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    On the shores of the Firth of Clyde, and the western coast of Scotland, this is one of the most agriculturally fertile of all the Scottish regions. Potatoes and strawberries are both popular crops, and cattle and pigs the most favoured livestock. Once heavily industrialised, with coal mining, steel making and much production-line manufacturing, as well as textile work on carpets and linens, the area continues to be the centre for the regional aviation industry, based around Prestwick, whilst modern technological innovation has been introduced by a number of leading hardwear and software manufacturers.

    Just as the Breton peninsula was once seen to be landlocked by a combination of sea coastline and woodland, a popular Scottish saying has it that ‘Galloway is contained by the sea to the west and south, the Galloway Hills to the north, and the river Nith to the east.’

    The Galloway Hills are part of the Southern Uplands, and run south from Loch Doon almost as far as the Solway Firth, offering some wonderfully rugged countryside, much of it within the bounds of the Galloway Forest Park and managed by the Forestry Commission.

    Things to do in Ayrshire, Dumfries & Galloway

    As with elsewhere in Scotland, golf is at the heart of Ayrshire leisure, with some of the finest courses in Scotland. From the most challenging championship links courses to more relaxed park courses; Royal Troon, Turnberry and Old Prestwick are world-renowned professional links, whilst Belleisle and Brunston are particularly popular scenic parks.

    There are more than 40 castles throughout Ayrshire, many of which are open to the public. Just 12 miles to the south of Ayr, Culzean Castle stands on the brink of 150ft cliffs. The plush and pristine castle and grounds are maintained by the National Trust for Scotland. By way of contrast, Dunure Castle has been an impressive ruin for more than three hundred years, although recent restoration and consolidation work means that much of the castle is now accessible to visitors. It is also one of many venues that can truthfully announce that ‘Mary, Queen of Scots slept here’.

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    Ayr – A coastal town and port situated at the mouth of the River Ayr on the Firth of Clyde, Ayr was once the seat of the first Parliament of Scotland, with Robert the Bruce holding court in 1315. Later, Cromwell made the town a fortress, building a huge wall around the town, the remains of which can still be seen to this day.

    Ailsa Craig – One of three islands a short distance off the Ayrshire coast, Ailsa Craig is now a bird sanctuary, and a number of different boat companies offer frequent trips around the island. The Waverley Paddle Steamer also visits the island regularly throughout the Summer months. 

    The Island of Arran – Brodick is the largest town on the island, with an impressive castle to its north. However, the strategic importance of Brodick Castle has long been overtaken by its use as a stately and family home, with much expansion work taking place after 1844, when improved transportation links, a strategic marriage and inherited wealth all conspired to allow the castle be viewed as a more favoured family residence by the Dukes of Hamilton.

    Kirkoswald– Made famous by the poet Robert Burns, who spent the Summer of 1775 in the village, Souter Johnnie’s Cottage is now in the care of the National Trust for Scotland. Souter Johnnie is one of the characters in Burns’ masterpiece, Tam o’Shanter, and is thought to have been based on local shoemaker John Davidson.

    Kirkcudbright – At the mouth of the River Dee, just six miles from the sea, the town has long prized its association with the Glasgow art movement.

    Gretna – The town’s proximity to the English border has given this former customs post its principal claim to fame as an elopement destination; following a 1753 English Act of Parliament, anyone under the age of 21 needed their parents consent if they wished to marry; as the Act did not apply in Scotland, Gretna was often the first Scottish village reached by star-crossed lovers. Although a lowering of the age of consent now makes English couples less prevalent, it is said that as many as one in six of all Scottish weddings still take place in the town.

     


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    photo of The Smithy , Maidens near Maybole, Girvan, Ayrshire
    This terraced holiday cottage lies less than 50 yards from a long sandy beach and its expansive grassy foreshore; and is a wonderful place to relax and enjoy the breathtaking scenery, including views of Ailsa Craig and on ...
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    photo of Bayshiel , Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries and Galloway
    This charming semi-detached cottage is set in the delightful coastal village of Sandhead. It enjoys an enviable location within a stone's throw of the beautiful sandy beach which, in low tide stretches for three miles. At ...
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    photo of Forget Me Not , Dalmellington, Ayr, Ayrshire
    Set amidst the hills of the Southern Uplands, these beautifully restored, detached holiday cottages set on the banks of a rushing stream offer a relaxing getaway. They are accessed by a track and situated in 3000 acres of ...
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    photo of Bengairn , Colvend, nr. Dalbeattie, Sandyhills, Dumfries and Galloway
    Open viewsThis luxury log cabin is situated in a small select group of 10 with open views across the hills and Solway Firth to the Lake District. This beautiful bright and sunny holiday home has a traditional timber frame ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Morton Mains Cottage , Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway
    Morton Mains Cottage is a beautiful traditional sandstone 19th century cottage in an isolated and secluded location. It lies up a very lightly used road, and the nearest inhabited house is over half a mile away. The ...
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    photo of Ballaggan Cottage , Marrburn, Thornhill, Dumfries and Galloway
    This is a picturesque detached cottage with a 1/3 acre of land, summer house and burn flowing at the foot of the garden. The cottage briefly comprises of 2 Bedrooms (double and twin), Kitchen, Lounge Diner, Bathroom and ...
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    photo of Middle Byre , near Gatehouse of Fleet, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries and Galloway
    Situated on a working farm, Middle Byre originally housed the cattle on the farm and has been delightfully converted into a comfortable and spacious holiday property perfect for families. The property is nestled in the ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Heron Lodge , Cairnyard Holiday Lodges, Beeswing, Dumfries, Dumfrieshire
    Heron Lodge is set in a lovely peaceful, rural location on edge of Mabie Forest a tranquil and peaceful location surrounded by beautiful countryside with views of hills and Mabie Forest. This luxury lodge is privately ...
    Bedrooms: 2
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    photo of Lennox , Sandy Lane, Dumfries, Southerness, Dumfries & Galloway
    Lennox is a cedarwood chalet, which we had built on the edge of a beautiful beach on the Solway Coast, 35 years ago for our own family use. It has been refurbished and modernised over the years. It is situated about a ...
    Bedrooms: 3
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    photo of Rockville , Kirkinner, Dumfries & Galloway
    Rockville is a traditional listed cottage dating back to the 1840's. It has been greatly extended to provide a very comfortable and spacious holiday home in the beautiful Machars area of Dumfries and Galloway. The cottage ...
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