The unspoilt beauty of this south west corner of Scotland is the perfect antidote to the hurly burly of modern life. Here there are deserted beaches, magnificent forests, rugged moors and beautiful lochs, all unblemished and untouched by tourism. But Dumfries and Galloway is not only perfect for chilled-out holidays, if you want a bit more action you can also find a range of activities and sports, from walking and cycling to golf and fishing.

To the west of the region is the quiet market town of Newton Stewart on the banks of the River Cree. This is a popular area for walkers and cyclists with open rolling countryside and close by to the Galloway Forest Park. In contrast with gentle scenery of the Solway Firth the Galloway Hills to the north has beautiful moors, mountains, lakes and rivers, with at its heart the Galloway Forest Park, some 150,000 acres of forest land with waymarked trails that are ideal for trekking and cyclists.

Formal gardens and country parks can be found throughout this area, the foremost of which is Threave Garden and Castle just south of Castle Douglas along the shores of Loch Carlingwark, renowned for its horticultural gardens and woodland covering some sixty acres. To the north of the town Loch Ken provides for more strenuous activities such as waterskiing, sailing and windsurfing.

To the south are the sandy coves and estuarine mudflats of the Solway Firth. The charming coastal resort of Kirckcudbright sits half way along the coast and was once a busy shipping port but now has a more tranquil atmosphere. Further east The Colvend coast has some lovely stretches of coastline and coastal villages providing moorings for visiting yachts and boat hire.

Inland on the River Nith, Dumfries is the regions largest town and a great base from which to explore the whole area. The town is also renowned for its associations with Robert Burns who spent the last five years of his life here.

Whitecroft - Myrtle Cottage ref: 28177

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£835

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Whitecroft - Myrtle Cottage
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Traditional granite barn conversion, with woodburner and French doors to garden, lovely walks from the door and close to beaches.
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    2
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Bridgend Cottage East ref: CC537191

Caulkerbush near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£604

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This period semi-detached property is situated in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country and is ideal for exploring.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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Alma Cottage ref: CC537270

Borgue near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£323-£667

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Just two miles from the beach and five miles to Kirkcudbright, this detached cottage is situated in a delightful village, just 20 yards from the pub.
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    1
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Seagull Cottage ref: UK5669

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£289-£543

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3 star rating
You will be left feeling refreshed and recharged after an invigorating break away in this lovely cottage, exploring the stunning surrounding natural landscapes.
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The Coachhouse ref: UK5697

Glenluce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£515-£1368

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4 star rating
This delightful barn conversion provides the perfect base for a wonderful break away exploring the surrounding Scottish countryside.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Seascape ref: 30501

Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£662-£1653

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5 star rating
This well-equipped accommodation is perfect for families and couples to explore south west Scotland.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
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  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Harbour Row - Gigha ref: 27100

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£275-£806

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4 star rating
Delightful cottage overlooking Luce Bay, with open fire and enclosed garden. Visit lighthouse tea rooms for coffee and scones overlooking the sea.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Erin View ref: CC537209

Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£341-£973

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4 star rating
A delightful, rural bungalow which enjoys sea views towards Luce Bay, an area well known for its unspoilt natural beauty.
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  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Loch View ref: SPPT

Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

£499-£499

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4 star rating
Set in an ideal location close to the coastal villages of Rockcliffe and Kippford, this detached character property overlooks White Loch.
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  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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The Cottage ref: SRRF

Garlieston, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£365-£1039

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Just yards from sandy beach, an ideal base to explore the Solway coastline with rocky coves and picturesque villages.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Criffel Lodge ref: CC537083

Park of Tongland, Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£291-£677

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Criffel Lodge sleeps up to 6 people.  It is in a very quiet area adjacent to the golf course in Tongland and only 4 miles from Kirkcudbright. 
 
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  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Low Isle House ref: W2086

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£303-£657

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Originally the customs house, this cosy cottage overlooks the harbour, bay and within feet of beach, with sea fishing available.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Dalskairth Mews ref: SAAB

By Mabie Forest, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£439-£500

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4 star rating
A romantic retreat for couples, this stylishly furnished property enjoys views towards the Mabie Forest and the surrounding countryside.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Seaview ref: 29024

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£359-£1187

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4 star rating
This stunning property, with unparalleled views over the sea and harbour, is perfectly located to explore the beauty of southern Scotland.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Seaview Cottage ref: 26579

Port William, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£328-£856

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3 star rating
A peaceful retreat on a glorious coastline. Relax in front of the cosy woodburner and enjoy the views after a day exploring.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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