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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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                                                                                                    A lovely cottage in a peaceful place

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                                                                                                    If you are looking for a place that feels like home in a peaceful village, Peck o Maut is meant for you. The cottage is really cosy and quite comfortable, you will find everything you need to cook and do your laundry. Having a one-year-old child, we particularly appreciated the equipment provided by our friendly landowners (cot bed, baby chair, mixer to liquidize his food). We spent three weeks there and everyone in the area, especially the landowners, have been very friendly with us. There are different possibilities to enjoy the countryside, and interesting places to visit. - listing description accurate regarding the location, layout, facilities. No WIFI at home. - property clean, well-maintained - the owner provided excellent customer service - I would, and will, definitely recommend this property to a friend or relative - we highly recommand the restaurant "the Pheasant" in Sorbie (5km away from Garlieston), and the burgher restaurant, as well as the "vegan/ family/ dog firendly" café in Wigtown.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 23-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Jul 2016

                                                                                                    Perfect Trip

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                                                                                                    Stayed in this apartment for a weekend break to Ayr with the family. The location is perfect, literally around the corner from the train station and bang in the high street. It's definitely a home away from home, felt so at ease and cosy that I wished I could have stayed longer but we only booked for two nights. Ayr beach is a fifteen min walk from this apartment and a stroll through the high street to get there makes for an eventful walk. The apartment itself is so accommodating for kids as there were puzzles and books. Also lots to do for adults like X Box, Dvd's etc. Rooms are very spacious and clean. Kitchen was spotless and utensils and cleaning products all provided as well as tea/coffee making facilities. Clean towels upon arrival and instructions to access property were very easy to follow. All in all, not a bad word to say.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016

                                                                                                    Stylish and very well equipped scottish cottage

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                                                                                                    Stayed three nights in the cottage with five people. Found it comfortable and very well equipped, even though we did not use much of it as we spent most of the time out. Nice and well maintained garden. Would definitely recommend it and would come back.
                                                                                                    • Review Submitted: 17-Aug-2016
                                                                                                    • Date of Stay: Aug 2016