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.

Swallows ref: CC537215

near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£322-£670

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Relax and unwind in this semi-detached barn conversion which enjoys a wood burner, enclosed garden and beautiful views.
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The End House ref: 30722

Carsethorn, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£517-£1340

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3 star rating
This holiday property is ideally suited to people who enjoy the outdoors, with sandy beaches, forest trails and gardens to explore.
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    4
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    3
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Portpatrick Country Cottage ref: CC537246

Near Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£298-£594

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In a quiet rural setting, this holiday property enjoys stunning countryside views, not far from the harbour town of Portpatrick.
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Lower Baltersan Cottage ref: CC537208

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£348-£783

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Peacefully set, this detached cottage has a feature wood burner and views over open farmland. It lies a few miles from Newton Stewart and close to Galloway Forest and Dark Skies Park.
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    3
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The Crollin ref: CC537207

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£292-£642

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4 star rating
Located within walking distance of the centre of Kirkcudbright, this holiday property is in a peaceful setting.
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    1
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    1
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Castle Creavie Steading ref: CC537214

Dundrennan near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£410-£716

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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
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    2
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    3
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    2
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High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: Robin’s Nest ref: 25982

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£368-£1022

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4 star rating
Peacefully situated in open countryside, yet close to Kirkcudbright, spacious barn conversion with wood burner, ideal for larger groups.
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Harbour Row - Gigha ref: 27100

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£303-£775

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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
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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Grey Craig ref: CC537273

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£589-£1039

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4 star rating
Plenty of attractions are close by, or stay on-site and enjoy the many activities available. This property has its own unique style and nestles on an award-winning farm.
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    4
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    1
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    2
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    1
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Arbigland Farms - Little Dunbar Cottage ref: 31265

Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£23038

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3 star rating
This is a great base from which to explore this stunning part of Scotland, with plenty of outdoor activities also to enjoy.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Broomknowe ref: 29546

Portpatrick, Dumfries & Galloway

£579-£1465

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4 star rating
With views out to open sea, this holiday property offers an ideal base from which to explore the surrounding area.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
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    3
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Old Tannery Cottage ref: CC537212

Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£302-£588

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3 star rating
Centrally located in Newton Stewart, this property is located in a tranquil setting, sitting between a river and a woodland bank.
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    1
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    1
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Williamwood ref: CC537274

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£619-£1539

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4 star rating
On a site of similar properties, this unique cottage offers plenty to do for the outdoor enthusiast. Close to Gretna Green, Carlisle and Powfoot Beach.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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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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  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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The Whins ref: CC537136

Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£332-£736

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Newly built detached bungalow enjoying pretty views over sea and countryside
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    1
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    3
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