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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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                                                    the perfect house, in the center but from the garden

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                                                    the perfect house, in the center but from the garden........ owner helpful and friendly, holiday time accommodation but will return on business ........ clean, modern house
                                                    • Review Submitted: 03-May-2016
                                                    • Date of Stay: Apr 2016

                                                    Just perfect....

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                                                    Booked this cottage last minute and Daniele was lovely in arranging this at so short notice for us, she immediately put us at ease before arriving. We were welcomed with a lovely home made cake and tea with fresh flowers laid out for us, what a lovely touch! Cake was delicious too. The cottage is of outstanding quality, everything you need including tea (all kinds you can think of) coffee, fresh milk, fresh duck and chicken eggs, beds made, fresh towels, wifi, immaculately clean. Really was a home from home! We stayed three nights and didn't want to leave, if shifts weren't already booked in at work we'd have definitely have stayed an extra night or two! The shepherds hut was a wonderful bonus for us, we enjoyed lighting the fire in the afternoon and sitting in their with our tea and relaxing after our long walks, then settling in there again just before bed with our mugs of tea and a midnight snack! The weather I know we were very lucky, was beautiful and peaceful to just sit outside of the cottage sunbathing. Scenery is amazing, sheep and horses were very friendly and our whippets enjoyed pretending to guard the whole place as her own territory and even warning away Daniele and family as they were carrying out their daily tasks! The forest up to and around the cottage was quite enchanting and we loved exploring it. Daniele and family were very friendly and approachable, couldn't have done more for us. They gave us our own privacy and let us use their home coming and going as we pleased. They were always on hand and helped us plan some lovely walks to the others already recommended and typed up in the cottage which were very useful. If you're looking for a peaceful retreat in the middle of nowhere then this is your ideal location. The town is only ten miles away so perfect for if you need some essentials at the shops or want to eat out at a restaurant. Thank you so much for making our visit so wonderful and memorable. The quality and price of your cottage is superb and we wish you all the best in your new business. We will definitely be returning and look forward to seeing you again. Lots of love and best wishes Julie, Janice, Milly, Pippa, Reece and Jamie xxx
                                                    • Review Submitted: 29-Apr-2016
                                                    • Date of Stay: Apr 2016

                                                    Lovely converted barn in a lovely setting

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                                                    We arrived at the cottage to be greeted by a bottle of wine, which was great, thank you. Not only that but nearly everything necessary for our stay, kitchen cloths, washing up liquid, hand soap, dishwasher tabs, logs, fire starters and lighters, the list goes on. The cottage was spotlessly clean and very comfortable, thanks to Glyn and family for letting us stay and for their speedy response to any queries. The garden was a great place for our kids to explore with the woods and stream at the back. One request, could the blind in the twin room be changed to a blackout? It doesn't keep the light out in the morning. It didn't spoil our stay, it just meant the kids got us up early! We hope to return for another stay sometime soon, thanks again for a great experience.
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