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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

    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

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  • Annan House

    Annan, Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: SAT

    "Shimmering lakes, wooded walks and views to Lakeland across the Firth . . . superb cottages in a spectacular setting . . .’’

    In three acres of glorious garden grounds, surrounded by lakes of water lilies, splendid trees, flowering shrubs and woodland drives, the splendid cottages at Kinmount Castle are only a few miles from the sandy shoreline, which sweeps westwards to yachting harbours and bird reserves. This meticulous, architect-designed conversion has transformed the Victorian servants’ wing of magnificent Kinmount House into a delightful courtyard cluster of eight holiday cottages, seven of which we feature here, which retain a wealth of original features and details, and possess tremendous atmosphere and charm, which makes it an ideal marquee wedding venue with ballroom included. They enjoy shared use of outstanding facilities, including a superb indoor heated swimming pool, which has been sensitively incorporated into one side of the courtyard. Open daily all year round, the pool has full changing facilities, and its building also houses a sauna, sunbed, cardio gym and games room with pool table. The cottages themselves have been luxuriously appointed; the master bedrooms have four-poster beds, the kitchens are lavishly equipped and the utmost care has been taken over the choice of fabrics and furnishings. Alongside the gracious main house, they are set around the attractive courtyard with patio and barbecue areas – and an extensive grassed area offers plenty of space to relax. From the cottages, there is immediate access to the grounds where azaleas and rhododendrons are a pageant of colour in the summer. With lakes in front of the house, it is a fitting setting for properties of the finest quality, which boast views over shimmering waters to the Lakeland Hills across the Solway Firth.
    Kinmount Castle has access to exclusive salmon beats on the Rivers Annan and Nith including the famous Barjarg beat that boasts a salmon catch of 67 lb, in 1812, by well-known poacher, Jock Wallace, and confirmed by the Earl of the home. More up to date catches are now giving an average of 59 salmon and 160 sea trout in a a season along this two mile beat. One to one fishing tuition can also be arranged for novices. Prices at cost – dependant on the time of year.
    Just 2 miles from the cottages is Powfoot, created in the 1790s as a sea-bathing resort by one of the owners of Kinmount House. Set above a beach, it has an excellent golf course, one of several along this coast. About a mile further on, the river at the redstone town of Annan is famous for its salmon, sea trout and brown trout fishing, and there are pleasant walks along both banks. The town boasts a choice of restaurants and pubs, as well as a sports centre. At Ecclefechan (6 miles) Thomas Carlyle’s birthplace is to be found, containing a collection of relics and letters. Rammerscales (8 miles) is a Georgian house linked with Flora MacDonald. Along the coast at Caerlaverock (8 miles), 13,000 acres of salt-marsh and foreshore have been designated a National Nature Reserve; barnacle, pink-footed and greylag geese feeding on the saltings in Autumn and Winter make this one of the most notable bird sanctuaries in Britain. Overlooking the reserve from a wooded mound are the striking red sandstone ruins of Caerlaverock Castle, dating from the 13th century and besieged many times during the Border wars.
    In the parish church at Ruthwell, the Ruthwell cross is a most impressive example of 7th-century stone carving, inscribed with verses from The Dream of the Rood. Dumfries (13 miles) is renowned for its Burns museum, and has a fine golf course. Further west are quaint fishing villages and the rugged beauty of the Galloway Hills. The area offers opportunities for sailing, water sports and riding, and the nearby towns offer good shopping and a variety of inns and eating places. Shops 3 miles.

    Spacious sitting room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire, open plan to well-equipped kitchen with dining area. First floor: Double bedroom with 5ft pine four-poster bed and en-suite shower room with toilet. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet.

