Your ideal choice for a quality self-catering holiday in Dumfries & Galloway

Galloway Getaways

Galloway Getaways offer a choice of quality self-catering holiday accommodation in Galloway and no additional booking charges when booked directly with owners on links given below.

  • The Shieling Holiday Apartment
    The Shieling Holiday Apartment Twynholm
  • The Spinney Holiday Cottage Garlieston
    The Spinney Holiday Cottage Garlieston
  • The Shieling Holiday Apartment
    The Shieling Holiday Apartment Twynholm
  • Garlieston Harbour
    Garlieston Harbour


Romantic and Peaceful surrounded by beautiful scenery, with free WiFi

Country - The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage is situated near Twynholm in a secluded rural location surrounded by farmland, panoramic views and great wildlife around. The Shieling, with WiFi, sleeps 2 people in comfort.


Seaside location with lots to see and do, with free WiFi too

Coast - The Spinney Cottage is situated in the 18th century fishing village of Garlieston, near Wigtown. The well equipped Spinney cottage, with WiFi, is a stone's throw from the beach, and will sleep 4 people in comfort.

The Shieling at Trostrie Cottage is set in a tranquil secluded location, midst rolling farmland, near the village of Twynholm and the harbour town of Kirkcudbright..

Kirkcudbright Harbour

'We had a lovely experience and would highly recommend this as a romantic or spiritual retreat for couples...It is a beautiful lovely space, close to nature and lots of options nearby.'

The Shieling

The Shieling provides quality self-catering accommodation with free WiFi and will sleep 2 people in comfort.

