Scotland is a great location for a break, offering rugged natural beauty and rich culture. If you want to experience the latter, consider booking a holiday home in Scotland when the Dumfries and Galloway Arts Festival will be under way in May and June.
The occasion lasts for around ten days and includes performances of music, dance, literature, drama, comedy and more. Shows take place throughout the region between May 25th and June 5th, so if you want to catch some make sure you organise your break during this period.
Taking in the arts is a great way of spending quality time with your loved one, but if you're looking to have some fun with friends then Scotland offers plenty of opportunities for booking into group accommodation. Consider hiring a luxury cottage, or even renting a castle in Scotland - splitting the cost between numerous holidaymakers is likely to bring about savings and make a castle getaway more affordable than you might have previously thought.
After settling into your accommodation, decide what you want to see during your getaway. The Scottish Chamber Orchestra's performance at the Castle Douglas Town Hall on May 25th is sure to be an amazing event, while comedy fans should head to the Camphill Community Hall in Beeswing or New Cample Farm in Thornhill to take in Plutot la Vie's routine.
Avid readers can indulge their passion for literature at events being held at the Mill and The Bakehouse in the Gatehouse of Fleet and Moffat Town Hall and Craigieburn Gardens the following day, while theatre fans might want to take in an opera at the Theatre Royal Dumfries.
If children are accompanying you on your jaunt, you'll find many shows are suitable for little ones, including the Flights of Imagination with Peter Pan showcase, which comprises puppetry, storytelling and creative workshops. The Wee Stories Theatre is also putting on some shows that cater for youngsters.
Budding artists and established painters will be displaying their visual works during the month of May as part of the festival, and you can catch exhibitions such as Little and Large by Jane Gibson at Cornerways Art Studio in Kirkcudbright, Painting and Printing: Our Pleasure exhibition by Alex and Kaye Maltman at Castle Douglas Art Gallery and A Hitchhiker's Guide to Galloway by Helen Ryman at Tolbooth Art Centre, as well as many other displays at various venues throughout the region.