Book a Dumfries and Galloway cottage holiday to best experience and enjoy the rich culture and history in this beautiful county. Located on the Scottish borders, it has something for every visitor, with great walking, angling, golf, art and culture, coast and countryside. A holiday exploring this part of the west coast of Scotland will be rewarded with some excellent days out discovering beaches and old fishing harbours such as Dumfries, Stranraer and the smaller but elegant pastel-coloured resort of Portpatrick.

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Explore the vast estate and enchanting interior of one of Scotland’s finest stately homes. The magnificent 17th century Drumlanrig Castle boasts over 40 acres of beautifully maintained gardens and offers a range of activities for the whole family. Gardeners (and those who just love to spend time in attractive gardens will find plenty of large houses and gardens open to the public scattered throughout the country. Bird and wildlife lovers are equally spoiled for choice with a wide range of reserves and protected wetland areas to be explored.

Perhaps the best-known beauty spot in the county (although there are plenty of challenges to this claim) is the Grey Mare’s Tail, a 200ft high waterfall which plunges down a rocky crevasse.

Children – or ice cream lovers generally should not miss Cream o- Galloway near Gatehouse of Fleet, where ice cream rules. Learn how ice cream is made and then subject your taste buds to testing a wide range of flavours. Children will love it. And afterwards, there are plenty of big slides, rides, a pedal kart track and scenic nature trails to enjoy and work off the calories.

Visit Kircudbright and Wigtown to see at first hand why the former is known as the artist town and the latter as Scotland’s book town. You won’t be guessing for long!