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.

Seaview Cottage ref: 26579

Port William, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£294-£874

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3 star rating
Seaview Cottage
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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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Caerlaverock Cottages - Bankswood Cottage ref: 31292

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£351-£1007

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4 star rating
Perfectly situated to explore this wonderful area by car, bike or on foot, and the Mabie Forest mountain bike tracks are close by.
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Woodhall ref: 16551

East Riggs, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£300-£653

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3 star rating
Perfectly located from Annan which has a swimming pool, and Gretna, both 3 miles. Many outdoor activities available close by.
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Lynwood ref: W8256

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£285-£647

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3 star rating
Explore the Whithorn Peninsula, spectacular coastline and sandy beaches from this pet friendly, detached, family holiday bungalow in a pretty village.
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Lintie Cottage ref: UK5161

Whithorn, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£323-£619

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4 star rating
Lintie Cottage is a charming holiday home for four that’s ideal for exploring all that Dumfries and Galloway has to offer.
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Over Cassock ref: SZZU

Eskdalemuir, near Langholm, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£0

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Beautifully located in a rural setting boasting stunning countryside views and makes the ideal retreat for families or friends alike.
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Maughold Cottage ref: UK5632

Low Killantrae, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£379-£715

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Peace and tranquillity awaits - with stunning coastal views, this property is an ideal choice for a relaxing, romantic break.
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Harbour Cottage ref: 24721

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£296-£964

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4 star rating
Beautifully located in a harbour village, boasting wonderful views and with access from the garden to a sand and shingle beach.
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Innisfree Cottage ref: UK5301

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£409-£679

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4 star rating
Enjoy wonderful sea views from this delightful cottage nestled in a picturesque and unspoilt village.
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The Orangerie ref: STTT

Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

£482-£1016

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5 star rating
A unique barn conversion, enjoy spectacular views over the Galloway Hills from the private hot tub.
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Winloma ref: W42534

Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£348-£815

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4 star rating
This semi-detached cottage is situated just yards from the sea with stunning views, ideal for exploring the breathtaking scenery.
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Bay View ref: CC537044

Drummore near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£272-£559

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4 star rating
Bay View is a delightful bungalow for 4 occupying a superb sea front position on the fringe of Scotland’s most southerly village of Drummore
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Bridgend Cottage East ref: CC537191

Caulkerbush near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£267-£571

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3 star rating
This period semi-detached property is situated in the heart of 7Stanes mountain biking country and is ideal for exploring.
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Bengali ref: 29884

Ringford, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£333-£996

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4 star rating
Situated in a small hamlet, this detached bungalow boasts a lovely location for exploring Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright.
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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Seaview Cottage ref: 26832

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£387-£797

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Situated in a harbour side location, ideally located to explore the rugged coastline and beaches. A popular area for walkers and cyclists.
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