Cool holiday cottages in … Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, From a modern timber and glass bothy to a dramatic 16th-century towerhouse, these five stylish boltholes make great bases to explore this beautiful corner of western Scotland

Cool Cottages DumfriesGal: Brockloch Bothy

Brocklock Bothy, near Crocketford
A timber and glass box that looks as though it’s been teleported into a field outside Crocketford, this retreat sleeps up to four
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Cool Cottages DumfriesGal: Brocklock Bothy int

Brocklock Bothy, near Crocketford
Handy for several of Scotland’s best mountain biking trails and Galloway Forest, and exploring the region’s abundance of artists’ open studios
Cool Cottages DumfriesGal: Faldarroch Farm, Barrachan

Faldarroch Farm, Barrachan
A Victorian dairy farm in the far west of the region, Faldarroch sleeps up to five. It’s great for walkers, cyclists and families, there’s a drying room and dedicated storage area for bikes, boots and outdoor clothing
Cool Cottages DumfriesGal: Faldarroch Farm, Barrachan

Faldarroch Farm, Barrachan
Architecture fans will love its flagstone floors, original kitchen range, clawfoot bath and, in one of the bedrooms, a fabulous painted double box bed. Bladnoch, Scotland’s most southerly distillery, is nearby, as is Scotland’s National Booktown, Wigtown, home to a cult book festival.
Cool Cottages DumfriesGal: Ford View, Kippford

Ford View, Kippford
Yacht-friendly Kippford sits on the coast, stretched along the banks of the Urr estuary; squint and you can see the Lake District across the Solway Firth. Walk to neighbouring Rockcliffe for a paddle off its small beach, then return to this cosy whitewashed cottage and sit in its window seat with your binoculars, watching herons and otters playing in the water below as the sun sets…
Cool Cottages DumfriesGal: Ford View, Kippford

Ford View, Kippford
It sleeps four and the interiors are smart and simple, with Ercol furniture and boat-print curtains giving it a subtle vintage feel.
Cool Cottages DumfriesGal: Cruggleton Lodge, Garlieston

Cruggleton Lodge, Garlieston
This cottage has a romantic setting by sea cliffs (hence the no under-12s rule), and overlooks the ruins of a 13th-century castle – but there’s nothing raggle-taggle about its chic design
Cool Cottages DumfriesGal: Cruggleton Lodge, Garlieston

Cruggleton Lodge, Garlieston
From an Aga and a wood-fired Dutchtub to island-patterned Ralph Lauren wallpaper, the cottage is a decadent bolthole amid a working organic farm. Time it right and you can also book in for dinner at a new pop-up restaurant housed in the owners’ stylishly reconfigured stables. It sleeps four in two bedrooms.
Cool Cottages DumfriesGal: Castle of Park, Glenluce

Castle of Park, Glenluce
Don’t be fooled by the castle’s rather brutal exterior. Inside this dramatic 16th-century tower house there’s plenty of comfort, including three bathrooms (quite a luxury given that it only sleeps up to seven people) and a dishwasher
Cool Cottages DumfriesGal: Castle of Park, Glenluce

Castle of Park, Glenluce
Carefully chosen antiques give the restrained interiors an air of elegance while a painted ceiling, a spiral staircase and a little lookout over Luce Bay add some historic magic. Its Gulf Stream location makes the surrounding area especially good for gardens and two of the region’s finest – Logan and Castle Kennedy – are on the doorstep

will.i.am defends Miley

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The Black Eyed Peas star has worked with both stars in the past. Over the last 12 months Miley and Justin have both garnered negative headlines, with Miley’s raunchy antics causing outrage and Justin accused of drug use and visiting a brothel.

will can’t understand why people are making such a big fuss.

“I wouldn’t consider them naughty. I’ve met some really, really naughty people and they’re not naughty,” he told British magazine Heat. “When I come from, that’s PG to me. When I was 19 or 20 I wasn’t in the public eye, so we made mistakes – my crew – but we did it in the privacy of our family and friends. It wasn’t shown to the entire world.”

The musician wants people to understand that controversial stars have always been popular. He points to reggae legend Bob Marley as a prime example of that.

“Those kids – well, I wouldn’t say kids actually – they don’t have that luxury. If you really break it down, they’re not doing anything that bad. Everyone has their trials and tribulations,” he said. “When I was growing up, Bob Marley was a hero and he was smoking weed like oxygen. But Bob Marley was fighting for something, so that overshadowed that fact he was smoking marijuana.”

will doesn’t know how he could cope if he’d been thrust into the limelight as a youngster, like Miley and Justin.

“What they do in their private life or for leisure is not that important. People make it important. You gotta let them grow up,” he insisted.