This pretty stone cottage provides the perfect romantic retreat for those who enjoy being by the sea, wildlife and coastal walks. Nestling amidst the grounds of a picturesque estate in South West Scotland, Shore Cottage sits just 50 yards from the peaceful beach of Rigg Bay (a haven for birdlife) and has fabulous walks straight from the front door. An ideal base for discovering the rugged natural beauty of Dumfries and Galloway and just perfect for getting away from it all.
Dairy House sleeps up to five people in 4-Star comfort. The three-bedroom, dog-friendly cottage is on a family-run farm a few miles from Kirkcudbright and close to Meikle Ross. The views of the coast and countryside are beautiful at any time of year, interrupted only by the odd cow or red kite. It is a wonderful place to stop and recharge, enjoying spending time with family and friends in very comfortable surroundings.
Escape to the beautiful south-west coast of Scotland with a stay at Creel Cottage. The dog-friendly cottage is on a private farm and just steps from the beach at Ross Bay. There is space for up to four people to sleep in two bedrooms, giving couples, families and friends easy access to Kirkcudbright, Brighouse Bay, Meikle Ross and Galloway Forest Park. There are big sky views, fantastic pubs and restaurants, and a wealth of history, nature and adventure to enjoy.
Byre by the Sea is one of four lovely self-catering properties on the family-run Ross Farm. The single-storey cottage sleeps four people in two bedrooms and is the perfect get-away-from-it-all property with its fantastic waterfront location on breathtaking Ross Bay. It is an excellent year-round holiday destination with lots for everyone to do from beachcombing to golf, mountain biking and sightseeing. This part of Scotland is incredibly peaceful and remarkably unspoiled, yet very easy to reach, and staying here will almost feel like you have been let in on a beautiful secret.
These three Scandinavian style lodges in a loch-side Scottish setting are a match made in heaven. Each cabin sleeps 2 to 8 people, sitting in a peaceful holiday park in Sandhills, within walking distance of the beach. They can be booked on their own or in combination to accommodate everyone from couples on a romantic break to extended families and groups of friends who want to make the most of the beautiful Dumfries and Galloway coastline. The area offers plenty in the way of attractions and activities, while the holiday park provides guests with amenities that include a heated indoor pool and onsite bar and restaurant. Tourist board rating: 3 Star
Formerly the station masters house, this spacious luxurious holiday home is located in the rural Scottish town of Sanquhar within Dumfries and Galloway. There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy locally, pubs and fine dining restaurant for meals out, superb walking with the Ayrshire Coastal Path easily accessible and places to visit by train! Tourist board rating: 5 Star
A delightful self catering holiday cottage set within the grounds of a beautiful estate within South West Scotland. A heated outdoor swimming pool, coastal walks and lovely beach at Rigg Bay just a short stroll away make this the perfect place for adults to getaway and relax.
A delightful holiday cottage located on a private Cairnsmore Estate near Newton Stewart in Galloway, Scotland. A perfect place to escape the pressures of everyday life and explore this beautiful quiet part of Scotland.
With a warm climate, spectacular beaches and a location that is easy to reach, Sandhead is the perfect holiday destination made even better by the fact that it always feels relaxed and uncrowded, even in the height of summer. This two-bedroom cottage sleeps up to four people and is within walking distance of the beach and village, and only 15-minutes from Stranraer. It is pet-friendly and ideal for everyone from couples to families and friends.
The owners of The Old Cheeseloft believe that life is better by the sea and, once you have stayed at this fantastic waterfront property, you will agree with them! It is one of three beautifully renovated holiday cottages on the owner's 500-acre farm, steps away from the beach at Ross Bay with incredible views towards the Isle of Man, Solway Firth and the Cumbrian Fells. Guests can enjoy breathtaking walks along the coast or through the countryside, fish, play golf, mountain bike or rock climb. Nearby towns offer plenty of places to eat and drink, as well as shopping, galleries and museums showcasing Scotland's incredible history. With space for five people in three bedrooms, The Old Cheeseloft is perfect for families and friends.
The south-west coast of Scotland is one of the country's most picturesque places with mild weather and long hours of sunshine coupled with pristine beaches that are frequently deserted. Just 10 minutes from the friendly village of Portpatrick and only a quarter of an hour from Stranraer, Knockinaam House is perfect for families and friends. There is space for up to eight people to sleep in four bedrooms, and with three acres of gardens and no immediate neighbours, the kids can be as noisy and energetic as they like.
Nestling amongst the grounds of a picturesque estate in South West Scotland, this pretty stone cottage affords a fantastic position just 100 yards from the beach of Rigg Bay. A perfect place for a relaxing holiday away from the crowds where you can enjoy glorious coastal scenery, an abundance of wildlife, lovely walks and lazy beach days. Start your days with a mug of tea on the beach and end them in the very same spot with a sundowner!
