has been presented with the Pride of Galloway award. Walking, cycling, river and sea fishing and golf are all available nearby. Wigtown (Scotland Book Town), Whithorn and the Isle of Whithorn are all within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 800 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating included (£25per week October to April). Electricity and bed linen included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Digital TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking.

  • Bardristane Forge

    Nr. Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: S66

    With fine, uninterrupted sea views from every room and located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this detached, traditional 1895 cottage was originally home to the local blacksmith. It has been furnished with comfort and style. Situated close to Gatehouse of Fleet and within 5 minutes’ drive of sandy beaches. At the edge of UK’s first Dark Sky Park for stargazing and sunsets and central to 7 stanes mountain biking centres. Within easy reach of Kirkcudbright and Castle Douglas and with golf courses, castles, gardens and waterfalls, hill, forest and coastal walks, bird and wildlife-watching, fishing, sailing, horse-riding and tennis. Shop 5 miles.

    Living room, wood-burning stove and rugs on tiled floor. Garden/dining room, vaulted ceiling, wood-burning stove and rugs on quarry-tiled floor. Large fitted kitchen with stone tiled floor. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. First floor: Two steps up to double and twin bedrooms.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
    • Cot and high chair on request
    • TV
    • DVD
    • Microwave
    • Washing machine
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture
    • Parking (for 1 car); roadside parking (for 1 car)
    • Natural spring water supply from borehole
    • No smoking
    • NB: Steps in garden

  • Low Isle House

    Isle of Whithorn

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W2086

    Magnificent views

    This terraced holiday cottage dating from 1740, was originally a customs house, a part of the Solway Garrison. Positioned on the edge of the main street in this peaceful fishing village, enjoying a sea view overlooking the bay and harbour, it is within feet of the beach where swans and herons are regular visitors. Golf, riding, walking and cycling locally along with sea fishing. Garlieston House, gardens and beach, St Ninian’s Cave and the Gavin Maxwell Memorial provide an insight into the history of the area. Visit Wigtown, Scotland’s premiere book town, and the Bladnoch Whisky Distillery, and for a day out, visit Castle Kennedy, Port Patrick, the original gateway to Ireland, and Logan Botanic Gardens with plants from New Zealand and Australia. Shop 100 yards, pub 150 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with toilet.

    NSH, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. DVD and small library. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Patio and furniture. Portable barbecue. Parking.

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