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.

Ancrum House ref: UKC1460

Gretna Green , Dumfries & Galloway

£1475-£1475

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4 star rating
Ancrum House
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This stunningly presented holiday home provides spacious accommodation that has been thoughtfully presented throughout - perfect for a larger social gathering.
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    4
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Garden Cottage ref: CC537146

Byreburnfoot, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£564-£707

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Nestled between Eskdale and Liddesdale close to one of Scotland’s greatest salmon fishing rivers.
 
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    5
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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The Stables ref: W2775

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£263-£553

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3 star rating
Located in superb walking country, close to the start of the Southern Upland Way, cosy cottage in open countryside.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Military Drive - 8 Military Drive ref: UK5570

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£886-£2106

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4 star rating
No 8 has a first floor living room to make the most of the views, and a balcony for relaxing in the sunshine.
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    12
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Ringanwhey Cottage ref: UK10057

Clarebrand, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£334-£777

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Enjoy lovely countryside views from this cottage, which is in a great spot for exploring beaches, fishing villages and stunning scenery.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Arkland Mill ref: STTZ

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£368-£1150

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4 star rating
This property with large garden, summerhouse and cosy woodburner is surrounded by the Galloway Hills, with dramatic views towards the Solway Firth.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Birchlea Lodge ref: UK5769

Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£599-£631

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4 star rating
With so much to do and see in the surrounding area, this lovely ground floor lodge is the perfect base for a fun-filled family holiday.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Woodside ref: CC537148

Lochanhead, Beeswing, Dumfries & Galloway

£374-£789

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4 star rating
Beautifully appointed newly built lodge for 4 with a luxurious private hot tub.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Barn ref: CC537056

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£252-£514

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3 star rating
Collection of three farm cottages nestled within 400 acre dairy and beef farm only 3.5 miles from Annan
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Drumwall - Fleet View ref: CC537269

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£447-£23038

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5 star rating
Located in an elevated position, enjoy lovely countryside views from this property, which was formerly a dairy man’s cottage.
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    6
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Iona Cottage ref: CC537211

Ruthwell near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£258-£633

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3 star rating
Ideal single-storey retreat with cosy wood burner. Explore Dumfries and Galloway, or even the northern Lake District.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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5 Tannery Brae ref: CC537164

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£289-£449

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Ground floor apartment for couples in the heart of the attractive ’wee toon’ of Gatehouse of Fleet.
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    2
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    0
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    1
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    1
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Arbigland Farm Cottages - Curlew Lodge ref: 31268

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£501-£955

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4 star rating
Discover Dumfries & Galloway and the Solway Coast with beaches, spectacular scenery and wildlife.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
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    2
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    1
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Driftwood ref: 24424

Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£1089-£1850

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4 star rating
A magnificent holiday base for all the family to enjoy with direct access onto the beach.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Newfield Cottage ref: 24630

Borgue, by Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£809

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Boasting countryside views and well-positioned to explore the surrounding area, including Kirkcudbright and Galloway Forest Park.
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    4
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    2
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    2
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    1
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