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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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  • Bardristane Forge

    Near Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
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    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

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  • Wee Dug Hoose

    Stairhaven by Glenluce

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: UK5006
    A charming, stone-built, detached cottage situated in an ideal position on the outskirts of the small hamlet of Stairhaven, only a short stroll from the coast, in this stunning corner of Dumfries and Galloway. Renovated to a good standard and tastefully decorated throughout, the cottage boasts wood burners in the kitchen/dining room and the lounge, perfect for relaxing after a long day sightseeing in the beautiful countryside surrounding the cottage. A particular bonus to Wee Dug Hoose is the sun room to the rear overlooking the garden and across unspoilt farmland.

    There are many attractions within easy reach of Wee Dug Hoose including the Mull of Galloway and beautiful gardens such as Logan Botanic Gardens and Castle Kennedy Gardens. The Galloway Forest offers exceptional walking and cycling, including one of the world famous 7Stanes cycle trails. It is also situated in a designated Dark Sky Park, the first of its kind outside the USA. There are a number of golf courses close by, including the Wigtownshire County Golf Club, which is situated on the shores of Luce Bay. There are many beautiful coastal walks to be enjoyed, stone circles and ancient ruins, and a RSPB Reserve. There are other sporting opportunities such as trout and salmon fishing on the numerous local lochs. Sea angling is available from both the rocks along the coastline and by boat.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, 32" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: With wood burner, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer machine.
    Sun room.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and heated towel rail.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With twin beds and limited headroom.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds and limited headroom.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for one wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Stables

    Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W2775

    Scenic location

    Set amidst open countryside on a small holding, this cosy cottage has a carefully designed interior which offers all modern conveniences. Located close to the start of the Southern Upland Way, the cottages are perfect for those enjoy walking and cycling. Locally there is a leisure centre and a swimming pool and the area also boasts four golf courses, golf range and the coastal resort of Stranraer with a good selection of shops and day trips to Ireland is close by. With a mild Gulf Stream climate, there are plenty of pretty gardens to visit including Logan Botanical Gardens, Ardwell House Gardens and Castle Kennedy which is famous for its Rhododendron and Azalea collections. The scenic village of Portpatrick is just 6 miles away. Shop, pub and restaurant 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room/kitchen. Open tread stairs to first floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Shower room with toilet.

    NSH, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washer/dryer. Shared lawned garden and furniture. Parking (2 cars).

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  • Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Stables Cottage

    Kirkcolm, near 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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  • The Factor’s House

    Borgue near Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537241
    Set in delightful, wooded grounds within the former Knockbrex Mansion House estate, The Factor’s House is a perfect retreat from which to relax and unwind. Beautifully decorated with attention to detail throughout the house, it is only a five minute stroll from the renowned Carrick Shore. Here you can try sea fishing or simply wander along the shoreline.

    Ideally located for both Carrick and Sandgreen beaches and a National Scenic Area close by, as well as opportunities for hill walking, mountain biking and watersports, or perhaps visiting renowned gardens, ancient woodland and abundant wildlife may appeal? The area is recognised for its clear skies and as one of the 12 best stargazing sites in the world, and the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.

    Whilst in a delightfully rural location the property is only a short drive from the charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet, offering 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, Cardoness Castle and the popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, which is host to one of Europe’s longest zip wires. The larger town of Kirkcudbright, known as ’the artists’ town’, 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, an event not to be missed.

    Ground Floor: The property has gas central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, open fire, 40" Sky TV and DVD player.
    Dining room: With wooden floor and wood burner.
    Kitchen: With breakfast area, electric cooker, fridge, freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Conservatory.
    Cloakroom: With WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. 0.3 acres of landscaped grounds and woodland. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Stream and pond in garden.

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  • Arbigland Farm Cottages - Curlew Lodge

    Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31268

    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.

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  • Coastguard’s Cottage

    Carsethorn near Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537113
    Coastguard’s Cottage sits at the end of a small terrace in the pretty coastal village of Carsethorn at the heart of the beautiful East Stewartry Coastal area famed for its wonderful rocky outcrops and diverse scenery. the cottage is a mere stone’s throw from the sea - literally just across the road - and provides cosy and welcoming holiday accommodation for up to four people.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Lounge/Dining: With electric fire, Free View 32" flat screen TV, DVD player, dining table and chairs; a lovely relaxing light filled room.
    Kitchen: With electric fan oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king size bed  and feature fireplace
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and feature fireplace
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All power, fuel and bed linen included.Delightful ’hidden garden’ with outdoor furniture. Parking at free car park opposite property. Please note: The owner will only accept a maximum of 4 guests i.e 2 adults and 2 children or 4 adults only

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  • Lower Baltersan Cottage

    Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    3
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537208
    Lower Baltersan Cottage is a delightful, detached cottage offering a cosy interior and a lovely enclosed garden with views over open farmland beyond. The lounge is a particularly attractive room with its feature wood burning stove and French doors overlooking the garden. The property enjoys a tranquil setting, yet it is only a few miles from the centre of Newton Stewart with many excellent shops and places to eat. With the Galloway Forest and Dark Skies Park close by, the cottage is ideally placed to explore the beauty of south west Scotland. The location is perfect for walkers, golfers and cyclists, with Glentrool, Kirroughtree and the 7Stanes mountain bike trails nearby, as well as a great choice of golf courses. There is an abundance of fishing, bird watching, beautiful and exotic gardens, many rocky coves, sandy beaches and quaint villages to explore along the Machars Peninsula.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wood burner, French doors, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: Farmhouse-style with electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, heated towel rail and WC.

