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Find cottages in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway in Scotland’s south west is a hidden gem of tranquil countryside and uncrowded coastlines and has a natural beauty to match anywhere in the UK. It’s perfect for exploring the abundant beauty of one of Scotland’s most stunning locations where you’ll find open landscapes, fantastic heritage, wonderful food and drink and a wealth of activities and attractions.

The 300 square miles that make up the Galloway Forest are a magnet for walkers and mountain bikers and consist of not only miles of forest but also heather clad moors, tranquil valleys and some 250 lochs; the ideal place for outdoor pursuits and great wildlife. In fact Dumfries and Galloway has four National Nature Reserves where you can see a wide variety of bird life, wildflowers and nature in its natural environments. These are stunningly beautiful open landscapes that help preserve our precious and threatened wild places.

Head for the coast if you’re looking for quiet sandy beaches, here there are three National Scenic Locations extending from the Mull of Galloway towards Cumbria.

The region is steeped in history, for example Caerlaverock Castle’s often turbulent history is reflected in its architecture, with a twin towered gatehouse, moat and battlements, which once made it an imposing sight for invaders but now serves to make it a fantastic family-friendly visitor attraction, with nature trail, children’s adventure park and more.

Drumlanrig Castle is similarly impressive, offering late 17th century Renaissance architecture with the addition of 90,000 beautiful acres to explore in the surrounding area. If you fancy something a little more exotic then the Logan Botanic Garden is something of a warm weather oasis. Located on the south-western tip of Scotland, the region receives a Gulf Stream climate which allows the cultivation of many tropical and semi-tropical plants providing a fantastic day out for visitors.

If all that warm weather leaves you seeking refreshment get along to the intriguingly named Cream o'' Galloway, a fantastic ice cream visitor centre, which is sure to delight the kids. If you have a sweet tooth then you could also include a visit to The CocoaBean Company chocolate factory and visitor centre!

Strong cultural heritage includes its connections with Robert Burns and the Robert Burns Centre in Dumfries. This award-winning attraction chronicles the poet’s life and is perfectly suited for an exploration of other attractions linked to one of Scotland’s favourite sons.

Take a look at our selection of holiday cottages in Dumfries and Galloway.

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  • Balcary Mews Cottage


    Ref: CC537190
    In an elevated position overlooking Balcary Bay in Auchencairn, this semi-detached property has fantastic, memorable views out to the sea. The cottage is set in a stunning, quiet position, and enjoys uninterrupted views of the coast from every room. The cottage is situated in the heart of 7Stanes Mountain Biking country, and 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.

    Ground Floor: With full oil central heating and comprising:
    Living/dining room: with wood burning stove, Free view 40" flat panel TV and Blu-Ray player.
    Kitchen: with under floor heating, dishwasher, fridge, freezer, microwave, electric double oven and induction hob.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: with double bed and 4ft double bed (for alternative sleeping only).
    Two steps down to...
    Bedroom 2: with double bed.
    Shower room: with shower cubicle and WC.

    All fuel, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Sea views can be enjoyed from every room. Shared laundry with washing machine. Wi-fi available.Enclosed landscaped garden with patio. Bike storage. Parking for two cars.

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  • Otter View

    Balminnoch near Newton Stewart

    Ref: 30163
    This scenic area is Galloway at its best. With mile after mile of stunning scenery, wildlife galore, the beautiful lochs of Loch Ronald, Loch Heron and the Black Loch a mere stone’s throw from Otter View, this cosy retreat is a perfect excuse to explore this undiscovered corner. Situated within a holiday park, guests have access to a heated swimming pool (booked directly with holiday park), golf course, tennis court and communal lawned gardens. There are three lochs within the grounds and many activities are available to book, why not explore the surroundings on a mountain bike or on horseback, enjoy a spot of fishing or try something different with a bit of archery! There are plenty of activities to keep the whole group entertained. The Galloway and Ayrshire coasts are very accessible with the most magical seascapes looking towards Arran and Ailsa Craig. This area remains relatively unmarked by time. The roads are fringed with hedgerows, the beautiful beaches are surprisingly devoid of people and the Galloway Hills are every bit as challenging as some of their loftier neighbours in the north. There are outstanding gardens open to visit at Castle Kennedy, Logan Botanical Garden, and Glenwhan.
    Otter View can be booked with Osprey Nest (CC537186) to accommodate up to 8 guests.

