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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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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
8
Pets
0
Kirkconnell House Ref: 27235

4-acre grounds

In a secluded location, this large, detached house is located close to the quaint village of New Abbey on the spectacular Solway Coast. This holiday property offers a choice of walks from the door and a rich variety of wildlife within the grounds. Nearby is the Mabie Forest, a popular area for walkers and cyclists with world class mountain biking at Mabie Forest 7 Stanes 2½ miles away. Dumfries lies just 6 miles away, where there are plenty of shops, restaurants and museums, as well as a good theatre. Castle Douglas, close by, is a traditional market town with individual shops specialising in food and local produce. Visitors will find unspoilt villages, dramatic coastlines, sandy beaches, rocky coves, magnificent gardens, castles and ancient monuments to explore. Wildlife is in abundance with a number of RSPB reserves nearby. It is a 400 yard walk to the River Nith estuary. Golf, fishing, riding and sailing all available. Shop and pub 11/2 miles, restaurant 2½ miles.

Ground floor: Living room with wooden floor. Second living room. Dining room. Kitchen with beams and tiled floor. Utility/boot room. Bathroom with bath, shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Games room. 5 bedrooms: 1 double (6ft), 3 twin, two with en-suite bathroom and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with bidet and toilet. Steep stairs to second floor: 1 double bedroom with beams, wooden floor and Velux. Further stairs to second floor: 2 bedrooms: 1 double, 1 twin. Cot room.

Open fire in living room (fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity and bed linen included. Cot. High chair. Freeview TV. DVD. CD. iPod dock. Electric hob. Two electric ovens. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Two fridge/freezers. Large enclosed lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. 4-acre natural, wooded grounds. Ample parking. Cycle store. Games room with table tennis, pool table and dartboard. Natural water supply from spring. No smoking. NB: Stream in grounds, 50 yards.

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£1400-£2663
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
16
Bedrooms
8
Pets
2
Burnfoot of Cluden Ref: 26965

This attractive detached country house, in the hamlet of East Cluden, near Dumfries, sits in an elevated position with wonderful views of Cluden Water. There are lovely river walks accessed directly from the property and the ’Twelve Apostles’ stone circle is close by. Burnfoot of Cluden is very much in the country, but only a short drive from the market town of Dumfries, which has many places of interest including Dumfries Museum, Gracefield Arts Centre and poet Robert Burns’ house, as well as cinemas, ice skating, swimming and a wide choice of shops and restaurants. Other local attractions include Drumlanrig Castle, with its famous art collection, beautiful gardens and country park, The Striding Arches Walk, by contemporary sculptor Andy Goldsworthy and the Glenkiln Sculpture Trail. Also in the area are Sweetheart Abbey, Mabie Forest and Mabie Farm Park, Threave Garden, Caerlaverock Castle and Caerlaverock Wetland Centre. Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s first Dark Skies Park and Loch Ken offer a huge range of outdoor activities including water sports. Burnfoot of Cluden is also an excellent base from which to explore the extensive Seven Stanes mountain bike trails. Day tickets for salmon and trout fishing, including the beat alongside the property, can be purchased online. South West Scotland has rolling hills and farmland, with numerous places to walk, cycle, golf, ride and fish. It is rural in character and abundant in bird and wildlife. Shop and pub/restaurant 1 mile.

Ground floor: Living room. Dining room. Kitchen. Utility room. 2 steps up to 1 twin bedroom. Shower room with toilet. First floor: 5 bedrooms: 4 double, 1 single with additional pull-out. Bathroom with toilet. Shower room with toilet. Second floor: 2 twin bedrooms. TV room.

Woodburner in living room and open fire in dining room (initial fuel included). Oil central heating, electricity, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Two Freeview TVs. DVDs. iPod dock. Electric cooker. Oil fired Aga. Microwave. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Freezer. Wi-fi. Lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Barbecue. Ample parking. Cycle store. No smoking. NB: Fenced river just beyond grounds. Significant drop from drive.

