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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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  • Bridgend Cottage East

    Caulkerbush near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
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    Ref: CC537191
    On a scenic road from Southerness to Dalbeattie through the quiet village of Caulkerbush, this semi-detached period property with traditional black/white frontage offers a fantastic quirky renovation as a holiday base. The cottage is situated in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country, and is ideal to explore local history, with castles, abbeys, mansions and ruins, or the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway Hills. The historic cities of Edinburgh and Carlisle, cosmopolitan Glasgow and the North Lake District are easily reachable. Shop, pub and restaurant 3 miles.

    Ground Floor: Living Room: with multi-fuel burner, 32" Freesat TV, Blu-ray player and playstation.
    Dining room: with wood burner.
    Galley-style kitchen: with electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer, washing machine and original features.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with Victorian four poster bed.
    Bedroom 2: with king size bed.
    Shower room: with heated towel rail and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and Wi-Fi included. Initial basket of logs provided for the wood burner and multi-fuel burner. Welcome pack provided. Lawned garden with patio and furniture. Parking for 2 cars. Please note there is a drop in the garden.

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  • Solway View

    Powfoot, nr. Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W41032

    Great base

    This end terrace holiday villa boasts superb views across the Solway Firth. The inner Solway is characterised by wide expanses of mudflats and saltmarsh, which stretch across the coastline. An abundance of wildlife, sea birds, geese and the protected Natterjack Toad can be seen from this viewpoint. An ideal location for golfers, Powfoot is home to an 18-hole links/parkland course, with a further 29 courses throughout Dumfries and Galloway. The Sustrans Cycle Route runs through the village, whilst the Burns heritage trail and Hadrians Wall are both within easy reach. Dumfries (14 miles) offers a swimming pool, ice rink and museum. Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow easily accessible. Shop and restaurant 3 miles, pub 1 mile.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room with laminate floor. Step to kitchen. Utility room. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft), 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over corner bath and toilet.

    Electric central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. DVD. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed, lawned garden. On road parking. No smoking.

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  • Arbigland Farm Cottages - Skylark Lodge

    Carsethorn, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31267

    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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  • Seascape

    Garlieston

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 25756

    Situated in the picturesque village of Garlieston in an AONB, this end of row town house enjoys stunning views over the bay. Just 200 yards from both the beach and harbour, ’Seascape’ is ideally placed for coastal walks, water sports, cycle trails, hill walking and horse riding. Explore some of the finest scenery in southern Scotland; from the lochs and burns of the Galloway Hills to the sandy beaches and rocky coves of the beautiful Solway coastline. Galloway House and Gardens are within walking distance while close by, Galloway Forest Park - Europe’s first official Dark Sky National Park - is a stargazer’s delight. Shops 250 yards, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining/kitchen with wooden floor. Separate toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double with French doors and en-suite shower room with toilet, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet.

    Electric heaters and electricity included (£30per week October-April). Bed linen and towels included. DVD. Electric cooker. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washer/dryer. Fridge/freezer. Enclosed garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Balcony. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Bowling Green Cottage

    Isle of Whithorn

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

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

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

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

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  • Cedar Lodge

    Kippford near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537232
    This delightful detached log cabin is located on the outskirts of the charming Kippford sailing village, with stunning views of the estuary. Sailing is the hub of Kippford village life and there is ample room in the grounds of Cedar Lodge for your boat. Also, the Solway Yacht Club in the village provides moorings and facilities for yachtsmen and also offers an active racing, cruising and cadet membership. Each season culminates in Kippford Week in August, a week of racing and excitement for all ages. A short walk from the holiday property takes you into the village where there are two excellent pubs offering meals, as well as a small shop specialising in country gifts and speciality local produce. Cedar Lodge is only minutes away from the Richorn Trailhead, the access to one of the famous 7Stanes mountain bike trails, Ironhash, Moyle Hill and the red graded Hardrock Trail. Cedar Lodge is also ideally located for visiting local beaches, as well as hill walking or perhaps visiting renowned gardens, ancient woodland with abundant wildlife. The area is well recognised for its clear skies as one of the twelve best stargazing sites in the world and the first Dark Sky Park in the UK.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to entrance, is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With 27" Freeview TV and DVD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, 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. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack.Lawned garden with terrace, sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking. NB: 2 steps in sloping garden.

