Where to stay around Dumfries and Galloway?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 482 holiday lettings near Dumfries and Galloway. From 355 Cottages to 56 Houses, find the best place to stay with your family and friends to discover Dumfries and Galloway area.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Dumfries and Galloway?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Dumfries and Galloway. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Dumfries: 75 holiday homes
  • Portpatrick: 46 holiday homes
  • Kirkcudbright: 168 holiday homes
  • Lockerbie: 59 holiday homes
  • Isle of Whithorn: 49 holiday homes

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Dumfries and Galloway! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Dumfries and Galloway?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Dumfries and Galloway with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Dumfries: 75 holiday lettings
  • Portpatrick: 46 holiday lettings
  • Kirkcudbright: 168 holiday lettings
  • Lockerbie: 59 holiday lettings
  • Isle of Whithorn: 49 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Dumfries and Galloway?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Dumfries and Galloway are:

  • Stranraer Ferry Port Airport (SR2): 86 self catering accommodations
  • Prestwick Airport (PIK): 187 self catering accommodations
  • Carlisle Airport (CAX): 338 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Dumfries and Galloway?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Dumfries and Galloway. From HomeAway travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Galloway Forest Park: 171 holiday rentals
  • Rockcliffe Beach: 241 holiday rentals
  • Kippford Beach: 235 holiday rentals
  • Sandyhills Beach: 268 holiday rentals
  • Dryfesdale Lodge Visitor Centre: 189 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Dumfries and Galloway listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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Make a self-catering rental home or a holiday cottage in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland your home away from home

Dumfries and Galloway is in Scotland and it borders onto South and East Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire and Cumbria. It lies to the east of the Irish Sea and north of the Solway Firth. Dumfries is the largest town in the area and the other two main towns are Annan and Stranaer. Woodland and agriculture are the main businesses in Dumfries and Galloway and short breaks holidays and tourism contributes significantly. This area has an extensive coastline with five harbours and is known as home to many writers and artists.

Places to holiday in Dumfries and Galloway

This part of Scotland is ideal for walking holidays. It has miles of sandy beaches, rugged coastline, tranquil lochs, rolling hills, mysterious forests and room to breathe, so why settle for expensive hotels and their restrictive time schedule when you can have cheap holidays in Dumfries cottages and make the best of your time.

Taking the time to explore the region on foot from a Dumfries farm cottage or other self-catering accommodation is guaranteed to get you closer to nature. Scotland's most challenging route, the Southern Upland Way stretches from coast to coast from Portpatrick to Cockburnspath.

The region is known for rare and protected species of amphibian, such as the Natterjack Toad and the Great Crested Newt and the RSPB has nature reserves at the Mull of Galloway , Galloway Forest Park, Mereshead on the Solway Firth and Ken Dee Marshes near Loch Ken.

Things to do in Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway council cater extensively for holiday makers and self-catering holiday cottages are also a good choice if you are visiting Dumfries and Galloway for one of its many festivals, such as the Wildlife Festival, Wild Goose Chase at WWT Caerlaverock, Snowdrop Festival at Gardens throughout Dumfries & Galloway, The Wickerman Festival at East Kirkcarswell Farm at Dundrennan near Kirkcudbright, Kirkcudbright Jazz Festival, Galloway Country Fair, World Ceilidh at Knockengorroch Farm Carsphairn in Castle Douglas, RSAC Scottish Rally, Newton Stewart Walking Festival, Kirkcudbright Summer Festivities and the Arts Festival or Film Festival. A copy of the Galloway Standard or Dumfries Standard will keep you up to date during your holiday.

There are numerous leisure facilities and sports centres and museums and art exhibitions at Stranraer, Dumfries, Kirkcudbright, Castle Douglas, Tolbooth and Robert Burns House. Dumfries and Galloway has many parks and open spaces including beautiful woodland and river areas, pretty gardens, lochs, large parks with ponds and facilities such as children's playgrounds, crazy golf, tennis and boating. The National Cycle Network has more than one hundred and thirty miles of beautiful scenery.

This is a great area for fishing for salmon, trout and brown trout, especially in the rivers Nith and Cairn where the fishery extends over eight miles. The Nith has about twenty named pools the Cairn about fifteen as well as shrimp fishing downstream of Castledykes Gate.

Weather in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries and Galloway is blessed with a mild climate uncommon for Scotland, which is why you will find numerous exotic plants in the colourful nurseries and gardens and many towns competing for Britain in Bloom.

Travel to Dumfries and Galloway

Glasgow International, Glasgow Prestwick, Edinburgh and Newcastleairports serve Dumfries and Galloway meaning self catering accommodation in the area is easily acessible from across the UK. There is a good railway network and two ferry ports. This area has a strategy for providing reasonably priced public transport.


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Activities and attractions in Dumfries and Galloway

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your cosy holiday rental and check out everything that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lochmaben Golf Club (26.3 mi / 42.3 km)
  • New Cumnock Golf Club (27.4 mi / 44.1 km)
  • Lockerbie Golf Club (29.8 mi / 48 km)

Exploring the natural landscape of Dumfries and Galloway

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Dumfries and Galloway is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Lock Ken (0.9 mi / 1.5 km)
  • Galloway Forest Park (8.1 mi / 13.1 km)
  • Threave Garden (8.1 mi / 13.1 km)
  • Galloway Wildlife Conservation Park (12.4 mi / 19.9 km)
  • Mossyard Beach (13.8 mi / 22.2 km)
  • Kippford Beach (14.4 mi / 23.2 km)