    Ground Floor: The property has three steps to the entrance, is all on ground floor, has gas central heating and comprises:
    Open plan living space:
    Lounge area: With Freesat TV, DVD player and French doors.
    Dining area.

    Kitchen area: With electric oven, gas hob, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed.
    Shower room: With shower and WC.

    All gas, electric, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi. Welcome pack. Shared laundry room.Enclosed decked area and furniture. Shared lawned area. Parking (2 cars). Shared heated swimming pool (booked directly with holiday park) with shower and changing facilities. Shared tennis court. Books and games. No smoking. No children under 8 years. NB: 3 steps to shared lawn. 3 lochs in grounds, 165 yards.

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  • Esk Apartment

    Annan, Dumfries

    Ref: SAW

    "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.

    All on ground floor. 2 steps to spacious sitting room with gas ‘coal-effect’ fire. 2 steps to open-plan kitchen/dining room. Double bedroom with 5ft pine four-poster bed. 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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  • Strathmaddie Farm Cottage

    Palnure by Newton Stewart

    Ref: CC537103
    Strathmaddie Farm Cottage is a beautiful barn conversion nestled at the foot of Cairnsmore of Fleet in the Galloway Hills.  It boasts a commanding position, being elevated between the lower woodlands and fertile coastal farming lands of Wigtown Bay.   With excellent views of the beautiful estuary and surrounding bay, the cottage offers a wonderful experience to all those who enjoy and appreciate a cosy countryside retreat.  The location could not be better; close to the UK’s largest forest park which offers a myriad of activities from walking and climbing to fishing and wildlife watching and of course the world renowned 7Stanes mountain biking experience.

    Ground Floor: The accommodation within this lovely light and spacious cottage is all on one level, has electric under-floor heating and comprises:
    Spacious vestibule for outdoor clothes and footwear.
    Sitting room:   with wood-burning stove, Freesat TV and DVD player.  A lovely room with several windows including patio doors enjoying beautiful views over Wigtown Bay.
    Kitchen / diner: with electric oven and electric ceramic hob, microwave, larder fridge, smal freezer, dishwasher and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1:  with super-king size bed
    Bedroom 2:   with two single beds
    Bathroom:   with shower over extra large bath, WC and wash basin.
    Outbuilding:  with  tumble dryer

    All electricity included.  First supply of fuel for wood-burning stove provided.  Bed linen and towels supplied.  Wi-fi facility available.Enclosed terrace with lovely patio area boasting delightful views of the Cree estuary and the Machars Peninusla.  Outbuilding houses a tumble dryer and gives ideal storage space for mountain bikes and fishing rods etc.  Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Laharna Cottage

    Portpatrick, nr. Stranraer

    Ref: 692

    Sea and shore fishing, golf and walking

    Semi-detached cottage in the village conservation area, offering good standard holiday accommodation in this popular harbour village. Situated in a quiet street 100 yards from the sea, and within walking distance of the local 18-hole golf course. Good sea and shore fishing, lovely coastal walks, and sheltered harbour from which to enjoy the coastline, or the water sports available. Shop and pub 50 yards.

    Ground floor: Living/dining room. Kitchen. First floor: 2 twin bedrooms. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. Additional Z-bed (for alternative sleeping).

    Open fire in living room included. Electric heaters (in living room and bedroom) included (£20per week, £10 per short break October-March). NSH included. Bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. 32" Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Combi oven/microwave. Washer/dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. No smoking.

