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.

Shore Cottage ref: 28692

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£286-£772

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3 star rating
Shore Cottage
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Ideally located to explore the surrounding area and with direct access to the beach, Shore Cottage is the perfect getaway retreat.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Seascape and Sea Rise Cottages - Sea Rise ref: 26035

Southerness, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£583-£1495

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4 star rating
Conveniently located just 500 yards from the sandy beach. After a day exploring, come back and have fun in the games room and hot tub.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Claremont ref: CC537248

Drummore, Dumfries & Galloway

£354-£948

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4 star rating
Stunning views of the harbour and bay can be seen from the garden of Claremont, and pretty ports nearby await discovery.
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    6
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Loch View ref: SPPT

Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

£461-£938

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4 star rating
Set in a seaside conservation village, this detached character property overlooks White Loch, the ideal location for exploring the Solway coastline.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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    2
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Castle Creavie Steading ref: CC537214

Dundrennan near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£489-£745

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3 star rating
Located just four miles away from Kirkcudbright, this holiday property is ideally located for discovering the wonderful countryside of this area.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Coachman’s Cottage ref: 28234

Sandyhills, Colvend, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£307-£789

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4 star rating
A family retreat located just a 5-minute walk from Sandyhills beach, which is a popular area for walkers and cyclists.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Harbour Row - Gigha ref: 27100

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£303-£798

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4 star rating
Delightful cottage overlooking Luce Bay, with open fire and enclosed garden. Visit lighthouse tearooms for coffee and scones overlooking the sea.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bengali ref: 29884

Ringford, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£369-£1097

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4 star rating
Situated in a small hamlet, this detached bungalow boasts a lovely location for exploring Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Bay View ref: CC537044

Drummore near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£264-£559

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4 star rating
Bay View is a delightful bungalow for 4 occupying a superb sea front position on the fringe of Scotland’s most southerly village of Drummore
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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Martha’s Shore Cottage ref: SAAE

Glencaple, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£418-£996

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4 star rating
An original 18th-century fisherman’s cottage with magnificent views over the Solway Estuary with wood-burning stove and wheelchair access.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Larch House, Meikle Ernambrie ref: CC537143

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£589-£1380

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Stunning architect designed eco house only 3 miles from the food town of Castle Douglas
 
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Mews Lane Cottage ref: UK5336

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£311-£709

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4 star rating
Set in a quiet location in the heart of the ’artists town’ of Kirkcudbright, a delightful base for exploring the whole of Dumfries and Galloway.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Kacey-Faye ref: UK5367

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£331-£792

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3 star rating
Kacey-Faye is ideally situated for mountain biking and walking in the Galloway Forest park.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Stable Cottage ref: CC537217

Crocketford near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£407-£1034

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4 star rating
Located in the lovely village of Crocketford, this holiday property is close to Dumfries, Castle Douglas and many other wonderful locations.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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The Stables ref: W2775

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£256-£538

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3 star rating
Located in superb walking country, close to the start of the Southern Upland Way, cosy cottage in open countryside.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
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