    First Floor: Bedroom 2: With single bed and coombed ceilings.
    Bedroom 3: With single bed and coombed ceilings.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair on request. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Bike store. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Grahamsfield Cottage

    Ecclefechan near Lockerbie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537046
    Grahamsfield Cottage is a charming Victorian property set on a small working farm in the picturesque Dumfries & Galloway region of Scotland. The cottage enjoys beautiful views across open countryside and over the Solway Firth to the Cumbrian Fells beyond and is a veritable paradise for children with access to a fully enclosed garden equipped with swing and slide, and plenty of room for other play activities.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With TV
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With bunk beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power and bed linen and towels included.Enclosed garden area with picnic furniture and BBQ with children’s play area including swing, enclosed and slide. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Harbour Row - Gigha

    Drummore, near Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27100

    Ideal touring base

    Situated in the Rhins of Galloway in the coastal village of Drummore, Scotland’s most southerly point, these two holiday cottages (refs 27100 and 27102) stand on the banks of Luce Bay with its sand and shingle beach just across the road. The properties offer stunning views across the expanse of Luce Bay with its white tipped waves and sea birds. The area is unspoilt, the scenery idyllic, and the seascapes around the Rhins as dramatic as they are beautiful. 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. 5 miles north of Stranraer is Cairnryan, home to the Stena Line ferry which makes regular trips to Ireland. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

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

    Electric central heating included. Travel cot. Satellite TV (movies package). Freezer. Enclosed lawned garden to the front and rear with sitting-out area and furniture.

    Both properties: Open fire in living room (initial fuel included). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. High chair on request. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Wi-fi. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Properties are located 20 yards from the sea.

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  • The Barn

    Barnbarroch, near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W44192

    The Barn is set in a private estate, on the coastal road from Dalbeattie to Kippford. Surrounded by landscaped gardens, this attractive semi-detached barn conversion lies in a stunning location, and enjoys lovely views and access to the owner’s enclosed tennis court, stretch of river for fishing and the bluebell woodland grounds. Wildlife is plentiful on the estate, and red squirrel and roe deer are regularly seen - Jake the Clydesdale horse, will pop his head over the stable door next to the cottage! This quiet corner of South West Scotland is truly beautiful. About a mile from the delightful little harbour village of Kippford, where sailing is the hub of village life and offers an active racing, cruising and cadet membership, and each season culminates in Kippford Week in August, which is a week of racing and excitement for all ages. The village also boasts 2 pubs on the waterfront and a small shop specialising in country gifts and speciality local produce. The holiday cottage is situated in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country at Dalbeattie Forest, with trails such as Ironhas, Moyle Hill and the red graded Hardrock trail. From the many sandy beaches and quiet coves, to hill walking and a game of golf at Colvend, there is something for all the family, or why not just relax and enjoy the varied birds and wildlife that visit the garden. Beach 4 miles. Shop 3 miles, pub 1 mile and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Sun room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. 60" Freeview TV. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. Shared use of 5-acre woodland. Parking (2 cars). Welcome pack. No smoking.

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  • Creachan

    Port William

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 29303

    This detached holiday cottage, situated in the harbour village of Port William, has sea views from the living room and double bedroom, and is located only 100 yards from the sea. Port William, known as the ‘Machars of Galloway’ has been presented with the ‘Pride of Galloway’ award and the village boasts stunning views over Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway and the Isle of Man. From the Galloway Hills with their many hidden lochs, burns and waterfalls to the beautiful Solway coastline with sandy beaches, rocky coves and picturesque villages to explore. Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest local reserve in the UK with significant numbers of pink-footed geese, greylag geese, many species of duck and wading birds visiting in autumn and winter. The distillery at Bladnoch established in 1814 offers a large shop and guided tours, or meander around Wigtown appreciating the high quality gift shops, small gallery, excellent plant nursery, numerous book shops and many cafes. The Southern Scotland regions boast an exceptional number of absorbing activities, whatever you’re after from spending a quiet afternoon with a rod and reel beside one of the area’s many excellent rivers, or pushing yourself to the limit along a challenging 7 Stanes cycle track. Horse riding, golf, sailing, diving and numerous walks are available in the area and with its famously mild climate and the balmy influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway is home to some of the most beautiful and exotic gardens. Shop, pub and restaurant 450 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Garden room with French doors. 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, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed lawned garden with patio, sitting-out area and furniture. Gas barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. Welcome pack. No smoking.

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