Welcome to Idle Hour Holidays!  

Self-catering holidays on Scotland's Solway Coast



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A warm Yorkshire welcome in the heart of Galloway

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Check out our latest special offers

Last minute reductions on holidays during March 2018!

To mark the historic decision of the Scottish Episcopal Church to authorise the celebration of same sex marriages in their churches, we are offering any such couples
travelling  North for a church wedding a 10% discount off a honeymoon stay with us.

(Also available to Scottish couples)


"I fixed on Galloway as the best place to go." 
John Buchan, 'The 39 Steps' 

Dumfries and Galloway is one of Scotland's  forgotten treasures. While most tourists simply pass it by on their way to the better known Highlands, those in the know recognise it as a tranquil hideaway,  full of natural beauty and historic interest.   Free from the crowds which marr the more well-trodden pathways further North, the area offers something for everyone, where historic castles and abbeys, many dating from times when Lords of Galloway still asserted their independence from the Scottish throne,  lie betwixt rolling coastal plains and rugged hillsides dotted with remote lochs,  while beautiful coastlines beckon the visitor to stop and while away the hours. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, which washes the Western shores, the region enjoys one of the mildest climates in the UK, reflected in the sub-tropical plants flourishing in many of the area's gardens.

Initially running a small guesthouse near Wigtown, since the Autumn of 2007, we have been offering self-catering accommodation in 'Glorious Galloway', initially at 'Forest Edge' in Dalbeattie (sadly now sold), then adding a further Waters Edge from Garlieston villageproperty at the start of the 2010 season - a luxury two-bedroomed mews house on the harbour at Garlieston, about 10 miles from Wigtown in the Galloway Machars. 'Tide's Reach' enjoys sea views and easy access to the beach and coastal pathways.  

'Tide's Reach' (formerly known as 'Water's Edge') offers an excellent base to explore the surrounding area, which is justly popular with cyclists and walkers,  while anglers, birdwatchers and history lovers will all find plenty to interest them in the surrounding areas. Others may prefer just to relax and unwind amidst the beautiful scenery and enjoy the variety of local pubs, restaurants and tearooms.

Dogs are welcome at a small extra charge (max 2 dogs per booking).

Payments by Debit/Credit card via Paypal now accepted (2% surcharge applies).




Breaking News!
New for 2018

After talking to several folk who stayed with us at our guesthouse in Wigtown, we have decided to start offering Bed and Breakfast stays in our own home, Angel Heights, in Dalbeattie, close to the lovely Colvend Coast.
Angel Heights - exclusive bed and breakfast accommodation

We will be offering ensuite accommodation for a maximum of 2 guests, choice of continental or cooked breakfast, exclusive use of the conservatory and full access to the garden, including a suntrap seating area enjoying panoramic countryside views.
Prices - 75 per double room per night
If you would like to know more, or to book your stay, contact us via info@idlehourholidays.co.uk, or telephone 01556 612322



Coming Up around the Region
Just a few festivals and special events planned for the year ahead 
          Wild Spring Festival - various locations across the region; April
          Wigtown Spring Weekend - May 
          Newton Stewart Walking Festival - 2nd week of May
          D&G Arts Festival (incorporating 'Spring Fling') - music, drama and visual arts across the region; End of May
          World Oceans Week events at Rockcliffe and Port William; June
          Environmental Arts Festival   
          Flavour Fortnight   celebrating the best of D&G food & drink. Early September.
          Wigtown Book Festival  Late September/Early October
          Wild Autumn  wildlife related events across the region

We will offer you an extra 25 off any 7 night stay when you mention one of these events, or 10 off a short break. 
Does NOT apply where late booking discounts are already in place.


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Please visit our gift shop!

In October 2012, we opened Idlehour Gifts, situated  Dalbeattie High Street,  stocking a range of candles, soaps and toiletries (including Yankee Candles, Rose & Co bath products and locally produced Scaur Glen Soaps), Greetings Cards (including images from local photographer Phil McMenemy), photo frames, mirrors and other giftwares. Be sure to visit us for something special to take home to friends and family - or just a little treat for yourselves! Guests at either of our two properties enjoy a 10% discount on all purchases over 10


Save, save, save!

Savings when you stay with us to take part in local wildlife and arts events.

Late booking discounts often available

Discounts for couples and over 60s out of season


See 'Special Offers' for full details of all late availability and early booking discounts  

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