Recent relevant extracts from comments in the Shieling Visitors Book

  • This is my second visit - I forgot to comment earlier. As I expected it is so beautiful. I do hope to come again! Together with the warm welcome and comfortable place to stay. I hope to come again and see the autumn colours. Many Thanks. D. Jul-2019
  • If you are sitting down reading this then you are on your weeks holiday or have just finished - Wow what a week. We had temperatures of over 29C - one of the hottest weeks ever. Fantastic watching red kites buzzards and herons flying past the cottage window with birds in the garden we haven't seem before. Tim & Pauline thank you very much for looking after us. We are hoping to see you both soon Than you again J. & R. Jun-2019
  • Thank you for another great week at The Shieling, not the same without Elaine, but still as good as ever in this lovely area with all the wild life Thanks again Pauline & Tim G. from Barnsley Jun-2019
  • This has been our first time to this particular area of Scotland but it definitely won't be our last. We wanted some peace and quiet and we got that a tranquil secluded rural idyll where we could relax unwind and just be..Every day has brought new delights curious baby bunnies, red kites, buzzards, hares deer, and a greater spotted woodpecker on the feeder - just wonderful. We completed am epic hike on the quieter route past stunning lochs to the summit of Merrick and we have enjoyed walks leaving from the front door. So much more to explore, we even asked if we could stay an extra night, but well be back now we have found The Shieling. Thank you for being there if we needed you but leaving us also to feel at home in your beautiful cottage and grounds. It really was what you needed. Thgank you also for the welcome pack, a warm and welcoming touch. Hope to see you again soon. c & B May-2019
  • Lovely cottage - the first one I have come across with decent kitchen knives. Thoroughly enjoyed our stay...Loved the surroundings and the peace and quiet May-2019
  • Thank you for a lovely short stay. Everything was perfect, even the weather. Many thanks J & R May-2019
  • Thanks for a lovely May Bank Holiday. Lovely cottage great views and we were amazed you could see the Lake District. We'll have to come again as 3 days is not enough to explore beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. Thanks again C & A May-2019
  • A last minute booking due to a sudden change of plan but we were delighted to find such a lovely place to stay. The Shieling provided us with all we needed for a quiet and restful stay. What a blessing G & A Apr-2019
  • Thank you so much Pauline and Tim for giving us the quiet retreat we were looking for. The bluebells at Carstramon wood are utterly wonderful. B & C Apr-2019
  • Thank you for making The Shieling such a comfortable place to relax for a few days. We have enjoyed walking at Gatehouse of Fleet where we watched Oyster Catcherson the gold course. We visited St. Ninians cave and did part of the coastal path. We also enjoyed a very hot climb up Griffel from New Abbey. We did not expect record temperatures for Easter. We were made very welcome at Dumfries Baptist Church on Easter Morning. Hope to come back for more.. Pasg Hapus! Diolch yn fawr iawn! Pob Bendith. P & P Apr-2019
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    • Thank you very much for a lovely and peaceful stay. T & A Apr-2019
    • Back again second time - love it. Weather not very good but did not spoil it for us. Pauline and Tim made us very welcome. We needed some down time and that's just what we got. Thank you both (shortbread was lovely). B & K Mar-2019
    • Super! Shieling Wonderful Warm Comfortable Stay. Lovely Geordie Welcome! Moorish Shortbread and wine. Everything we needed and more for a relaxing break in beautiful Dumfries and Galloway. Spotted deer near cottage and in Galloway forest. Awesome sunrise, sunset and stargazing. Peaceful surroundings. Thank you so much. Stayed on an extra two nights as it is Sooo! lovely. K & N Feb-2019
    • A Little Gem. Nothing has been forgotten. Very comfortable. We enjoyed the BBQ. Wine shortbread, and a vase of snowdrops & Christmas roses all very special. A & N Feb-2019
    • A very pleasant and relaxing time in The Shieling and in the company of Tim and Pauline. A number of highlights - many red kites, Brighouse Bay quiet and sunny... church in Dumfries, red sky mornings. Comfortable stay - thanks. We are returning refreshed and relaxed. C & J Jan-2019
    • We had a lovely 4 night break, The Shieling was sp cosy and well equipped. The flasks and walking boots were especially useful. We arrived to some lovely wine and shortbread which we appreciated along with the little vase of flowers. The Shieling & grounds are breathtakingly beautiful & we feel blessed to have spent time in such a stunning area.Things we did. Walks - views were amazing, saw red squirrels @ Barhill woods, stars & full moon @ Galloway Forest Park. From The Shieling we saw 2 x deer, red kites, woodpecker, & lots of small garden birds. We hope we can stay longer next time. Thank you for a lovely break K & R Jan-2019
    • Had a great 2 weeks. The weather was fabulous. Found some new walks and saw red squirrels in Barhill woods. Also saw 2 barn owls which we haven't seen for years. All the best for 2019. I & T Jan-2019
    • Thank you for the lovely welcome and welcome pack. We really enjoyed our second visit. Very relaxing which is just what we needed. We hope to return in the near future. K & K Dec-2018
    • Thank you so much for your welcome and for sharing this lovely part of the world with others. The Shieling has been just right for us as a perfect base. We hope we can be back for longer next time. Watched the sunrise this morning at the dawn of a new decade for M. Also saw a deer over the garden fence. We've had a great time and hope you have a blessed Advent, Christmas, and 2019 M. & R. Dec-2018
    • Excellent cottage, extremely well equipped, very comfortable, warm, cosy and in a fantastic location. We would definitely recommend and would love to return ourselves. Communication was outstanding throughout and our hosts were kind and thoughtful. The peace, quiet and beauty of the location was very special. C. Nov-2018
    • A quiet peaceful place to come at a difficult time for our family. It made clearing my Mum's house bearable to be able to return to this rural haven. Thank you. S & C Nov-2018
    • What a wonderful place to stay and explore the area from. Stunning views at Sunrise and incredible starry skies at Night. The cottage couldn't have been more lovely - cosy with a great kitchen and super comfy bed. All that was needed to recover and relax after a long days mountain biking. We have had a fantastic stay and would love to come back sometime. A. & D. Oct-2018
    • Lovely clean, tidy, homely place to base out of and explore the beautiful local area. The provided booklet and the information from Pauline and Tim was super useful for getting settled in, and the well equipped kitchen made cooking up a feast in the evenings nice and easy. We felt welcomed and comfortable at The Shieling and would love to stay here again! D. Oct-2018
    • An amazing getaway perfect base to explore the local area. Couldn't have asked for more. Lovely cosy cottage with amazing views. We were only here for 4 days will definitely have to come back for longer next time. Thanks for all your help. K. & T. Oct-2018
    • Comfort I. Oct-2018
    • Peaceful quiet cosy and a wonderful retreat from busy life. I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at The Shieling and would happily recommend it. It is a lovely place to stay in a wonderful and peaceful location with fantastic views and on a clear night the star gazing is amazing. Pauline and Tim are friendly welcoming hosts and I look forward to a return trip sometime soon. P. Oct-2018
    • Many thanks for a lovely relaxing and comfortable stay. The shortbread went down a treat. A. Oct-2018
    • What a gem - Just what the doctor ordered - peace and quiet. We have had a very comfortable stay, a real home from home. Pauline and Tim are perfect hosts. The red kites made our day and we found lots to do and see. The cottage was very cosy and we wanted for nothing. We will be back hopefully in March. Thank you so much. B & K Sept-2018
    • We had a great few days here away from everything to chill. Really comfortable cottage and great treats on arrival. Had a couple of great meals.. An enjoyable stay spent inside drinking coffee and avoiding Storm Ali. Thanks Pauline we will definitely be back. I & E Sept-2018
    • This has been a fabulous break for me... and I have thoroughly enjoyed every minute. Pauline & Tim´s accommodation is perfect in every-way. It´s warm and cosy and the most beautiful setting. The weather has been fabulous too. Thanks to you both for making me feel so at home and welcome. Little treats like wine and home made shortbread are thoughtful and generous touches that mean so much. Thank you I will definitely visit again. G. Sept-2018
    • A perfect location and accommodation for a country retreat. Has all the comforts of home with amazing views. The hosts are very welcoming and supplied a welcome pack with shortbread (amazing), bottle of wine. Thank you for a lovely four nights. T. Aug-2018
    • Dumfries & Galloway - Such a beautiful place. I have never visited before but will be back. Cottage very comfy and homely with everything needed and nice and warm. Outside space nice too. Hosts pleasant and helpful. I really enjoyed Sweatheart Abbey and Port Logan Beach - great for beachcombers. Knockbrex was great to watch sunset and beach-comb too. The raiders Forest road and otter pool was amazing if you like a paddle. Thank you A. Aug-2018
    • Our fifth visit to the cottage and we enjoyed ourselves very much. It was the Kirkcudbright Arts & Crafts weekend and we visited most of the art displays and gardens in the 4 days of the event. It was very tiring but very enjoyable. We find the cottage very comfortable and homely and Pauline and Tim are excellent hosts. Thank you. P. & S. Aug-2018
    • Weather breaks after the heatwave. Opportunity for walking - St Ninians cave, chapel and priory, Kippford to Rockcliffe and beyond, Cairnsmoore of fleet, challenging but fulfilling. A wonderful home from home to return to with every comfort. Wine and Shortbread appreciated. Just a little gem. Hope to Return P & P Aug-2018
    • Had a lovely stay. Weather great and the views are wonderful. Enjoyed the kites very much.... Lovely cottage Very comfortable. Thanks for welcome pack. Hope to return R & P July-2018
    • A really really lovely stay at The Shieling. Beautiful location with views across the hills - So nice to sit out in the garden with a glass of wine and a book in these light evenings. Explored Brighthouse bay and surrounding area and the walks and cycle trails from Kirroughtree visitor centre - really well signposted but still very wild - saw red squirrel and a red Kite. Also enjoyed completing the jigsaw puzzle provided. Really well equipped and so lovely to be welcomed with wine and shortbread (delicious). Would love to stay again. Thank you B & J July-2018
