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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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  • Camphill Cottage

    Whinnieliggate near Kirkcudbright

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537252
    Camphill Cottage is a charming Galloway cottage, which enjoys a peaceful rural location, yet it is only three miles from the historic harbour town of Kirkcudbright. This is the ideal cottage to relax and rewind, with its stunning views over open farmland. The area has numerous walks available, from scenic coastal walks to forest trails. With sailing, swimming, riding, fishing, golf, boat trips and watersports close by, there is sure to be something for everyone. Warmed by the Gulf Stream, there are many beautiful gardens to visit, including Threave Gardens (National Trust). Close to the Galloway Forest Park and central to five of the 7Stanes, it is a popular location for cyclists and mountain bikers. Kirkcudbright is known as ’the artists’ town’, having hosted generations of painters, craft makers and artisans – a culture still thriving today. Kirkcudbright attracts visitors throughout the year, who are drawn by the harbour, the historic high street and the diverse range of annual events and attractions. The popular programme of summer festivities culminates with the spectacular Tattoo, an event not to be missed.

    Ground Floor: The property has one step to the entrance, is all on the ground floor, has oil central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With wooden floor, wood burner, 30" Freeview TV, DVD player and CD player.
    Kitchen: With electric cooker, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: With double bed.
    Bedroom 2: With twin beds.
    Bathroom: With shower over bath and WC.

    All oil, electric, bed linen and towels included. Initial fuel for wood burner provided. Welcome pack. Enclosed, lawned garden with courtyard and furniture. Parking (3 cars). Cycle store. No smoking.

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  • Corner House

    New Galloway near Castle Douglas

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

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

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

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

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  • 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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  • Gardener’s Cottage

    Palnure near Newton Stewart

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537189
    Gardener’s Cottage sits peacefully in the heart of the historic Bargaly Estate. As its name portrays, Gardener’s Cottage was once the home of the head gardener to this estate, owned by the famous horticulturist Andrew Heron and dates back to 1675. Newton Stewart is within a five mile drive and here is the gateway to the Galloway Hills which are every bit as challenging as some of their more loftier neighbours in the north!

    Ground Floor: The property has full oil central heating and comprises:
    Living room/diner: with wood burner, Sky TV (free to view channels only), DVD player, radio/CD.
    Kitchen: with tiled floor, electric oven and hob, microwave, fridge, freezer and washing machine.
    Bedroom 1: with double bed.
    Bedroom 2: with zip and link beds (can be either two single beds or one super king bed).
    Bathroom: with bath, shower cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    All electric, bed linen and towels provided. First basket of logs provided free of charge. Travel cot available. Welcome pack provided. Strictly no smoking.Enclosed courtyard and garden. Garden furniture and BBQ provided. Store available for bikes/equipment. Salmon and trout fishing by separate arrangement. Private parking for 3 cars. Natural water supply from a spring.

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  • Whitecroft - Rose Cottage

    Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: 28176


    These two semi-detached holiday cottages are situated approximately 1 mile off the public road up a private drive, next to the owners’ home and small working farm in a very quiet, peaceful location, which is ideal for secluded retreats or as a central touring base to explore Dumfries & Galloway. The cottages are similar in style and design and Myrtle Cottage (ref 28177) is a restored barn conversion consisting of a traditional granite byre with an architect designed larch clad extension featuring a welcoming woodburner. They are located near the Solway Coast and close to the world-class ‘7 Stanes’ mountain bike facility at nearby Dalbeattie, 10 minutes’ drive. Also in the vicinity is the Galloway Forest Park which is one of just a handful of ‘Dark Sky Parks’ in the western world in recognition of spectacular sightings of the starry skies it affords. The region’s capital, Dumfries, is a 25 minute drive, and is known for its links with Robert Burns; visitors may explore his house, sample a dram in Burns’ favourite hostelry - The Globe Inn, or find out more about him at the Robert Burns Centre. Other nearby areas of interest are Colvend Golf Course and Southerness Golf Course, both 10 minutes away, and horse riding facilities at Barend Riding School at Sandyhills, just 5 minutes’ drive and fishing. Along the coast, discover unspoilt villages, dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches and rocky coves. There is wildlife in abundance with an RSPB Mersehead Nature Reserve nearby. Whitecroft itself has an abundance of wildlife such as roe deer, red squirrels and plentiful birdlife including the majestic red kite. During times of agricultural activity (lambing, shearing, hay making, feeding calves) the owners are more than happy for visitors to view or even have a try. This can be arranged during your stay. In addition to being an ideal venue for a traditional spring/summer break, the cottages make for a perfect cosy autumn/winter break. Constructed and insulated to the highest standards with the benefit of a technologically advanced biomass boiler, you can enjoy the added bonus of central heating 365 days a year, meaning whatever the weather you’re guaranteed to be warm and cosy for no additional cost. Shop, pub and restaurant 6 miles.

