Self-catering holiday homes to rent in Dumfries and Galloway, south west Scotland

sea view from garden

Kirkdale Bank, Kirkdale Estate, Carsluith, is now on a long term rental - please search other properties in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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Stunningly situated with uninterrupted sea views and within walking distance of the shore, Kirkdale Bank is situated on the Kirkdale Estate, home to the Hannay family for the last 500 years. The property is surrounded by woodland and looks out over the magnificent Solway Firth and beyond to the Isle of Man. The house benefits from a fully enclosed south facing garden looking out to sea and a further large garden to the side and rear. The house has been completely refurbished and offers a fantastic opportunity for a coastal holiday with stunning sea views.

Situated on the Solway coastline, 5 minutes to the west of the attractive town of Gatehouse of Fleet, there is plenty to see and do locally. The area boasts stunning sandy beaches, the famous Seven Stanes mountain biking centre, forest walks, a huge choice of golf courses, fishing, tennis, clay pigeon shooting, archery and horse-riding. Guests are welcome to use the golden sandy beaches at the private Cardoness Estate only 3 miles away.

Cream o' Galloway, the award-winning organic ice-cream and dairy farm with children's indoor and outdoor play area is within 10 minutes drive - an ideal day's visit for a family. The house is 15 minutes from Kirkcudbright, a beautiful coastal town famous for its artists and 20 minutes from both Castle Douglas, South-west Scotland's food town, and Wigtown, Scotland's book town. There are plenty restaurants and cafes to choose from locally. Or curl up in front of a real log fire and enjoy looking out to sea.

  • Sleeps - 6
  • Bedrooms - 3
    (1 king, 1 twin,
    1 bunk-bed with full size beds)
  • Bathrooms - upstairs bathroom with shower,
    downstairs WC
  • Dishwasher, washing machine/drier
  • Dishwasher, washing machine/drier
  • Wood-burning stove in dining kitchen
  • Open fire in sitting-room
  • Free logs provided
  • Gas central heating
  • TV/DVD player, CD/radio, books, games
  • Highchair available,
    cot available on request
  • Fully enclosed south facing front garden
  • Large further garden to side and rear of property
  • Garden table and chairs
  • Secure bicycle storage and outside
    tap/hose for cleaning bikes
  • Parking for several cars
  • Pets welcome
  • Short breaks available
  • Tesco will deliver!
  • Gatehouse of Fleet - 5 miles (shops,
    restaurants, pubs, cafe, bank, golf, tennis)
  • Newton Stewart - 9 miles (shops,
    banks, cinema)
  • Prestwick airport - 65 miles
  • Dumfries train station - 37 miles
  • Several excellent pubs, restaurants - 2-5 miles
  • Golden sandy beaches nearby - 1-2 miles
  • Kirroughtree Centre, part of the famous
    Seven Stanes mountain bike trails, bike hire,
    forest walks, play park and cafe - 8 miles
  • Award winning Cream o' Galloway
    organic ice-cream farm - 7 miles
  • Kirkcudbright Artists' town - 11 miles
  • Castle Douglas Food Town - 17 miles
  • Wigtown Scotland's Book Town with
    annual festival - 18 miles
  • Solway Coast
sitting room


Kirkdale Bank has been completely renovated to provide very comfortable high quality self-catering accommodation. The house has a private driveway and fully enclosed south facing garden. There are gates to allow vehicle access to enclosed garden at front if required. A further garden opens to the side and rear. In addition to parking at the door there is parking at the rear (by the back door) and on the drive for at least 2-3 vehicles. There is a secure bicycle store with outside water supply for cleaning.

The south facing sitting-room has 2 windows looking out to sea and 2 windows overlooking the attractive garden at back. There is a working open fire and a dining table which can seat 8-10. The eating kitchen looks out to sea, with table by the window and wood burning stove - free logs are provided. It is fully equipped with a dishwasher and fridge/freezer. There is a larder and utility room, with washer/drier, off and a downstairs WC. The back door provides access via utility area/boot area.

Upstairs there is a king sized bedroom with sea views and also a twin bedroom with sea views. The bunk bed room - full size beds, has a window which overlooks the rear garden. Upstairs there is a family bathroom with shower. The property benefits from gas central heating.


From the east, travel west on A75 from Dumfries for approx 32 miles. 5.5 miles west of Gatehouse of Fleet you will see a brown sign to the right for Cairnholy Chambered Cairns. Do not follow this sign but about 100 yards after this sign take the first turning on your left, follow private track down hill for about 100 yards and on first corner you will see Kirkdale Bank.