    • A piece of heaven. Have never stayed in a lovelier place Thank you K & A June-2018
    • Lovely Cottage Thanks Pauline and Tim for making us feel so welcome. D & D June-2018
    • A brilliant week Lovely cottage Ideal Weather Lots to see and do. Thank you Pauline and Tim for making our holiday so comfortable and enjoyable. C & A June-2018
    • Another year and another great week. Good weather and wildlife. Hope to see you again next year. E & G June-2018
    • Had a brilliant week Loads of wildlife - Long walks every day...The weather was glorious that always helps. Brought lots of plants...not sure how we will get them in the car. See you both at Christmas. I & T June-2018
    • It has been so enjoyable to stay at your cottage. Thank you so much for your welcome. The garden and the views are beautiful. It was lovely to be right in the countryside and we are thankful for such lovely weather Many thanks C & T May-2018
    • A most memorable stay in a a very cosy location. All kinds of weather plus all kinds of wildlife on our doorstep. We enjoyed the calm scenery all around. At night we watched the stars, the milky way and a shooting star that was so quick we forgot to wish upon that star.... All the best to our lovely hosts and we doubt ever to taste such yummy shortbread again in our lives. And a special mention to (the bulls) Big beige Ben Big black Boy and Big brown Boy C & D (from Germany) May-2018
    • We had a lovely experience and would highly recommend this as a romantic or spiritual retreat for couples. Pauline and Tim were very organised with information upfront warm and welcoming on our arrival; flexible and hospitable during our stay. It is a beautiful lovely space, close to nature and lots of options nearby. A. May-2018
    • What a lovely cosy and warm stay we had - not to mention the welcome!! The cottage is so sweet and really well placed for so many things to do. We had a brilliant day at at Threave Castle watching Red Kites, Ospreys, & Peregrine Falcons.. Weather was awesome. Thanks to Pauline & Tim for their friendly hosting and beautiful gardens. N & A Apr-2018
    • Thank you for a warm welcome. The cottage is warm and cosy and well equipped. It is a perfect base for a short break and exploring SW Scotland. Seeing all the wildlife has been a real treat. We would not hesitate to recommend The Shieling S & F Apr-2018
    • We have so enjoyed your cottage - even the snow. It is truly beautiful out here and enhanced by the gardens. This has been a great week of visiting bird sanctuaries a castle Scottish towns and dancing. Thank you so much for your hospitality. D & M (Maine USA) Apr-2018
    • What a lovely escapism from it all has been. The weather has been blue sky most days and cold but gorgeous! My highlights have been seeing the greater spotted woodpecker on the feeder and hares in the fields at dusk...Everything here that we need and thank you Pauline & Tim H & C Feb-2018
    • Lovely stay nice and cosy! Pauline and Tim were lovely hosts and The Shieling is in a great location. Thank you for an enjoyable stay. C & L Feb-2018
    • This is a lovely apartment, spotlessly clean and well equipped. I was there in February and it was lovely and warm and cosy. Pauline and Tim were friendly hosts who made my stay be really enjoyable. Its a great base to explore this part of south-west Scotland from. M. Feb-2018
    • We have had a fantastic couple of days. The cottage is great with everything we could possibly need provided. The mountain biking at Mabie and Ae is great and visited the red kite feeding centre and marshes nearby. K & K Jan-2018
    • A truly wonderful stay. Our Christmas break was exactly like we planned, quiet, exploratory, and self-reflective. The property has the most unique feel, calming and very welcoming. Perfectly equipped, we could not ask for more! Thank you for having us and we may see you in the future. U & G Dec-2017
    • Despite the stormy weather Ophelia´s Tail We had a lovely couple of days in The Shieling Cottage. Hiked in the Galloway Forest, had a peak round Kirkcudbright.. The Cottage was lovely and well equipped.. We hope to come again one time. Thanks very much. F & D - First Dutchies to stay? Oct-2017
    • Thank you so much for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. It really was a home from home - so comfortable. We have had a wonderful break and really enjoyed exploring the area. We would love to come again in the spring to see the beautiful garden in a different season - will be in touch. Thank you again N. & S. Oct-2017
    • This really has been a home from home. Too short a visit but we hope to come again to this ´Quiet corner of Galloway´ an unspoilt gem of a place. Thank you Pauline for your warm welcome and thanks Tim for his inspirational art work which has made us look at nature´s art in a new way - it may even improve our own photography. Our warmest wishes to you both C. & S. Sept-2017
    • For a rural retreat with stunning views this is the place for you S. Sept-2017
    • For a rural retreat with stunning views this is the place for you S. Sept-2017
    • Thank you so much for your warm hospitality and comfortable accommodation. We have had a lovely time visiting coast - Rockcliffe, Balcarry, The fleet estuary, Hills - Clatteringshaw Loch, Kirkcudbright, and the Logan gardens, and then the pleasure of coming back to this lovely garden, the wide views, the birds, the hares and deer memorable....Thank you again E. & M. Sept-2017
    • Thank you for making our time away so great. We had a warm welcome on our first day and what a treat it was to find the welcome hamper. The cottage is in a beautiful location and is close to some wonderful places. We visited and explored Loch Mannoch, the Isle of Whithorn Merrick Wigtown and the mull of Galloway. We had all the things we could possibly need in the cottage. You have really thought of everything. We will be definitely be telling friends and family about The Shieling. Thank you again S & M Sept-2017
    • I thoroughly enjoyed my stay at The Shieling cottage. It is very peaceful and quiet with everything you require in the cottage. My stay included a Portpatrick visit and Kirkcudbright Tattoo (very enjoyable). My visit started by being greeted by a deer and enjoyed the lovely views, very relaxing. P. Aug-2017
    • I found the cottage by complete accident and I´m so glad I did. On arrival Pauline & Tim gave us a very warm welcome... The cottage itself is absolute perfection with everything you could possibly need. The grounds are beautiful (much hard work I suspect) and on arrival managed to catch a glimpse of one of the resident foxes. The cottage is perfectly placed to explore this beautiful area and although only here for a few days managed to fit so much in....I wish we could stay longer and will most definitely be back in the future. Thank you doesn´t really cover it. S & R Aug-2017
    • Lovely accommodation and area. Plenty to see and do. Also nice weather P & G Aug-2017
    • A perfect place to stay in every way. Thank you. J Aug-2017
    • Lovely cottage. Enjoyed every minute of our stay. Many thanks for everything. Hope to see you soon. D & M July-2017
    • Had a lovely quiet time at this cottage. Very well equipped...Owners were very friendly and helpful. Saw a deer! J & P July-2017
    • Lovely accommodation - Perfect for our needs P & B July-2017
    • Once again here - a lovely week of peace and a very pleasant place. As you get older every year it makes it harder to here for a peaceful week. Pauline & Tim make things very easy for us a very lovely couple. We are hoping to make it here again next year. Thank you both for looking after us. J & R June-2017
    • Another lovely week at The Shieling - Already booked for another week next year G & E June-2017
    • Thank you for our brief but enjoyable stay. You live in a wonderful place, we are very envious. Weather has been variable but is now glorious - just as we are leaving. So glad we chose your cottage with a view to die for. D & G May-2017
    • A warm welcome, excellent accommodation, lovely weather, beautiful countryside at its best in the glorious spring sunshine. Quiet secluded beaches as well as a splendid garden in which to relax and enjoy the bird song. A truly memorable holiday. Thank you. B & I May-2017
    • Such a lovely little place. Great location - so quiet and peaceful - with lovely views. We saw deer and hares from kitchen window! Paulines instructions on how to find the place were spot on. The cottage has everything you need, including a big comfy bed and some delicious home made biscuits. It was immaculately clean. We would definitely stay again and would recommend to anyone travelling in the area R Apr-2017
    • Just lovely A Apr-2017
    • Nice cosy cottage with all you could wish for. Peaceful surroundings with lots of wildlife on view. Plenty of places to visit including Threave Gardens, secluded beaches, Gatehouse of Fleet, Castle Douglas, Kirkcudbright and Wigton - to name a few. Good standard of food venues in the area. Lovely welcome from Pauline and Tim. Thank you D & M Apr-2017
    • Fully equipped warm and comfortable - especially the hugh bed and a beautiful rural location. For peace quiet and relaxation this is just perfect. C & J Feb-2017
    • Just to say we had a wonderful time at Trostrie cottage.We only had one day when we couldn't get out, the day storm Barbara hit.The cottage has everything you could possibly want and is very comfortable.We forgot to tell you we watched 3 otters at Threave, from the Lamb Island Hide. This made our break really special. Hope to see you I & T Dec-2016.
    • A lovely peaceful and clean cottage; The perfect place for a few days cycling on our tandem. Highlights were the beautiful drop down from Clatteringshaws Loch along the Raiders Road and the sight of 100+ Red Kites feeding at Laurieston. Some really picturesque forest trails. An excellent 3 day break... As I write this there is a deer wandering around in the garden about 5 metres away. Perfect P & J Nov-2016
    • A superb place in a superb area Thank You P & M Nov-2016
    • Lovely cottage & views. Great area...Thanks for welcome pack. B & D Oct-2016
    • Second time here but now with new owners. Lovely place and joy to come back...Agree with all that has gone before. Hope to be back again P H & P Sept-2016
    • It was lovely to receive a cheery welcome from Pauline with the key to the cottage after a long wet drive.. We found the cottage warm quiet well-equipped and spacious and Myrtle (dog) didn't take long to settle despite a long drive especially when she spotted a bunny out of the living room window! .... An added bonus was being here during the KCB festival - We attended two parades with a fun atmosphere. E & M Aug-2016
    • Really comfy and homely cottage. Views are amazing and seeing a deer was great although I almost ran it over. Weather fantastic...Cottage has everything you need for a quiet relaxing holiday in a lovely area B & W Aug-2016