    • Electricity and gas central heating £15 per week

    • Gas ‘coal-effect’ fire
    • Bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Satellite TV
    • DVD 
    • CD
    • Microwave
    • Washer/dryer
    • Dishwasher
    • Shared payphone
    • Shared grounds with furniture and picnic area
    • Shared barbecue
    • Parking
    • Indoor heated swimming pool – open daily 9 am to 8 pm, all year round
    • Games room with pool table
    • Cardio gym
    • Coin-operated upright sunbed
    • Sauna
    • NB: Lakes in grounds

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  • Woodburn

    Lochanhead, Beeswing

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537199
    Woodburn is more than a lodge, it is a beautifully appointed, cosy and indulgent holiday retreat with all mod cons and excellent insulation and with the addition of the hot tub it is an all year round destination. There is something deliciously romantic about sipping champagne from the hot tub whilst surrounded by a winter wonderland, or in the summer, with a good book and a glass of wine. This is a super location for cyclists whatever their ability, from serious mountain bikers to family fun rides, as Woodburn backs on to the Mabie Forest. You can see the site of both the Red and Purple rides of the 7Stanes from the lodge and the owner will provide guided tours by bike or on foot by arrangement. This beautiful area has so much to offer. As well as the renowned mountain biking, The Galloway Forest Park is the UK’s largest and there are hidden waterfalls, mountains, wildlife and lochs and on a clear night it is one of the best places in the western world to view the stars. For foodies this is the land of milk and honey and you can sample some great cuisine at a choice of restaurants across the country. Castle Douglas is known as The Food Town and you can savour the flavours at an excellent choice of shops. The New Loch Arthur Farm Shop at Beeswing is just a mile away and offers local home made cheeses and everyday items. Dumfries and Galloway is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets; come and see why!
    This property can be booked with Woodside (537148) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: With Sky TV.
    Dining area.
    Kitchen area: With electric oven and hob, fridge, freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Patio with garden furniture. Private hot tub. Parking for 2 cars.

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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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  • Holmhill Steading Cottage

    Thornhill, Dumfries

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537154
    Holmhill Steading Cottage was once the stable block and groom’s quarters to the elegant main house, but now offers a perfectly cosy and beautifully appointed country retreat. As a base it is unbeatable as Thornhill lies at the junction of the A76 Dumfries to Kilmarnock and A702 New Galloway to Edinburgh roads in the mid section of the beautiful Nith Valley in Dumfriesshire. This lovely holiday cottage has been lovingly restored and has every comfort on hand to ensure your stay is perfect. It is no surprise that Visit Scotland has awarded Holmhill Steading Cottage a 4 star rating. The private terrace is just the ticket for planning your day over a cup of coffee and as the sun set’s reliving the perfect day over a few glasses of wine as you breathe in the captivating views. Holmhill, dating from around 1760, has quite a history as the first recorded occupant was Charles Douglas and his family. The house was ’left to him in liferent’ by the Duke of Buccleuch and Queensberry. Close by is the magnificent Drumlanrig Castle, home to the Duke.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on one level, heated by oil central heating and comprises;
    Ramped entry to open plan lounge/dining/kitchen, a light filled room with windows overlooking the spacious courtyard, French doors to the rear garden and feature windows
    Lounge Area: With woodburner, TV/DVD
    Dining Area: With dining furniture
    Kitchen: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed or twin beds (please state preference at time of booking), views over the courtyard, French doors to the patio and garden and en suite shower room with corner shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: With super king size bed or twin beds (please state preference at time of booking) and views over the garden
    Shower Room: With easy access wide shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi access availablePatio with garden furniture and guests are welcome to enjoy the vast open gardens. Off road parking for 4 cars.

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  • Waulkmill Cottage

    Carronbridge near Thornhill

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

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

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

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  • Loch View

    Colvend, nr. Kippford

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    2
    Ref: SPPT

    Situated on the edge of the seaside conservation village of Rockcliffe, this detached character property, overlooking White Loch, offers an ideal holiday base from which to explore the Solway coastline and surrounding area. Wonderful forest, coastal and lochside walks from the doorstep and direct cycling access into Dalbeattie Forest - one of the ‘7 Stanes’. The delightful sailing village of Kippford (with two pubs) and the beaches of Rockcliffe and Sandyhills are just over 2 miles away. RSPB Mersehead and NT properties are nearby. Shop 150 yards, pub ½ mile.

    Living room with oak floor. Kitchen/dining room with wood-burning stove, limestone flag floor and two Velux windows. First floor: Double bedroom. Twin bedroom. Bathroom with over-bath shower and toilet. Shower room with toilet.