    All on ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. 2 double (6ft) bedrooms (one zip and link), both with en-suite shower room and toilet (one with access from living room).

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (initial fuel included). Biomass underfloor central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot and high chair on request. Satellite TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Enclosed lawned garden with patio and furniture. Shared 25-acre natural, woodland grounds. Barbecue. Parking (2 cars). Cycle store. Natural water supply from well. Welcome pack. No smoking. NB: Large pond at the bottom of the drive, sloping banks in grounds.

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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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  • Fisherman’s Cottage

    Stairhaven by Glenluce

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    1
    Ref: CC537073
    Fisherman’s Cottage is in an idyllic spot on the shore of Luce Bay in Stairhaven. The cottage boasts a private slipway and uninterrupted views across to the Rhinns of Galloway. Fisherman’s Cottage in Stairhaven is charming with every comfort provided to ensure that you have a wonderful holiday. When the cottage was first built around 1850 it was the first dwelling in Stairhaven and there are only a handful of houses even today. The hamlet of Stairhaven is known locally as The Craws Nest. You may even catch a glimpse of the area’s last remaining lobster fisherman.

    Ground Floor: Property has oil central heating and comprises:
    Entrance Vestibule
    Open plan Sitting Room/Kitchen/Breakfast bar dining: A lovely light and airy room enjoying views across Luce Bay.
    Sitting Area: With electric feature fire and Free sat HD TV
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and washer/dryer.
    Lounge: With Free sat TV, DVD
    Bathroom: With  bath, separate showwer cubicle, WC and wash basin.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With king-size bed and lovely views of the bay
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds and lovely views of the bay.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wi-Fi available. Raised lawn area with garden furniture and direct access to the beach. Front area enclosed by dry stone wall and rear open to beach and bay. Off road parking for 2 cars with trailers/2 boats.

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  • Pieces of 8

    Palnackie, Castle Douglas

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    2
    Ref: CC537097
    Pieces of 8 is a charming mid terraced cottage set in the pretty little village of Palnackie in the heart of Galloway.  The accommodation is spread over three floors and is immaculately presented throughout with a cosy open fire in the lounge making this cottage a suitable choice regardless of the season. The name of the cottage is apposite as this area was notorious for its smuggling connections. Never more so than at nearby Balcary where the hotel was riddled with holes for secreting the contraband. Walter Scott wrote of the area that “Few people take more enthusiastically to the ’free-trade’ than the men of the Solway Coast” Take assurance that your ‘Welcome Pack’ will be quite legal!

    Ground Floor: The property has electric storage heaters and comprises:
    Sitting Room: With open fire, Free View TV, DVD player and video available on request.
    Kitchen/Dining/Living room: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, fridge/freezer, dishwasher and DVD player - a lovely spacious yet cosy room with window overlooking the garden.
    Shower Room: With shower enclosure, WC, wash basin and washing machine

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed enjoying lovely views of Barlochan Hill
    Bathroom: With bath, shower enclosure, WC and wash basin

    Second Floor: An open staircase leads directly into the bedroom and care must be taken
    Bedroom 2: With 2 single beds and large velux window overlooking the garden and countryside.

    All fuel, power, bed linen and towels included. Wood and coal for open fire provided. Cot and high chair available. Wi-fi connection available.Fully enclosed garden with outdoor furniture. Storage area for bicycles and fishing equipment etc. On street parking.

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  • Spring Tide

    Garlieston

    Grade
    4
    2
    0
    2
    Ref: CC537142
    Spring Tide is just the ticket for a cosy and very comfortable and relaxing base in which to discover this delightful corner of Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland’s best kept secret! The master bedroom has its own private balcony with lovely sea views across Wigtown Bay. Just perfect for a romantic night cap, morning coffee and just planning your day. There are walks straight from the front door along the seashore and particularly enjoyable is the walk to Cruggleton Castle, skirting the grounds of Galloway House and stopping for a picnic on the pretty sandy beach at Rigg Bay. Strong walkers can continue on to the Isle of Whithorn, affectionately known as ’the isle’ to the locals. The annual calendar of events hosted by the county is overflowing with activities for everyone whatever their age. We have music festivals, arts and crafts and open studios, country fairs, mouth watering events for foodies, walking festivals and much, much more and all the venues have one thing in common; they are surrounded by the most dramatic scenery and over 200 miles of stunning coastline.

    Ground Floor: Property has electric panel heaters and comprises:
    Open plan lounge/dining/kitchen
    Lounge Area: With sky (entertainment extra package)TV, DVD, selection of DVDs and Wi-fi
    Dining Area: With table and chairs; lovely views
    Kitchen Area: With electric oven and ceramic hob, microwave, larder fridge, freezer and washer/dryer
    Cloakroom: With WC and wash basin

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and French door opening onto private balcony overlooking Wigtown Bay; en suite facilities with shoer enclosure, WC and wash basin
    Bedroom 2: With two single beds
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity and bed linen included. Wi-fi availableArea at rear with garden furniture and chiminea (enclosed by fence on one side) accessed via steps from the kitchen area. Access to front of property via ramp or stairs. Off road parking for 2 cars.