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£619-£1960
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Grade 4 Star rating
Sleeps
12
Bedrooms
6
Pets
2
Newburn House Ref: SHHW

This substantial Georgian town house, renovated to a high standard, is the end property in a row and is situated in the charming village of Glenluce, with many local shops, pubs and eateries. Beautiful scenic walks can start from the doorstep and lead along the stream and through the glen behind the holiday property, on to the historic remains of Glenluce Abbey, or further down the banks of the Water of Luce to the sands of Luce Bay. This area of Dumfries and Galloway boasts rugged coastlines and secluded sandy beaches which benefit from the warmth of the passing Gulf stream and is surrounded by breathtaking scenery, offering an ideal base from which to explore the Machars Peninsula and the Galloway hills. Just to discover this peaceful region with its unspoilt countryside and virtually traffic-free roads is a pleasure itself. There are many beautiful gardens to explore, including the world renowned Logan Botanical Gardens, which is a paradise to behold. It boasts many pretty little ports like Sandhead, Portpatrick and the Isle of Whithorn and the RSPB Scotland Mull of Galloway nature reserve, where thousands of seabirds nest in the cliff face during the spring and summer. Walking is a delight - whether clifftop, beaches, hills, forest or even one of the towns close by. The Southern Upland Way passes close by. A cyclist’s paradise with the 7 stanes within easy reach. If fishing, shooting or golf is your interest, there are many facilities nearby, including five 18-hole golf courses and four salmon rivers. The town of Stranraer, only 20 minutes away offers a selection of shops and restaurants and is home to Stena Line Ferry making a day trip to Ireland possible. Shops and pub 20 yards.

Living room with open fire in original cast iron fireplace. Large kitchen with patio doors. Sitting room with electric coal-effect fire and TV. Double bedroom. Fully tiled shower room with double shower cubicle and toilet. First floor: Three double bedrooms, two with 5ft bed, one with en-suite shower room with toilet. Second floor: Two twin bedrooms, both with sloping ceilings. Fully tiled bathroom with bidet and toilet.

  • Open fire, initial fuel included, thereafter available locally
  • Electric coal-effect fire included
  • Electricity, full oil central heating, bed linen and towels included
  • High chair
  • Two satellite TVs
  • Video (small library)
  • DVD (small library)
  • Radio/CD (small library)
  • Microwave
  • Washing machine
  • Dishwasher
  • Freezer
  • Enclosed, lawned garden with furniture
  • Barbecue
  • Roadside parking
  • Cycle store
  • No smoking
  • Ground floor facilities (steps in garden)
  • NB: 8 steps to garden

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£434-£1499
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Grade 3 Star rating
Sleeps
15
Bedrooms
7
Pets
2
Braefield Ref: 26192

Enjoying a wonderful setting with views over the picturesque town, harbour and out to sea, this spacious detached house offers an ideal holiday base from which to explore the surrounding area. Enjoy the challenging uplands of the Galloway Hills, or gentle seaside trails, rolling moors and dramatic cliff-top walks. The Southern Upland Way passing close by is ideal for enjoying the many and varied shorter walks. The dramatic scenery is home to a rich company of flora and fauna, with many unusual species including pine martens, golden eagle, ospreys, red deer, red squirrels and the natterjack toad. The area has many renowned gardens to visit including the Botanic Gardens in Port Logan. Wigtown, Scotland’s official book town, is also home to a charming gallery and excellent cafés, and is located only a few miles from Bladnoch Distillery, where visitors can sample the local malt whisky. For fishermen, the area offers a wide variety of opportunities including sea fishing from Portpatrick and trout and salmon fishing are close by. Other country pursuits include shooting and riding. Golf courses within a 20 minute drive at Stranraer, Portpatrick and Lagganmore. Turnberry, with its world famous course is only 45 minutes away and offers a spa, off road driving, quad biking and restaurant. For the more active, there are numerous cycle routes set out in stunning forestry commission surroundings and cycle hire is available at these centres. Sailing is available via the local marina, and slightly further afield there is the Galloway Sailing Centre where visitors can try windsurfing, canoeing and power boating. From Stranraer, 15 miles, there is the ferry service to Ireland for a day trip. Shops, pubs and restaurants 300 yards.

Ground floor: Living room. Kitchen. 1 double bedroom with en-suite shower room and toilet. First floor: 6 bedrooms: 3 double each with en-suite shower room and toilet, one with 2 additional singles, 2 twin, one with en-suite shower room and toilet, 1 single. Bathroom with corner bath, shower attachment and toilet.

Oil central heating included (£35per week October-March). Electricity, gas, bed linen and towels included. Travel cot. High chair. Nine satellite TVs. DVD. CD. Gas range. Electric oven. Combi microwave/oven/grill. Washing machine. Tumble dryer. Dishwasher. Fridge/freezer. Large lawned garden with sitting-out area and furniture. Ample parking. No smoking.

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£619-£1856
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