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.

Hawthorn Cottage ref: SYYQ

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£470-£843

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4 star rating
Hawthorn Cottage
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With sea views and a beach just 50 yards, this is an ideal property from which to enjoy the coast.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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Spring Tide ref: CC537142

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£359-£679

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4 star rating
Relaxing retreat for 4 with lovely sea views and a private balcony overlooking Wigtown Bay
 
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    2
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    2
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Arbigland Farm Cottages - Lapwing Lodge ref: 31266

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£23038

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4 star rating
This pet-friendly holiday property is suitable for a small family who wish to be based near the seashore and the countryside.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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Olafs Cottage ref: 14564

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£254-£786

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3 star rating
From this delightful cottage enjoy magnificent sea views. Discover the paths leading to a secluded, sandy and pebble beach.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Glendower Apartment ref: UK5486

Kippford, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£654

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This fabulous coastal apartment offers the perfect base for a romantic Scottish getaway, boasting picture postcard views over the estuary.
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Hilltop ref: UK5005

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£282-£732

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4 star rating
A cottage within walking distance of Newton Stewart and very close to the Galloway Forest Park with over 200 square miles of woodland, hills and waterfalls to explore.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Seaside Retreat ref: W42537

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£211-£521

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3 star rating
Great for a couple or small family, just yards from the sea with beaches, coves and breathtaking scenery all around.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Low Isle House ref: W2086

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£295-£639

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4 star rating
Originally the customs house, this cosy cottage overlooks the harbour, bay and within feet of beach, with sea fishing available.
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  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Orangerie ref: STTT

Bargrennan, near Glentrool, Dumfries & Galloway

£393-£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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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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The Dairy & The Stables at Drumlane - The Stables ref: UK5195

Laurieston, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£400-£832

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4 star rating
The Stables is perfectly placed for exploring the surrounding area, whether you want to hill walk, mountain bike or wander round beautiful gardens.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Braefield ref: 26192

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£706-£2070

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3 star rating
This charming, coastal property, sleeps up to 15 guests and is an ideal base for a family gathering or special occasion.
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    15
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    7
  • Bathrooms
    6
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East Cottage ref: CC537022

Southerness near Colvend and Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£400-£787

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3 star rating
This beach front cottage oozes charm, in a stunning location with sea views
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Wee Dug Hoose ref: UK5006

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£350-£806

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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.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Squirrel Cottage ref: CC537188

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£469-£686

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3 star rating
A rural, detached cottage within the historic grounds of the Bargaly Estate.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The White House ref: 29545

Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£367-£1137

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3 star rating
From this detached cottage, a wealth of outdoor pursuits can be enjoyed, in an area abundant in wildlife.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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