Destination guide

Enjoy Dumfries and Galloway in holiday lettings

Located in Scotland, the unitary council area of Dumfries and Galloway holiday lettings have just about everything to offer that you could desire. The region is known for sighting a number of rare amphibian species, and many visitors to the region enjoy outdoor activities like mountain biking, hiking and even water sports. In addition, the region has a thriving arts and culture community as well as a number of striking historic locations. Whatever your reason for travelling, Dumfries and Galloway have the makings of the trip of a lifetime.


The history near your Dumfries and Galloway holiday rental

Many sights surrounding your Dumfries and Galloway holiday rental allow you a unique peek into the history of Britain. Sweetheart Abbey offers the ruins of a historic Cistercian abbey which dates to the 13th century, and is surrounded by tranquil green gardens and walking paths. The remains of Cardoness Castle were formerly a 15th-century tower castle, and originally a seat of the MacCullochs of Myreton. The H.M. Factory was the largest cordite factory in the UK during World War I and commemorates that war. Glenluce Abbey was first founded around 1190, and the ruins can still be explored today.


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)
Natural features

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)
How to get there

How to get to and around Dumfries and Galloway

The nearest airport is in Glasgow (PIK-Prestwick), located 40 mi (64.4 km) from the city centre. If you're unable to find a flight that fits your schedule, you might consider flying into Carlisle (CAX), which is 50.6 mi (81.4 km) away.

If you prefer to travel by train, Dumfries Station, Sanquhar Station and Kirkconnel Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How to get around

Travel to Dumfries and Galloway holiday cottages

There are many ways to see the sights in the region surrounding Dumfries and Galloway holiday cottages. The railway is an outstanding way to see the countryside, with seven working rail stations servicing the area. Bus and coach lines are also available, and there are two seaports which service Northern Ireland. The nearest airport is Glasgow, so most people flying in will land there and catch one of the other methods of transport to their holiday cottages. Car hires also allow an excellent way to get yourself around as you please.

Food & drink 

Delicacies near your Dumfries and Galloway holiday rental

There are a number of dishes and foods you must try while in Dumfries and Galloway. Many people in the region want to try traditional foods like fish and chips, and you’ll find some of the best in local pubs, just steps away from your holiday rental. Galloway beef should also be experienced, to taste the difference pasture-raised, truly organic food makes. Local cured bacon and sausages also have to be tasted to be believed. When it comes to seafood, the region is famed for its locally-sourced salmon and trout, which can be prepared in any number of ways.

Essential info

What to know about Dumfries and Galloway villa rentals

Dumfries and Galloway is a region in Scotland, and is the home of several dozen towns and villages, which will enable you to diversify your trip in the area, and see many different outdoor, cultural and historic attractions. It has a cool, northern climate with an average high temperature around 11.9°C and an average low of 5°C. Each month sees average precipitation around 87.25mm. English is the dominant language in the area, and it’s generally safe for visitors, though caution is always recommended, especially when in areas not targeted at travellers, away from villa rentals.

How many holiday rentals are available around Dumfries and Galloway?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 805 holiday lettings around Dumfries and Galloway. From 641 cottages to 641 cabins, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

Can I rent a rural property in Dumfries and Galloway?

There's nothing as tranquil as a rural escape. Think relaxed strolls in nature, quaint local cafes and stargazing from your veranda at night. We're ready. Are you? HomeAway has 185 countryside holiday rentals in this destination. Open to other ideas? HomeAway has a bunch more options to look through, including:

  • 112 seaside holiday accommodation options.
  • 102 village holiday accommodation options.
  • 60 riverside holiday accommodation options.

Can I rent a house in Dumfries and Galloway?

Our house holiday rentals are real properties for real travellers. Providing loads of space and privacy, they're perfect if you want to experience life like a local. There are 416 options listed on HomeAway. Prices start at £37 per night. If that doesn't suit your squad's taste, we've got a number of other self-catering accommodation options to pick from, such as:

  • Cottage: 304 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £38 per night.
  • Apartment: 55 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £30 per night.
  • Bed & breakfast: 45 self-catering accommodation options. Prices start from £43 per night.

Can I stay in Dumfries and Galloway in a large group?

Sometimes it can be tricky finding time to catch up with friends and family. A group trip is an ideal opportunity to get together. If you were planning to kick back under the same roof, HomeAway has options. House holiday rentals are the favourite choice for larger sized groups, with 99 available here. Properties for rent around here that are just right for bigger groups include:

  • Searching for places that can fit 6 of you? We have 404 that will fit the bill. The prices start from £45 per night.
  • After a holiday property for 8 guests? We have 146 that will be perfect. You can book one for as little as £70 per night.
  • Trying to find holiday rentals suitable for 5 people? You'll be happy to hear we have 116 that'll be perfect. You can book one for as little as £31 a night.

So don't fear! When you travel with us you can bring your mom, your cousins and all your mates to Dumfries and Galloway.

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