Holiday Cottages in Dumfries & Galloway
Dumfries and Galloway is located in the South of Scotland, and offers a wonderful abundance of exciting activities and attractions alongside rich history and culture. Long recognised for it’s beautiful natural landscapes, rugged coastline and sandy beaches, Dumfries and Galloway also offers enchanting forests, vibrant towns and great local food produce.
Basing yourself in one of the many wonderful self-catering options available, exploring Dumfries and Galloway is easy. If you are looking for adventure, activities or complete relaxation, you will find all these options and more. Delve into the region’s rich past and find out more about the local connections with Robert the Bruce and Mary Queen of Scots, relish the creative environment while exploring the regions writing and artisan craft offerings, or tire yourself out on the Southern Upland Way, for mountain bike enthusiasts, or 7stanes biking trail, or simply sit back and wait for rare wildlife and stunning sunsets reveal themselves to you from your self-catering home from home.
Loved by Locals
Criffel walk and Steamboat Inn
Criffel is one of the highest hills in Dumfries and Galloway. The climb is steady with the last section being the most challenging but the views from the top are well worth the effort. Enjoy a pub lunch at the Steamboat Inn after your walk - the pub is right on the Solway Firth with amazing views.
The north side of the forest is known as Town Wood due to its position and popularity with locals. Walks and bike trails start from the car parks and offer a choice of distances and difficulty. The long walk to Colvend passes under the Moyle a site of an ancient Hill fort.
MacLellan's Castle in the town of Kirkcudbright, southwest Scotland, was built in the late 16th century. It stands in the centre of Kirkcudbright, on the south side of the River Dee which flows into the Solway Firth.
Secluded bays, inspiring walks and spectacular views
Torr point, Red Haven & Orchardton Bay are within the East Stewartry Coast National Scenic Area with views of Hestan Island. The footpaths give access to the head of Auchencairn Bay with a complete circuit of 6km, there are shorter walks from the car park.Red Haven is a great place to swim in summer
Traditional Thai Massage
Traditional Thai massage in Dalbeattie, a 15 minute drive from Orroland Holiday Cottage. Noi expertly stretches and tones muscles and joints and massages away stresses and strains. Lovely feeling of well being at end of session and popular with visitors and locals in our area.
Porpoise watching at Balcary Point
Balcary Point, near Auchencairn, is a good place for porpoise-spotting. You can often see them as they feed very close to the shore and usually in small groups. They are easiest to see on a calm day - but you do need a lot of patience!
Screel Hill Walk
The attraction of this walk is the magnificent views over the Solway Coast, surrounding Galloway countryside and over to the bustling market town of Castle Douglas. It covers rough hill paths, open country and forests . Auchencairn view walk is 1.5 miles or Screel Hill walk is 3.5 miles.
Kirkcudbright Riding of the marches
Riding of the Marches Kirkcudbright became a Royal Burgh in 1455 and, in common with Royal Burghs across southern Scotland, we celebrate the Riding of the Marches each year, where around 100 horses and riders take part in this important tradition, riding out to check Kirkcudbright’s boundaries.
Walking around Rockcliffe Bay
Walking from Kippford and Rockcliffe what a treat. The bluebells are beautiful in May in the woodland areas and the views are wonderful at anytime of year.
Love Chocolate, Love the Cocoabean.
The Cocoabean Company Chocolate Factory is a great family day out. Indoor soft play; outdoor play with a fantastic wooden fort & pirate ship; and make your own chocolate workshops. Enjoy the cafe and large range of luxury chocolates and confectionery.
You can easily spend a whole afternoon here.
RSPB Mull of Galloway
The Mull of Galloway RSPB Nature Reserve has stunning views every where you turn. Looking around is Luce bay, the Solway Firth, Irish Sea, Isle of Man and the mountains of Mourne in the distance. The coastal heath of the cliff top is alive with guillemots, razorbills and kittiwakes.
With soft golden sand the beach is perfect for digging and making castles. Like most of the beaches on the Solway Firth the tide is often a long way out revealing extensive mud flats which are great for exploring.
You can also walk to either end of the beach and explore the rocks and small caves.
Mull of Galloway Experience
Visit the Mull of Galloway lighthouse and climb to the top. Visit the lighthouse exhibition which is housed in the former fuel store, workshop and engine room to the right of the tower. RSPB Cottage has live cameras on the nesting birds. Treat to follow in the Gaillie Craig Restaurant.
For many years Loch Ken has been a popular destination providing an abundance of attractions from the Galloway Kite Trail, to water sports with two marinas offering excellent facilities. Marked walks, bird hides and picnic areas along the 11 miles stretch of water.
The Cocoa Bean Company
A family run business making chocolates for the likes of John Lewis and offering children and adults the chance to make their own chocolates in a fun and friendly workshop. Ample seating in their cafe on site as well as extensive children's indoor and outdoor play areas.
Quiet sandy beaches ideal for exploring
Rockcliffe is a quiet sandy beach a short drive from Orroland. If the tide is out, there is a huge area of sand. Plenty of rock pools for crab fishing and many walks starting from here with stunning views. Dog friendly and family friendly with toilet facilities and benches for picnics.
Scenic Cliff Walk, Rockcliffe to Sandyhills
Raiders Road and Otter Pools
The Raiders Road is a ten mile forest track (easily driven an a normal car) leading deep into the Galloway Forest. Around half way along the road there is a picnic area beside the “Otter Pools”. In the summer it is the most amazing natural playground for children.
Kippfords Shell Beach
Beautiful shell beach reached on foot along The Merse Kippford. Lovely views over the Urr Estuary towards Rough Island and Hestan Island. Accessed also by the NTS path from Rockciffe.
The Garden of Cosmic Speculation is situated at Portrack House. These stunning gardens have been designed by Charles Jencks, with geometrical designs, lakes, bridges and woodland walks.
It only opens for one day a year, the first Sunday in May.
This year it is Sunday 3rd May between 12pm and 5pm.
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