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.

Old School ref: 30631

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£903

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4 star rating
Old School
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Wonderfully situated to explore Dumfries and Galloway, this former old school house boasts a large garden and multi-fuel burner.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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Tides Reach ref: W43374

Garlieston, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£311-£747

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4 star rating
Enjoy the spectacular views over Garlieston Bay, as well as easy access to the beach and coastal paths.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Middle Byre ref: CC537236

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£384-£810

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3 star rating
Originally housing the cattle, Middle Byre has now been converted into excellent accommodation with three bedrooms and an enclosed courtyard. Situated on a working farm very close to Gatehouse of Fleet.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Stable Cottage ref: UUD

Near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£338-£708

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4 star rating
A cosy retreat with open fire, in an idyllic situation on the 3000-acre Crofts Estate, surrounded by the Galloway Hills.
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    2
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Glenbank ref: 27466

Moniaive, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£299-£813

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4 star rating
An ideal retreat for walkers and cyclists, or the River Cairn is close by for salmon and trout fishing.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Shore Cottage ref: CC537226

Carsluith near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£336-£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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Balcary Mews Cottage ref: CC537190

Auchencairn, Dumfries & Galloway

£454-£792

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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
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Waterside Cottage ref: CC537276

Newbie near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£474-£1053

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4 star rating
A detached cottage set in an elevated position overlooking the Solway and having direct access to a private beach.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Rushcroft ref: CC537109

Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£679

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3 star rating
A lovely detached cottage for four
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Craigbittern House ref: UKC1162

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£1142-£3798

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5 star rating
This magnificent house has plenty of original features, and is a great base from which to enjoy this stunning part of Scotland.
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    13
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    7
  • Bathrooms
    5
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Airyhemming Dairy ref: UK5201

Glenluce near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£422-£904

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This beautiful cottage lies in a picturesque and peaceful area on a working dairy farm.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - High Clachan Farmhouse ref: 30811

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£589-£23038

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4 star rating
This detached property for 8 has its own lawned garden, woodburner and shared use of 140-acre of grounds.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Braedoon ref: SMMS

Borgue, Dumfries & Galloway

£440-£1100

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4 star rating
Standing detached in mature landscaped gardens, this pet friendly, family property is ideally located with access to the sandy beach.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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St Mary’s Croft ref: CC537139

Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£559

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3 star rating
Occupying a truly stunning position on the banks of Loch Ryan affording spectacular views
 
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Galloway View ref: CC537210

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£402-£973

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5 star rating
Situated in a magnificent location, this architect designed chalet is just fabulous for families, friends or couples to get together and explore this beautiful location.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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