    • Had a lovely time in Dumfries & Galloway. Beautiful Countryside interesting pleasant towns and a wonderful place to here to come home to. We found the cottage comfortable and very well equipped - really excellent. Thank you for the welcome shortbread and wine, providing such a lovely cottage and the fantastic views of the garden and beyond G & M Aug-2016
    • Had a lovely week touring this part of the country...Cottage everything you could want. A & A Aug-2016
    • We really enjoyed our stay in its lovely peaceful setting. Particularly seeing the deer and red kites at close range. Tim and Pauline are the perfect hosts with the cottage being furnished to a very high standard and spotlessly clean....Will come back again J & C July-2016
    • A lovely warm welcome from both Pauline and her husband. The Shieling was everything and more than we'd hoped for. Beautiful area and so peaceful to sit and enjoy the glorious weather we had. C July-2016
    • Thank you for the warm welcome to a comfortable cottage where you have thought of everything..We have enjoyed exploring this area of Scotland & have enjoyed seeing the rabbits and even the red deer in your garden as well as the birds S & J July-2016
    • We have had a lovely holiday in your lovely cottage. Very well equipped - you have thought of everything - and lovely and cosy too. Thank you for your hospitality. It was great to sit and chat. Wishing you all the best with your gardening! H & M June-2016
    • We had a lovely stay again. Thank you for your hospitality and kindness. But Ive never met such a greedy lot of birds - we bought 2 lots of bird food in the time we were here! Wonderful weather - We spent very little time in the cottage. Thanks a lot S & M June-2016
    • The cottage was lovely and I appreciated the shortbread. It was lovely getting away from everything and saw some stunning views. Thank you Pauline & Tim for being so helpful. J May-2016
    • Great to be back. To return with a piece of shortbread and glass of wine on the first evening..lovely. A very good week A & G May-2016
    • Thank you P & T for everything...Providing a very pretty cosy and comfy cottage that we loved staying in. We wish you both many long and happy years in your special place and shall remember you from our travels. G & G (Australia) May-2016
    • We had a great Bank Holiday weekend in this lovely home. Wonderful views. It was cloudy but we made most of it and travelled around this beautiful area. Thanks for letting us stay here. L &: P May-2016
    • If I could pick anywhere to have my home I would put it right here. Loads of visitors every day, dear, birds, rabbits, pheasant, kites aplenty. Views to die for, a unique beautiful place. Had best holiday ever and will definitely be back. Thank you for letting us come and share your bit of paradise. We have loved every single minute J & J April-2016
    • ..Lovely space to come home to. Thank you Pauline & Tim. An emotional time and a fantastic space to chill & recharge. C & R April-2016
    • A very very very relaxing 5 days away from the hustle & bustle of town work and general day to day stuff. This cottage ticked all the boxes for us - Quiet, secluded and fantastic scenery and not to mention the lovely deer that walk past the window. Our first impressions when we walked in the door were WOW it felt like home from home with everything you need to hand - Pauline & Tim you have thought of everything and I mean everything. Your shortbread biscuits were amazing and such a lovely touch as was the lovely bottle of wine not forgetting the lovely daffodils - We would recommend this little hide away to our family and friends. You have done yourselves proud and we will definitely be back..We are taking a very contented doggy back home Thank-you Pauline & Tim God bless & see you soon G & T Mar-2016;
    • A wonderful week spent at The Shieling. It has been an ideal base - warm and comfortable with marvellous views and big sky. Majority of our outings have been to RSPB reserves and WWT sites. We have seen numerous species of birds including Whooper Swans, Barnacle geese in their thousands and Pink Footed geese. The deer visiting most mornings has been a delight as has the pheasant under the bird feeder. Many thanks to Pauline & Tim - P & E Mar-2016
    • Lovely area and lovely cottage. P & B Feb-2016
    • Had a great time despite the weather and a car failure. Seen lots of red kites, buzzard, red squirrel's, deer and ducks. Lovely warm cosy cottage & great hosts. Thanks for everything I & T Jan-2016
    • A lovely stay in this cosy comfortable and warm cottage. Thanks for the wine and delicious shortbread J & A Oct-2015
    • A fantastic week in a very Sunny Scotland only rain on day of departure. Have enjoyed many forest walks and paddling at the beach with our now very tired dog (Think he needs a holiday to recover). Thank you Pauline & Tim for sharing your little home from home with us and as always your hospitality is second to none. I'm sure we will be back next year hope you will have us Many thanks God Bless P & A Sept-2015
    • Had a wonderful stay in beautiful surroundings. Cottage cosy, warm and comfortable. Weather has been brilliant sun every day (Don't get that in Sheffield) Thank you, will definitely visit Scotland again. C & S Aug-2015
    • Thank you for providing such a comfortable and well equipped cottage-style base-ideal for relaxing in such quiet, natural and beautiful surroundings and so convenient for exploring in all directions an area that was new to us. We've enjoyed watching the bird life....Sadly the week has gone all too quickly but the best part of that is there's plenty more places and things to see and do left for another time. C & M Aug-2015
    • Enjoyable week in peaceful surroundings. Lovely views and we only got wet once. Many thanks for being the perfect hosts. A & J Aug-2015
    • A marvellous time in this beautiful part of the country. Pauline & Tim are the perfect hosts, everything you could want has been catered for in this wonderful cottage. Can't wait to come back again. The most restful and peaceful holiday we've had in a long time. Thank you so much J & D July-2015
    • Tis nearly the end of our brilliant weeks break.. You are all part of what its all about. Thank you all very much for looking after us, a beautiful place to be part of for such a short time. We are all hoping to see you again soon. Thank you. R, J & J July-2015
    • A gem of a cottage in a really beautiful location - big skies, forest walks and unspoilt beaches. Arrived worn out and tired - going home rested, relaxed and refreshed. Thanks for sharing this lovely haven with us. G & J July-2015
    • A fabulous week. A perfect base for exploring Dumfries & Galloway. Arriving to a bottle of wine and delicious shortbread- what a treat....Lovely cosy and well equipped cottage. Thank you G & G & O July-2015
    • Had an excellent couple of weeks, great hospitality from the owners. We did a few local activities whilst we were here some we would recommend are; Riding School Kite; Feeding Station; Hawk Walk. C P & B June-2015
    • Thank you for another holiday in your lovely Shieling and making us welcome. We enjoyed our walk up Screel and our evening meal in the local pub to follow. M & S May-2015
    • We have enjoyed our stay here and look forward to returning. The views are wonderful even on a dull day and the cottage cosy and welcoming after a day out exploring. Many thanks to Tim and Pauline for all the thoughtful touches G & A May-2015
    • This is a lovely cottage to relax in, the scenery is stunning. Just what you need to recharge yourselves. Pauline and Tim are lovely people and have made the cottage cosy and welcoming. M & G May-2015
    • Had a pleasant short break. Stars beautiful and early sun made it difficult to move from the garden, T & H April-2015
    • ..Thanks for the hospitality, had a much needed relaxing break and luckily the weather was good also. B April-2015
    • Our third visit to the cottage and we enjoyed it just as much as before. Everything we could think of to bring with us (hot water bottles, aprons, torch, books) were already provided. We love this area and the weather and wildlife didn't let us down. Thank you for your warm welcome. P & S April-2015
    • What a special week – a holiday of beautiful skies, sunrises & sunsets, cycling, walking & a lovely time to relax in your brill warm cottage to read paint, draw sew talk, & pray . Just fantastic .. D & G – Dec 2014
    • We have had a nice week here in spite of the weather. The cottage is lovely and peaceful it's the first time we have hired a cottage and hope it hasn't set our expectations to high for the future. Thank you for your welcome of wine & shortbread. It was much appreciated. We found the cottage very comfortable and warm, and I think our little dog bonnie also enjoyed herself D & S – Nov 2014
    • A very enjoyable week. We were lucky with the weather and enjoyed cycling the quiet lanes around the cottage, the views and all the bird life Thanks Tim & Pauline for your kind welcome L & P Oct-2014
    • Lovely quiet & restful holiday despite the weather. Kind welcome, well equipped cottage, warm & cosy. Have enjoyed familiar places & discovering new ones. People are so friendly around here. J & A Oct-2014
    • Thank you for a lovely cottage. Your welcome of sweat-peas, shortbread and wine was much appreciated. We have enjoyed the peace and beauty J & G Oct-2014
    • Thanks to our wonderful hosts, for all your kindness. Wonderful views, great shortbread J & M Sept-2014
    • We found this by accident and glad we did! A slice of heaven! Fabulous hosts that can't do enough for you. Lovely cottage, amazing views. An awe inspiring breath taking sky at night... Galloway forest is amazing too. We'll be back soon Many Thanks B & J Sept-2014
    • We found Trostrie Shieling to be a most welcoming & comfortable cottage in a delightful setting. Pauline & Tim have thought of everything to make a stay here happy. We have particularly enjoyed exploring Galloway Forest Park with our 2 Labradors. Lovely weather has added to our the pleasure of our stay in this ideal cottage. G & C Sept-2014
    • Delightful stay, to arrive to a bottle of wine and home-made shortbread was the icing on the cake of this charmingly situated cottage. Helped by the most glorious week of weather when the thermometer never dropped below 14. Being able to eat breakfast and dinner outside was a September treat. The Dumfries and Galloway book of walks was a welcome addition to the cottage. A super “autumn” break. J & R Sept-2014
    • Thank you for your kind hospitality. We had an amazing week – Lovely walks, Kirkcudbright Tattoo. Wonderful wildlife, a sky full of red kites, but above all a lovely cosy cottage where we felt at home. Hope to make a return visit and would not hesitate to recommend you to friends and family F & C Aug-2014
    • We had a great week in this lovely cosy cottage. Stunning views made for a relaxing stay. Also enjoyed visiting local attractions would recommend. Shortbread was very tasty J & J Aug-2014
    • We had a lovely week here at the Cottage. Seen different types of wildlife. Visited some stunning castles, beaches and country walks. Our dog Skye had a great time walking, will defo come back S & P Aug-2014