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  • Harbour View

    Port William, Wigtownshire

    Grade
    4
    2
    2
    1
    Ref: CC537058
    This delightful cottage is just the ticket for a cosy holiday in the pretty coastal village of Port William. Light, airy and spacious with lovely views of the sea and pretty terraced garden, Harbour View retains a charm all of its own. Port William offers everything you could possibly need and all virtually on the doorstep! This is an ideal base for walking, cycling, fishing and golf. Dumfries and Galloway is one of Scotland’s best kept secrets and this area known as The Machars is no exception with something for everyone. This magnificent coastline is endowed with sandy bays and stony beaches and hidden caves all designed to inspire the imagination. The wildlife is second to none including otters and seals being a frequent sight especially before sunset. Monreith has a lovely sandy beach and a 9 hole golf course. There is a visitor’s centre in the harbour housing the local Lifeboat Station, a gift shop and cafe. There is a memorial to the author, Gavin Maxwell of ’Ring of Bright Water’ fame, in the form of a bronze otter. Scotland’s National Book Town at Wigtown is less than a half hour’s enjoyable drive away and besides playing host to an exciting annual literary festival it is also a pleasant little town offering many facilities. Essentially Wigtown is a book lover’s haven and with over a quarter of a million old and new books to choose from, you’ll not leave empty handed! Scotland’s most southerly distillery sits beside the luscious green banks of the River Bladnoch, from which it takes its name. It has been producing the "Spirit of the Lowlands" since 1817. Can you refuse a ’wee dram’! Guests are assured of a warm welcome when visiting Port William. The village holds an annual Carnival Week with events for all the family. Harbour View is located within an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and Luce Bay, from Burrow Head to The Mull of Galloway has been designated as a Special Area of Conservation to protect the natural habitats of fauna and wild flora much of it rare and protected. For nature watch lovers both botanists and bird watchers will be delighted by the variety of wildlife to be found both on land and sea. Badgers, deer and foxes are occasionally seen close by. A visit to the nearby Burrow Head will take you back to the famous closing scenes of the cult film The Wickerman which was shot at nearby Burrow Head which is on the route to the Isle of Whithorn. Don’t worry if you miss the ferry you can always walk across! Cycling is a real pleasure on these quiet picturesque roads but if you fancy trying something a lot more adventurous then head eastwards for a great choice of 7Stanes venues for some world class mountain biking. Don’t forget to find Port William’s best known citizen who always looks out to sea!

    Ground Floor: Property has electric central heating and comprises:
    Lounge: With sky (free view channels) TV, DVD/VCR and radio/CD
    Kitchen: With electric double oven and electric hob and washing machine.
    Dining Room: A spacious room with dining furniture, settee and fridge/freezer.

    First Floor: Bedroom 1: With double bed and lovely views over Luce Bay and the harbour.
    Bedroom 2: With double bed and views of the garden
    Bathroom: With shower over bath, WC and wash basin.

    All electricity, bed linen and towels included. Cot and high chair available. Wi-Fi available. Enclosed terraced patio on different levels (steps may become slippery when wet). Storage for bicycles and fishing rods etc. Two adult mountain bikes and fishing tackle is available for visitors use. On street parking.

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  • Killantrae Burn Cottages - Killantrae Burn A

    Port William

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 27144

    Ideal touring base

    Situated in Port William with views over Luce Bay to the Mull of Galloway, these spacious semi-detached holiday cottages (refs 27144 and 27145) have been renovated to a very good standard and maintain many original features. The gardens, complete with animal sculptures, have direct access to the beach. Fine sandy beaches can be found at Second Sands and to the south of Monreith. Rock pools on the beach are a haven for children searching for sea creatures. On adjacent land otters and badgers are no strangers. Minke whales, turtles, seabirds, porpoise, seals and dolphins have been seen in the Bay. Explore the beautiful Galloway Hills or the Solway coastline. Visit the distillery at Bladnoch, or explore Wigtown. Cycling, horse riding, golf, sailing and diving available in the area. NB: Cottages can be linked to sleep up to 11 guests. Shop and pub 55 yards, restaurant in village.

    Ground floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double (5ft) with patio doors, 1 twin. Bathroom with shower over bath and toilet. First floor: Living room/kitchen. Oak floor throughout.

    Oil central heating included (£25per week October-March). Private patio.

    Both properties: Woodburner in living room (no fuel provided). Electricity, bed linen and towels included. Freesat TV. DVD. Electric cooker. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Wi-fi. Large garden. Barbecue. Ample parking. No smoking. NB: Burn and sea 25 yards.

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  • Rockcliffe

    Rockcliffe, nr. Dalbeattie

    Grade
    4
    2
    1
    1
    Ref: 7342

    Superb views

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

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

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

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