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  • Low Isle House

    Isle of Whithorn

    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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  • Bardristane Forge

    Nr. Gatehouse of Fleet

    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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  • Mouswald Cottages - Glen Cottage

    Mouswald, nr. Dumfries

    Ref: 29286

    Situated in the grounds of Mouswald Place Mansion House, on land which once belonged to Robert the Bruce, these two semi-detached, self contained holiday cottages (29285 and 29286) offer a very comfortable base from which to explore the delights of the surrounding area. Carefully converted to offer light and contemporary decorated accommodation, each has been equipped to ensure your comfort at any time of the year, nestled beside the remains of a 14th-century chimney stack (once part of the original house built there). Also within the well kept grounds of the mansion, through which you are free to wander, are a mix of high quality residential and private holiday lodges. Situated only 2½ miles from the Solway Coast and only 5 miles from a sandy beach, the cottages are ideally placed for exploring the beautifully undulating coastal countryside rich in flora and fauna - also a haven for bird watchers. The Wildlife and Wetland Trust at nearby Caerlaverock has plenty to see and do, complete with nature trails for the children whilst the Drummuir Farm Ice Cream Parlour is also worth a visit. The town of Dumfries is only 5 miles away which has a variety of everyday shopping for all of your holiday needs. Alternatively, nearby Gretna has a shopping complex along with the famous Old Blacksmith’s Shop - one of Scotland’s oldest visitor attractions. Beach 2½ miles. Shop, pub and restaurant 2 miles.

    Ground floor: Kitchen. 1 double (5ft) bedroom. Wet room with toilet. First floor: Living room. 1 twin bedroom.

    Both properties: Gas central heating, gas, electricity and bed linen included. Freeview TV. DVD. Gas cooker. Microwave. Patio with sitting-out area and furniture. Parking (2 cars). No smoking.

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  • Mains of Auchenfranco

    Lochfoot near Dumfries

    Ref: CC537003
    The large spacious farmhouse is reached by a 1/4 mile private drive, adjoining the owner’s house. One of the major benefits of living at Auchenfranco is its location; we feel very privileged to be there and hope you will feel the same when you come to stay. Although the farmhouse could probably accommodate  twice the number of visitors, we have deliberately set the maximum occupation at 4 adults in order to preserve the atmosphere of unhurried tranquillity, with space to relax and chill, away from the stresses of everyday life. The farmhouse benefits from a country style kitchen/diner, 2 lounges all with views across paddocks with woodland/reedbeds and hills beyond. Off the main lounge is the conservatory and patio area which gets the afternoon/ evening sun, perfect for afternoon tea or a glass of wine whilst barbecuing. A short walk across a field takes you through our private woodland/reedbed (around 10 acres) down to Lochrutton Loch. The habitat supports a wide range of species of  birds & animals, buzzards, woodpeckers, swallows, waterfowl, deer, badgers, bats to name a few, you never know what you might spot! There is course fishing on the Loch, free of charge to guests - just bring your rods. Auchenfranco is 6 miles west of Dumfries, ideally located for the world class 7Stanes mountain bike trails of Mabie, Dalbeattie and Ae forests, close to WWT Caerlaverock wetland centre and RSPB Mersehead nature reserve on the Solway Firth
    "I can say i’ve never stayed anywhere so welcoming and homely"  May ’09
    "This is not a house holiday let; it is a beautiful home rented out in an area of Scotland that is a real gem"  Aug ’09

    Ground Floor: Property has electric storage heating and comprises:
    Main Lounge: With electric stove effect fire, comfy sofa’s, Free view digital TV, DVD and DAB radio/cassette/CD player.
    2nd Lounge: With electric stove effect fire, dining table, wide range of books, board games, cards, jigsaws & DVD’s.
    Large traditional Farmhouse Kitchen: Well equipped, with oil fired AGA, combi microwave/grill, fridge/ ice box, dishwasher. washing machine, TV and dining table.
    Shower Room: With shower and WC
    Conservatory: Off main lounge, with doors opening onto private patio, seating area with furniture..

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed, fitted wardrobe
    Bathroom 1: Next door to bedroom 1 with corner bath, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 2: Bedroom suite consisting of bedroom twin bedded, fitted wardrobe, walk thro dressing room (with wardrobe, sofa and dressing table), en suite bathroom with bath and WC

    All fuel, power, pure cotton bed linen and towels included. Freezer available in owner’s utility room. Patio furniture and BBQ, charcoal provided.  Off road parking. Pets welcome. No children under the age of 14 yrears.

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  • Tides Reach

    Garlieston, nr. Newton Stewart

    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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  • Auchenhill Lodge

    Kippford near Dalbeattie

    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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  • The Stables


    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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