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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Half term week (27th May) unexpectedly re-offered due to cancellation - now just £450 (save £120)
"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 property 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).
Apologies if you were looking for B&B accommodation, but we are no longer able to offer this service.
Coming Up around the Region
Just a few festivals and special events planned for 2017
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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Meet the owners
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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