Tide's Reach
Formerly Water's Edge

Holiday Cottage in Dumfries and Galloway

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Situated right by the harbour at Garlieston, near Wigtown, ‘Tide's Reach' is a stylish modern mews house 
enjoying views across the bay to the 18th century fishing village. 
The house is a stone’s throw from the beach, and will sleep 4 people in 4 star comfort.

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We are proud have been offering high quality self-catering holidays in Southwest Scotland since the summer of 2007, and are delighted at the positive feedback we have had from our guests in this time. So much so that at the end of 2009 we added a second cottage, to enable even more people to enjoy this lovely region. 

Unfortunately, 'Forest Edge' has now been sold and is no longer available for holidays, but you can still enjoy the more modern and stylish appeal of 'Tide's Reach' - situated right on the waterfront of a harbourside development in the quaint fishing village of Garlieston.

The property offers a great base for exploring the natural and historic delights of the Galloway region, and is furnished to a very high standard.  After 7 successful seasons you can be assured the cottage will be spotlessly clean and ready for you to enjoy a comfortable and restful stay, with a welcome tray of tea/coffee just waiting for you to put the kettle on!


‘Tide's Reach' features one twin and one double (en suite) bedroom and house bathroom (with shower over bath) on the first floor. Downstairs is a spacious and airy open-plan living area, with

The view from the balconywell-equipped modern kitchen (with ceramic hob, oven, microwave, washer-dryer, fridge and freezer), alcove dining area and comfortable lounge with digital tv and dvd player.  There is a downstairs cloakroom and w/c - ideal for families with small children or anyone with mobility problems. We can provide a cot and high chair on request. The house is finished to a high standard, with a good range of equipment and comfortable modern furnishings throughout, and of course is fully centrally heated (electric panel radiators). All bed linen and towels are included in the rental price. Views of the harbour and sea can be enjoyed from most windows, but most strikingly from the balcony of the master bedroom at the rear, looking across the Bay to the old village and hills beyond.

           kitchen     Ensuite bedroom with balcony    Lounge Area 

                                                                More photos can be found at our Photo Album.

There is a small private courtyard (not fully enclosed) to the rear of the property, while at the front is a communal courtyard area overlooking the slipway, leading down to allocated parking for one car.  Further off street parking is available nearby. A good-sized free boat park has recently been constructed, less than 100 yards from the property, making it easier for guests to bring a boat to explore the coast by sea, with the village slipway immediately in front of the property.  A small children's play area is situated within the development, within view of the front door. A number of lovely coastal walks start right from the front door.

Comments from guests consistently mention how clean, comfortable and welcoming they have found ‘Tide's Reach', and Wyndham Vacation Rentals have consistently rated the property as Four Star.

Up to two dogs are welcome at a small extra charge – just ensure they have their own bed and are not allowed on beds or sofas, and please ensure your dog is kept on the lead in the communal areas of the development.

Parents of small children should note that much of the nearby harbour is unfenced, and ensure children are suitably supervised at all times. 

Our most recent review on TripAdvisor:

5 of 5 stars Reviewed for a stay in May 2014

A very peaceful area with great walks on the beach or the nearby woods.

Immaculate accommodation, beautifully decorated, spotless, cosy and well equipped with lovely fresh bedding and towels.

The balcony was perfect for sitting and relaxing, with the evening sun beaming straight on to it and the wonderful scenery, with the beach just a stones throw away and the hills in the distance.

The kitchen was perfect for cooking a family meal and a good seating area to sit and enjoy it.

Simply wonderful!


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  Key Features


  • Peaceful harbourside location
  • Choice of coastal walks on the doorstep
  • Balcony with views over the Bay to the village
  • Washing machine & tumble drier
  • Ensuite master bedroom
  • Dogs welcome (£10 pw charge)
  • Local pub & shop - less than1/4 mile

Around and About

Coastal path North of GarliestonGarlieston, once a bustling small port, is now a sleepy fishing village beginning to develop as a marina for pleasure craft, with a free public boat park close to the slipway. The village dates from the 18th century, and has a well-stocked small general store/post office and village pub, serving excellent meals, within easy level walking distance of the property. There is a good beach – partly shingle, with rough sand at the Northern end – and delightful coastal walks, from which a wealth of wildlife can be seen – including seals basking on the rocks of nearby Rigg Bay.

