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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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  • Hillcroft

    Portpatrick

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: CC537098
    Hillcroft is a superb detached bungalow and the perfect place for exploring this lovely part of the world, if you can stop looking at the wonderful views! The living accommodation benefits from being all on one level with the garage sited below and as a result the enclosed spacious balcony is raised and very private affording stunning views of the sea and the village. If you are lucky you may spot dolphins.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on ground floor level and heated by night storage heaters and comprises:
    4 steps to entrance door
    Sitting Room: With wood burning stove, Free View TV, multi region DVD, radio/CD and and children’s games. Patio window which opens onto a raised and enclosed spacious balcony giving amazing views of the village and to the sea.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker,  microwave, fridge/freezer, washing machine, dishwasher and radio/CD player. Views of the village and to the sea.
    Garage: With tumble dryer situated below the accommodation with external stairs.
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 1: With king sized bed, Free View TV and electric blanket
    Bedroom 2: With queen size bed and electric blanket
    Shower Room: With shower cubicle, WC and wash basin

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. First basket of logs provided for the log burning stove. Wi-Fi.Private enclosed patio with BBQ and open garden with driveway. Garage for storage of golf clubs, mountain bikes and fishing rods, etc and tumble dryer. Off road parking for 3 cars.

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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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  • 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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  • Rigfoot Cottage

    Langholm, Dumfrieshire

    Grade
    4
    2
    3
    1
    Ref: W41100

    Panoramic views

    This secluded detached cottage is set in the beautiful Ewes Valley, on a working farm. Surrounded by 2000 acres of open hill and moorland stocked with Aberdeen Angus cattle and Scottish Blackface sheep. Boasting panoramic views, it is ideal for families and couples. For walkers, there are many local paths with an abundance of wildlife to be seen. Langholm is just 5.5 miles with shops, restaurants and pubs, a golf course and sports centre. Gretna Green with its designer outlet park, Carlisle and Hawick are all close by, with the picturesque Solway Coast with sandy beaches within easy reach. Edinburgh and the Lake District also accessible. Shop, pub and restaurant 5 miles.

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

    Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating and electricity included (£30per week October-March). Bed linen and towels included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Lawned garden, patio and furniture. Parking (2 cars). Natural water supply from spring.

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  • Wee Dug Hoose

    Stairhaven by Glenluce

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

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

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

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

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

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  • Woodside

    Lochanhead, Beeswing

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537148
    Woodside 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 Woodside 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 Woodburn (537199) to accommodate up to eight guests.

    Ground Floor: Property is all on the ground floor, has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan living area.
    Lounge area: With TV/DVD and full Sky package
    Dining area: With dining furniture
    Kitchen area: With electric double oven, 5 ring induction hob, microwave, larder fridge, dishwasher and washing machine
    Bedroom 1: With king size bed and TV/DVD
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Shower room: With power shower, WC and wash basin. 

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. Cot and highchair available.Decking and patio area with hot tub. Views of open countryside and Mabie Forest. Secure and insulated shed with tumble dryer and freezer. Mountain bikes available and guided tours by bike or on foot all by arrangement with the owner. Off road parking.

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  • Harbour Row - Gigha

    Drummore, nr. Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: 27100

    Ideal touring base

    Situated in the Rhins of Galloway in the coastal village of Drummore, Scotland’s most southerly point, these two holiday cottages (refs 27100 and 27102) stand on the banks of Luce Bay with its sand and shingle beach just across the road. The properties offer stunning views across the expanse of Luce Bay with its white tipped waves and sea birds. The area is unspoilt, the scenery idyllic, and the seascapes around the Rhins as dramatic as they are beautiful. Attractions include golf courses and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway Nature Reserve where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. Harbour porpoises, dolphins, seals, otters and minke whales can also be spotted. 5 miles north of Stranraer is Cairnryan, home to the Stena Line ferry which makes regular trips to Ireland. Shop, pub and restaurant 500 yards.

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

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

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

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  • Lower Baltersan Cottage

    Newton Stewart

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • Bay View

    Drummore near Stranraer

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537044
    Bay View is a delightful detached bungalow occupying a superb sea front position close to Drummore, Scotland’s most southerly village and only a pleasant half a mile stroll away. The property enjoys a wonderful outlook through the palm trees across Luce Bay and beyond toward the Galloway Hills. It is the perfect holiday retreat for all those seeking peace and relaxation ’far from the madding crowd’.

    Ground Floor: Property is all at ground floor level, has night storage heaters and comprises;
    Entrance hall leading to...
    Lounge: With wood burning stove, TV, DVD, radio cassette enjoying lovely sea views.
    Kitchen/Diner: With electric cooker, microwave and fridge/freezer.
    Conservatory: With washing machine.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed and sea view
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and views over open countryside.

    All electricity and bed linen included. All logs supplied for stove.Gardens. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Balcary Mews Cottage

    Auchencairn

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    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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  • Bluebell Cottage

    Wigtown nr. Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: 28381

    Amidst some of the finest scenery in southern Scotland, this semi-detached holiday cottage has the River Bladnoch only yards away and is an ideal base from which to explore the breathtaking scenery. With the Galloway Forest Park close by and many beaches and villages within an easy drive, the area provides ample opportunity to relax. With the mild influence of the Gulf Stream, Galloway is home to some of the most beautiful gardens. Mountain biking, walking, fishing, horse riding and sailing all nearby. Golf course within 1 mile. Shops 1 mile, pub and restaurant 100 yards.

    Ground floor: Living room. Dining room with tiled floor. Kitchen with tiled floor. 1 twin bedroom. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: 1 double bedroom with 2 Velux and en-suite shower room with toilet.

    Electric central heating included (£25per week November-March). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freeview TV. DVD and small library. Stereo/CD. Electric cooker. Washing machine. Enclosed garden, sitting-out area and furniture. On road parking. No smoking. NB: Fenced river, 20 yards.

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