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.

Fairview Cottage ref: CC537077

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£280-£679

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3 star rating
Fairview Cottage
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A charming detached cottage, all on ground level, idyllically placed overlooking Wigtown Bay and the Galloway Hills.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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Fisherman’s Cottage ref: CC537073

Stairhaven by Glenluce, Dumfries & Galloway

£0-£719

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4 star rating
In an idyllic spot on the shore of Luce Bay boasting a private slipway and uninterrupted views across to the Rhinns of Galloway
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Swallows ref: CC537215

near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£322-£670

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4 star rating
Relax and unwind in this semi-detached barn conversion which enjoys a wood burner, enclosed garden and beautiful views.
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Harbour Row - Jura ref: 27102

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£302-£744

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3 star rating
Spacious family cottage, with garden overlooking the sea, and open fire, is ideal for spotting harbour porpoises, dolphins and seals.
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    2
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    3
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Ropeworks ref: CC537126

Garlieston, Dumfries & Galloway

£709-£1517

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4 star rating
A stunning and uniquely designed detached house by the beach
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    10
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    5
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Burnfoot of Cluden ref: 26965

Holywood, by Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£821-£2017

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4 star rating
In a rural setting, abundant in wildlife. An ideal retreat for a large family get-together or friends alike.
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    16
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    8
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Little Boreland ref: 24853

Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£449-£1167

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4 star rating
An ideal retreat to explore the Solway Coast. Set within large gardens and woodland with hill walks from the door.
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    9
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  • Bedrooms
    5
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    2
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Fairview ref: UK5392

Rockcliffe, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£652-£1455

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Just 100 yards from the beach and Solway coastline, Fairview offers spacious accommodation for up to eight guests, and your dog can come too!
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  • Bedrooms
    4
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    2
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Garlies Lodge ref: SVVG

Gentrool, near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£571-£1443

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4 star rating
Located in the heart of Gallloway Forest Park with walking and cycling from the door, ideal for touring this beautiful area.
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    10
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    4
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Grahamsfield Cottage ref: CC537046

Ecclefechan near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£534

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Charming Victorian cottage for 4 set on a small working farm enjoying beautiful rural views
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Innisfree Cottage ref: UK5301

Isle of Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£409-£792

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4 star rating
Enjoy wonderful sea views from this delightful cottage nestled in a picturesque and unspoilt village.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Old Glenstocken ref: CC537106

Rockcliffe near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£408-£1209

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4 star rating
Lovely detached steading conversion for 8 only a mile from the pretty little village of Rockcliffe and Colvend.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Cedar Lodge ref: CC537232

Kippford near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£350-£671

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3 star rating
With stunning views of the estuary, this wonderful log cabin is located in the charming village of Kippford, in a peaceful setting.
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    4
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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Ballochrae ref: CC537182

Kirkcowan, Dumfries & Galloway

£369-£822

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4 star rating
A detached bungalow in a quiet location with pleasant countryside views.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Arden Cottage ref: CC537076

Twynholm by Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£332-£874

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4 star rating
Single storey cottage for 4/6 in Twynholm only 3 miles from Kirkcudbright
 
 
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  • Bedrooms
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