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  • Arbigland Farms - Little Dunbar Cottage

    Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 31265

    Choosing places to stay is about location, location, location, and with private sandy beaches, spectacular scenery and prolific wildlife, these dog-friendly, seaside, stone-built holiday cottages are a great place to stay.
    Shore Cottage (ref 31262) is a detached, beach front cottage set in an unrivalled position on a private beach in the heart of the Arbigland Estate. The property enjoys magnificent views across the Solway to the Lake District mountains, and is centrally located for exploring the unspoilt beauty and history of Dumfries and Galloway.
    Little Dunbar Cottage (ref 31265), also detached, dates back to the mid-1700s and was probably being lived in at the time of John Paul Jones, who was born nearby. It is a detached, traditional estate worker’s butt ’n’ ben cottage on the outside but has been beautifully restored for 21st century living on the inside, and provides comfortable accommodation for 4 people.
    Golf, fishing, 7stanes mountain biking, horse riding, bird watching, shooting (including wildfowling), stalking and hill walking can all be enjoyed locally. The ancient Barony of Arbigland comprises of 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 (SAC) and Upper Solway Special Site of Scientific Interest (SSI). Shop 2 miles, 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.

    Oil central heating (controlled by owner) included. Cycle store.

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

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  • Tree House

    Kirkholm near Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537134
    Tree House is a lovely semi detached cottage located on the Mains of Airies, a working farm covering 600 acres. The farm is home to a herd of pedigree cattle and is tucked away within a most delightful and scenic corner of Galloway with its rugged and picturesque coastline and stunning views over to Ireland and the Mull of Kintyre. Those who seek a more restful holiday location will find Tree House and ideal base. In addition to the property’s cosy ambience and own tranquil setting, there is a lovely wildlife trail on the farm teeming with wildlife and the surrounding area offers numerous quiet bays and coves just perfect for whiling away the hours with a good book.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation is all on ground floor level has oil central heating and comprises:
    Open plan Lounge/Kitchen/Dining
    Lounge Area: With TV and DVD
    Kitchen Area: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and washer/dryer
    Dining Area:With table and chairs
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot available on request. Storage space for boats.Outside patio with garden furniture. Private parking for 2 cars.

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  • Auchenhill Lodge

    Kippford near Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537045
    Nestled in an idyllic private woodland setting, Auchenhill Lodge offers a lovely relaxing retreat close to Kippford, often described as Scotland’s ’Riviera’. Locals refer to this area as ’The Golden Triangle’ - Colvend, Rockcliffe and Kippford - and frequent visitors understand why. The climate is temperate as Galloway is touched by the Gulf Stream with many golden, sandy, and often empty beaches to explore. For excellent views of the Rough Firth estuary, the Jubilee Path is highly recommended. This was named to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee and is the main path between Kippford and the equally charming village of Rockcliffe. There are wonderful views out to sea, and the path passes Mark of Mote, 1 100-foot high granite outcrop, with a Dark Age settlement on top. Rockcliffe and Sandyhills (with a beautiful sandy beach as its name implies!) are small Victorian bathing resorts close by. Kippford was once a smuggler’s haunt with a wealth of stories and legends to discover and is now a pretty sailing resort with quaint fisherman’s cottages. There is a low tide walk from the beach to Rough Island. Scotland’s only round tower house, Orchardton Tower, is a must to visit with its spiral staircase hidden within double walls leading to a parapet.
    Please note: auchenhill Lodge is also available to let with the adjoining property Forest Lodge, for a combined family holiday.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, fully central heated and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/kitchen/diner: a lovely light and spacious room with French windows overlooking the woodland glade.
    Lounge Area: With TV
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge with ice box.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC and wash basin.

    All fuel, power and bed linen included. Cot and high chair available on request. Sorry no cats allowed at the property due to allergiesVery private location. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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