From the west, travel east on the A75 from Stranraer towards Creetown and Carsluith. 1.5 miles after Carsluith Castle you will see two brown signs for Cairnholy Chambered Cairns, do not follow these signs but between the two brown signs there is a turning off to the right - then as above.

What's included:

Everything is included in the rental price - heating, electricity and logs for the stove and fire. Bed linen and towels are provided. (Winter fuel supplement applies Oct - March).

A maximum of two well behaved dogs are welcome.

Property is non smoking.

Cost and availability:

Kirkdale Bank is rented all year round. Short breaks are available.

For larger parties or two parties seeking accommodation close by a second cottage on the estate (Kirkdale Port) is relatively nearby, also sleeping 6. The two properties are not visible to each other - a private track of 0.5 mile separates them.
For further information please see the entry at Kirkdale Port.

To book this beautiful Galloway holiday house by the sea, click the enquiry button below and see availability and prices.

country kitchen double bedroom twin bedroom garden

Kirkdale Bank, Kirkdale Estate, Carsluith, Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland

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Holiday house by the sea

This delightful Galloway holiday house has uninterrupted views of the sea and is a short walk from the shore. It's ideal for a seaside holiday and also to explore the unspoilt countryside of Galloway. There are wonderful castles, golf courses, sandy beaches and excellent cycle paths in the area - something for all the family!

Here is selection (we have picked some as we don’t have space to list all the wonderful write-ups) of some of our reviews from our visitors:

"The uninterrupted view of the sea is enough to warrant our trip from Australia" [May 17]

"Our third visit to this wonderful cottage - and our honeymoon which speaks for itself". [Mar 17]

"There are special spots in the world this is one of them." [Oct 15]

"We could wax lyrical until the cows come home but that still wouldn’t be enough. This cottage is "it"! Thank you for a most beautiful week. We will surely return to this haven." [Oct 15]

"We had to come back but did not believe it would be so soon! Again, a wonderful welcome and the cottage as beautiful as we remembered. We have had a wonderful, relaxing week in the most idyllic situation. Dog and human heaven." [May and June 13]

"The cottage was beautiful and the surroundings stunning. Everything was there that anyone could have needed. Thank you so much for sharing this little gem with us - we will definitely be back" [May 13]

"It truly is difficult to add superlatives to those written by every other holiday maker, but to agree with them all is easy. This cottage is special." [April 13]

"The sea shone at the bottom of the garden, wildlife in abundance, peace and tranquility." [April 13]

"The most scenic and relaxing location you could ask for." [Feb 13]

"Kirkdale Port is a gem. We have fallen in love with the place." [October 12]

"This place is perfect, beautiful views, peaceful, charming cottage and very comfortable." [October 12]

"What a wonderful, peaceful and magical cottage." [September 12]

"Having read all the comments from past occupants, they all sum exactly what the area/location is all about, "perfect"" [September 12]

"What a magical week we have all had staying in our own cottage by the sea and through the woods." [August 12]

"Best holiday of my life." [June 12]

"We have absolutely loved the cottage, beach, peace and tranquility here." [May 12]

"There is just so much to see and do around here. This cottage is a perfect base and even more perfect place to return to in the evenings - logs burning, wine opened - sit back and relax and enjoy the view!" [May 12]

"One of the best weeks we’ve ever had." [March 12]

"This place has surpassed all our expectations." [December 2011]

"Thank you for sharing this little piece of heaven." [September 2011]

"As we approached the cottage on our arrival we both just went WOW!" [August 2011]

"The word wonderful doesn’t do this super cottage justice. Stay in - go out, do whatever your heart desires. Three generations have had the time of their lives." [July 2011]

"Thank you for your cottage. We will be recommending it, except that we don’t want it to be booked up!" [October 2010]

"Needlesss to say we are even now trying to find a time when we can come back again" [September 2010]

"What a beautiful cottage in a stunning location. One of the highlights has been gazing up at the stars on the clear nights. This has been a very special week." [August 2010]

"We have had a marvellous holiday. A seabass was caught on the foreshore and enjoyed within the hour. Wonderful" [July 2010]

"The cottage itself is simply special. We adore the woodburning stove. Collecting driftwood to use as kindling has been a joy. Skimming stones on the Solway before breakfast - just bliss." [June 2010]

"The weather has been perfect but we reckon this cottage would be a little piece of paradise whatever the weather". [June 2010]

"It’s the best holiday cottage we’ve ever been to and the area is glorious. We would love to visit again." [May 2010]

"I’ve always wanted a cottage where I could wake up and walk straight to the beach and this is it." [May 2010]

"I could live here forever. We will definitely be back." [April 2010]

"Kirkdale Port is just magical. We are loving it here." [March 2010]