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.

High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre ref: 25984

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£770

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4 star rating
High Kirkland Holiday Cottages: The Byre
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Light, airy cottage in tranquil location, surrounded by open countryside, Galloway Forest Park, mountain bike trails and Threave Gardens nearby.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    FRI

Gilchristland Cottage ref: 18806

Closeburn, near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£292-£679

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3 star rating
Set in a rural location where wildlife abounds. The 7 Stanes Mountain Biking trail is close by.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

Bothy Cottage ref: CC537020

Beeswing near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£301-£505

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3 star rating
Bothy Cottage enjoys a beautiful rural location on a small farm yet only 7 miles from the country town of Dumfries.
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    1
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

Knock School Cottage ref: 2234

Monreith, near Port William, Dumfries & Galloway

£240-£538

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3 star rating
Situated in a rural location, ideal for star gazing on a clear night. Close to the unspoilt beaches and coves.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

Fourwinds ref: UK5200

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£323-£682

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4 star rating
Admire the sea views from the floor-to-ceiling windows of this bungalow which lies in a small, friendly village.
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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    SAT

The Glen Farmhouse ref: SGGX

Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£540-£1399

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4 star rating
In a peaceful and secluded valley with only sheep and cattle, this detached family farmhouse has wonderful views over open countryside.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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St Mary’s Croft ref: CC537139

Kirkcolm near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£339-£584

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3 star rating
Occupying a truly stunning position on the banks of Loch Ryan affording spectacular views.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT

Harbour Row - Jura ref: 27102

Drummore, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£318-£768

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3 star rating
Spacious family cottage with open fire and garden overlooking the sea, ideal for spotting harbour porpoises, dolphins and seals.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Rhodora Villa ref: CC537250

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£480-£1109

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4 star rating
Nestled in the beautiful countryside, Rhodora Villa boasts stunning views with Loch Ryan in the distance.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SUN

Cogsfoot Cottage ref: W41259

Crawick, near Sanquhar, Dumfries & Galloway

£471-£1207

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4 star rating
There is so much to do here, from panning for gold to watching the salmon leaping, you’ll be sure to return!
  • Sleeps
    7
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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    SAT

Out of the World ref: 28404

Borgue, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£359-£1004

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0 star rating
From this beautiful retreat explore the Solway coast with many beaches and coves.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    3
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    SAT

Shore Cottage ref: 31262

Arbigland Estate, Kirkbean near Dalbeattie , Dumfries & Galloway

£579-£1139

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3 star rating
This stunning detached property is set on a private beach with magnificent views across the Solway to the Lake District mountains.
  • Sleeps
    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Bayshiel ref: CC537255

Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£549-£909

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4 star rating
Bayshiel is just 50 yards from the sandy beach at Sandhead where you can enjoy a picnic or windsurf in the sheltered bay.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Beckhead ref: CC537271

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£452-£1100

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4 star rating
Situated on a peaceful country estate, where wildlife and farming go hand in hand. Beckhead Cottage offers an ideal holiday base for couples to explore the award winning wildlife sites, watch the abundant nature and take advantage of the...
  • Sleeps
    4
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Shore Cottage ref: 28692

Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£312-£763

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3 star rating
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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    5
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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