Self Catering Holidays in Dumfries and Galloway
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Situated in the Southern Uplands in Scotland, the county of Dumfries and Galloway borders England to the south and is often associated with vast windswept moors and striking coastline, although the area itself has much more to offer. The county is relatively new and comprises of several historic areas and the region is well known for its host of writers and artists that were either born there or lived significant portions of their life in this part of Scotland. Read More
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.
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!
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! 5 Star.
A charming 19th century Scottish holiday cottage in a tranquil position in Dumfries and Galloway on the edge of the Galloway Forest Park in a beautiful area of Southern Scotland. Perfect for those seeking peace and seclusion yet within easy reach of Newton Stewart.
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 to relax.
A delightful holiday cottage located on the 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.
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.
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 cottages offers all the right ingredients for a relaxing holiday. 4 Star.
Discover Dumfries and Galloway
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 (click here to learn more). 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.
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