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.

Valleyfield Cottage ref: 24855

Kirkcolm, Dumfries & Galloway

£354-£387

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4 star rating
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Discover Dally Bay, where seals and propoises can be spotted. After a day exploring, relax and enjoy the panoramic views.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Craigslave Cottage ref: CC537223

near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£288-£316

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3 star rating
A rural, detached bungalow with wood burner and lawned garden, just two miles from a beach and the historic harbour village of Portpatrick.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Whins ref: CC537136

Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£295-£767

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4 star rating
Newly built detached bungalow enjoying pretty views over sea and countryside
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Old Port Store ref: SZZT

Stairhaven, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£686-£1613

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5 star rating
A former grainstore, this three-storey house is just 200 yards from the shore and has views across the bay.
  • Sleeps
    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    4
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Cairndoon Steading ref: CC537155

Whithorn near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£787

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4 star rating
Lovely semi detached steading with lovely views offering a living gallery capturing the Galloway Hills, the sea and open countryside
 
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    6
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Sanderling ref: SYYU

Port o’Warren, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£491-£1242

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4 star rating
Just yards from the beach, this character property is 25 minutes from Dumfries and lies in the vacinity of the Galloway Forest Park.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Grey Craig ref: CC537273

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£444-£1079

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4 star rating
Plenty of attractions are close by, or stay on-site and enjoy the many activities available. This property has its own unique style and nestles on an award-winning farm.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Harbour Retreat ref: UK5030

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£470-£1214

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4 star rating
A spacious town house overlooking the harbour at Garlieston, a beautiful, sheltered area with a quiet promenade just three miles from the ruins of Cruggleton Castle.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Hawthorn Cottage ref: SYYQ

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£878

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4 star rating
With sea views and a beach just 50 yards, this is an ideal property from which to enjoy the coast.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Wee Dug Hoose ref: UK5006

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£348-£813

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4 star rating
A delightful stone-built detached cottage close to the Machars Peninsula and set amongst beautiful countryside just outside the hamlet of Stairhaven.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Quiet ref: SKKL

Sorbie, Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£265-£623

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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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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Shore Cottage ref: CC537226

Carsluith near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£306-£778

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4 star rating
With direct access to the beach, this cosy cottage enjoys stunning bay views and is ideally placed for exploring south west Scotland.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Wee Glebe ref: 30500

Kirkland, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£556-£946

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5 star rating
Wee Glebe, complete with hot tub, is an ideal property for that romantic break in the Scottish countryside, located close to the Galloway Forest Park.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Old Tannery Cottage ref: CC537212

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£296-£611

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3 star rating
Centrally located in Newton Stewart, this property is located in a tranquil setting, sitting between a river and a woodland bank.
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Woodsedge ref: CC537231

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£319-£754

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3 star rating
This wheelchair accessible holiday property is close to many attractions, including Threave Gardens (NT) and many castles and historical sites.
  • Sleeps
    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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