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.

Bengali ref: 29884

Ringford, near Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£367-£1047

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Situated in a small hamlet, this detached bungalow boasts a lovely location for exploring Castle Douglas and Kirkcudbright.
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    4
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The Moat House ref: UK5391

Annan, Dumfries & Galloway

£1016-£2743

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With an outstanding array of accessible features, The Moat House provides an inspiring venue ideal for families, holidays with friends and groups/individuals with carers.
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    10
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    4
  • Bedrooms
    5
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    2
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Riverdale ref: CC537168

Moffat, Dumfries & Galloway

£349-£679

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Lovely detached bungalow with views across open fields to the River Annan within walking distance to the centre of Moffat
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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Laharna Cottage ref: 692

Portpatrick, near Stranraer, Dumfries & Galloway

£286-£692

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3 star rating
Just yards from the sea, traditional cottage with open fire, easy access to sea and shore fishing and coastal walks.
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  • Bedrooms
    2
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Arbigland Farm Cottages - Skylark Lodge ref: 31267

Carsethorn, near Dalbeattie, Dumfries & Galloway

£414-£819

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This holiday lodge is a cosy retreat to return to after a day exploring the area or simply strolling on the beach.
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Bruce Cottage ref: 24145

Whithorn, Dumfries & Galloway

£245-£584

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Soak up the cosy atmosphere in this quaint retreat for two. Just 4 miles from the craggy coastline of Scotland’s most southerly point.
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    3
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    1
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Kirtle Cottage ref: SBA

Annan, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£277-£612

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4 star rating
Ideal retreat for couples, just a few miles from the sandy shoreline, which sweeps westwards to yachting harbours and bird reserves.
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  • Bedrooms
    1
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    1
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Waulkmill Cottage ref: UK5013

Carronbridge near Thornhill, Dumfries & Galloway

£324-£645

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A comfortable, bright and welcoming cottage providing a delightful base; visit the extensive grounds of Drumlanrig Castle just two miles away.
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    4
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    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Threave Estate - Millwheel Cottage ref: 29834

Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£411-£734

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3 star rating
Once part of a 19th-century water mill, this cottage has lots of original features with high-beamed ceilings and country furniture.
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    4
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    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    1
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Loch View ref: SPPT

Colvend, near Kippford, Dumfries & Galloway

£459-£983

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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
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    2
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    2
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Gardener’s Cottage ref: CC537189

Palnure near Newton Stewart, Dumfries & Galloway

£489-£657

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4 star rating
A rural detached former gardener’s cottage situated within the grounds of the historic Bargaly Estate.
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    4
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    2
  • Bathrooms
    1
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Lavender Cottage ref: 29026

Kirkcudbright, Dumfries & Galloway

£619-£1428

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4 star rating
Just minutes from the bustling town centre, spacious detached cottage in quiet location, with private garden and hot tub.
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    7
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    3
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Cleughbrae Cottage ref: 29447

Dalry, near Castle Douglas, Dumfries & Galloway

£439-£927

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4 star rating
Located on the Southern Upland Way, this holiday cottage boasts stunning views over open countryside.
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    6
  • Number of Pets
    2
  • Bedrooms
    3
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    2
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Craigieburn ref: CC537261

Southerness near Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£574-£1355

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4 star rating
A secluded property within yards of the beach with an open fire and private hot tub.
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    8
  • Number of Pets
    1
  • Bedrooms
    4
  • Bathrooms
    2
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The Glen Farmhouse ref: SGGX

Shawhead, Dumfries, Dumfries & Galloway

£525-£1359

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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
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  • Bedrooms
    3
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    3
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