Mabie Holiday Cottage

Exploring Nature

Roam the scenic trails surrounding Islesteps, soaking in the breath-taking views of the countryside. Don’t forget your camera – there’s beauty at every turn!

Historic Excursions

Immerse yourself in Dumfries’ rich history by visiting nearby historic sites. From ancient castles to charming villages, each location tells a tale of times gone by.

Adventure Awaits

For the thrill-seekers, indulge in outdoor adventures like hiking, biking, or fishing. The nearby rivers and hills promise an exhilarating experience for the thrill seekers.

Culinary Delights

Experience the local flavors by exploring Dumfries’ culinary scene. From traditional pubs to quaint cafes, your taste buds are in for a treat.

ExPloring Nature

Mabie Forest

Step into the embrace of Mabie Forest, where tranquility meets adventure in a symphony of ancient woodlands, scenic trails, and hidden wonders waiting to be explored. Immerse yourself in the natural beauty of this enchanting haven, where each pathway invites you to unravel the secrets of a timeless landscape.

Walking Trails

Explore the breath-taking landscapes with scenic nature trails and hikes, immersing yourself in the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

Biking Trails

Embark on a biking adventure amidst Mabie Forest, where trails wind through ancient woodlands, offering riders of all levels a thrilling experience in the heart of nature.

Children’s Playground

With a playground available next to the car park, it allows the kids to experience an adventure of their own.

Wildlife Watching

Wildlife in Mabie Forest allows you to explore a diverse array of species, creating a captivating and serene connection with nature.

Dalscone Farm Fun

Dalscone Farm, a haven of rural delight that beckons to be explored, for an unforgettable day of family bonding and adventure. Picture-perfect landscapes and the joyful sounds of laughter await you as you immerse yourself in the farm’s charm, interacting with friendly animals, navigating outdoor mazes, and enjoying an array of delightful activities. The Farm proves to be a captivating destination, seamlessly blending the tranquillity of the countryside with an abundance of family-friendly excitement. A visit to Dalscone Farm is undoubtedly a delightful addition to your holiday itinerary.

Threave Gardens

Explore the captivating Threave Garden and Estate, a year-round haven for nature enthusiasts and horticulturists, housing the esteemed School of Heritage Gardening since 1960. Wander through ‘garden rooms’ showcasing diverse planting schemes against the scenic Galloway Hills backdrop, and discover unique features like the osprey platform and Bat Reserve. Crafted by heritage gardening students, the garden’s distinct areas, including a rose garden and walled garden, complement the grandeur of the Scottish Baronial-style Threave House, creating a harmonious blend of history and natural beauty.

Logan Botanic Gardens

Embark on a botanical journey into paradise, a five-star haven. Blessed with an almost subtropical climate, Logan’s avenues and borders showcase an extraordinary array of half-hardy perennials, thriving under the influence of the Gulf Stream. From the striking antipodean forest of Palm Trees and Tree Ferns to groves of Eucalyptus and the tranquil Walled Garden adorned with a fish pond. Explore the first all-green Glasshouse in the UK, the Victorian-style Logan Conservatory, housing tender exotic plants from South Africa. Don’t miss the chance to join guided walks on select days, immersing yourself in the beauty and serenity of this botanical gem.

ExPloring Local towns

Places to Visit

Discover the charm and hidden gems of Dumfries, a locale brimming with unique attractions and picturesque spots. From historical landmarks to scenic wonders, You’re invited to explore its rich tapestry of local treasures. Whether you’re drawn to the serenity of nature reserves, the allure of historical sites, or the welcoming atmosphere of local establishments, Islesteps offers a diverse range of places to visit, each with its own story to tell


Boasting a rich historical tapestry with must-visit castles like Caerlaverock Castle, where medieval grandeur and architectural splendour await exploration.

Coastal Villages

Discover the timeless charm of coastal villages near Dumfries, where historic harbours and breath-taking ocean views create a tranquil seaside escape.

Cliff Top Walks

Discover Dumfries with invigorating cliff-top walks, where winding paths reveal breath-taking sea views and the thrill of elevated perspectives.

Sandy Coves

Explore Dumfries’ sandy coves, hidden gems of coastal beauty, inviting tranquility and sun-soaked relaxation against the backdrop of the sea.

More Great Places To Explore

Robert Burns House

Step into the birthplace of a literary genius at Robert Burns Birthplace Museum in Dumfries, celebrating Scotland’s national poet’s enduring legacy. Explore his humble cottage, peruse over 5,000 artefacts, including handwritten manuscripts, and follow in Tam o’ Shanter’s footsteps to atmospheric Alloway Auld Kirk. From the Brig o’ Doon to the Monument, delve into the roots of Burns tourism. Cap off your visit by celebrating Burns’ legacy with haggis, neeps, and tatties in the museum café, ensuring a truly unique encounter with Scotland’s favourite son.

Sweetheart Abbey

Explore the poignant story of Sweetheart Abbey, named Dulce Cor by monks in honour of Lady Dervorguilla’s devotion to her late husband, John Balliol. Although access to certain areas is restricted for masonry inspections, visitors can still marvel at the remarkably complete abbey church and the mighty precinct wall constructed with massive granite boulders. Engage with the history by participating in a fun fact-finding quiz about the abbey, gaining insights into its 700-year-old legacy of inspiration and awe.

The Old Bridge House Museum

Nestled in the heart of Dumfries, The museum invites you to step back in time and discover the rich history of this charming town. Housed in one of the oldest buildings, dating back to the 1660s, the museum offers a captivating journey through the centuries. Admire artefacts, photographs, and displays that vividly portray Dumfries’ cultural and architectural heritage. With its quaint charm and historical significance, The Old Bridge House Museum provides a delightful window into the past for visitors of all ages.

Culinary Delights

Embark on a culinary adventure in Dumfries, where the local cuisine reflects the region’s rich flavours and traditions. Indulge in savoury Scottish fare at establishments like The Globe Inn, known for its haggis and traditional dishes, or savour fresh seafood delights at the award-winning Sulwath Brewers Tap. From cosy cafes like Gracefield Arts Centre Café to the historic Coach and Horses Inn, Dumfries offers a diverse palate, inviting you to explore the town’s gastronomic treasures.

Welcome to Dumfries, where the enchanting beauty of the Scottish countryside meets the warmth of traditional hospitality. Nestled within this picturesque landscape, our holiday cottage invites you to experience a truly idyllic getaway. Whether you seek a tranquil retreat or an adventure-filled escape, our charming cottage provides the perfect haven