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The Spinney Cottage is situated in the 18th century fishing village of Garlieston, near Wigtown, Galloway.

The Spinney

The cottage sleeping 4, with its own wood burning stove, is a stone's throw from the beach, .....

Garlieston Beach

The Spinney Cottage, with free WiFi provides quality well equipped self-catering accommodation and will sleep 4 people in comfort.

Recent relevant extracts from comments in the Spinney Visitors Book

  • A lovely cottage in a peaceful harbour-side village. The cottage had everything you would need (and more). Perfect for a relaxing few days or a base to explore the surrounding area. K Jul-2019
  • A Short delightful stay. The nicest cottage wonderful. Thank you C. & C. Jul-2019
  • Had a very comfortable visit. Thanks for the very tidy garden, all the info and the map to plan with in the house J & L Jun-2019
  • Everything was perfect - the cottage was a delight. We will be back P. Jun-2019
  • Enjoyed a lovely few days. Very comfortable and peaceful - perfect for chilling! Cottage had everything we needed. Thanks for welcome pack too! Would love to come back A. J. K. & A. Jun-2019
  • Yet another wonderful holiday here at The Spinney. It feels like home to us. Our first week was warm and sunny, the second somewhat mixed but that did not stop us enjoying some lovely walks in the woods, forests and beaches. My daughter an avid insect watcher and photographer spotted a rare moth in Cree woods which is one of our favourite places to walk....Our longer stay meant that we were able to explore a wider area and particularly enjoyed Kippford and Rockcliffe and the small towns of Gatehouse of Fleet and Castle Douglas. Thank you for the delicious welcome pack and look forward to a return visit next May J. T. & M May-2019
  • We always enjoy our stay at The Spinney feels like coming home. Finally got to St Ninians cave in glorious weather. Can't wait to come back in September. Don't know what we would do without this place. Thanks again J & I May-2019
  • Had a lovely week here as usual. We have spent many good times exploring the beach and walks. Weather has been wonderful. Will be back soon. Best wishes I. W. T & O. Apr-2019
  • Had a lovely relaxing break in this cosy cottage. Great walking. The weather has been very kind to us. Thanks for the welcome pack A & M Apr-2019
  • What an absolute hidden treasure of a place. Cottage is perfect, lovely to come into after a blustery walk on the beach - so warm and cosy. Children have loved their time here and have made good use of the games and books. Thank you for the welcome pack. We will be back and will pass on our recommendation. L. D. J. & J. Apr-2019
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    • We have lost count how many time we have stayed here now! We love the area and love the cottage which has everything we could need and is so cosy...a real home from home. Thanks T & P for the welcome pack. A beautifully presented and maintained cottage. We have had a relaxing and energising break as expected. T & A Apr-2019
    • Pat what do you want to do for our 50th Anniversary? John I want to go back to The Spinney. So here we are again.(No big surprise) As usual had a good time with Finley running wild and impersonating a sea lion at every opportunity. J P & F Mar-2019
    • Enjoyed another great week in this superb cottage, even though the weather has been a bit rough at times. When we have been out for our walks we have come back to a cosy warm house. The walks around this part of the country are very interesting and varied. Thank you for the wine and biscuits etc they were very much appreciated. Hope to return again for our fourth visit next year. D & S Mar-2019
    • Thank you for letting us stay in your lovely cottage. We had a splendid time. It is very cosy and very us. Thank you for the welcome pack. Enjoyed reading your copy of Animal Farm too. Nice to see some books in the place. Best wishes A. P. & K. Mar-2019
    • Lovely cottage so comfy - could have stayed a month - easy. Everything I could want including WiFi Brilliant location next to book town. Second time we have stayed but certainly not the last. B & W Feb-2019
    • We came for peace and fresh air, hoping to recharge our batteries and The Spinney and the Machars have rewarded us as ever. The snow had the good grace to fall before we got here and the sun shone almost every day so every vista has been at its wintry best. In the evenings a box set (The Crown) and a cosy living room - Bliss T & A Feb-2019
    • A very enjoyable stay in a delightful cottage. The welcome pack was much appreciated and the home-made shortbread biscuits were very enjoyable. We wished we had booked for a longer period. Enjoyed the local walks and visits to the local Inn. Very friendly locals. Hope to be back. C & P Jan-2019
    • We absolutely love to start the New Year here in this perfect cottage - A real home from home! The weather has been really kind. We have all enjoyed coffee shops, lovely lunches and warm cosy evenings in. Especially love the beach and Galloway house walks. Thank you once again! Already looking forward to next year! N M & L Jan-2019
    • Thank you for the warm welcome .. We enjoyed our stay in this pleasant tidy house. It was all very complete and with all the information we needed. We will recommend you. C. M. F. & L. (Netherlands) Dec-2018
    • We really enjoyed our stay in Garlieston and especially The Spinney - lovely and cosy. Sunrise on the beach and dark starry skies at night S & D Nov-2018
    • Thank you for making us feel very welcome in The Spinney Cottage. It is a beautiful house in a stunning part of the world. We especially enjoyed looking round the bookshops and coffee shops in Wigtown and a wee day trip to Port Patrick via Port William was terrific and in wonderful sunshine... Your welcome pack with the lovely shortbread and wine was a lovely touch. Thank you we will be back. I. R. J & S. Oct-2018
    • I don't want to go home. Our stay here has been perfect. Thank you. F & W. Oct-2018
    • Once again thank you so much for a lovely comfortable and cosy stay in your lovely cottage. We really love coming here..Love our bird watching and were lucky enough to see a Kingfisher at Wigtown Harbour..Look forward to returning again. H. A. J. & M. Oct-2018
    • Thank you for letting me stay in your welcoming cottage...The dreary weather in the middle of our stay didn't put me off enjoying your well equipped cottage D. Oct-2018
    • A long awaited return to Galloway and have enjoyed re-visiting many favourite places...We visited many places and were spoiled for choice with so many coffee shops. Our dog enjoyed the beaches and forest walks. After our daily wanderings it was great to come back to a very comfortable cottage. Thank you J & J Sept-2018
    • What a spectacle - dozens of butterflies were on the buddleia bush - Wow! (peacocks and Red Admirals mainly)... As always we had a lovely time at The Spinney... See you next year I. & J Sept-2018
    • Thank you for the use of your lovely cottage for the past week. The spinney is well equipped and spotlessly clean - so it was easy to make it our home for the week. The local scenery is wonderful but we especially enjoyed out time at The Isle of Whithorn and St Ninians cave and our day trip to the Mull of Galloway - a beautiful landscape wildlife and walks and a good coffee shop!!..So all in all breathtaking scenery, great local food and a beautiful cottage that feels like a home. A & H Aug-2018
    • Thank you for a lovely break as a family of 4. So peaceful & lovely quiet time at the beach. Beautiful clean cottage - very comfy. Can I have shortbread recipe. Thanks K. Aug-2018
    • Our first stay at The Spinney but we will be sure to return. A lovely cottage in a beautiful location-thank you! We visited several beaches in the area tried our hand at dinghy sailing and canoeing and walked along the coast to St Ninians cave. We have had a fantastic few days and look forward to the next visit. Thanks again. M. J. A. & M. Aug-2018
    • Lovely stay again - home from home...Glentrool and Kirroughtree visitor centre are very nice. Look forward to our next visit T. W. & I. Aug-2018
    • We have had a comfortable stay in a well equipped cottage. Garden perfect and lots of sun rooms. Great - never stayed anywhere better. B & W July-2018
    • We have had a fantastic few days exploring the local area. Especially the fish and chips and local beer...Thank you for such a lovely peaceful cottage to stay in. We have enjoyed every minute. A. N. & S. July-2018
    • Thank you for a fantastic holiday. Your cottage is full of charm and we were very comfortable here. The welcome pack and book swap were lovely touches. We enjoyed a barbecue in the sun on our last evening-lovely. We would love to return, the idea of being here in the winter with a glass of red wine and a book in front of the log fire is tantalising. We will definitely recommend it to others as well. Tim your photography is beautiful. Many thanks J M A & M July-2018
    • We have had a lovely time staying here and enjoyed our holiday. The cottage was very welcoming and we managed to see lots while we were here. K. J. & D. July-2018
    • We have had a lovely time. The Weather has been great. We have had some great walks. People so friendly. The house is lovely and we will be back..Thank you for welcome pack. H & J Jun-2018
    • Thoroughly enjoyed our time here. Lovely quiet garden to relax in and enjoy the birdlife. Had a walk to the Isle of Whithorn by the coastal path and caught the bus back. Fish and chips from the van that comes very Friday A & J Jun-2018
    • Here we are again!! Four times on the trot and look forward to it each year. As usual had a great time even Storm Hector was only minor around here. Thanks for the welcome pack, sat in the sunshine in the garden after a walk on the beach and enjoyed it. See you again soon. We hoped Finley would lose weight but too many generous locals with dog bics. J P & F Jun-2018
    • This is our third time to The Spinney. Weather been in the 20s all week...Met a lot of people we have seen over the years. Had some lovely walks with Max down on the beach. He loves the water. Once again Tim and Pauline thank you very much. We will be back next year. M R & M Jun-2018
    • What an amazing week - The weather has been in the mid 20s all week. As always the cottage makes a perfect holiday home - in fact I could quite happily live here permanently!! We have had wonderful walks with the dog Monty who loves the beaches and woods. The bluebells have put on a superb display...The Spinney cottage is one of the best holiday cottages we have ever stayed in. The perfect place - what more can I say. Thank you for the welcome pack - very much appreciated. Hope to see you next year. J T & M May-2018
    • This was our second visit to The Spinney. In spite of bad weather reports we ended up having lots of sunshine with a few showers...In our opinion the Machars is the place for us - wonderful and the locals are so friendly and helpful...We took our usual walk to St Ninians Cave and all the other wonderful walks around the area... I & J Apr-2018
