More About Dumfries and Galloway

Holiday cottages in Dumfries and Galloway are the perfect way to explore the natural beauty of this region. The incredible landscape of Dumfries inspired Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns, who lived in and around the region for much of his adult life whilst writing some of his most famous works. The enchanting landscape of the region is home to an array of wildlife, including rare and protected species, and it is ideal for a range of activities and sports. The RSPB has four Nature Reserves located at the Ken Dee Marshes, Mereshead, the Wood of Cree and the Mull of Galloway, where you can witness a selection of birds and other wildlife that the RSPB work to protect. Holiday cottages can often save you money on your holiday, by giving you the freedom to come and go as you please.

Dumfries & Galloway Cottages
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Dumfries and Galloway is a county of outstanding natural beauty, from the sandy shorelines of the Solway Firth to the lush woodland of Galloway Forest Park to the grassy hills of the Lowthers. The county is a sanctuary for all manner of wildlife and a playground for adventure and eco-tourists. In amongst this natural beauty are quaint towns and villages, each with their own unique charm. This gives Dumfries and Galloway an eclectic feel which may go some way to explaining the number of inventors, artists and writers to come out of the county.

Things to Do in Dumfries and Galloway

Dumfries, known as the ‘Queen of the South’ is a great place to start, where you can fish for salmon in the town centre, and then move on to Stranraer and the medieval Castle of St John. Wigtown in the West is Scotland’s National Book Town with around 30 book-related businesses, while in the East is Gretna, dubbed the marriage capital of the UK. And let’s not forget Wanlockhead in the North - Scotland’s highest village. The towns and villages are also great places from where you can visit the county’s many castles and other historical sites such as the Castle of St John. Caerlaverock Castle boasts a murky moat and daunting battlements, while the 'Pink Palace' of Drumlanrig is among the finest examples of late 17th Century Renaissance architecture in Scotland. The Dumfries and Galloway landscape provides a breathtaking setting for wildlife-spotting and a whole range of outdoor activities. The saltmarsh and mudflats of Wigtown Bay are a haven for geese, swans, kestrel and buzzards.

Dumfries and Galloway Attractions

We want you to enjoy the best that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer and so here's a selection of our favourite things to see and do;

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Caerlaverock Castle

The iconic 13th Century Caerlaverock Castle is well worth a visit. The triangular castle is surrounded on all sides by a moat and features a twin-towered gatehouse and high battlements. Inside you can explore the ruins and learn more about the history of the castle through the exhibitions hosted within its walls. The castle is set within the Caerlaverock National Nature Reserve area at the Solway Firth.

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Cream o' Galloway

Forget the diet for one day and head on down to Cream o' Galloway for its ice-cream experience, a daily event where you can sample a selection of delicious ice creams produced locally by Cream o’ Galloway. There are around 30 flavours to choose from. During the tasting you will hear how the company produce their luxury ice-cream, how they decide what flavours to make and how they decide on the name.

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Mull of Galloway Lighthouse

Take a trip down to the southernmost point of Scotland and marvel at the 26-metre lighthouse, which dates all the way back to 1830. The lighthouse, which is now automatic, includes a visitor centre that explains about the history of the lighthouse and the Mull of Galloway.

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