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.

Helm’s Deep ref: W41598

Sandyhills, near Colvend, Dumfries & Galloway

£400-£1237

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3 star rating
Helm’s Deep
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Enjoy a shared indoor swimming pool, free unlimited broadband, wi-fi and Netflix during your stay at Helm’s Deep.
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    1
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Bartaggart Farm Holiday Cottages - The Old Smiddy ref: W42625

Balmaclellan, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£251-£590

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4 star rating
One of a pair of holiday bungalows situated in a peaceful location ideal for touring Galloway mountains and beaches.
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    2
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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The End House ref: 30722

Carsethorn, near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£512-£1396

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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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    9
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Riverside Cottage ref: UK5436

Boreland, near Lockerbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£358-£916

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4 star rating
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If you love walking, cycling or just getting out and about in the fresh air, then this cottage is in the perfect location for you.
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    4
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Float Bay View, Sandhead ref: CC537110

Float Bay by Sandhead near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£399-£954

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4 star rating
Affording sea views Float Bay View is idyllically located on the stunning Rhins of Galloway.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Mains of Auchenfranco ref: CC537003

Lochfoot near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£364-£759

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4 star rating
This well-appointed farmhouse is set in a picturesque location 6 miles west of Dumfries.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Corsewall Estate Holiday Cottages - High Clachan Farmhouse ref: 30811

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£589-£23038

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4 star rating
This detached property for 8 has its own lawned garden, woodburner and shared use of 140-acre of grounds.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Merrymeet Chalet ref: 29358

Sandyhills, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£332-£970

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3 star rating
Sandyhills Bay with its golden sands close by, and walks direct from the doorstep, Kirkcudbright is easily accessible.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Squirrel Cottage ref: CC537188

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£469-£678

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3 star rating
A rural, detached cottage within the historic grounds of the Bargaly Estate.
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    5
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Garden Cottage ref: CC537146

Byreburnfoot, Canonbie, Dumfries & Galloway

£549-£678

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Nestled between Eskdale and Liddesdale close to one of Scotland’s greatest salmon fishing rivers.
 
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    5
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    0
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Quarter Acre House ref: UKC1568

Kirkcolm, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£545-£1145

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5 star rating
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Situated just 3 miles from Stranraer in a beautiful position on the Rhins of Galloway peninsula, Quarter Acre House makes a great base for a family holiday.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    2
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Dairy Cottage ref: CC537272

Kirtlebridge near Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£333-£889

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4 star rating
Located on an award-winning farm, this semi-detached cottage nestles in beautiful grounds with plenty to do and see.
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    3
  • Number of Pets
    0
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Roughhills Cottage ref: CC537263

Sandyhills near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£627-£1623

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4 star rating
Scenic walks abound from this charming cottage which has stunning views over the bay and the Solway Firth.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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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
  • Bathrooms
    3
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The Barn ref: CC537235

near Gatehouse of Fleet, Dumfries & Galloway

£384-£805

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3 star rating
A semi-detached barn conversion within a larger complex of cottages situated on a working farm very close to Gatehouse of Fleet.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    3
  • Bedrooms
    3
  • Bathrooms
    1
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