    • What a lovely welcoming warm cottage, proper little hideaway.Really loved it. Everything you could want is here. We will certainly come again for a longer stay. Thank you for the welcome pack so kind. L & P Apr-2018
    • Our second visit to this lovely welcoming and comfortable cottage..We´ve had a fair bit of sunshine even though temperatures cool. The harbour view pub is welcoming and cosy the food there very nice. Our two little dogs have enjoyed bird watching in the secure garden. Conservatory is perfect on a cooler day..We look forward to returning here again. A H & J Mar-2018
    • Two years ago we wrote of the most glorious weather imaginable. This year we learned the meaning of the wind chill factor. Despite the Siberian blast The Spinney has looked after us. As ever everything works and we've had a most relaxing break and we´ve seen The Machars in a different light....We are leaving on a dull morning and it will probably be just as dreich at home but we will miss the peace and quiet of The Spinney - until next time. T & A Mar-2018
    • Once again we have had a wonderful stay in The Spinney. We had good weather for the time of year and a good few walks as well as relaxation in the conservatory. The cottage and the area has a wonderful calming effect. We will no doubt be back again next year for another dose. Thank you S & D Mar-2018
    • The best cottage I have ever stayed in by far! Everything we could possibly need. The area is so beautiful and peaceful and calms the soul. So many lovely walks my dogs were spoiled...Thank you can´t wait to come back. L Feb-2018
    • What a stunning place to stay. Every home comfort and more you could wish for in a holiday cottage. The Spinney has it all 100% perfect to find accommodation all on one floor. Very disabled friendly. We loved how close we were to the sea for capturing sunrises and the walks to the pier and beyond. Everything laid out for ease of use. Thank you Tim and Pauline for the wonderful welcome. We know our friends would love it here too. (We won't tell them all or it will get booked up) A thoroughly enjoyable Valentine break away in a gorgeous part of Dumfries and Galloway. We will very happily book again. Thank you. D & G Feb-2018
    • Excellent cottage and great value. Got exactly what I wanted from this trip. Will be back. C Feb-2018
    • The Spinney is spacious but cosy with central heating and option of roaring log fire. Wood provided too!!The cottage is immaculately clean with modern bathrooms and kitchen. Comfy sofas. Enclosed safe garden Everything is there that you could.possibly need from tin foil to dish washer tablets. The hosts havent left anything out that you could possibly need. You couldn't ask for more. We went to the pub 5mins along the road and had great crack with the locals the food is fab there too. Great base for visiting Port Patrick Newton Stewart and the Isle of Whithorn. So peaceful and quiet get away. We've come home in love with the area and wish we owned the Spinney S & C Feb-2-18
    • Lovely quiet location. Enjoyed walks north and south. Cosy fire at The Harbour Inn and lively chat. Good location if you are on a Lisa Hooper Linocut Course Thanxx J & W Jan-2018
    • Thank you again for another warm welcome at The Spinney. We love this cottage and the area....Thank you again - we will return! M L M P & M Jan-2018
    • Thanks for a great stay. Really enjoyed exploring the local area. Willow our lurcher was amazed that she could walk to the nearby beach. Spent a lovely day exploring the bookshops in Wigtown. The community cafe and shop are also a must in the Isle of Whithorn. A great place to stay and explore the local area. S. S. M. & W. Dec-2017
    • Oooh we love this place!! Sorry for short message but been busy playing out!! Will be back very soon! A. & B. Nov-2017
    • A lovely visit yet again at The Spinney. We love it here - all the visitor centres, the shoreline and the walks. Pity Easter is booked as we usually come then too. Be back when we can I. W. & T Oct-2017
    • Lovely week - great cottage. Thanks T. & C. Oct-2017
    • Weather not to bad travelling here but what a great surprise when we entered The Cottage. It was home from home everything you need was inside. Weather not good enough to sit in the garden but it would be great when the sun shines. Plenty of space inside to sit and relax. It was nice to sit and watch the birds while having breakfast.... This is a great cottage and would recommend it to others to visit having said that it may get to popular and may not be able to book again. Thank you for everything. T. L. & A Oct-2017
    • Our first visit to Garlieston and The Spinney. A delightful well equipped cottage where much thought has been given to the comfort and enjoyment of guests. The south facing garden is extremely pleasant. Will happily recommend to family and friends. A & J Sept-2017
    • The best equipped cottage I have stayed in You seem to have anticipated and provided for every eventuality. Much more spacious than I anticipated. Lovely garden. Pity the weather did not allow much else but Dougal the dog loved it. Great to have a secure garden...There is so much to see and do eat & drink in the area. A smashing holiday. L. & D. Sept-2017
    • Not too lucky with the weather this visit but managed to do many a long and squelchy walk with Jess again in Collie heaven. A visit to Culzean Castle on a wet day was very interesting. Can also recommend visits to Newton Stewart swimming pool and also the Ryan centre at Stranraer. We were thrilled to see an Egret at RSPB Crook off Baldoon reserve. As always the cottage is comfortable and warm and wonderfully equipped. We appreciated the secure garden for Jess. Many thanks for the welcome hamper and for a relaxing week. L B & J Sept-2017
    • Mum and Dad have stayed at Trostrie many times so thought it would be nice to bring the family to Scotland and to The Spinney. Wow what a wonderfully appointed cottage great spot with everything you could hope for. We visited lots of places but Ardwell Bay was a firm favourite with a lovely beach where we paddled in the sunshine. We even BBQ´d one evening and it was fab. We hope to return here again soon. Thank you for a lovely holiday. H. C. E. G. & R. Sept-2017
    • I brought my family to a place that is very dear to me ,I was worried it might not be as wonderful as it has been for me since I first came here as a little boy ,my grandparents and parents have lived here on and off for most of their lives, to share the magic has been fantastic. The Spinney is truly a home from home ,the attention to detail in providing this is something to be very proud of ,from booking to arrival the communication has been spot on, and once the door is open you are able to relax, unwind and immerse yourself in this unique part of the world .The cottage is very beautiful,the garden is wonderful with so many birds and butterflies.We like to cook and we did ,everything on hand and a dishwasher!! Fantastic when you want to get back to your holiday. Beds are very comfortable ,showers powerful and hot, living room cosy, especially with the stove on. Books for bedtime, conservatory to while away a showery day relaxing. All in all the perfect place, thank you guys from Me and my Family You two have obviously put a lot of time and thought into the Spinney and it really shows, it´s the little things that always count, your attention to detail screams quietly out, relax enjoy unwind! And we did! D Aug-2017
    • We had a wonderful time in this beautiful cottage. Thank you for welcome pack. Had lovely walks along the beach to Rigg Bay... Loved bird watching and also got to sunbath in the garden... We really enjoyed our time here. So sad to leave must mean we had a great time L & D Aug-2017
    • We had a wonderful time here in the Spinney. I loved the conservatory every morning. I sat there and had a cup of coffee and watched the birds. Me & my sister shared a room and the beds were so lovely. It was placed in a wonderful spot close to the wood and the beach. Thank you for a wonderful stay. E Aug-2017
    • I am in my 90th year and have spent many a year in S.C. cottages but NEVER in one so well appointed and tasteful! What comfort inside and beauty outside. The breezes at Sandhead blew the cobwebs away! Thought S.C.days were over but The Spinney has revived them. Thanks specially for all the variety of pictures and Try Praying. May God Bless you. M. Aug-2017
    • We have spent a lovely lovely week in this beautiful restful cottage - so many touches to promote a sense of well being. We hope to come back. R & D Aug-2017
    • We have had a lovely holiday in this lovely cottage which was/is very comfortable. The garden is lovely with lots of birds. This is our first visit to this cottage and we will be back. Thank you for the welcome pack, they were very much appreciated. Our dog Jenny had a fab week also and we were so lucky with the weather. We visited St Ninians cave and the Woods of Cree and of course all the beaches east and west. There is such a selection. We love this area and the people are so friendly. Thanks again for all the extras I & J Aug-2017
    • We had a wonderful stay. Could not ask for any more. Safe garden for kids to play (they loved it) lovely beach to explore and all the added extras made all the difference in making us feel at home. Only wish we could have stayed a few more days. We will be back. Thank you A & K Aug-2017
    • Lovely week spent here. Weather was great. Would come again and would recommend your cottage to others. Every home comfort. Shortbread biscuits and wine were an unexpected but lovely surprise. Thank you. All good things come to an end but we leave with lovely memories. M & C July-2017
    • A well equipped & maintained cottage. We had a great week exploring Dumfries & Galloway. The weather was great until Friday. So we were very lucky. Many thanks for the welcome pack. A nice touch. M K & B July-2017
    • 3rd visit to The Spinney - as good as ever. Really appreciate the new TV. Can see it without need of specs. Weather good until Thursday night down pour. Friday a bit hit and miss but managed to find lovely beach at Monreath - go to Golf Club and drive down path. Its a bit narrow but worth it at the end. P J & F July-2017
    • What a wonderful cottage. I think this is the best holiday cottage we have been to in terms of comforts between childhood and adult years. Dad picked The Spinney on a random search but we will be sure to pass on the word.... We need to return to the area. Too short a time to explore properly. Loved sitting in the garden with Mum sipping wine and enjoying the sun yesterday and today. Overall a super break.... Thank you so much for having us in your super holiday cottage V & L July-2017
    • Lovely break with daughter and grandson. The Spinney is as good a holiday cottage as we have ever experienced! The overall presentation and attention to detail is splendid J & M July-2017
    • We enjoyed our stay here very much. The weather was wonderful. The cottage welcoming and well equipped and really liked the area. Thank you for everything you did to make our stay enjoyable. S & P June-2017
