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.

Kirkennan Mews ref: CC537229

Palnackie, Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£304-£659

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4 star rating
Kirkennan Mews
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This property is set in a peaceful location, surrounded by 35 acres of grounds and backing onto the River Urr.
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Auchenbrae Stables ref: CC537219

near Glenluce and Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£255-£558

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3 star rating
Within walking distance of the beach at Auchenmalg, this property is set in the ideal location for discovering Dumfries and Galloway.
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    2
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Stable Cottage ref: CC537019

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£292-£508

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3 star rating
Stable Cottage enjoys a beautiful rural location on a small farm, with lovely views of the surrounding countryside.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
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Bengairn ref: W2076

Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£338-£923

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4 star rating
Delightful log cabin with patio doors onto terrace, ideal for al fresco dining, golfers will love the adjacent golf course.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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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
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Park View Cottage ref: UK5375

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£562-£865

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4 star rating
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A deceptively spacious terraced cottage in the heart of the bustling harbour town of Stranraer.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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Halliday Hill Cottage ref: CC537009

Dalton near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£268-£584

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3 star rating
With an open fire in the lounge and glorious uninterrupted views, this spacious property is a cosy choice regardless of the season.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Woodbank ref: CC537132

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£350-£777

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4 star rating
Detached property with a lovely garden leading down to the River Cree near Newton Stewart
 
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    5
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  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
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Helm’s Deep ref: W41598

Sandyhills, near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£404-£1194

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3 star rating
Enjoy a shared indoor swimming pool, free unlimited broadband, wi-fi and Netflix during your stay at Helm’s Deep.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - Bartaggart Farmhouse ref: W43993

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£618-£1531

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4 star rating
A detached farmhouse, large enough to accommodate families and groups wishing to explore this beautiful rural area.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Burnside Cottage ref: CC537090

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£323-£492

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4 star rating
Enjoying a ’Hansel and Gretal’ type forest setting with magical night skies
 
 
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    2
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Hornbeam ref: S4432

Dalbeattie, Dumfries and Galloway, Dumfries & Galloway

£337-£985

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3 star rating
Timber lodge just ½ mile from sandy beach, wonderful views over fishing loch, Castle Douglas and Loch Ken easily reached.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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West Cottage ref: UK5001

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£425-£953

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3 star rating
An original salt miner’s cottage within twenty yards of the beach which overlooks the Solway Firth with the Southerness Lighthouse only a short gaze away.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Spinney Cottage ref: CC537172

Garlieston, Wigtownshire, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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4 star rating
Delightful end-terraced single storey cottage in Garlieston.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Spoutwells - The Byre ref: UK5289

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£459-£1079

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5 star rating
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Boasting its own private hot tub, this property is the perfect place to gather with friends and relax with a glass of wine in hand, whilst admiring the extensive views.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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