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.

Heatherview Cottage ref: CC537050

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£328-£567

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4 star rating
Heatherview Cottage
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Detached cottage for 5 sitting delightfully within an oasis of green fields near Sandhead
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    3
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    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
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Balcary Mews Cottage ref: CC537190

Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£787

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4 star rating
A rural cottage just 50 metres from Balcary Bay with both sea and countryside views.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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Quiet ref: SKKL

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£249-£625

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4 star rating
Situated in peaceful countryside, an ideal holiday base for couples to explore the Machars Peninsula with rugged coastline and sandy beaches.
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    1
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Portpatrick Holiday Homes - Islay ref: UK5776

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£479-£1013

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Ideal for couples, families or groups of friends, this holiday property is perfectly located for town amenities yet within easy distance of the countryside.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Portside Cottage ref: CC537137

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£306-£709

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3 star rating
Terraced cottage for 5 situated in the heart of the pretty coastal village of Portpatrick
 
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Stranit ref: UK5826

Kelton, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£263-£695

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Couples and small families will find this delightful, single-storey cottage is a great choice to explore this picturesque area.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Ash Lodge ref: B5898

Sandyhills, Dumfries & Galloway

£426-£892

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3 star rating
Family lodge with balconies overlooking loch and close to unspoilt beach, with heated swimming pool and pony trekking on site.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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Dumbretton Cottage ref: CC537055

Dumbretton Farm, Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£256-£514

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3 star rating
Collection of three farm cottages nestled within a 400 acre dairy and beef farm only 3.5 miles from Annan.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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The Garden Studio ref: UK5887

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£273-£654

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4 star rating
Making an ideal romantic retreat, this first floor apartment is situated within a beautiful Victorian mansion, surrounded by picturesque countryside.
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Caerlaverock Cottages - Blossom Cottage ref: 27754

Caerlaverock near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£365-£1264

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A stunning family base set within a beautiful garden, ideal for touring the area.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Military Drive - No 7 Military Drive ref: UK5736

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£697-£2053

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4 star rating
Lovers of the great outdoors will love No 7, perfectly placed for enjoying walks on the Southern Upland Way and with sea fishing and golf nearby.
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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West Lodge Cally Estate ref: UPM

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£384-£860

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4 star rating
West Lodge stands in its own small garden, in an unspoilt area, perfect for walking and 2 miles from quiet beaches.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    2
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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - Garden Cottage ref: 30810

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£23038

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4 star rating
Garden Cottage is located in over 20 acres of gardens, boasts views over Loch Ryan and has 3 en-suite bedrooms.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Arden Cottage ref: CC537076

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£344-£909

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Single storey cottage for 4/6 in Twynholm only 3 miles from Kirkcudbright
 
 
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    2
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    2
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