    • Like so many others we keep coming back! Love the house garden and Garlieston. Have been watching the blackbirds collecting food constantly for the young chicks in the nest in the buddleia bush. Its a great area to explore and recharge lifes batteries getting away from things that don't really matter. Already planning next years visits. I & J June-2017
    • Our second time here and just as good if not better. Enjoyed the garden very much as did Blue the dog. Hope to be back next year. A W & I June-2017
    • Thank you for an extremely comfortable stay in a lovely cottage. We welcomed the disabled friendly additions and the safe and secure garden for the dogs. This really is a bird watchers paradise with woods gardens seaside and farmland all in close proximity. Hedgehog in the garden, song-thrush giving a beautiful musical display at dawn and dusk. Galloway house gardens and Castle Kennedy great for mobility scooter and dogs welcome. Like many others we would happily return. H & A May-2017
    • We usually head up to the highlands but for once we decided to explore this area and what a peaceful beautiful area it is. Having a base as special as The Spinney has been the icing on the cake. The wine and shortbread was very much appreciated - Thank you S & D May-2017
    • A lovely stay as usual. A lovely cottage. Home from Home. We know all the local people and dogs now. Look forward to coming back again. I W & T Apr-2017
    • Another lovely stay. The handrails in the shower much appreciated...The sun room is very useful Mun and Dad were very happy to relax in there a couple of times which meant that I could have a couple of long walks. Will definitely return, probably with my husband next time. I know that he would love the area. G B & B Apr-2017
    • Yet again we have had a lovely time here. The place is spotlessly clean and so comfortable - a real home from home. The BIG TV & WiFi are great. The shower is super and powerful (not all are) and the safety/grab rail is much appreciated. As a habitual feet-putter-up I love the leather chairs and footstools! Too many thoughtful, useful items to enumerate but all appreciated. Visited old haunts - Isle of Whithorn, community cafe,, Wigtown bookshops (naturally), Castle Douglas - great charity shops and eateries...Not our first visit - certainly not our last! Thanks for the scrummy choccy cookies. A & T Mar-2017
    • Thank you so much for another lovely stay. We hope to be back B & L Mar-2017
    • We have had a wonderful relaxing holiday in this lovely cottage. It is a beautiful area which we have visited quite a few times and no doubt will be back again soon. Weather has been fairly good and we have managed some long and picturesque walks...See you again soon. D S L & M Mar-2017
    • What a perfect place to stay. Perfect for a short break just to chill out and recharge - enjoyed exploring the area and the Mull of Galloway. Nearly got blown away. Hope to see you again soon. D Feb-2017
    • Im getting to know a lot of holiday cottages in the area on my quest to find the perfect new home for us and this has to be the best so far. If im lucky then we may have a place to stay soon if not I would definately stay here again. Thank you for a lovely stay and for the wine & shortbread T & E Feb-2017
    • Another lovely stay at this fab cottage. Came for my Birthday and it was a great one! Thanks Tim & Pauline for making it so home from home and for wine & lovely shortbread. S S B & F Feb-2017
    • A lovely break and base for exploration of the area. A home from home with all the trimmings. We love it here too and hope in the near future to be living in Garlieston. H B & T Jan-2017
    • What a fantastic start to 2017. This is our third visit to this fabulous cottage and we never tire of ot. Great cottage lovely area fabulous walks - We love it here and we will return. M M & Lynn Jan-2017
    • What a lovely place for the two of us to spend our Christmas Escape - Couldn´t have wished for more. From opening the door the first time to it´s warm homeliness. Opening presents in the conservatory and beautiful walks in each direction from the village. We´ve had a great Christmas. The kitchen has more than you ever could ever need to cook a good Christmas Dinner. We had a great time. Thank you very much K & A Dec-2016
    • Thank you for a lovely break here in your very lovely cottage. It has been such a pleasure to spend time here in this lovely warm and comfortable home. Everything has been great! I'll be back again soon. B & L Dec-2016
    • Lovely cosy warm cottage absolutely perfect with everything we needed - home from home. Thank you for the wine & biscuits Lovely touch. We are back in January for another 2 weeks looking forward to it already. Thanks again. S S B & F Nov-2016
    • Have had a lovely relaxing half-term holiday. The cottage is so cosy and comfortable and the kitchen so well equipped we had not one but two home cooked roast dinners this week! Fire been lovely to light in the evenings after a long day walking. Beds so firm and comfy!..We have enjoyed lovely walks this week including Loch Trool, Isle of Whithoen, to Bellowhead, Bellowhead to St. Ninians Cave Wigtown and both coasts from Garlieston. We have been so lucky with the weather - sunshine nearly every day and it only rained once...We will definitely recommend the cottage to friends and family. I'm sure we will return in the not too distant future. Thanks again P M A & D Oct-2016
    • A lovely break as usual great to have Wifi! Home from Home. Had lovely weather a real plus! Thank you again for a super time - see you soon we hope. T W & I Oct-2016
    • For two whole weeks Whoopee Came to Spinney in May and July but for only one week each time. It just goes too quick. Decided to book a two weeker for our October break fhew. So glad we did......The weather for October has been really good only one day of rain. Going home to Liverpool tomorrow. Very sad to leave. The Spinney is a real home from home and so very comfortable....Hope you all have a brilliant holiday here just like we did. We love this place. A B B & T Oct-2016
    • Our second visit and it feels like Home from Home. Love the new chairs and Smart TV.. The Wigtown book festival never fails to entertain in bucket-loads, but we ran out of luck with the weather. All the little extras at The Spinney are much appreciated... Many thanks B & A Oct-2016
    • Although we arrived on a wet and windy day. It is always a pleasure to come to The Spinney. Many thanks for the extra 2 days which were beautiful - The Garlieston we always loved when coming in May. The new chairs foot stools & super huge TV were wonderful as having WiFi.... We had to laugh at finding a hedgehog wondering along the sea front...One advantage of September over May was the wonderful blackberries especially along the paths at Wigtown. Many thanks for a relaxing & fantastic holiday cottage. L B & J Sept-2016
    • Very enjoyable week weather was fab - walks beaches pub people area all fab. As you can tell we've really enjoyed our stay in Garlieston. Eli has loved all his walks especially Rigg Bay. What a beautiful place - Can´t wait to come back for another visit C S & E Sept-2016
    • Lovely area & very comfortable accommodation. I shall miss the chair & footstool greatly. Area very good for mountain biking & with good weather there was no need to clean the bike.... Thanks again for a great holiday home. C Aug-2016
    • Perfect cottage for a lovely weeks family holiday. We had everything we needed and with a toddler the washing machine was a real bonus. In the evenings the garden was a safe and fun place to play after happy days spent on some of the areas beaches...We can recommend for primary children.. We enjoyed walks from the Cottage...Thank you so much we couldn't have wanted more M J C N & baby L Aug-2016
    • Thank you for welcome pack. We have had an enjoyable week. We particularly enjoyed visiting Kirkcudbright and seeing the red squirrels at Threave gardens P & D Aug-2016
    • Comfortable well equipped cottage. Interesting village. Pleasant area. I Aug-2016
    • Had a great week in very well equipped cottage. Lovely area I & P July-2016
    • Lovely to have big new TV and chairs. WiFi super too. Lovely weather and really good holiday here as usual. Hope to be back soon Thank you T W & I July-2016
    • Really enjoyed ourselves beautiful cottage everything you need and more. Weather was great red hot K R & S July-2016
    • Up from Merseyside for our second visit this year to the lovely Spinney. Our last holiday was in May and we had really amazing weather really hot!!! This week has been sunshine and showers... Tim & Pauline have been busy providing yet more extras that improve The Spinney as the best cottage in Dumfries & Galloway. The 2 new leather chairs (+ footstools) the big 40 inch TV is fantastic the garden chairs and finally a copy of Scots write Stuart McBride funny murder mystery on the bookshelf. Who cares about the weather!!! Back in October hoping for sun! A & B July-2016
    • Had a fantastic stay very accommodating and comfortable. We have relations in the area which we were able to see. Lots of beaches to stop and enjoy. People are lovely. We all had a great stay. T H A C L & M July-2016
    • Another wonderful week at The Spinney. Love new leather chairs & WiFi. As this is our third year running it speaks for itself. Have been able to send pics straight to USA. They love them and are talking of booking next year... Max has been in the sea again. Made big mistake of not booking two weeks. But will be back next year. M R & M June-2016
    • We had a lovely stay in a lovely cottage Been coming to Garlieston for last 8 years - normally with motor-home. Am now converted to the privacy and home comforts so amply provided for at The Spinney I & J June-2016
    • A glorious week of sunshine and a very comfortable cottage. Thank you for the wine and shortbread. Loved walking on the beach each night there with my parents. Looking forward to bringing my husband he would love the coastal walking. Here with my parents hence the need for everything on one level... Looking forward to returning to the area. G June-2016
    • Thank you Guys for hosting me on my big life decision. It helped. Whole cottage is lovely especially fire place. Glad I chose you!! Oh and PS cookies was amazing. R May-2016
    • Tae The Spinney Cottage - The garden was wonderful & in full bloom. The collies luved it so many colours like the Bonnie wee vase of flowers. Plenty O stock was at hand a nice wee change fae oor caravan There was a mass of reading that kept us fae greeting cos it rained Awwe yin day. Alas its near the end & we've to pack up but hope to be back when we hopefully have the time. So we will take a slug O the lovely chilled wine. Cheers for Auld Lang Syne. We had a really good time. L & M PS Scrabble Oh what a delight. We played it every night .. Hic Hic!! May-2016
    • Oooh! Some of you got really excited by the fab wine and scrummy shortbread but we were really impressed with the WiFi and the dishwasher tablets! Must be an age thing. This cottage is so well equipped! Our dogs loved the garden. We all had great walks from the cottage which was great for the old hubbie...Been in loads of cottages in the area- Got to say this is the best. A, B, B & T May-2016