    • Wood-burning stove - initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
    • Electricity, full oil central heating (underfloor on ground floor), bed linen and towels included
    • Travel cot
    • High chair
    • Digital TV
    • DVD
    • CD
    • Wireless bluetooth speaker
    • Combi microwave oven/grill
    • Washing machine
    • Dishwasher
    • Fridge/freezer
    • Wi-fi
    • Telephone (honesty box)
    • Enclosed lawned garden with furniture
    • Parking (for 2 cars)
    • Cycle store
    • No smoking
    • NB: No children under 3 years except babes in arms. Steep slopes and drop in garden.

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  • Galloway View

    Gatehouse of Fleet

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC537210
    Boasting magnificent far reaching views of the Galloway coastline and Fleet Bay, Galloway View is a stunning architect designed chalet situated on a working farm, in an elevated position. With floor to ceiling doors and windows, this detached holiday cottage has been built and designed to maximise the views, a particularly attractive feature of this luxury property. Whilst in a delightful rural location, it is only a mile from the charming town of Gatehouse of Fleet, which offers a wide range of places to eat and relax. There are many attractions in and around the town including the Mill on the Fleet, Cardoness Castle and the popular Laggan Outdoor Activity Centre, which hosts one of Europe’s longest zip wires. The area has numerous coastal walks and forest trails, and for cyclists and mountain bikers, the Galloway Forest Park and 5 of the 7Stanes are close by. Kirkcudbright, known as ’the artists town, is just a short drive away and attracts visitors throughout the year drawn by the harbour, 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. There are delightful beaches within a few minutes drive and sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and water sports are all available close by.

    Ground Floor: The property is all on the ground floor, has electric underfloor heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space.
    Lounge area: Spacious with wooden floor, wood burner, 32" Freeview TV, DVD player, iPod dock, picture windows and patio doors.
    Kitchen area: Spacious with wooden floor, electric cooker, microwave, fridge/freezer and dishwasher.
    Utility room: With washing machine and tumble dryer.
    Bedroom 1: With super king size bed and en-suite wet room and WC.
    Bedroom 2: With zip and link twin beds (which can be made to super king size – please advise when booking).
    Wet room: Jack and Jill (accessed from bedroom 2 and lounge) with shower, WC and heated towel rail.

    All electric, bed linen and towels included. Fuel for wood burner provided. Travel cot, highchair and fireguard available. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Enclosed courtyard garden with patio, terrace and furniture. Gas BBQ. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Tides Reach

    Garlieston, nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: W43374

    Set in a harbourside location in a picturesque 18th-century village, this traditionally-styled, end-of-row townhouse offers views over Garlieston Bay and easy access to the beach and coastal paths. Part of a redevelopment of an early 19th-century mill complex (with some Grade B listed buildings), it is an ideal holiday base from which to explore the quiet Machars Peninsula with rugged coastline, sandy beaches and wealth of historic interest. Guests will enjoy the balcony which is accessed via the French doors off the double bedroom and enjoys views across the bay to the village and hills beyond. There is a small well-run caravan park nearby but this does not detract from enjoyment of the property. Galloway Forest Park, Seven Stanes close by. Sea, river and loch fishing, sailing, watersports and golf are all accessible. Wigtown (National Booktown) and Whithorn’s historic dig and priory nearby. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

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

    Electricity panel heaters, electricity, bed linen and towels in. Travel cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Washer/dryer. Freezer. Rear patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Front communal courtyard. Balcony. Parking (2 cars). No smoking. NB: Unfenced harbour, 20 yards.

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  • 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.

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  • Kirsty Cottage

    Moffat

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27037

    Situated in the heart of the Victorian spa town of Moffat, this 250-year-old, stone, end-terraced cottage retainins its traditional character and is an ideal base from which to explore the area. Horse riding, quad biking and golf are all available locally and the 7stanes offers world class mountain biking across Dumfries and Galloway, and the Scottish Borders. Rod hire is available in town for three fishing lochs at the Green Frog centre on the edge of Moffat, which also has an adventure play park and animal farm. Edinburgh, Carlisle, Glasgow and the historic castles and abbeys in the borders are within an hour of Moffat. Shop, pub and restaurant 200 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen with tiled floor. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Separate toilet.

    Multi-fuel burner in living room (initial fuel included). Gas central heating, gas, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Gas hob. Electric oven. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi.Telephone-incoming calls only. On road parking. 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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