A short drive away, the medieval county town of Wigtown (10 miles) is now better known as Scotland’s National Booktown (reputedly housing a quarter of a million secondhand books!), and boasts Scotland's most southerly Whisky distillery at Bladnoch, while the nearby Burgh of Whithorn, with its ruined priory, founded by Saint Ninian,  is known as the earliest Christian settlement in Scotland.  The surrounding area, known as the Galloway Machars,  is rich in ancient history, with numerous pre-historic stone circles and iron age forts, ruined abbeys and castles,  as well as sites associated with martyred 17th century Covenanters. Check out the restoration project at the old corn mill in Port William, where you can buy freshly ground flour and see the heavy horses at work.
The coastline is very beautiful, with views to Cumbria and the Isle of Man and a number of marvellous sheltered beaches, such as that at Monreith - family home of writer and naturalist Gavin Maxwell -  which never get crowded. The quiet by-roads are ideal for cyclists, while wildlife enthusiasts will find much of interest, including Wigtown Bay Local Nature Reserve, well-known for over-wintering wildfowl, and CCTV coverage of Galloway’s nesting ospreys at Wigtown County Buildings. Wigtownshire in general was voted one of the world top ten 'most authentic' places in a recent poll of British Airways passengers!

A little further afield, Newton Stewart (18 miles) is known as the Gateway to the Galloway Hills, where keen walkers will find many opportunities to get off the beaten track and sample some challenging walks, including the  Merrick, the highest peak in the South of Scotland, and spot the local wildlife (including red deer, wild goats and otters). The Galloway Forest is designated a Dark Sky Park, and the whole area is brilliant for star-gazing, with such low levels of light pollution.  Popular tourist attractions such as Portpatrick and the Mull of Galloway (Scotland’s most southerly point, with its lighthouse and RSPB reserve) are within easy reach for a day trip. There are a number of excellent gardens open to the public in the area, including Castle Kennedy, Glenwhan and the RHS gardens at Logan.

There are a number of good places to eat within a short drive - notably the Bladnoch Inn, near Wigtown, (9 miles) and Steam Packet Inn at Isle of Whithorn (6 miles) - and a good range of local shops at Whithorn and Wigtown, with two small supermarkets at Newton Stewart. Whisky officianados will not want to miss the Bladnoch Distillery (the most southerly in Scotland).

The region recently featured on BBC's 'Countryfile programme - view the video here

 - includes nearby Wigtown and Portpatrick.

Welcome to the Water's Edge - Harbourside holidays in SW Scotland by Anthony Duncalf in in Newton Stewart. Brought to you by TripAdvisor Vacation Rentals, powered by TripWow!

  For three consecutive years, 'Scottish Country Holidays' rated us as a high 4-star.  For the second half of 2014, we have renegotiated our branding and will in future come under 'Welcome Holidays', allowing us to offer far more competitive rates, varying from £320 to £575 per week.. Discounts may be available for late bookings. Short breaks of 3 or more nights may be available at up to 6 weeks notice, subject to availablility, from £72 per night. 

From our guestbook

"Thank you so much allowing us to enjoy your lovely cottage"  MA London
"A comfortable and well-equipped cottage in a delightful area." PH Bolton
"A fantastic holiday. A stunning house in a stunning location... we will be back!"  AH Stoke-on-Trent

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Children and dogs are welcome - up to two dogs for £10 per booking.

Open throughout the year. 

We normally ask for payment by cheque, but can also accept Paypal, or online bookings via Freetobook

For details of availability, to make a provisional booking, or to request a brochure, please fill out our online Booking enquiry , or contact us on  01556 612322 or 07952 240292, or e-mail enquiries@idlehourholidays.co.uk or forestedge146@aol.com


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