    • Just what we needed. A wonderful break. Cosy and comfortable cottage, beautiful scenery and a lovely beach which our dog loved. Thank you. J & E May-2016
    • What a lovely cottage!!! We had a wonderful peaceful break. Everything we needed was here. C & P April-2016
    • A really lovely break as usual here - wonderful to have WiFi - Thank you. be back in July I & T & W Mar-2016
    • We've had a wonderful week with the most glorious weather imaginable in the most comfortable cottage we could wish for. You seem to have thought of everything including excellent WiFi and its the extra touches from wine and shortbread(superb) to dishwasher tablets which make The Spinney so special. Just the break we needed. T & A Mar-2016
    • Thank you so much for a lovely rest. A lovely home which left us wanting for nothing. We loved the walks and coming home to a warm fire. Many thanks C & L Feb-2016
    • Another fabulous week - we really can't recommend your cottage highly enough. Shortbread & wine very welcome too. Thanks again M, L & M Jan-2016
    • Wonderful break as usual - lovely cottage and area - Our 3rd time here! Look forward to our return - hopefully soon - Thank you again. T & I Oct-2015
    • We've enjoyed a relaxing week in your comfortable cottage. Fairs days mild for October made walks between Wigtown & Monreath on or near the coast a joy. We made minimised use of the car, exception being a trip to the Rhinns and found the bus service useful too. Evenings in with the fire lit were appreciated and wine & biscuits enjoyed. S & G Oct-2015
    • Very comfortable cottage in wonderful spot. The weather could not have been better. Very friendly village and good pub serving lovely food. What more could you ask for. The dog loved the beach as did we. We will certainly be back D & E Oct-2015
    • Beautiful clean cottage with everything you need and more but no clutter perfect. Garlieston we know and love; and Wigtown Book Festival gets better year on year. Interesting new RSPB reserve development at Crook of Baldoon. Weather was better than we could possibly have imagined - the icing on the cake. Thank you for all the thoughtful details. B & A
    • Very lucky with weather - lovely pleasantly warm days to travel round this attractive area. The Galloway Forest and Loch Trool are a must to see...The cottage is in a good position for lovely walks from the door. Thank you for the wine and biscuits - much appreciated J H & J Sept-2015
    • Spacious and airy cottage with a lovely walk (with the dogs) just a few steps away. Even had warm sunny weather-a couple of showers in the evening and overnight. Enjoyed sitting in the sun-trap garden. J & M Sept-2015
    • Nice cosy cottage, the best one we have ever had in Scotland. We had nice weather, great area. D P S S & S Aug-2015
    • We've had a really enjoyable few days here in this beautiful place. We feel we have recharged our batteries ready for the business of work ahead for us. We managed to visit various places ..(too many to mention here). The locals are very friendly and welcoming. We have been truly blessed especially as the weather has been amazing too. This was all enhanced having a lovely cottage to come back to each day. We really enjoyed the experience... We will be recommending it to our friends and family. R J & H Aug-2015
    • Had a lovely week exploring this lovely part of the country.. Dundreggan Abbey worth a visit.. Lots of castles etc in various states of ruin, all great atmospheric. Mull of Galloway Lighthouse recommended for scenery and cakes! House fantastic and many thanks for the wine and shortbread much appreciated and lovely welcome. A K L & K
    • We had a lovely relaxing holiday. Cottage nice and clean. Everything you need. Thank you for the biscuits & wine. It was a lovely thought as was the flowers. G A I & L Aug-2015
    • Back again, weather has not been very good, but Max still enjoyed his walks on beach. Thank you for wine & biscuits. Will be back next year. Bought paints with me so sat in conservatory when wet and finished my painting M, R & M Aug-2015
    • Lovely time as usual - Another nice holiday here. Will return soon. Thank you T. W. & I. July-2015
    • This is our third visit and that alone speaks volumes. On each occasion we have found this cottage to be exactly what we needed and we are certain we will be back for a fourth visit. P & A July-2015
    • We have had a lovely week. The cottage is lovely and our two little dogs loved it in the garden. It is spacious and pretty.. We have enjoyed walks and rides out in the beautiful countryside. M & R & M July-2015
    • A very well kept and appointed cottage in this lovely area. We particularly enjoyed the wine and delicious shortbread and the light conservatory when the weather wasn't kind. We were very comfortable and would hope to return J & I & E June-2015
    • Marvellous cottage, well equipped. Lovely walks Max was in heaven, never seen as many dogs. Thanks for wine & bics. Much appreciated. M & R June-2015
    • We were here last week for same week & this years weather has surpassed it greatly. Non stop sunshine & quite hot when wind stopped. Thanks again for home from home, wine & biscuits. P & J June-2015
    • Had a marvellous time, weather was OK. The Spinney is lovely and hope to return. Newton Stewart museum is worth a visit along with Wigtown Harbour. Thank you for the excellent shortbread and wine. J & J – June-2015
    • You have a lovely cottage in a beautiful place. We could not wish for more. The weather aught to have been kinder but we still enjoyed it. Hope to come back next year. W I & A May-2015
    • Back again - This brilliant cottage, unspoilt beach, beautiful gardens, & varied walks never disappoints. Everyone very friendly and Jess has been in Collie heaven, with such a variety of walks. It will be sulks when we get home. Thank you for making the cottage so welcoming. L & B May-2015
    • Lovely well equipped cottage. Ideal for quiet get-a-way. Local area very welcoming and the area superb A May-2015
    • A very thoughtfully and well equipped cottage with every comfort and all set in wonderful countryside. It will take more than one visit to explore everything that it has... S K B May-2015
    • Enjoyed our holiday here very much. The cottage has everything you need. Weather glorious...Enjoyed exploring this very scenic area. Many thanks for wine and shortbread both appreciated. J & J April-2015
    • What a glorious week. Your cottage was the perfect base for cycling & walking around this lovely peninsular. Garlieston is great. Cant wait before we can return G T & K April-2015
    • Lovely time again – lovely cottage and area T & W – April-2015
    • This was a fantastic home form home. We really appreciated all the extras... We had a cosy relaxing stay in a beautiful part of the country. While the rest of the country slipped about on snow and ice we managed to spend our days walking... Many thanks for the wine and the shortbread. That made us feel most welcome. We hope to return one day maybe when it is a bit warmer J & D - Jan 2015
    • Truly one of the best equipped cottages we have been in and we´ve been in many over the years. Our dogs have loved the beach and fabulous forest walks. Well be back. Thank you for a warm welcome – shortbread and wine – M, L, & Y – Dec-2014
    • Once again had a relaxing break here "Beautiful dark skies" on Friday Night S & D – Dec-2014
    • Absolutely love the cottage & can´t wait until we come back again. Really homely & a lovely area to stay at. So looking forward to our next visit T & I - Nov-2014
    • I really enjoyed our say at the spinney and would love to stay again. A great place to stay. Thanks for the biscuits they were really good. M Family – Oct-2014
    • Thank you for the lovely short break in your cosy cottage. We had a great time exploring the Machars – A H & C – Oct-2014
    • Lucky to have good weather 6 days out of 7. We have been visiting the area for the last 30 years from when our children were young. The cottage is comfortable and has everything you need. Thank you for the wine & biscuits . Will definitely be returning. - P C & J -Sept-2014
    • Enjoyed our stay in your lovely cottage. It is so peaceful. Thank you for the wine and biscuits. It was such a welcoming touch. We enjoyed lots of walks & fishing around Garlieston. It is a great base for trips further afield. G M & A – Sept-2014
    • Could not have wished for a better week, so comfortable in your lovely cottage. The village holds many happy memories for us having met and married here. So it has been fun visiting old haunts. Had a great night out at the Bistro catching up with friends and relatives. Thanks for the wine & biscuits such a lovely gesture. M & D – Sept-2014
    • Enjoyed our stay in your lovely well equipped cottage. Good walks to Rigg Bay Cruggleton Castle and in the wood of Cree.. Wine biccies and flowers was a nice touch. Thanks J & M – Sept-2014
    • As this is our second visit to The Spinney there is not much we can add to our last comments of the last time. It is still a perfect base for us and your home provides everything anyone would need for a self catering holiday. Sadly it all has come to an end, please accept our heartfelt thanks – P & A – Aug-2014
    • Thank you very much for accommodating us at such short notice. Your cottage is comfortable warm & very well equipped, in a gorgeous location M – Aug-2014
    • Enjoyed a week at your lovely cottage, enjoyed visiting the local towns of Castle Douglas, & Kirkcudbright. Found Galloway House and enchanting gardens. Local harbour inn sells good home cooked pub grub at reasonable price. Steam Packet Inn at Isle of Whithorn sells exceptional food and has a great range of real ales. Thanks for wine & Biccies A G J & E – Aug-2014
    • Had a brilliant 2 weeks. Weather been great. Highlight of the week seeing a school of Dolphins off Isle of Whithorn. Garlieston people very friendly. .. The garden is lovely on an evening, we even managed 2 Barbecues. Thank you for the bottle of wine and cookies. D S & Aug-2014
    • We liked the cottage very much and the garden is lovely. We had the week with the temp 24-30 C.. Lovely walk from harbour to Galloway Garden. Had a lovely swim B & N - July-2014
    • Nicely equipped cottage Like the enclosed garden. Really lovely area & views. Enjoyed our stay here K – July-2014
    • Thank you for a lovely holiday. The weather was perfect apart from our last day, but not cold enough to justify lighting the very cosy looking fire. The spinney is well appointed, comfortable and homely with lots of extras – cleaning materials, books and games radio and tourist info. The garden is secluded and quite a sun trap.. C J & M - June-2014
    • We had a really good week here. Garlieston is a great base for visiting lots of places and The Spinney has everything needed. Thank you very much for the wine & biscuits and providing wall to wall sunshine. Perfect – P & D – June-2014

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