A lovely cottage for two (also ideal for singles) sitting in South West Scotland on a private estate close to the town of Newton Stewart in Galloway. An ideal retreat for a relaxing holiday or to use as a base for exploring this beautiful rugged quiet corner of Scotland with an abundance of wildlife and wonderful walks.
Modern and stylish, this studio-style holiday retreat provides a warm Scottish welcome to couples (and their dog) and is located in Dumfries and Galloway within easy reach of Newton Abbot, Kirkcudbright and Gate House of Fleet. With glorious countryside and woodland views, Wren's Nest is perfect for those who enjoy horse riding, walking, fishing, golf and shooting and offers a setting that guarantees relaxation, yet is within easy reach of a host of attractions.
Dumfries and Galloway is the perfect holiday destination whether you like the mountains or the coast. Popsal Cottage on the outskirts of Kirkcowan and within walking distance of shops and a pub, is ideal for couples and families who want to unwind and relax in spectacular surroundings. Newton Abbot, Kirkcudbright and Gate House of Fleet are all within easy reach, as are beaches at Wigtown Bay and Luce Bay. There are wonderful facilities where you can fish, ride horses, play golf or shoot game or clays. Whatever your perfect Scottish holiday looks like, put Popsal Cottage is at its heart.
Finding a house big enough for everyone to spend time together and enjoy their own space can be difficult, which is why Chestnut Lodge is such a jewel. The spacious house has two living rooms, a large garden with a covered patio, and seven bedrooms that sleep up to 16 people. The kids will love that it is only a ten-minute walk from the beach while their parents will appreciate it is the same distance to the pub and just two miles to the harbour town of Portpatrick. Explore the beautiful coast and countryside of the Rhins of Galloway from this extremely comfortable base.
The Rhins of Galloway is a stunning peninsula with white sandy beaches, ancient ruins, a beautiful loch and friendly villages. Despite its many charms, the area remains almost a secret. Hidden Hideaway is a fantastic cottage in a secluded location on the 360-acre Low Glengyre Estate. It sleeps six people in three bedrooms and features an outdoor hot tub. It is dog-friendly and ideal for families, couples and friends who love walking, cycling, birdwatching, playing golf and fishing, yet who do not enjoy sharing all this beauty with bus-loads of tourists! Stranraer is only 15 minutes away, and the cottage is also convenient for Castle Kennedy, Ardwell, Glenluce Abbey and the Mull of Galloway lighthouse.
Sitting on the edge of the attractive village of Thornhill in South West Scotland, Lettrick offers a high standard of comfort and style for friends and families looking to discover Scotland's beauty. With a great range of amenities (including cafes, pubs, restaurants and shops) within a short walk, lots of attractions for day trips out, and tranquil scenery all around, this delightful cottage offers all the right ingredients for a relaxing holiday. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Wildlife enthusiast can enjoy the rare and diverse nature of the local birds and animals. The Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve is the largest in the UK and is famous for the thousands of migrating geese that venture to its protected mudflats during the winter months, in addition to being home to splendid osprey and other rare and native birds. Other fascinating birdlife in the region include willow tits, reed buntings and reed warblers and the area is home to various bird watching and wildlife spots.
Because of its rural and hilly nature there are many different walking routes that let you explore the county. The Moffat Hills for example are filled with mystic and wonder and in amongst the stunning hilly surroundings are Merlin's Cave, the Devil's Beeftub, as well as the Grey Mare's Tail that have all played a role in the legend surrounding the area. Indeed, for coastal lovers the region has various walks along the expansive coastline including over 200 miles of routes, beaches, rugged cliffs and picturesque estuaries. Jubilee Path offers a great chance to view peregrine falcons.
Like most of Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway has numerous golf courses and it is considered a prime golfing location, not just north of the border but in the whole of the UK. There are three different golf 'trails' in the county, each presenting its own set of challenges and obstacles. The Tiger Trail is the premier route with the higher quality courses and links conditions, the Challenge Trail is suited for most golfers with a mix of fun but difficult courses and the Little Gems Trail focuses on 9 hole courses that are great for families on a tight schedule.
The real gem in the crown of the county is Wigtown which is known as a literary hub. It has the distinction of being Scotland's National Book Town and hosts an annual book festival every autumn attracting book enthusiasts from far and wide. Indeed, it also has an interesting whisky distillery and its small town feel is home to various independent and traditional shops. Renowned poet Robert Burns spent his last years in Dumfries and you can visit his former home as well as the visitor centre which provide an informative glimpse into his life and work.
Another of the counties jewels is the Galloway Forest Park, indeed the largest forest park in Britain. Managed by the Forestry Commission, there are some 300 square miles of rugged natural beauty providing a dramatic backdrop to a host of outdoor activities and incredible range of wildlife.
There is much more to the area than the stunning landscape, rugged coastline and superb wildlife. Even though Dumfries and Galloway is blessed with some of the best nature in Scotland it also has a strong literary and historical element to it which makes the county an enchanting experience for everyone who visits.