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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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  • Newfield Cottage

    Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 24630

    This charming detached holiday cottage situated on a quiet country lane, boasts open countryside views and is well positioned for visits to the artists town of Kirkcudbright, the market town of Castle Douglas and the scenic Galloway Forest Park, Gatehouse of Fleet, Isle of Whithorn and Mull of Galloway. The area offers sailing, swimming, fishing, golf, tennis, riding, mountain biking, bird watching, historical sites and many forest and woodland walks, as well as sandy beaches to explore. Shop, pub and restaurant 4 miles.

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

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD and small library. CD. Playstation. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: 5 steps to garden and stream in grounds.

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  • The Hayloft

    Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: W2776

    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 cottage is 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 fishing village of Port Patrick 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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  • Blaeberry Cottage

    Nr. Lockerbie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 28061

    This charming, detached holiday cottage is on a quiet country lane, situated on a working farm and is ideally located to explore the beauty of Dumfries and Galloway and Scotland’s Border Country with picturesque towns and villages set in a landscape of rolling hills, wild moorland and meandering rivers. The historic cities of Edinburgh, Carlisle and cosmopolitan Glasgow are easily reached within an hour. Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches with many beautiful gardens to explore. Enjoy world-class mountain biking, walking routes, riding, fishing on the River Annan (2 miles) and birdwatching all within easy reach. Shop, pub and restaurant 1.5 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Electric heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Hot tub. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Stream 50 yards.

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  • Rockcliffe

    Rockcliffe, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 7342

    Superb views

    Situated in a cul-de-sac, with superb views across the Solway Firth and Rough Island bird reserve. The small seaside village of Rockcliffe is 6 miles from Dalbeattie and 4 miles from Kippford. Rockcliffe is linked by a NT path of approximately 1 mile to Kippford and there are magnificent views from the path over bays and headlands to the distant mountains of Galloway. Many alternatives within an 8 mile radius. 18 hole golf course approximately 3 miles. Fishing and horse riding within 5 miles. A fantastic holiday retreat. Shop 1 mile, pub 1½ miles by foot, 4 miles by car.

    Ground floor: Dining room/kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Open-tread stairs to first floor: Living room with double sofa bed (for alternative sleeping).

    NSH (except bedrooms), electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Two cots. High chair. Two TVs. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Enclosed garden and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Knockkennoch 2

    Kirkandrews, near Borgue

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537258
    Knockkennoch 2 is a semi-detached cottage, picturesquely situated at the mouth of the Borgue burn in the small hamlet of Kirkandrews. The views from the cottage are simply stunning looking out over the Solway. The cottage is the ideal place to relax and unwind with beaches almost on your doorstep as well as opportunities for hill walking, sea fishing, mountain biking and water-sports. Or perhaps visiting renowned gardens and ancient woodland will appeal to you? Kirkandrews Kirk, sitting opposite the cottage, is a unique little kirk (or church) completed in 1906, with parapet and castellated tower, the church resembles a miniature castle. Whilst in a delightful rural location the property is only a short drive from the harbour town of Kirkcudbright, known as ’Scotland’s Artists Town’ and was particularly popular with the Colourists, many of whom lived in the town around 1900. It is a very active and friendly community and visitors to the town are surprised at the variety and number of activities and events held in the area. Shop and restaurant 8 miles, pub 3 miles.

    Ground Floor: The property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With open fire, Freeview TV and double sofa bed (for flexible sleeping arrangements).
    Dining room: With wood burner.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washing machine.

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

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for fires provided. Welcome pack. Shared external games room with dartboard and board games. Lawned garden and sitting-out garden with furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Fenced river 50 yards away.

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  • Beuchan Cottage

    Keir Mill, Thornhill

    Grade
    4
    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 7 stances 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 bunk beds (full size single beds)
    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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  • Portpatrick Country Cottage

    Near Portpatrick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537246
    Portpatrick Country Cottage is a delightful holiday bolthole adjoining the owner’s accommodation in a quiet rural setting, close to the picturesque harbour village of Portpatrick. It enjoys stunning country views and on a clear night, you can see the lights of Belfast Harbour! Portpatrick is a delightful conservation village, and one of the many jewels in the crown of southwest Scotland. The focal point of the village is the harbour, which offers a lively calendar of events such as Lifeboat Week, the folk festival and live entertainment provided by some of the hotels and restaurants. The area is unspoilt, boasting beautiful scenery and amazing seascapes around the Rhins of Galloway. The Southern Upland Way is a 212-mile coast-to-coast walk between Portpatrick to Cockburnspath in the east. Other local attractions include birdwatching at the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve, where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer, and golf. There are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens. The area is a cyclist’s paradise with the world famous 7Stanes within easy reach.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge/dining room: With wood burner, 48" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, fridge with ice box and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Small enclosed courtyard with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (1 car). No smoking.

