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.

Grahamsfield Cottage ref: CC537046

Ecclefechan near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£319-£560

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Grahamsfield Cottage
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Charming Victorian cottage for 4 set on a small working farm enjoying beautiful rural views
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Glenhoul Brae ref: UK5340

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£739-£1430

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4 star rating
Wonder at the night skies in the Galloway Dark Sky Park, cycle the 7 Stanes or simply relax and enjoy the views.
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    8
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Driftwood ref: 24424

Southerness, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£1034-£1954

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4 star rating
A magnificent holiday base for all the family to enjoy with direct access onto the beach.
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    10
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Woodhall ref: 16551

East Riggs, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£300-£653

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3 star rating
Perfectly located from Annan which has a swimming pool, and Gretna, both 3 miles. Many outdoor activities available close by.
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Silver Dee ref: UK5426

Crossmichael, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£416-£1053

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4 star rating
Just yards from Loch Ken, outdoor enthusiasts will find boat hire, coarse fishing and water sports right on the doorstep.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Drumwall - Galloway View ref: CC537210

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£368-£967

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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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Military Drive - 4 Military Drive ref: UK5569

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£845-£1982

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4 star rating
Enjoy stunning sea views from most rooms and the private hot tub, what more could you ask for!
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    10
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    4
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The Shieling Apartment at Trostrie Cottage ref: CC537173

Twynholm , Dumfries & Galloway

£276-£519

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4 star rating
Cosy apartment for 2 surrounded by open farmland yet only 6 miles from Kirkcudbright
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The Barn ref: SVN

Rockcliffe, Dumfries & Galloway

£352-£758

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Enjoy the best of both worlds from this property with many attractions nearby and a sandy bathing beach, 1 mile.
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Bonshawside Farmhouse ref: UK5551

Kirtlebridge, near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£329-£700

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Set on a working farm, with striking views over the surrounding countryside, this property is ideally located to discover the region’s culture and heritage.
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    3
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Seaview ref: CC537183

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£298-£499

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4 star rating
A semi detached holiday cottage overlooking the town of Portpatrick with seaviews from most of the rooms.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Drumwall - Beth’s Bothy ref: UK5529

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£439-£618

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The ultimate romantic getaway, this individually designed, chalet-style accommodation is beautifully decorated and has its own hot tub.
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  • Bedrooms
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    1
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Coastguard’s Cottage ref: CC537113

Carsethorn near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£284-£559

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3 star rating
A mere stone’s throw from the sea in the pretty coastal village of Carsethorn less than 14 miles from Dumfries. 
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Blue Door ref: 29833

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£957

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4 star rating
This beautiful cottage is pleasantly hidden down a delightful cobbled wynd in the pretty little coastal town of Kirkcudbright.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Dalnigap ref: UK5488

New Luce, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£341-£967

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4 star rating
Explore the history and countryside of the beautiful Rhinns of Galloway, with castles, lochs, seals and minke whales all to be found.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    1
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