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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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                                                                                                      Our weekend at the Cider House was a wonderful experience. The accommodation is excellent and of a high standard. On arrival there was a welcome tea tray with cake. Milk, butter, tea, coffee was provided. There is also a supply of dishwasher tablets etc. The attention to detail make a big difference. Owners Alan and Patsy popped round to make sure we had all we needed and to recommend places of interest to visit. Weather was wild, wet and windy but we still had a great weekend. Thanks
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                                                                                                      Spotless, well-equipped cottage in secluded spot with extensive views

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                                                                                                      We had an enjoyable week, with mostly good weather, interesting places to visit, and an excellent base at Drumbeg. The cottage is very well-equipped, well-maintained, and presented in a spotless condition. Although the pre-paid electric meters are a nuisance, it is easy to live in, with television and other entertainment provided. The furniture and the beds are very comfortable, the dining room is a bright and airy room to eat in, and the kitchen small, but modern and supplied with everything one could reasonably need. Rockcliffe is an attractive small village, with extensive views across to both Rough and Hestan Islands, and the scenic walks to Kippford and Castle Point have beautiful views and each has historical and natural interest. People are very friendly, and always willing to share their ideas about the best places to visit in the area. There is no shop in the village, but the local general stores at Colvend a mile or so from the cottage can supply all daily needs if required. The cottage sits at the edge of the village perched on the hilltop. It is secluded, although the houses and cottages around prevent any feelings of loneliness. Views from the studio/bedroom window and from the safe and secure garden are remarkably peaceful and panoramic, promoting a real sense of peace and quiet. The surrounding area is full of natural beauty, with a spectacular coastline, and the surprisingly rugged Galloway Hills and Forest Park, which, together with the Dalbeattie 7 Stanes area, are ideal for walking and cycling. Dalbeattie and Castle Douglas (the local Food Town) are both interesting small towns, full of little independent shops and worth a visit. We are very pleased to have chosen Drumbeg as our home while visiting Dumfries and Galloway once more after many years. Were we to visit again, we would have no hesitation in choosing Drumbeg again.
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                                                                                                      Perfect house, lovely village and great owners!

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                                                                                                      My wife and I stayed at The Finches for two weeks and we really loved the place. The house was easy to find using google maps and the instructions provided by the owners, Gerry and Wendy. They also told us about a few light walks nearby which were a really pleasant way to cap our days. There are four bedrooms, two doubles and two singles. More than enough space for the two of us! The house was very well maintained and clean throughout. There's a washing machine, dishwasher, fridge/freezer and the kitchen has everything else you'll need. There's a breakfast bar in the kitchen and a big, beautiful table out in the sun room. Our afternoons were spent reading in the sun room, occasionally looking up to see a world of birds eating seeds on the bird feeder. It was particularly nice as there were a pair of binoculars and a bird book to hand. I finished the novel I'd brought in no time, but there were plenty of books and DVDs on the bookshelf in the lounge to keep me busy. The shower got top marks. I like a nice, hot power shower and I wasn't disappointed. My wife used the bath quite a few times but I didn't use it myself. Everything was clean and well-kempt though. The downstairs bathroom is small but large enough to fit a toilet, sink, shower and myself in, no problems. The heating was great so we had to turn it all the way down most of the time, perfect for getting cosy on those nippy Scottish nights though. We didn't get to use the patio but it looks like it would be the perfect place to spend time on a nice spring evening. We'll have to come back in a few months for that! It really did have everything that we need for a perfect break. The village was lovely and we got into many conversations with the locals who were interested in where we were from and how long we were staying. There's a butcher, a baker, but no candlestick maker, a few pubs, takeaways and a decent sized McColls and similar sized Nisa corner shop, or 'mini-marts'. There are so many reasons to love this place and we didn't want to leave. Gerry and Wendy made our stay so easy and were so accommodating before we arrived and throughout our stay. They used to live in the house and you can tell that they really care for the place. I don't normally write reviews in this much depth, but the effort that they put in to ensuring we had a great stay didn't go unnoticed. Thanks Gerry and Wendy! I'll be recommending the Finches to all the family and friends! All the best, Ben and Melissa.
                                                                                                      • Review Submitted: 13-Mar-2017
                                                                                                      • Date of Stay: Feb 2017