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  • Craigslave Cottage

    near Portpatrick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537223
    Craigslave is a delightful country cottage situated on the Southern Upland Way in a quiet rural setting, close to the picturesque harbour village of Portpatrick. Portpatrick is a delightful conservation village, and one of the many jewels in the crown of south west Scotland. The focal point of the village is the harbour, which offers a lively calendar of events such as Lifeboat Week, the folk festival and live entertainment provided by some of the hotels and restaurants. The area is unspoilt, boasting beautiful scenery and amazing seascapes around the Rhins of Galloway. The Southern Upland Way is a 212 mile coast to coast walk between Portpatrick to Cockburnspath in the east. Other local attractions include golf and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve, where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. There are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens. The area is a cyclist’s paradise with the world famous 7Stanes within easy reach.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With wood burner and 32" Freeview TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric cooker, fridge/freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With 4ft double bed.
    Bathroom: With corner bath, shower and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot and highchair available on request. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. BBQ. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • The Old Sunday School

    Buittle, Castle Douglas.

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: SEEO

    Built in 1793 this detached holiday property has been tastefully converted and featured on the Home Show. Set adjacent to the owners’ home, its ground floor formerly housed cattle and the upper was the village Sunday school. This area of the Solway has beautiful beaches, especially Sandyhills. The area is renowned for coastal, hill and woodland walks, whilst horse riding, golf, fishing and bird watching are nearby, with watersports at Loch Ken. The Seven Stanes and National Cycle Network pass nearby for cyclists. Castle Douglas is a nearby traditional market town specialising in local produce, crafts, cafes and restaurants. Shops 2½ miles, pub 3 miles.

    Dining room. Spacious well-equipped kitchen. Bathroom with over-bath shower and vinyl floor. Spiral staircase to first floor: Living room with multi-fuel burner, vaulted ceiling and laminated floor. Double bedroom with fitted wardrobe, vaulted ceiling, Velux window and en-suite shower room with toilet and vinyl floor. Twin bedroom with TV and Velux window.

    • Multi-fuel burner - fuel included
    • Electricity and full biomass central heating included (November-March £35per week, £20 per short break)
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • High chair
    • Two TVs (one 32" smart)
    • Two DVDs (small library)
    • Playstaion 2 (small library)
    • Stereo/CD
    • Combi microwave/oven/grill
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Enclosed garden with furniture
    • Barbecue
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • No smoking

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  • Seaside Retreat

    Isle of Whithorn

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: W42537

    100 yards from the sea

    Located just yards from the sea in the harbour village of the Isle of Whithorn, this detached bungalow is an ideal location to explore the breathtaking scenery and beauty of southern Scotland. 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. Horse riding, golf, sailing, fishing, cycling and walking 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. Shops 150 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 single with additional pull-out single. Shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (1 car). No smoking. NB: 100 yards to sea, no fence.

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  • Corner House

    New Galloway near Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537200
    Set in the quiet village of New Galloway, this period semi-detached holiday cottage lies in the Royal Burgh of New Galloway and has walks from the door. New Galloway is a gateway to the Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, and offers excellent walking, cycling and an abundance of wildlife. Loch Ken is nearby with opportunities for sailing, water sports and coarse fishing, while Laurieston is the red kite feeding farm. Visit the market town of Castle Douglas with shops specialising in local produce or Threave Gardens and Castle (NT) close by. Kirkcudbright has good art, craft and antique shops.

    Ground Floor: The property has electric heaters and comprises:
    Lounge: Beamed with wood burner, Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen/dining room: Spacious and beamed with open fire, electric cooker, fridge with ice box, microwave and washing machine.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Shower room: With large shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner and open fire provided. On road parking.

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  • 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.

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