If you’ve not yet visited this corner of Scotland, you’re going to love it… and if you have then we probably don’t need to remind you how beautiful the area is!
Home to acres of forests, a long and varied coastline, fascinating museums, lush gardens and a multitude of local food and craft producers, Dumfries & Galloway, in the South West corner of Scotland, offers plenty of things to see and do.
It’s the perfect place for a break away with your four-legged friends and we have a great range of pet-friendly holiday homes for you to choose from.
Here are some personal recommendations from Sarah – a Four Legged Break’s customer who has visited the area twice so far…
The first time I visited was with my husband and our Jack Russell, and we stayed in a cute little pet-friendly cottage with a log burner. We have lots of good memories of the holiday.
We found some lovely beaches within easy reach, where our dog could scamper and splash in the sea, and just inland the enormous Galloway Forest Park which has lots of walking and cycling trails.
One of my highlights was a visit to the village of Isle of Whithorn – a small harbour village with lots of character and history. We enjoyed the sea views and found a brilliant pub with beer garden and great food – one of many on this relaxing break away!
We also visited some bustling little towns and villages, including Newton Stewart, Kirkcudbright, Stranraer, Port Logan, Portpatrick and Gatehouse of Fleet. Wigtown is also worth a visit, especially if you’re a book worm like me, as it’s Scotland’s official National Book Town and lives up to the title with plenty of book shops.
We discovered that the area is also a haven for wildlife, including natterjack toads, wild goats and red kites. We followed part of the Galloway Red Kite Trail and found it to be a great way to explore scenic inland Galloway. A visit to the feeding station gave us chance to see this spectacular bird of prey up-close – a great photo opportunity!
We returned to the area a few years later, this time with my parents and sister to celebrate a special birthday. We all stayed together in a gorgeous holiday home with plenty of space for everyone, a fantastic kitchen and a hot tub in the garden!
We enjoyed lots of lovely walks with the dog, including my favourite along the coast from Rockcliffe to Kippford, and back through the woodland which was full of wildflowers – the scenery and views were really special.
The foodies among us enjoyed visiting Castle Douglas, which has been designated a Food Town. With around 50 local businesses involved in the production or selling of food and drink, we found that we were spoilt for choice when it came to choosing cafes, pubs, restaurants, as well as shopping for groceries to prepare meals back at our holiday accommodation.
In my opinion, no holiday would be complete without at least one ice-cream(!), and in Dumfries & Galloway you can’t go wrong with a visit to Cream o’ Galloway. They make a wide range of flavours of dairy ice-cream and have an impressive visitor centre with a play area for kids as well as a number of dog-friendly nature trails, which we enjoyed exploring.
I’m sure we’ll be back to Dumfries and Galloway again for another dog-friendly holiday before too long!
Take a look at our range of pet-friendly holiday cottages in Dumfries & Galloway.